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Nursing Home

A Nursing Home (pronunciation: /ˈnɜːrsɪŋ hoʊm/) is a type of residential care that provides long-term care for elderly or disabled people.


The term "Nursing Home" is derived from the words "nurse" and "home". The word "nurse" comes from the Latin word "nutrire", which means to nourish or to care for. The word "home" comes from the Old English word "hām", which means a dwelling or a place of residence.


A Nursing Home is a facility for the residential care of elderly or disabled people. Nursing homes may also be referred to as skilled nursing facility (SNF), long-term care facilities, old people's homes, care homes, rest homes, convalescent homes or convalescent care.

Related Terms

  • Elderly Care: The fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens.
  • Assisted Living: A housing facility for people with disabilities or for adults who cannot or choose not to live independently.
  • Residential Care: A style of residential accommodation with health care, especially for elderly people.
  • Long-term Care: A variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: A type of nursing home recognized by the Medicare and Medicaid systems as meeting long term health care needs for individuals who have the potential to function independently after a limited period of care.

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