Assisted Living Communities and Residential Care Homes: It’s Not What You Think When some people hear the words “assisted living” they still think about living out the rest of their days in a nursing home environment.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth!  Nowadays, assisted, or supported living can look like a residential home environment or a “cruise ship on land” atmosphere, depending upon your care needs, financial considerations, and geographic preference(s). A handout accompanies this course.