A nursing home is a place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day.
Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. There might be a nurses' station on each floor. Other nursing homes try to be more like home. They try to have a neighborhood feel. Often, they don't have a fixed day-to-day schedule, and kitchens might be open to residents. Staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with residents.
Some nursing homes have special care units for people with serious memory problems such as Alzheimer's disease. Some will let couples live together. Nursing homes are not only for older adults, but for anyone who requires 24-hour care.
NIH: National Institute on Aging
- Alternatives to Nursing Homes (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Also in Spanish
- COVID-19: People Who Live in a Nursing Home or Long-Term Care Facility (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Hospice Care (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Report a Patient Safety Event (Joint Commission)
- Nursing Home Checklist (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) - PDF
Statistics and Research
- National Nursing Home Survey (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Pflege in Zeiten von COVID-19: Onlinebefragung von Leitungskräften zu Herausforderungen, Belastungen...
- Article: A Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Missouri Nursing Homes.
- Article: Nurse Staffing and Coronavirus Infections in California Nursing Homes.
- Nursing Homes -- see more articles
- Long term care -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging) & Title VI Aging Programs (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging)
- Find a Nursing Home (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Also in Spanish
- Find and Compare Health Care Providers (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Also in Spanish
- Locate an Ombudsman (National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care)
- National Institute on Aging Also in Spanish