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How Is Assisted Living Different From Nursing Home Care?

Determine The Best Fit for your loved one.

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With so many different types of care options out there, it can be difficult to determine what’s best for your loved one. You can get started by learning about each community and what it has to offer – and be realistic about the unique needs of your loved one to make sure you find the proper care.

The Oaks at Flower Mound takes pride in helping families in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area as they navigate the journey of senior care. Below you’ll find information about the differences between assisted living and/or nursing homes as a resource to help you determine the ideal option for your loved one.



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Nursing Homes

A nursing home provides around-the-clock skilled care for individuals who need assistance for most or all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This category of residential care for seniors is considered to be one step below hospital acute care. Because residents of nursing home communities typically have high care needs and complex medical conditions, nursing homes offer 24-hour medical care by trained medical staff, such as a registered nurse or therapist.


  • Manages care for individuals whose health needs are unable to be met by family members or in other types of senior living.
  • Generally provides life-enriching activities, giving residents more daily interaction and amenities than at-home care.


  • Due to the high level of medical attention, may offer less privacy than in other types of care and usually have shared rooms.
  • Quality of skilled nursing care can vary widely so it’s important to research communities and check their state ratings.


Assisted Living

Assisted living is used to describe a type of residential community that provides living quarters, support services and health care for individuals who need support with their everyday routines. These services usually include a combination of meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication management and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting and mobility as needed. For the most part, residents in assisted living communities have their own apartments with access to community spaces for dining and activities.


  • Encourages independence through individualized support while having a variety of options for dining and programming.
  • Gives residents a higher level of privacy and freedom, living in individual apartments and choosing how to spend their time.


  • May be opposed by seniors who are attached to staying in their own house.
  • Varies in quality of care, services provided and associated costs so families should look closely at what is included.


At The Oaks at Flower Mound, our levels of living are tailored to the needs of our residents – so you’ll find a specialized, supportive environment whether in assisted living or memory care. Contact us to learn more.