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What to Know About Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living


Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living

Here’s the Difference

Whether looking into recovery care for yourself or a permanent living arrangement for an aging loved one, understanding the difference between Assisted Living Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities can be tricky. At Senior Living Management, we offer a variety of care levels designed to accommodate a spectrum needs, from Independent Living to Memory and Hospice Care. This helpful guide will show you some of the basic differences between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living.

The primary difference between a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and an Assisted Living Community is the kind of care provided. For instance, an SNF provides constant medical oversight of injuries, illnesses, and disabilities by licensed medical professionals. In an Assisted Living Community, most care is that which may be provided by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), such as assistance with the activities daily living (ADLs).

Both Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Communities offer the following:

  • Sleeping accommodations
  • Meals and housekeeping
  • Assistance with ADLs

But there are a number of differences in the care provided by these facilities and communities. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living.

About Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing is designed for those who require medical care which must be provided by licensed professionals, such as registered nurses. SNFs are designed for both short-term and long-term stays and do not offer hospice or palliative care – though both may be available via a hospice provider. Reasons for an SNF stay are typically brought about by sudden changes in one’s health which would require a need for medical care, such an accident, surgery, or medical procedure. Stays in SNFs may be covered by Medicare, so you’ll want to refer to your coverage policy to see what’s included.

Skilled Nursing Is:

  • Constant oversight from licensed medical professionals
  • Medical care for an illness, injury, surgery, or change in health
  • Physical and occupational therapy, pain management

Skilled Nursing is Not:

  • Hospice care
  • Palliative care
  • Though hospice providers may offer both in an SNF

At Senior Living Management, we offer skilled nursing in both our Maitland, FL, and West Palm Beach, FL, senior living communities.

About Assisted Living

Assisted Living is ideal for individuals who need assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, mobility, continence, and medication assistance. Assisted Living communities are typically designed to be permanent or long-term residences for seniors who require such care. The move to an Assisted Living Community is often prompted by a change in one’s ability to care for themselves on a day-to-day basis, though a fall or in-home incident may be the reason this change in living situation is required.

Assisted Living Is:

  • Long-term living for seniors
  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Round-the-clock care & assistance

Assisted Living Is Not:

  • Short-term care for recovery purposes
  • For those in need of constant medical oversight
  • Memory or hospice care, though SLM communities may offer both

Senior Living Management offers Assisted Living communities in Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana. We also offer both hospice and memory care in a number of our communities.

How do I know which is right for me or my loved one?

Contact Senior Living Management today for more information on how to choose the appropriate care level for yourself or a loved one. Our senior-care professionals will be happy to answer your questions and help you make the right choice for your needs.

Senior Living Management


4611 Johnson Road Suite 1 Coconut Creek, FL 33073