In a nursing home, residents have 24-hour access to trained staff, so they can be continuously monitored for medical needs and can receive help with the activities of daily living. Your loved one may need long-term residential care in a nursing home or short-term care in a skilled nursing facility following surgery, hospitalization, or an illness.
There are two levels of nursing home care. In a skilled nursing facility (SNF), residents are under the 24-hour care of licensed or registered nursing staff, while in an intermediate care facility residents are cared for by certified nursing assistants.
Note: If your loved one doesn't need full-time medical supervision and is able to live more independently, search for assisted living instead.