What is the difference between assisted living & skilled nursing?

Assisted living communities provide housing with personal assistance, care services, and specialized care as needed for each individual. Skilled nursing provides dedicated, intensive assistance and care.

An assisted living facility is a senior living community that provides housing, personal assistance, and care services for seniors and people with disabilities. Assisted living facilities—also known as assisted living communities—will provide medical care services in addition to daily care. The types of medical care an assisted living community offers can range from medicine administration to specialized dementia care, and residents in assisted living can receive additional care services as they need it.

A skilled nursing facility, also known as a nursing home, provides dedicated, intense care to seniors who have serious medical needs. Skilled nursing facilities also offer engagement and community opportunities for their residents, but activities are more limited.