Senior citizens sometimes do have an option available other than a nursing home when they can no longer live at home, according to the Yorktown News in "What Is an Assisted Living Facility and Is It the Right Place for You?"
Many elderly people living at home may become unable to handle their own day to day needs. They need help, which can be hard to come by, because of a lack of good caretaker options or because it is not practical to move in with younger family members.
An assisted living facility could be an option.
It is a facility that assists an elderly person with their daily functions, but not to the extent that a nursing home does. In an assisted living facility, residents will get help with laundry, cleaning, transportation, medication management etc. Facilities also usually offer community meals for residents.
While an assisted living facility is not right for all seniors, it is a great option for some. Most will find such an arrangement more enjoyable than a nursing home.
An elder law attorney can guide you about your options.
Reference: Yorktown News (March 2, 2017) "What Is an Assisted Living Facility and Is It the Right Place for You?"