Are you searching for "nursing home near me" when you should be searching for "assisted living facility near me"?
The term "nursing home" is often used to mean any senior living community. Nursing homes may also be called care homes, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), or long-term care facilities.
Most people start their online search for nursing homes, which is understandable. But there is a big difference between a nursing home and an assisted living community.
The difference between an assisted living facility and a nursing home is the level of medical care and assistive services provided to the older adult. Nursing homes provide personal and medical care in a clinical setting. Assisted living offers individual assistance and care in a home-like, social environment.
While some medical needs cannot be met in assisted living, the services and medical care that are usually provided can make assisted living a viable option for more seniors than ever before. Since assisted living offers a more independent lifestyle and a better quality of life, assisted living is often preferred over nursing home care when possible.
At The Birches, we've created an assisted living community designed to meet our residents where they are in life, and we offer plenty of opportunities for learning and being as active as they want. Whether residents need assistance with activities or participate independently, opportunities abound for enrichment, fun, and community building.
The senior living options at The Birches include assisted living, memory care for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and respite care. Please note that we are not a nursing home. As such, we do not offer skilled nursing services.