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Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity. A nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit, care home or rest home provides a specific type of care for its residents. A nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit, care home or rest home provides a specific type of care for its residents. Assisted Living communities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. Assisted living comes by many names, such as residential care, board and care, or group homes. An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you donít need the round-the-clock medical care and supervision of a nursing home. Nursing Home residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home. Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include Residential Care Home, Assisted Care Living Facilities, and Personal Care Homes. Generally, retirement homes are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities. A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. The housing is friendlier to older adults, more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in outside maintenance. A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. A retirement home is a multi-residence housing facility intended for senior citizens.
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