A nursing home is a long-term residential facility for people who need around-the-clock medical care. It is usually staffed with skilled nurses and aides 24 hours a day. It is often considered the next step after an assisted living facility. Some people also stay in a nursing home for a short period of time to recover from surgery and/or go through rehabilitation. Learn more about what nursing homes do, how to pay for nursing home care, how to choose a nursing home, and more in this guide.