Housing Option 4 - Living In A Nursing Home

A nursing home, also known as a long-term care facility, is typically the last option for people who can no longer be cared for at home  or in a community-based facility, and who need 24-hour nursing supervision.

The decision making process for choosing a nursing home and obtaining quality care while in the home is different than for other types of housing.  Often, the decision to go a nursing home, the services and level of care required, and the time available for selecting a facility are dictated by sudden changes in circumstance and health. It is not uncommon to have to make a selection in only a few days and a healthcare provider may be actively involved in helping you determine what is needed.

We recommend that you review several sections of our National Caregivers Library for a variety of information that can help you with the legal, financial and emotional aspects of nursing home care for a loved one. See the list of topics on the side panel of this page and take the time to peruse them. 

 Following are some sources of information for evaluating and selecting nursing home care. 

Government Resource:
800.MEDICARE (800.633.2273)

 Helpful Information elsewhere on this site:

  • Nursing Home Checklist 
    A list of basic questions to ask when you and your loved one visit a nursing home.
  • Nursing Home Regulations
    In order to be Medicare or Medicaid approved, nursing homes must meet certain standards.
  • Quality Of Life
    As your loved one considers moving into a nursing home, it’s important to look for a facility that offers needed services in a clean, safe, friendly environment.
  • Reviewing The Nursing Home Contract
    Some questions to consider before your loved one signs a nursing home contract.

Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.