The average life expectancy of someone in a nursing home is between 5 to 15 years.
Most people go into nursing homes when they can no longer care for themselves and when they are about at the end of their lives.
So most nursing home patients are only in the nursing home for a few years to 5 to 10 years at most before they die.
Some people may need to go to a nursing home temporarily such as a result of a car accident and need temporary care as they recover.
So not all nursing home patients stay in the nursing home for the rest of their lives bust most do.