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The differences between nursing homes, assisted living, and “life plan communities”

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But what kind?
  • Lila MacLellan
By Lila MacLellan

Quartz at Work reporter


The senior housing market can be bewildering to newcomers, partly because not everyone within it speaks exactly the same language. The terminology for the wide range of arrangements can vary slightly between businesses, states, and countries.

To help you sort it out, here is a glossary of the categories common across the US industry:

Skilled nursing facilities