It is difficult to think about placing your loved one in a long-term care facility; however, many families throughout Pennsylvania face this decision each day. There are many good nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout our state; however, choosing the right facility for your loved one may be difficult. It is helpful to understand the different benefits and disadvantages of nursing homes and assisted living facilities when making your choice.
Benefits of Choosing a Nursing Home
There are several benefits of choosing a nursing home instead of an assisted living facility.
- Nursing homes are regulated by the federal government providing some oversight for the care and treatment of patients
- Nursing homes provide 24/7 medical care and personal care for patients
- Nursing homes have licenses medical professionals on staff including licensed nurses to care for the patients
- Private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare may pay some of the cost for nursing home care
Disadvantages of Choosing a Nursing Home
Likewise, there are several disadvantages of choosing a nursing home over an assisted living facility.
- Nursing homes limit your personal freedom (i.e. shared rooms, scheduled meals, limited freedom to leave the facility, scheduled bath times, etc.)
- Patients have limited autonomy in a nursing home
- Nursing homes feel more like hospitals or medical facilities than a home
- The average cost of a nursing home is higher than some assisted living facilities
Benefits of Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
The benefits of choosing an assisted living facility over a nursing home include:
- Residents have far more privacy in an assisted living facility because they have their own residence rather than sharing a room with another resident
- Assisted living facilities schedule regular social activities for the residents throughout the week
- Assisted living facilities look and feel more like the person's home rather than a medical facility
- Residents are able to come and go as they please with very little, if any, restrictions
- Some assisted care facilities cost less than the average nursing home
- Some Veteran's programs and long-term care insurance plans pay for some of the cost of an assisted living facility
Disadvantages of Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
Disadvantages of living in an assisted living facility include:
- Assisted living facilities are not regulated by the federal government
- Medicaid and Medicare will not pay for any of the cost of an assisted living facility
- Residents do not have the level of medical care or personal care that a nursing home provides
- Most facilities only provide one meal per day compared to three regular meals in a nursing home
What About Nursing Home Abuse?
Many children and family members worry about the potential for nursing home abuse. This is a growing concern for many families in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States as reports of nursing home abuse have hit very close to home recently. However, abuse is not limited to nursing homes. Residents of assisted living facilities can and are the victims of abuse or neglect too.
Your Legal Ally For Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe your loved one has been abused or their medical care may have been neglected in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys of Handler Henning & Rosenberg LLP for a free consultation. Our elder neglect attorneys have extensive experience representing families and nursing home abuse victims throughout Pennsylvania. Call toll free to speak with an attorney or chat online with a live representative right now.