Leon Care Centers allows residents to start out in an assisted living environment and move into the skilled nursing care center if this becomes a need later on. In general, here are the differences between assisted living (as provided by us at Terrace Park Assisted Living) and a skilled nursing care center (as provided by us at Westview Acres Care Center):

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities provide supportive services such as housekeeping, meal preparation, planned activities, and wellness. Staff focusing on “helping with” not “doing for” residents. Residents have their own apartments and manage their own schedules. Residents may stay on a temporary basis or longer-term. On call nurses are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Assisted living facilities are not for people who need constant nursing care. In general, payment is not usually provided by health insurance nor Medicare/Medicaid. Long-term care insurance can sometimes be used. Many individuals pay for assisted living themselves. Costs vary greatly depending on services provided.

Nursing Home

Nursing home facilities provide residents with help for most or all of their activities of daily living such as meals, bathing, dressing, nursing care, toileting, rehabilitative therapy, and special care for residents with dementia. Residents may stay on a temporary basis or longer-term. Skilled nursing is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Private health insurance, long-term care insurance, and Medicare/Medicaid will sometimes pay for nursing home services. Costs vary greatly depending on services provided.