Choosing Between Skilled Nursing and Independent Living Long Term Care Options

When a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves, or receive the level of care they need, in their home, it’s time to consider a long-term care option that’s best suited for their needs. A family may find themselves considering a senior living community if their loved one’s advanced age or recent illness or accident has made it difficult or unsafe to provide at-home care.

When you’re researching care options for your loved one, it’s important to understand the different types of facilities and the different services and levels of care.

Skilled nursing and independent living communities are two of the long-term options to consider. Deciding which is the best option for your loved one will depend on several factors, including their current state of health, their level of independence and the degree of daily medical care required.. To help you decide, here are the main differences between an independent living facility and skilled nursing services.


The Benefits of a Skilled Nursing Facility

If your loved one needs significant medical care but doesn’t require hospitalization, a skilled nursing environment can ensure they receive the care they need. Skilled nursing facilities employ licensed medical providers and offer round-the-clock care.

A skilled nursing facility is ideal for a patient who requires any type of medical treatment, including respiratory care, IV medications, blood pressure checks, or any type of physical, rehabilitative therapy. The best skilled nursing facility will work with the patient directly to develop an individualized plan for their care and recovery.


Experiencing Life in an Independent Living Facility

Independent living is ideal for individuals who don’t require access to medical staff 24/7,  but like the idea of a senior living community where they have access to assistance and care should they need it. Those who choose to reside in an independent living community are generally in good health and able to carry out most, if not all their activities of daily living on their own.

An independent living facility provides both the individual and their family with peace of mind. Not only is the environment safe and designed for seniors, staff also works to provide entertainment, opportunities for social engagement and enrichment as well as transportation, prepared meals, housekeeping and household maintenance services.

Residents can live in an independent senior community for years; however, this is also an excellent transitional option for when you know that the person you care for is going to require assisted living services at some point. An independent living community gives the individual the opportunity to adapt to a new lifestyle and feel secure in their new environment.


Learn More About Skilled Nursing and Independent Living Facilities Today

If you’d like to know more about the care and living options for your loved ones, we’re here to help. At Lexington Square, we provide professional, compassionate services that include skilled nursing, independent living and more. Contact Lexington Square today to learn more.

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