As our loved ones get older, we all must face the reality that life and their needs change. It can be difficult for our aging family members to care for themselves or live safely on their own. While there is no shame in needing a little extra help, it can be difficult to make the decision to change living situations.

As you and your family consider the next steps for your elderly loved ones, you need to understand your options. The two most common living situations for aging adults are assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Here, we help you know the difference.

Assisted living facilities

Assisted living facilities are a great option for adults who need some help with daily activities. When individuals can live on their own and take care of themselves for the most part but may need help with certain tasks or want to have assistance readily available, this type of facility may be best.

Assisted living facilities typically have medical staff on hand to help with things like personal care, cooking, housekeeping and medications. Residents have their own space, like a studio apartment connected to community spaces.

A big benefit of being in an assisted living facility is that they often provide a high level of socialization. For active adults, there are many organized recreational activities with other residents.

With less daily care, assisted living facilities are not as expensive as nursing homes. Typically, they are between $4,000 and $5,500 a month. However, there is not as much payment aid available for these facilities.

Nursing homes

Nursing homes have a higher level of care than an assisted living facility. For adults who need a more help and medical staff that is consistently helping them, like someone with cognitive impairments or lack of mobility, a nursing home may be the best choice.

Nursing homes are more focused on medical and daily care than socialization. While there are often some activities available, there will not be as many as in an assisted living facility.

Nursing homes are more expensive than assisted living facilities because they involve a higher level of care. Typically around $7,500 a month, they are also often included in government programs like Medicaid.

The choice to move into a new phase of living can be a challenging one. However, choosing the right facility can make a world of difference.