As people age, they begin to encounter the health care system in ways that are different than what they’re used to, and sometimes those experiences can be overwhelming. If you’re new to the system, not only are you grappling with whatever your health issue might be, but you’re also learning about a new place and its respective culture, establishing reasonable expectations for your care, and trying to get your bearings in what may be an unfamiliar environment.

Whether you’re admitted into a hospital or you or a loved one are considering transitioning to a nursing home, here are a few key differences to be aware of when it comes to the care you can expect to receive in both settings.