Nursing homes are licensed healthcare residences for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility or the home setting. They are typically for patients who require long-term medical care for serious medical conditions. Nursing homes are not only for the elderly, but for anyone who requires 24-hour care.

Nursing homes are different than assisted living facilities or senior living communities. Assisted living facilities provide and senior living communities provide services to individuals who want to maintain some level of independence but who might require support with activities of daily living that are non-medical in nature.

Nursing homes vary widely in the levels of care and services available.  State licensing and other certifications determine the tiers of medical care that can be provided. At a minimum, some level of security, personal and nursing care is available around the clock.

What types of services are offered in nursing homes?

Typical care services provided in a nursing home could include:

  • Assistance with activites of daily living (custodial or personal care)
  • Medication administration and management
  • Skilled nursing or some set of limited medical services
  • Recreational activites
  • Transportation, meals, laundry, housekeeping, etc.

What is the difference between a nursing home and skilled nursing facility?

Although the words “nursing home” and “skilled nursing facility” are often used interchangeably, they are different. Skilled nursing facilities are for patients who require a high level of medical care for a short period so that they can rehabilitate and return to the home setting. Nursing homes are for individuals who can no longer live at home and who require a long-term residential medical care facility.

 

 

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