In San Diego County, elderly nursing homes have different functions and licensing requirements than assisted living facilities. Nursing homes, more commonly referred to as skilled nursing facilities, are regulated by the California Department of Public Health.
Skilled nursing facilities have medical personnel on site at all times. Nurses there can provide medical services for conditions that an assisted living facility cannot legally perform, such as feeding tubes, IV therapy, and late stage wounds.
Sometimes seniors or their families believe elderly nursing homes are needed when in fact an assisted living home or community is appropriate. We’re happy to help you explore these differences.