At first glance, an assisted living facility and a nursing home seem the same. You may even use them interchangeably, as synonyms. Both are residential care facilities focused on providing help to elders. But what makes them so different?
An assisted living facility is focused on caring for seniors, aiding them in their daily activities such as bathing, dressing and taking required medications. They also typically have private rooms or apartments while maintaining access to medical care.
In contrast, nursing homes provide seniors with more extensive medical care, providing skilled and certified nursing care, 24-hour monitoring and medication management. There tends to be less independence and less privacy than assisted living facilities while offering care to those with more significant health concerns or disabilities.