We often encounter people using the term ‘nursing home’ to refer to where their elderly relatives live but that many not always be correct. Senior Living options generally fall into 1 of 2 categories, nursing home or assisted living community, which have a few similarities and differences.
In general, an Assisted Living Community provides services for a person who requires some but not full assistance. In other words, this person is semi-autonomous and is able to manage some of their activities of daily living and/or domestic tasks but may need help with other activities. Where as a nursing home is needed when a person is fully dependent on others for most or all of their activities of daily living and domestic tasks. Usually, the fee for a nursing home includes full time care and support.
Here is a great article from Senior Living with more about the differences between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home.