Ask the Expert – Senior Care
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Q: What’s the difference between an assisted living community and a nursing home facility?
A: Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are for people who have their basic independence and usually only require minimum to moderate oversight. Typically ALFs are paid through private funds and are non-medical establishments. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) offer medical services 24 hours a day. A nurse is always on duty, along with medication and physician services, licensed activity programs, social workers, a dietician and skilled physical, occupational and speech therapists. Most skilled nursing facilities are certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to participate in Medicare and MediCal programs for short-term, post-acute rehabilitation services or for long-term care.
—Doug Hawkins, RN/NHA
Western Slope Health Center
3280 Washington Street, Placerville