Medicare Glossary

Definitions for common Medicare terms

adult living care facility

DEFINITION: An adult living care facility, otherwise known as an assisted living facility, is a residential care facility that provides support people who can’t safely live by themselves but who don’t need skilled medical services 24 hours a day, and thus don’t need to be in a nursing home, where more intensive care is provided.

This article provides a good summary of the differences between an assisted living facility and a nursing home.