As your loved one get older their situation will change and you need to think of what will be their best option moving forward. The good news is that you have a lot of options available, but it is important that you understand each option properly and make the right decision.

Two of the most common options include placing your love one into a nursing home or working out an assisted living situation for them. Both have their own pros and cons, and it really depends on the individual situation of your loved one and what you and they think is best.

So, have a read on below to find out more information on both nursing home and assisted living options:

Nursing Homes

A nursing home is a residency that provides a long term option for your loved one. It focuses more on those who require medical assistance; this could be anything from injuries or chronic illnesses. Nursing homes are great for people who need to be cared for all the time.

Some people think nursing homes could be a good short-term option, but this isn’t really the best option. For example, if your loved one has surgery and needs care all the time, but only while they recover from the surgery, then you should consider other options. This is because eventually they will be fine and be able to carry on about the way they did before the surgery.

Nursing homes are good because they have skilled professionals that can offer assistance quickly to your loved one. There are a lot of different ways that a nursing home can help your loved one, from medication management, transport through the home, recreational activities, assistance with getting up and down, and the obvious 24 hour care and supervision.

There are different costs associated with this option and you need to review them to ensure this is a viable option for your loved one. Nursing home costs can vary from a nursing home to nursing home, so make sure you do your research and consider a number of different homes, if this is an option you wish to pursue.

Assisted Living

Elderly woman in a nursing home

This option is more of a residential community that has the ability to help your loved ones with their daily life. Your loved one still has a lot of independence, but there are people and services nearby to help quickly if it is required. There are many different assisted living options ranging in size.

So, you could choose an assisted living accommodation in a smaller location, or even up to a few hundred residents. Unlike a nursing home, you do not get round-the-clock care, so if this is something your loved one needs, then this is probably not the best option.

If your loved one is still able to go about their daily life and routine normally, but they need a little bit of extra support here and there, then this could be the option for you. In this option your loved one will probably have their own room, or even little house, and there are common areas where everyone can meet up and perform various activities.

Some assisted living option even provides extra services as something additional, if needed. So as your loved one gets older and requires a little bit more assistance, they don’t need to move again out of the assisted living home they live in. This could be anything from bathing assistance, medication management as well as housekeeping, you’ll just need to do more research to see if they offer anything extra.