According to research from the National Institutes of Health, about one million seniors live in assisted living facilities, and 1.5 million occupy the 1.7 million licensed nursing home beds across the United States. As Baby Boomers enter their grey years, more people will require more intensive medical care, necessitating skilled nursing care and temporary or lifelong admission to long-term care facilities.

Our nursing home residents answer many questions from clients about how to pick the right nursing home. In this explainer, our experts will outline them for everyone who wants reliable caregivers to look after their aging parents and relatives.

What Is a Nursing Center, and How Do I Choose One?

A nursing center, also known as a skilled nursing facility, is a healthcare setting where nurses, doctors, and nursing aides help seniors and disabled people who can not reliably care for themselves. Nursing homes help them:

  • Prepare and consume meals
  • Shower and bathe
  • Dress themselves
  • Take medications on-time
  • Retain mobility
  • And much more

You can find seven types of nursing homes in America. Most of them accept supplemental health care insurance because Medicare does not cover most forms of long-term care.

Independent Living Apartments

Independent living apartments allow seniors to find and interact with people of the same age who like the same things they do through community events, shopping trips, and cookouts. If you or your aging relative does not require intensive medical care or monitoring, an independent living apartment could provide an ideal living situation.

Healthcare agencies do not regulate independent living apartments.

Adult Homes

Government bodies regulate and license adult homes as they serve as refuges for adults who require short and long-term care. These facilities offer housekeeping, medical supervision, and meals.

Assisted Living Programs

If patients need help with small tasks but can carry out daily activities, like bathing, dressing, and cooking independently, they belong in assisted living programs. ALP facilities offer board, room, skilled nursing care, and patient case management.

Enriched Housing

An enriched housing facility allows seniors to conduct their lives in separate houses or apartment units. They function like adult homes but are working under a license from the Department of Health.

Family-Type Senior Care

Family-type senior care facilities, also called Family-Type Homes for Adults or FTHAs, provide seniors who can no longer reliably care for themselves with housekeeping, general residential care, and a social setting. FTHAs are medium-care establishments that do not offer skilled nursing or medical services.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities or Lifecare Communities are long-term care facilities that allow residents to move from low-level to high-level care as their medical requirements change.

Nursing Home

A nursing home is a high-level care facility that offers 24-hour monitoring for patients recovering from surgeries and illnesses. They also administer care to seniors looking for intermediate care, short-term stays, and long-term residency.

Contact Us Today for More Information

The Charming Lakes Rehabilitation & Care Center is proud to be the most preferred nursing home in Florida, delivering high-quality senior care available 24/7. Reach us via email at for more information about nursing homes.