What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?

Assisted living facilities can provide a broad range of services including meals, transportation, housekeeping, personal care assistance such as bathing and dressing assistance, medication administration, feeding assistance, etc. Caregivers are not permitted to provide any skilled medical care. In most ALF’s residents must have some level of independence and cannot require 24-hour care.

Nursing homes provide round the clock, 24-hour skilled nursing care and are able to provide all levels of assistance all the way to end of life care. Patients needing constant supervision or who are non-ambulatory or bed-ridden would need skilled nursing care.