Within the general category of nursing homes are two specific types: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Congregate Living Health Facilities (CLHF). While the names are often confused and confusing, each offers different types of care in settings with a different look and feel. The guidance given here will help you make the best choice.
Nursing homes, in varying sizes and styles, may be the best choice for people with illnesses or physical or mental limitations that require monitoring and care from medical professionals. To find the best fit, take the time and effort to compare a few facilities as to quality of care as well as personal preferences such as location, size, and resident characteristics.
Those considering care in Congregate Living Health Facilities will likely be most strongly driven by whether a particular place offers the specialized care needed. Still, for many people, the attraction to CLHFs is that they provide nursing care in a smaller,home-like setting, so potential residents should check out the comfort and suitability of the surroundings in addition to the quality of medical care offered.
A hybrid type of facility, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), typically offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing all under one roof or on one campus. Residents move from one level of care to the next as needed.