Understanding the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

As we or our loved ones age, it can become increasingly challenging to manage daily tasks and medical care. This is where skilled nursing and assisted living facilities can be of benefit. Both offer care and support, but they differ significantly in the level of care they provide and the services and amenities they offer. This article will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living. When making crucial decisions related to healthcare and aging, comparing the two can greatly aid you or your loved one in deciding which type of care is best.

Understanding Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing is a form of long-term care provided by registered nurses and other registered medical professionals. This care is typically provided in a facility such as a nursing home or rehabilitation center. The overall goal is to provide round-the-clock medical care and support for individuals with complex medical needs.

Skilled nursing can include:

  • Memory care
  • Administering medications
  • Wound care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Other services requiring the expertise of trained professionals

Menno Haven Health Care Centers provide a world-class environment for skilled living care. Our innovative living settings include private and semi-private rooms, private bathrooms, central living rooms, kitchen and dining room with made-to-order culinary services and so much more! Menno Haven skilled living is designed to encourage choice, mutual respect, and a sense of individual dignity.

Understanding Assisted Living

Assisted Living is designed specifically for senior adults who require assistance with daily activities but still want to uphold their independent lifestyle. These daily activities might include:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Errands

At Menno Haven, our Personal Care Services are created and structured to promote independence for people as they age. This includes a variety of services such as:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Social activities

In many situations, personal care aides are available to help with participants’ daily activities and other needs. Unlike skilled nursing facilities, assisted living care focuses on providing support for everyday tasks so that older adults can remain as independent as possible, allowing residents to maintain their dignity and freedom, even as medical circumstances change.

The Difference Between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

Understanding the difference between these two levels of care is crucial. Skilled nursing is the highest level of medical care available to seniors, providing 24-hour support by registered nurses and other healthcare professionals. Assisted living offers a more independent lifestyle with help from staff when needed, such as assistance with daily tasks like bathing and dressing on an as-needed basis.

Skilled nursing provides more comprehensive medical services than assisted living. On the other hand, assisted living, such as the Personal Care Program at Menno Haven offers residents social activities and desirable amenities such as meals in a communal dining room or transportation to appointments.

Compassionate Care at Menno Haven

At Menno Haven, our team members provide compassionate care and are always focused on helping our residents and their caregivers make the best possible decisions regarding their care needs. Our person centered service philosophy brings a holistic approach to meeting the mind, body, and spirit of each individual. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a tour!