Which One To Choose?

Assisted Living vs Nursing Homes


Assisted Living Vs Nursing Homes

Watch the video to learn the main difference between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes.

AL vs NH

Which One is Better and Why

We hear in the news everyday about the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on the elderly, especially those that are living in nursing homes. Unfortunately, more times than not, it is assumed that assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities are one and the same. But they are NOT! There are significate differences between Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Communities. I would like to share with you what the big differences are because almost all of the assisted living facilities in the Harford County area and surrounding counties are virus free.

1st Main Difference


One of the most obvious differences you will see when you tour will be the appearance. Commonly, larger assisted living communities will resemble an upscale resort like community, whereas nursing homes will generally look more institutional. The type of care is also different between the two facilities. Assisted Living is ideal for people who may be more independent but need assistance with some activities of daily living, where nursing home patients typically live with more complex health care conditions that require skilled nursing care.

2nd Main Differences

Admission Process

Nursing Homes usually receive their admissions from hospitals and sub-acute facilities and that can lead to being exposed to more germ or viruses. Assisted living residents tend to come from their own homes or their children’s home. The elderly tends to socially isolate themselves and in turn are less exposed to germs/viruses.

3rd Main Differences

Floor Plan

Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities commonly have anywhere from 2 to 4 patients in a shared bedroom and shared bathroom. They also have a large shared shower room for the entire floor/unit which usually consist of 30 or more patients. Whereas in most large assisted living communities the residents have private bedrooms and bathrooms, which limits cross contamination of germs between patients/ residents.

4th Main Difference


Lastly, assisted living facilities are able to make their own decisions regarding policies and procedures for their community as long as it abides by the state guidelines. Most assisted living facilities were already putting protocols into effect before the governor announced his executive orders, thereby catching things early before the virus was in the area and staying ahead of the curve

Forest Hill Heights is working hard to remain virus free and keeping the residents safe, healthy and happy!

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