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What is the difference between a nursing home and assisted living?

There is a significant difference between assisted living and a nursing home. A nursing home is a medical facility with a high level of nursing care for the chronically ill of all ages. Whereas an independent or assisted living residence offers individual apartments with healthcare services, communal areas, shared meals and social activities in a home environment for seniors.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is an alternative for seniors that combines the best elements of independent living and personal care. Residents of assisted living can enjoy private apartments, restaurant-style dining, and an array of activities tailored to their interests and abilities, while getting the extra help they need and making new friends. Find a Community.

Who should consider Assisted Living?

An assisted living community is best suited for seniors who need assistance in their daily household tasks, including shopping for food and meal prep, transportation, housekeeping, hygiene, and managing their medication. Assisted living facilities are also good options for some seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as mobility limitations, incontinence or other health conditions.

What are the benefits of Assisted Living?

When thinking of moving a loved one into an assisted living community, sometimes the guilt or discomfort can cloud the many benefits to your family member’s health and well-being, perhaps more than you can give them on your own.

Some of the top benefits for moving your loved one to assisted living include onsite healthcare, safety, social activities, balanced nutrition, housekeeping, and transportation to help them be as independent as possible.

What type of healthcare can I expect at an assisted living community?

In our assisted living communities, care managers are available 24 hours a day to respond to residents’ needs. Employees are trained to understand the challenges that occur with age, and to report changes in a resident’s overall health and condition. A licensed nurse performs the initial care assessment, designs the initial care plan, and provides the routine re-assessment/care plan changes. The nurse also oversees the accuracy and effectiveness of the medication program.

What types of amenities do these communities offer me?

Each community is unique and offers different amenities. Most of our communities include a formal dining room, a private dining room, computer and business center, spa and salon, fitness center, movie theater, card room, activities room, library and garden areas with courtyard.

What is Respite?

Respite is a short-term stay that can range from a couple of days to a month. At Aegis Living, short-stay guests are treated to private apartments, meals and snacks prepared by the resident chef, and the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of recreational, social and cultural activities. In addition, guests receive whatever assistance they require for daily functioning from a professionally trained staff.

Where can I get short-term care after leaving the hospital?

Most of our communities offer short-term stays for a few days or a few weeks. These include 24-hour staffing; private apartments with television, phone and emergency call system; scheduled activities; all meals; and transportation. These short-term stays are a great option for someone who needs extra help for a defined period of time. It can also be a great way for someone to test a community before deciding to move in.

What makes Aegis Living’s approach to memory care different?

Often, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can become too difficult to manage in a home environment. In these cases, Aegis Living provides innovative and dedicated programs to ease the symptoms of the disease and celebrate the life of the individual.

Aegis Living’s Life’s Neighborhood™ is a nationally recognized program designed to improve the quality of life and increase enjoyment for people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Based on the individual’s own needs and comfort level, the program creates a familiar environment for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and helps build a strong bond between staff and residents. Engaging “Life Skill” stations encourage those with Alzheimer’s to remember their experiences as young parents, cooking in a kitchen or traveling.

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is not a place; it’s a concept about the quality of life as it nears its end for the patient, and for their families and friends. When medicine cannot provide a cure, hospice can offer comfort, care and assistance that can help maintain a better quality of life for the patient. This type of attention, called palliative care, involves the treatment of physical and emotional pain and symptoms. It focuses on enhancing a patient’s comfort and improving quality of life. Hospice is based on the belief that through sensitive, appropriate care and the support of a caring community, terminally ill patients and their families can begin to prepare to face the inevitable challenges ahead.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a non-profit organization that helps you find hospice support in your area. Visit their website at www.nhpco.org.