An assisted living is a social model of care, essentially an apartment community with supportive services: meals and housekeeping along with available help for non-medical activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and managing medications. Assisted Living communities typically have a more home-like feel as residents rent an apartment or a suite.
Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, are medical models of care and often feel like more of a clinical setting. Nursing homes support those who need medical care and supervision 24 hour a day. Many nursing homes offer both short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care.