“Nursing home” is commonly used to refer to any long-term care, but there are several kinds of “Nursing homes”. Each provides different levels of medical care, help with daily living, programs, and support. The quality and costs of care and services vary widely. Your community may not have a “Nursing home” so you will have to leave your community for care, which is why we were inspired to create Lifehouse – we bring high level medical care into the community.
Assisted-living centres usually provide private, apartment-style housing and offer a range of services. These services may include meals, cleaning and laundry services, and help with personal needs such as bathing, grooming, and dressing. Assisted-living centres do not provide Level 3/4 medical care. This type of housing may be a good choice for people who are not able to live alone but who can still do many daily tasks on their own.
Long term care facilities provide skilled nursing facilities provide skilled nursing care up to 24 hours a day. They offer medical care; medicines; housing; meals; laundry; help with dressing, bathing, and using the toilet; and other support. This is the most costly type of care in a Long Term Care centre. But it may be the best choice for many people who have advanced dementia.
Special care units (SCUs), such as memory care, are offered at some residential care centres and nursing homes. They focus on the needs of people with dementia. They have staff trained to work with people who have dementia. Studies haven’t yet shown that these units are better than regular centres. Also, they can cost more than other types of care.