Assisted Living and Nursing Home Differences Discussed by Senior Care Authority on KRON4TV

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Though staying at home is certainly the choice of the elderly, it may not be the safest or least costly choice. Does your loved one know how assisted living and nursing differ?

Identifying the Highest Rated Assisted Living & Residential Care Homes

Identifying the Highest Rated Assisted Living & Residential Care Homes

Most people still believe that if the elderly are not taken care of at their own home, they will have to go to a Nursing or Convalescent Home. That is simply not true.

Frank Samson, Founder of Senior Care Authority, was interviewed on “Aging Matters” on KRON4 TV discussing the various options of long-term care. “Aging Matters” is viewed by 2 million homes in 11 San Francisco Bay Area counties. The show discusses 3 top concerns of the aging population:

1. Physical Health

2. Financial Health

3. Mental Health

According to Samson, “there was a time when nursing homes were the main type of facility for long-term care. Many of us remember going to visit loves ones at these locations with horrible smells and less than adequate care. Today, nursing homes are mainly set up for short-term stays after being hospitalized for recovery and strengthening. Those who need to be in nursing homes for long-term care are either on Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) or need medical care (i.e. – IV’s, feeding tubes, wound care, coma care, quadriplegics). Most people still believe that if the elderly are not taken care of at their own home, they will have to go to a Nursing or Convalescent Home. That is simply not true.”

Many people use the term Nursing Home synonymously with Assisted Living. However, there are approximately 1,300 Nursing Homes while over 8,000 Assisted Living locations in the State of California alone. These options range from small, family Residential Care Homes to larger, full-service communities with hundreds of residents. The smaller locations are similar to living in someone’s home with live-in caregivers who provide assistance. The larger locations (communities) are more like Senior Apartments with caregivers providing 24/7 assistance. More and more seniors are becoming residents of these locations including those that specialize in dementia care.

Activities of daily living (ADL’s) are considered the routine activities that people tend do everyday without needing assistance. There are six basic ADL’s, including eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence. For those needing this type of assistance, including supervision for dementia, do not have to live in a Nursing Home long-term.

Watch the complete interview on long-term care living options.

Frank M. Samson is Founder of Senior Care Authority and also hosts “The Aging Boomers” on KSVY in Northern California and co-hosts “Aging Matters” on KRON4 TV. The company provides free assistance to families in helping them find assisted living, residential care homes and dementia care facilities for their loved ones. The company also provides a training program to those interested in starting their own senior care business.

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