What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing?

The McKnight Place community is proud to provide the highest standard in both assisted living long-term care and skilled nursing services. But sometimes, people want to know the differences between these two senior living options. Allow us to help clarify the topic of assisted living vs. skilled nursing.

Assisted Living

We are not just a nursing home. Our assisted living community is for thriving seniors who want to remain independent while receiving a little extra help. With McKnight Place Assisted Living, residents enjoy an elegant, home-like setting with the benefit of having access to medical care and assistance with medication management, doctor visits, and more. Plus, our residents get help with activities of daily living, including toileting, personal care, and other ADLs. Finally, chores and daily tasks like preparing meals, cleaning, and laundry are a thing of the past at McKnight!

Staying active and social, feeling safe and secure, and having transportation options are also hallmarks of our Assisted Living lifestyle.

Our assisted living services and amenities provide the highest standard for active seniors in the St. Louis area. We are locally owned and dedicated to providing active senior living in an upscale, comfortable environment. Our residents’ needs come first. They enjoy all the comfort of home along with upscale services including fine dining and catering, personal care companions, luxury transportation to outings, salon and spa, a wide range of events and social activities, quality 24/7 medical service, and much more.

McKnight Place offers a full range of therapy services from experienced practitioners on-site in our community for the convenience of our residents. These care services include physical, occupational therapy, restorative, speech, art, and music therapy.

Skilled Nursing

McKnight Place Skilled Nursing provides the highest quality rehabilitative services and skilled care for our residents each and every day. Skilled Nursing at McKnight Place is a community for seniors who have medical conditions that require the highest level of care option (outside of a hospital stay) on either a long-term or short-term stay.

Every aspect of McKnight Place Skilled Nursing has been thoroughly researched and professionally designed to uphold the highest standards of excellence. We employ only the most qualified medical professionals who demonstrate care and concern for all our residents, offering safety, security, and the reliability of 24-hour medical supervision in a unique home-like setting.

With great nurse-to-resident ratios and exceptional, 24-hour skilled nursing care, we build a close relationship with each resident and their family member for complete peace of mind. Skilled nursing residents also have access to the majority of services available to assisted living residents, including fine dining and catering, personal care companions, salons and spas, common areas for socializing, daily calendars of events and activities, quality 24/7 medical service, and much more. A personalized care plan is created for each older adult based on their specific medical needs.

Communication is valued between residents, their healthcare team, and their loved ones. Full-time licensed practical nurses and caregivers provide medication administration and skilled care around the clock. Additionally, our board-certified geriatric medical director is always on call. Skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents can also access on-site physical, occupational, speech, language, respiratory therapy, and rehabilitative medical services.

One Community, One Mission

Despite their differences, both McKnight Place Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing share many of the same services and amenities. Both senior living communities continue The Gatesworth tradition of excellence in senior living, providing the warm, comfortable feeling of home in a safe and secure environment. All of our services are delivered by trained professional staffing, from our housekeepers and dining servers to our licensed registered nurses and nursing assistants.

Our residents’ suites are elegantly designed in the style of luxurious hotel suites with bay windows, nine-foot ceilings, a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a 24-hour emergency response system. All residents enjoy restaurant-style dining with delicious, well-balanced meals featuring a variety of menu options approved by a registered dietitian.

Whether it’s through assisted living or skilled nursing services, the McKnight Place community is dedicated to providing the best senior living experience in the St. Louis area. Give us a call or pay us a visit to learn more about how McKnight Place can better the life of you or a loved one.

Come See For Yourself

No matter what type of care you are looking for, McKnight Place can help! For more information on our other senior care options, including independent living and memory care options for people with Alzheimer’s and other chronic conditions.To schedule a personal tour or to ask about living costs, please call 314-993-3333 (Assisted Living & Memory Care) or 314-993-2221 (Skilled Nursing).

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