Nursing Home vs. Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are places where seniors live in a residential community with some customizable personal care services available such as assistance with activities of daily living (i.e. showering, dressing assistance, medication reminders / management). Residents have a lot of freedom and choices. Assisted living facilities tend to feel more home-like and less institutional. Meals are served in a restaurant with a menu of more than 40 choices. The cost typically includes monthly rent, plus fees depending on other services needed.


Nursing homes offer medical care, skilled nursing care, and oversight 24 hours a day. They are more like hospitals, delivering care to frail seniors. Nursing Homes serve as permanent residences for people who are too frail or sick to live at home because of physical, emotional or mental problems. Residents typically share a room and are served meals in a central dining area unless they are too ill to participate. Nursing home costs are considerably more than assisted living costs.