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Retirement Living in Kilgore: Nursing Home or Senior Living?

Many retirees choose senior living to free their lives from hassles. Deciding what type of senior living they want or need is a different story.

What’s the difference between a nursing home and senior living? How is Independent Living different from Assisted Living or even Memory Care? There are many questions to ask about long-term care, but first, let’s discover the differences.

There are a few options for Kilgore nursing home care, but what you’re looking for may be senior living.

What is a nursing home?

Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing care, provide daily living assistance and health care services by licensed nurses in a clinical setting.

Some people rely on care in these facilities to recover from surgery or injury. Others live in nursing homes permanently due to physical or mental conditions that prevent them from living independently.

Besides care level, one of the most significant differences about a nursing home is the price. Skilled nursing costs in Texas are among the lowest in the nation, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. Nursing homes are generally more expensive than senior living due to the higher level of medical care provided.

However, people with Medicare Part A may have their temporary stay covered if:

  • The person has had a hospital stay of three days
  • The person will need additional medical care or rehabilitation
  • The person receives a doctor’s recommendation to a skilled nursing facility

What services does a nursing home offer?

Skilled nursing can provide hospital-level care to nursing home residents. Some of these services include:

  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapies
  • Wound care
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Catheter care
  • Feeding tubes
  • Custodial care

What is senior living?

Homes and apartments that make life easier for seniors and their families.

Seniors who do not require 24/7 skilled nursing care can benefit from daily exciting activities and chef-prepared meals at senior living communities like Arabella of Kilgore. Retirees in Kilgore, TX can age in place at this community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.

Independent Living

It’s easy for retired people to get into a routine and develop unwanted habits. They might not stay as active as they’d like or may not get enough social interaction. Independent living is the solution to:

  • Making new friends and staying socially active
  • Joining wellness clubs
  • Eating daily scratch-made meals
  • Living in luxury

Independent living means maintenance-free living. You’ll no longer have to worry about household chores like cleaning, changing light bulbs, or leaky faucets. Let the concierge know whenever an issue arises, and a passionate team member will be happy to help.

You’ll feel secure in our gated community featuring 24-hour team member assistance. Pet-friendly homes and beautiful outdoor areas will keep you and your furry friend happy.

More to love at Arabella of Kilgore:

  • Full-service salon
  • Movie theater
  • Library
  • Activity center

Assisted Living

The best way for older adults to retain their independence is with the help of Assisted Living. Assisted living includes all of the benefits of Independent Living with the extra confidence provided by community team members and passionate care partners.

Assisted living offers:

  • Personal care plans
  • Medication management
  • Assistance bathing, dressing, grooming, and more
  • On-site physical therapy
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments

Seniors who want to get as much as possible out of life can enjoy staying active with Assisted Living. A calendar of games, art projects, and community outings give residents something to look forward to every day.

Arabella of Kilgore | Senior man receiving care from his caregiver
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Memory Care

Finding out a parent or spouse is living with a type of dementia like Alzheimer’s is difficult. Providing care for them is even more challenging. The secure and calming Memory Care cottage at Arabella of Kilgore offers just as much relief to family caregivers as your loved one.

Memory care is about living in the moment and celebrating those moments every time. In addition to many of the Assisted Living services offered, Memory Care residents receive:

  • Higher staff-to-resident ratio
  • Specialized Memory Care team members
  • Oversight and assistance
  • Adapted wellness programs
  • Purpose-based activities
  • Individualized activities
  • Three meals a day featuring the MINDful Menu
  • Two snacks a day
  • Specialized dietary monitoring

Senior Living With A Passionate Purpose

What is senior living’s purpose beyond providing worry-free housing for retirees? We make sure residents and team members have the opportunity to give back to the causes they’re passionate about.

This past holiday season, our community led a food drive to assist the efforts of Helping Hands of Kilgore. Our community is also advocating for blood drives at a time when hospitals are running dangerously low on the life-saving supply.

We also enjoy creating gift bags for local firehouses, police, and women’s shelters. Senior living at Arabella of Kilgore is a blessed experience, and it brings everyone in our community so much joy to share blessings when they can.


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Arabella of Kilgore would like to show you what senior living is all about. Arrange a tour of the service that’s best for you or a loved one. We can’t wait to meet you!

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