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Assisted Living vs. Personal Care: Understanding the Difference

We’re here to help you make the right decision

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Understanding the Care You or Your Loved One Needs is Essential

Assisted living and personal care are unique – just like you.

The quality of your assisted living and personal care experience matters as much as any other stage of life – bringing the comfort and safety, excitement and opportunity, and dependable community support that’s there when you need it.

Morning Pointe provides Personal Care for you or your loved ones in the state of Kentucky

What is Personal Care in Kentucky?

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a Personal Care community is part of a healthcare continuum of care that includes Personal Care communities, Assisted Living communities and Nursing Homes.

Personal care communities are licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the Kentucky Cabinet of Health Services, while Assisted Living communities are certified (not licensed) by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living.

A Personal Care community will often allow the resident to “age in place” longer before a higher level of care may be required, i.e., a nursing home. The greatest difference between Personal Care and Assisted Living relates to nursing oversight and medication management, which is provided at a Personal Care community.

When choosing between assisted living and personal care in Kentucky, it’s important to consider your needs.

Personal Care Community


Licensed Nurses


Director of Nursing – Oversees all Nursing and Clinical aspects of our services


Medication management and administration


Has authorization to communicate with physicians and pharmacies


Monthly Wellness Assessments provided


Nursing care oversight of all resident care


Diabetic Management


Ability to provide for in-house labs and x-rays through other organizations


Maintains resident charts and medication records

Most long-term care insurance policies cover personal care

Assisted Living

Does not offer nurses or nursing oversight

Can only offer assistance with medical reminders

Employees cannot determine dosage, administer injections or other medication
Employees cannot take orders for or changes in medications
Can only do first aid and then call 911

Does not provide Diabetic Management

Cannot provide in-house labs and x-rays through other organizations
Few long-term care insurance policies cover assisted living

We’d love to have you join our community. But don’t just take it from us, read what others are saying …

It feels like home to my mom, and when we come in, it feels like home to us.

Tim Kelly

Family Member, Morning Pointe of Chattanooga

I have no doubt my mom has the best 24-hour care possible.

Vicki Sewell

Family Member, The Lantern at Morning Pointe

My dad loves it here! He has a ball, and every day is a new day.
Randy Burns

Family Member, Morning Pointe of Collegedale