Assisted living provides a combination of residential housing, personalized supportive services and healthcare, but it does not include skilled nursing care. It is intended for adults who may require help with activities of daily living such as meals, housecleaning, bathing, dressing and/or medication reminders. Most allow their residents to stay as independent as possible, having the security of having assistance available on a 24 hour basis. They are regulated and licensed at the state level.
Nursing homes are licensed by the state and provide 24-hour care, rehabilitation services and activities of daily living to the chronically ill who require nursing care. These are the most extensive form of senior housing. These are for seniors who need around-the-clock monitoring and continued medical attention.
Often referred to as retirement communities or active living communities, they are designed for seniors who are mostly independent but desire the security and conveniences of community living. They may include houses, cottages or apartment settings.
These communities offer several levels of care at one location, such as retirement living (independent living), assisted living and skilled nursing.