Nursing home

Simplified definition

An institution for the care of elderly people who need assistance in their daily lives, but who do not need to be in a hospital.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Any facility who primarily provides skilled nursing care and related services to residents who require medical or nursing care; rehabilitation services to the injured, disabled, or sick; or on a regular basis, health care and services to individuals who because of their mental or physical condition require care and services (above the level of room and board) which is available to them only through these facilities, and is not primarily for the care and treatment of mental diseases.”

Source: Georgia Department of Community Health. Nursing homes. [Internet]. Jul 2012 [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 



“People sometimes move to nursing home when they are [sic] unable to take care of themselves due to medical, cognitive, behavioral or functional issues. In addition to custodial care, nursing home residents may get help taking medications or managing chronic conditions.”

Source: UHC. What’s the difference between a skilled nursing facility and a nursing home. [Internet]. [cited on sept 7, 2022].


  • People tend to confuse nursing homes with skilled facilities, places for people receiving care after an illness, a surgery, or an injury.


Care home / Nursing facility



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