Mar 25, 2016 - 03:34 PM
Most states have a website where you can read the regulations for the various types of health facilities. Also, many will give a comparison of the different facilities and how well they meet the required regulations.
Generally, assisted care facilities employ aides (not necessarily certified) to provide care under indirect supervision of a nurse (frequently a LPN). Memory care units require an additional certification for an assisted living facility.
Skilled nursing facilities employ certified nursing assistants who work under direct supervision of LPNs and RNs. Aides are able to take blood pressures and oximeters, but a nurse is needed to interpret the findings. Normally, residents in an assisted living facility or memory care units do not need to have an oximeter reading, unless the individual requires oxygen therapy.
There are advantages of an assisted living facility that has a memory care unit so a couple can live in the same facility. However, If one or both of your parents are requiring more skilled care than the assisted living facility can provide, you may have to consider a skilled nursing facility.
I am hoping that this information will help you when making the decisions that will best meet the needs of your parents.