People with AIDS who are discharged from the hospital and cannot find adequate community-based resources may find their way into nursing homes, which have traditionally been the source of skilled nursing care. Nursing homes have already identified a number of barriers, both real and perceived, regarding the admission of people with AIDS. These include limited reimbursement sources and inadequate rates; limited resources and personnel to provide the highly skilled care required; lack of effective infection control policies and procedures and few trained personnel to implement them; fear of people with AIDS on the parts of nursing home owners, employees, and families of patients and employees; restrictive admission policies and long waiting lists; and the physical constraints of multi-bed rooms. In addition, other areas, such as rehabilitation and recreational therapy and dental care, will need to be restructured for younger residents [Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1990; U(4):202-206].