What are the Differences Between Nursing Homes, Other Care Centers?

There are a number of different options when it comes to medical care and assistance with activities of daily living for senior citizens, depending on the level of care needed. Fortunately, there are different types of facilities that offer varying levels of care that older individuals and their families can choose from.

Assisted living facilities house individuals who need some level of care, monitoring, and services, but who can live relatively independently. Individuals who live in assisted living facilities do not need 24-hour nursing care. Assisted living facilities allow individuals to continue to live independently while still receiving some care and monitoring.

A Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) is a type of assisted living facility where five or more unrelated persons who are over the age of 18 live together in a community setting. CBRFs are often senior-based communities, but they also may offer housing for adults with developmental disabilities, mental health problems, and physical disabilities. The type of care available at CBRFs is above the level of room and board, and may include up to three hours per week of nursing care per resident.

Nursing homes are residential facilities for five or more adults who need access to 24-hour nursing care, whether it is limited nursing care, intermediate nursing care, or skilled nursing services. Individuals in nursing homes are unable to live independently or even semi-independently. In most cases, nursing home residents have medical problems that are significant enough that they require constant nursing care.

No matter which type of long-term care facility is right for you or your loved one, you have the right to expect quality care and protection from abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, some facilities do not provide the quality that you expected, which can result in abuse or neglect of its residents. We are the Wisconsin abuse lawyers to whom you can turn if you suspect or become aware of abusive actions taken toward your loved one while residing in any type of long-term care facility, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and CBRFs. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of your situation, the Madison long-term care abuse and neglect attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are prepared to advocate on behalf of your loved one and hold assisted living or other long-term care facilities responsible for any abuse that has occurred.


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