A monumental life impacting choice- the difference between a nursing home and assisted living? What is the untold impact of this one choice on personal liberty and freedom? It is far greater than the difference between costs or models of care.
The choice is yours- for a time.
Liberty is Always Personal
As many of us experience at some level the growing challenges of aging, the questions we may never have really considered important before now take on a new weight. When a family member is involved or a personal strategy must be considered for our own future, everyone’s quality of life at stake. Independence and personal freedom are always impacted by our decisions about the most personal of choices- those regarding our own vulnerabilities, physical and financial.
Aging is a process that can be mitigated to the least negative influence on our quality of life, or it can take on a much greater power to rob any of us of dignity, freedom and personal liberty sometimes just by our choice to ignore or put off the need to plan and prepare.
The cost is personal and that cost involves a hierarchy of emotional and quality of life issues. Personal environment and life is always best chosen in advance rather than allowing circumstances to dictate. Anyone who is honest with themselves knows there is a considerable difference between not just nursing homes and assisted living facilities or communities but that every choice is individually different and of great personal consequence both positive and negative on the quality of life for seniors and their families.
Examining the Facts
It is natural to not have a close look at what can be regarded as still a long way off- if you can persuade yourself of that. Whether the need to plan and prepare is far off or not is less important than the peace of mind that can come from knowing your options and being ready to enjoy the outcome of informed beneficial choices that give you or your Mom or Dad a quality of life that goes beyond cold standards of medically focused institutions or lifestyle brochures that come from everywhere.
Assisted Living vs. The Nursing Home
According to the CDC, there are 1.8 million people in nursing home facilities right now. The average length of stay in a nursing facility is 835 days. That’s just over two years. Two years to get better after an injury or illness or to perhaps never leave a nursing facility.
Nursing Homes Operate On A Hospital Model
By the necessity of their providing maximum medical care to people who are injured or suffering from chronic disease, demential or combinations of each, nursing facilities operate on a hospital model both fiscally and operationally. Maximum attention to caring for and treating medical needs create the typical hospital environment of medical equipment, monitors, steel framed hospital beds and a focus on medical staffing. People are patients first and personal liberty, freedom and frankly- happiness, is low on the list of many pressing priorities. There, we’ve said it. The nursing home is a place of struggle. Struggle to survive or to recover from an unplanned injury’s blow or setback to personal health and quality of life. The choice of a nursing facility is obviously sometimes necessary, but never optimal and never suited to an enjoyable life of personal dignity, autonomy and freedom.
Assisted Living Means Personal Happiness Can Thrive
Home is where the hear is and nobody’s “heart” is in a nursing facility. The assisted living community is a different picture enjoyed by those who planned ahead or had someone who had the foresight to plan ahead for them.
Invest A Little TIme Now To Gain Peace Of Mind
Call any of our assisted living home communities to enjoy a visit and see the environment of choice for your family’s needs and wishes to be generously realized.