“I didn't want to put her in a nursing home.”
Your elderly mother lives with you and your family. You're explaining to a friend why you decided to invite her to live with you.
I didn't want to put her in a nursing home.
When people can't properly care for a family member, they sometimes "put them in" some kind of special home or institution, like:
- a nursing home
- a retirement home
- a mental hospital
- a rehab facility
- a group home
- an orphanage
A "nursing home" is a special place where people who can't take care of themselves live. In a nursing home, there are employees who may do some of these services:
- give you medicine
- help you stand up or get into a wheelchair to move around
- bring you meals
- help you if you fall down and hurt yourself
- help to dress or bathe you
Most commonly, very old people live in nursing homes. Sometimes people with extreme disabilities also need to live in a nursing home.