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There is a wide range of home care services that can help you maintain your independence within the comfort of your own home, from in home help to day care. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. A nursing home may be a good choice if both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. You have a close network of nearby family, friends, and neighbors. Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home. A nursing home may be a good choice if you need a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization, but itís anticipated you will be able to return to home or another facility after a period of time. Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. Generally, retirement homes are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities. The housing is friendlier to older adults, more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in outside maintenance. A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living. Retirement homes are also called retirement residences. An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you need more personal care services than are feasible at home or in an independent living retirement community. Assisted living comes by many names, such as residential care, board and care, or group homes. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term assisted living. Nursing Home residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity. Assisted Living communities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home. A nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit, care home or rest home provides a specific type of care for its residents.

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