Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Nursing Home Policy and Regulations in the United States

  • Iris ChiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_856-1



According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a nursing home is defined as a public or private residential facility providing a high level of long-term personal or nursing care for persons (such as the aged or the chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nursing%20home, accessed on February 16, 2019). However, the definition of a nursing home and the type of assistance provided in a nursing home vary by country. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and AMDA foundation developed a survey to assist with an international consensus on the definition of nursing home (Sanford et al. 2015). Based on survey results, the authors offered the following definition: “A nursing home is a facility with a domestic-style environment that provides 24-hour functional support and care for persons who require assistance with ADLs and who often have...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Suzanne Dowark-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Xue Bai
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  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina