Long-Term Care vs. Assisted Living: Know The Key Differences

If you or a loved one are finding it challenging to maintain everyday tasks due to physical or mental health concerns, you’re likely considering various care solutions. There are many out there, and navigating their differences can be confusing. Two common options are long-term care and assisted living. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Keep reading for a summary of the key differences between them.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a residential living setting that’s most appropriate for active seniors who are finding it difficult to manage everyday tasks in their home. Some may think of it as a retirement home with their own apartment or private residence. This option allows seniors to maintain an active lifestyle while receiving assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Common ADLs are such things as managing medications, bathing, dressing and housekeeping. There’s also a community component to most assisted living settings. Seniors can choose to attend organized entertainment and outings, and they can eat with other residents and visit common areas. It can be an ideal retirement community for someone who simply needs some assistance with the requirements of day-to-day life.

Long-Term Care

Older adults who require more extensive medical supervision are more likely to benefit from long-term care. This option provides additional services like round-the-clock monitoring, specialized therapies, mobility assistance and palliative care. Seniors with significant cognitive decline or complex health issues typically choose long-term care for its enhanced safety and security.

Primary Differences

Both assisted living and long-term care offer a range of core activities like help with ADLs, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, meals and entertainment. Where they differ is in the level of medical care provided. Assisted living is most appropriate for those seeking supplemental aid in their day-to-day lifestyle. Seniors who need 24-hour skilled nursing attention will want to look to long-term care to fulfill their needs.

Learn More

If you want to explore these options further, we encourage you to contact us at Park Place Senior Living. We offer both assisted living communities and long-term care communities throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario.