Nursing homes are quickly becoming a big business. As the number of baby boomers retiring and entering assisted living facilities continues to grow so does the number of nursing homes. Unfortunately the boom in business does not always benefit nursing home residents. In some cases too many residents and inadequate staffing lie at the root of many problems.
Nursing homes can be found in almost every city in the United States. In the almost hundred years since their creation, nursing homes have made many changes since they first opened their doors. Some of these changes have been market-driven, while others are in response to federal and state legislation. The most comprehensive legislation concerning nursing homes was passed in 1987.