Nursing homes also known as Skilled Nursing Facilities are federally regulated. They provide nursing staff- RNs/LPNs around the clock. Today,there are many alternatives to a nursing home and the level of care found there. It is important to ask and understand what care is really needed.
Many senior living options offer Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care. And now some communities also offer what is called Enhanced Care or Care Suites. Generally the price for a Care Suite is comparable to a nursing home, but the setting is less institutional.