Retirement Home


A retirement home โ€“ sometimes called an old people's home or old age home, although this term can also refer to a nursing home โ€“ is a multi-residence housing facility intended for senior citizens.

A nursing home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility, care home, rest home or intermediate care provides a type of residential care.

Old age refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings, and is thus the end of the human life cycle.

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Typically, each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms.

An apartment or a flat is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building, correctly, on a single level without a stair.

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Additional facilities are provided within the building.


This can include facilities for meals, gatherings, recreation activities, and some form of health or hospice care.

Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.


A place in a retirement home can be paid for on a rental basis, like an apartment, or can be bought in perpetuity on the same basis as a condominium.


A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given.


Retirement communities, unlike retirement homes, offer separate and autonomous homes for residents.

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