The Differences Between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

differences in skilled nursing and assisted living

The Differences Between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living:

Most people don’t know there are differences between skilled nursing and assisted living. When it comes to choosing the correct facility it is important to know the differences, so you can find the place that fits your needs the best. SeniorPath is specialized in helping our clients find the community that is right for them. We have an extensive network and have built relationships with elder care facilities across the Denver Metro area from Castle Rock to Boulder.

So let’s start off by going over what each facility is and their specializations.

Skilled Nursing Facility:

First, a skilled nursing facility is defined as: a health-care institution that meets federal criteria for Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement for nursing care including especially the supervision of the care of every patient by a physician, the employment full-time of at least one registered nurse, the maintenance of records concerning the care and condition of every patient, the availability of nursing care 24 hours a day, the presence of facilities for storing and dispensing drugs, the implementation of a utilization review plan, and overall financial planning including an annual operating budget and a 3-year capital expenditures program.

Why do I need a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?

Skilled nursing facilities are more specialized for those that need 24 hour nursing assistance. This would be for residence that have severe deficiencies with activities of daily living (ADL). Residence that require medications administered to them, need assistance with meals, and/or need help with bathing on a regular basis may require a skilled nursing facility.

In a skilled nursing facility, a licensed physician supervises each patients care. A nurse or other medical professional is almost always on the premises. Physical and occupational therapists can also be on staff to assist with other needs.

Assisted Living Facility:

An assisted living facility is defined as: a system of housing and limited care that is designed for senior citizens who need some assistance with daily activities but do not require care in a nursing home.

Why do I need an Assisted Living Facility?

Assisted living facilities provide more limited care. They can, however, provide personal care services if and when needed. These services can include meals, medication management, bathing assistance, and transportation.

Assisted living facilities are a branch of independent living. Residence are encouraged to be as independent as possible, but assistance is provided when needed. Assisted living can be longer term than skilled nursing. Assisted living residence are encouraged to continue with daily living activities as long as they are capable. This can include setting their own schedules, and participating in activities that they enjoy.

Which one is right for me?

As we said earlier, it is highly dependent on the needs of the individual. At SeniorPath we provide complimentary one-on-one consultations with each client. We gather necessary information, and provide you with options on the best community for you. In addition, we also provide advice on the best ways to fund living expenses.

What should I do next?

Now you know the key differences between skilled nursing and assisted living. If you or a loved one is looking to settle into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, please reach out to us today. We will give you information on the best options for you. If you are need immediate placement, we can also help. We will have an introductory call to get you acquainted with a placement specialist. After that we will walk you through the whole process, and find the best facility for you.

Please call us today at: 303-457-1450




About Senior Path:

We are a professional, senior housing advisory service which provides personal attention to Seniors and their families. We employ a staff of talented, caring Advisors who have vast experience helping Seniors and their families through this transition. Our Advisors have extensive backgrounds in the Senior Care industry enabling them to understand what Seniors want and need.