A nursing home is a facility for individuals who cannot be cared for at home but do not need to be in a hospital. Most nursing homes employ skilled nurses and nursing aides who are available 24 hours a day.
The environment of a nursing home can vary between each facility. Some more closely resemble a home and neighborhood by refraining from a set schedule and opening the kitchens to the residents.
Staff at these locations may also place a greater emphasis on developing relationships with the residents. At other nursing homes, the environment may more closely resemble a hospital, with the staff providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy and a nurses’ station on each floor.