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Assisted living communities are designed to feel at home and residents often live in their own apartments or suites with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Nursing homes have a more clinical setting and residents often live in a private or semi-private room that does not include a living room or kitchen.
The average length of stay before death was 13.7 months, while the median was five months. Fifty-three percent of nursing home residents in the study died within six months.