Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care

Assisted living communities and nursing homes are two of the most common types of supportive living environments that you’ll find in Texas. They both serve adults who want or need assistance during their retirement years, but they serve different needs among those adults.

Assisted living communities are designed to provide comfortable homes to people who need help with the activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include basic tasks like bathing, dressing, grooming, and using the bathroom. Many assisted living communities, including Spring Creek, also provide a higher level of medical care by keeping a registered nurse on staff to monitor residents' well-being.

Nursing homes provide a high level of medical care, but less of a home-like environment. Nursing homes often look and feel more clinical, with skilled nursing care that’s designed for people who need medical attention available at all times.

Assisted Living: 

  •  Focuses on providing housing, services and amenities to residents. 
  • Texas assisted living communities like Spring Creek offer comfortable, relaxed environments that encourage adults to enjoy their retirement. 
  • Nursing homes are care facilities first and foremost.
  • Texas nursing homes, including nursing homes in Plano, feel less like home and more like a long-term care clinic. 
  • Since residents in nursing homes have high medical needs, they also have less privacy as medical staff needs to constantly monitor or assist them. 
  • Residents in assisted living receive personalized support plans that can support high acuity care needs, but don’t encroach as much on personal space or privacy. 
  • They focus on maximizing what individuals can do while providing support they need and want. 

Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes

Assisted living services and nursing home care are both options for adults that need daily support. However, adults looking for long-term support often find they prefer assisted living over a nursing home facility because of its environment. 

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  • While assisted living doesn’t provide the advanced medical care of a nursing home, it does provide many of the same services in an environment that’s more comfortable and relaxing than nursing homes in Plano, TX or another area of the country.
  • The high degree of medical expertise in nursing homes increases their cost. In Texas, nursing home costs can be as high as $6,500 per month for a private room.  A nursing home near you, including a nursing home near Plano, TX, could cost that much or more.
  • Texas assisted living services are more affordable. At Spring Creek, our assisted living pricing is all-inclusive and starts at just $4,300 per month. 

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Services and Benefits  

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Assistance with daily tasks

Registered nurse on-site

24-hour health monitoring

Housekeeping and linen services

Physical, occupational and rehab services

Social and educational events

Comfortable, home-like environment

Advanced medical care

Do You Need Assisted Living or a Nursing Home?

•Most, if not all, residents need 24/7 care and/or supervision
•Nursing care is available for chronic needs like colostomy care or chronic wound care
More than half of the residents have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Almost 50% of nursing home facility residents have trouble communicating
•More than 90% of residents need support and/or supervision to walk
•Some nursing homes have dialysis, IV drug therapy or other specialized care on-site 

If you need daily support, but don’t have the high care needs of most nursing home residents, assisted living will likely be a more comfortable and enjoyable long-term living environment.

Assisted Living at Spring Creek

At Spring Creek, our assisted living neighborhood provides benefits and services similar to what you’ll find in a Plano nursing home, but in a comfortable environment that encourages residents to relax and enjoy their retirement. We have a registered nurse on staff, affordable, all-inclusive pricing and a wellness philosophy geared toward helping residents stay engaged, active and, most importantly, happy.

Contact us for more information on how our Texas assisted living services compare to nursing home care. Our team members will be happy to talk about your or your relative’s needs and whether or not assisted living or a skilled nursing home in Plano would be best for you. 

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