Nursing Home Facility Amenities

nursing home resourcesLearn about common services and activities in nursing homes.

Each nursing home facility you visit will offer a different set of amenities in a unique setting. When you research facilities for your loved one, make sure you get a good feel for the types of activities each nursing home offers. Visit during a class, hobby group or outing that you think your loved will particularly enjoy. At each nursing home facility, talk to staff and residents about the most preferred amenities and services available. Learning about the activities in nursing homes will help you choose a home that fits your loved one's unique personality and tastes.

Perks of Choosing a Nursing Home Facility

While providing in-home care to aging loved ones is still a popular senior care option, there are many benefits to choosing an onsite nursing home facility. Access to trained health professionals is a particular draw for most families. Each licensed nursing home facility must staff a medical professional 24 hours a day. Usually, registered nurses (RNs) work daytime hours and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) staff the homes at night.

In addition to medical offerings, families often choose to send their loved ones to skilled nursing facilities for the social opportunities they provide. The activities in nursing homes draw a number of residents who enjoy sharing hobbies, taking classes, learning new skills and staying fit with other residents.

Find Activities in Nursing Homes That Fit Your Loved One

You can find nursing homes with different amenities depending on your loved one's tastes. Quieter, more introverted seniors might prefer a nursing home facility located in a wooded area or scenic waterway, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Look for homes that offer amenities like libraries, hobby rooms and outings to local art and theater events. More active, social seniors might prefer pools and social clubs, or even golf courses and tennis courts. And no matter what the preferences of your loved one, finding a nursing home facility that offers fitness classes, therapy rooms and general gathering areas will help him stay fit, get appropriate care and enjoy healthy social interaction.

Common Activities in Nursing Homes

Browse the lists of activities in nursing homes below for ideas on what to look for in a nursing home facility. Which services and activities will she find most intriguing? And which will give you the most peace of mind?

Activities for the active retiree:
  • Boat and water-sport rentals
  • Exercise, movement and dance classes
  • Fitness centers
  • Golf courses
  • Hiking trails
  • Ski access
  • Shuffleboard courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis courts
Activities for the hobbyist:
  • Arts and crafts rooms
  • Beaches
  • Card rooms
  • Garden plots and pea patches
  • Hobby rooms
  • Parks
  • Workshops and classrooms
Amenities for relaxation:
  • Media rooms
  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries
  • Chapels
  • Spas
  • Beauty Salons
Amenities for socializing:
  • Clubhouses
  • Concerts and other entertainment
  • Formal living and entertaining rooms
  • Games and billiards rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Outings
  • Transportation
Medical amenities:
  • Foot care services
  • Medical facilities
  • Nurses on-call
  • Physical therapy rooms
  • Therapy pools
Living services:
  • Accompanied walks around the grounds
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Cafeterias and dining rooms
  • Child and animal visits
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Private apartments

Finding the Perfect Nursing Home Facility

With all the options for activities in nursing homes listed above, it's clear that your loved one's health and well-being will be in good hands at an on-site skilled nursing facility. We recommend you print out the list above and talk with your family and your loved one about which amenities and services he will benefit most from. Having a good idea which activities you're interested in will help you narrow down your list of potential nursing homes significantly.

Just call the toll-free number at the top right of this page to speak to an elder care advisor for personalized help finding a local nursing home facility. They are standing by to speak with you, free of charge. Or, to continue your search online, simply fill out the elder care search box at the top of the page and you'll be connected to our sister site,, and our exhaustive list of skilled nursing homes in your area.