nursing home


Definition of nursing home

: 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

Examples of nursing home in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smith said Entergy reacted quickly to restore electricity to a pumping station that supplies water to Helena Regional Hospital and a nursing home. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Storm leaves state slippery," 12 Feb. 2021 Anyone who has worked in a hospital or nursing home knows the sickening sound of an old person falling: a faint cry, the scrape of a grasped nightstand, the horrible thwack of failing limbs and an undefended skull meeting hard floor. Ben Moor, STAT, "Too many Covid-19 patients face death alone. Vaccinated volunteers could change that," 27 Jan. 2021 Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had been given priority in most places around the U.S. Author: Janie Har, Jennifer Peltz, Allen G. Breed, Anchorage Daily News, "Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems," 14 Jan. 2021 Some hospital and nursing home workers have been hesitant to get the vaccine. Zeke Miller And Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Star Tribune, "US shifts to speed COVID shots as cases and deaths rise," 12 Jan. 2021 Front line workers and nursing home residents are being vaccinated first, followed by seniors and those with chronic illnesses. Gloria Casas,, "Elgin’s 2020 in review: coronavirus, Black Lives Matter protests and veterans honored in death," 31 Dec. 2020 Up to 135,000 patients and nursing home residents in Michigan could receiving vaccinations from CVS, one of the two national pharmacy chains chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to administer the program nationally. Christine Macdonald, Detroit Free Press, "CVS launches vaccinations in Michigan long-term care facilities Dec. 28," 21 Dec. 2020 While there was broad agreement that medical workers and nursing home residents should be the first to get vaccines, the question of which groups should come next has been thornier, with much of the decision-making left to states. Washington Post, "TSA managers told to plead with local health departments for early coronavirus vaccine access," 18 Dec. 2020 Maryland has been given an initial allocation of 155,000 doses of vaccines, which will be dedicated to health care workers in hospitals and nursing home residents and staff. NBC News, "Dec. 15 Coronavirus updates: Health care workers among first to receive vaccine," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nursing home

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nursing home was in 1880

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21 Feb 2021

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“Nursing home.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nursing home

: a place where people who are old or who are unable to take care of themselves can live and be taken care of

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Medical Definition of nursing home

: a public or private residential facility providing a high level of long-term personal and nursing care for persons (such as the aged or the chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly

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