The Differences Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

A few weeks ago, we took an in-depth look at assisted living communities, and what exactly they offer. Today, we’ll look at a related topic, stemming from a question we are repeatedly asked here at

What is the difference between nursing homes and assisted living communities?Resident with Daughter

Well, there are many, starting with the care services they offer. We have published a new, thorough article that explains nursing homes in great detail, including these key differences from assisted living:

An assisted living community does not provide skilled nursing services, and these communities are often private pay only. In contrast, nursing homes accept Medicaid and Medicare in addition to private pay or health insurance. Residents at an assisted living community are also capable of carrying out activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing and toileting with some or minimal assistance. In contrast, nursing home resident require more support with ADLs.

Of course, there are many other differences, and much more to learn about nursing homes. We encourage you to read the full article, and ask any further questions you have about nursing homes below. We’ll be more than happy to answer them.

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