What is the difference between Provident Memory Care and a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Provident vs. Skilled Nursing Facilities


Skilled Nursing Home

<44 Dementia Residents Only 50+ Diverse Patients*
Private or Shared rooms with ½ baths* Shared rooms & bathrooms
Medium-Sized Residence Large Facility
Secure residence & courtyard WanderGuard Alarm
* Accept patients with these needs: Oxygen 24/7, IV therapy, Tube Fed, Catheter, 2 person assist in/out of wheelchair

Provident vs. Skilled Nursing Care


Skilled Nursing Care

LVN 40 hours/week, On-Call 24/7 RN onsite 24/7
Medication Management Medication Management
24 Hour Supervised Care 24 Hour Supervised Care
Assist with all ADLs Assist with all ADLs
Activities 10 hours daily Activities 8 hours M-F
Staff trained in dementia care Staff wear scrubs
Staff eat with residents In-house Rehab

* Only private rooms in SW Austin. Private & shared rooms in Livingston.

Provident Memory Care is very different than a traditional nursing home. Provident’s residences are certified Alzheimer’s Assisted Livings that are licensed to provide care by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

Provident Memory Care provides a “Social Model” of care not a Medical Model” of care.  That means that Provident’s residences are home-like, with only 22 rooms with private half baths.  Provident’s silent monitoring system notifies the staff when the residents need assistance.  This provides a calmer and more serene living environment for the residents.

Provident’s staff does not wear scrubs and an LVN is onsite 40 hours a week and on-call 24/7.  The residents of Provident Memory Care have fewer medical and nursing needs.  PT/OT/ST, Home Health, Hospice and a visiting physician can be provided by third party agencies in-house if needed.

Provident’s social model of care places a very high importance on the social needs of the residents: the need to belong to a social group of peers, the need for companionship and understanding, the need to be an active participant in their lives through decision-making and active participation in meaningful activities throughout the day.

Skilled Nursing Homes provide a Medical Model of Care that focuses on meeting the patients’ skilled medical needs by providing an RN on-site 24/7, a medical director on staff, and in-house rehabilitation.  A Medical Model of Care is considered to be very clinical.  It can feel like a medical facility with RNs and Certified Nursing Assistants who wear scrubs.  Also, the environment in the medical model of care can be quite noisy, with buzzers and resident call systems ringing at all hours.