What is the Difference Between a Nursing Facility and an Assisted Living Facility?

Assisted living facilities serve as an option for individuals seeking some daily assistance while also providing independence in a home-like setting. Services generally include personal care, medication assistance, social services, recreational and wellness programs, housekeeping and laundry, maintenance, and transportation arrangements. Assisted living is an ideal setting to provide safety and wellness for residents who may not need significant medical or nursing care but would benefit from extra services.

Nursing facility residents are those who require a higher level of care than that provided by assisted living facilities either for an extended period of time or for a shorter length of rehabilitation. Services include medical, nursing and rehabilitative, personal, and residential care. Nursing facilities provide 24-hour licensed nursing care to serve individuals with higher medical needs.

Nursing facilities and assisted living facilities can sometimes be found on the same campus. They provide distinctly different services and long-term care options.