Elderly nursing homes (also called skilled nursing) have different functions and licensing requirements than assisted living facilities.
Nursing homes in California are regulated by the Department of Public Health.
Nursing homes (or skilled nursing facilities) have medical personnel on site at all times. Nurses there can provide medical services for conditions that an assisted living facility cannot legally perform.
These services include, but are not limited to, feeding tubes, IV therapy, and late stage wounds.
It’s very common for seniors and their families believe elderly nursing homes are needed when in fact an assisted living home or community may be appropriate.
And if an assisted living home or assisted living community is affordable, there’s a very good chance that assisted living will provide a better long term quality of life than a nursing home.
Please contact us any time about these differences.