Retirement home

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A retirement home.

A retirement home – sometimes called an old people's home or old age home,[1] although this term can also refer to a nursing home[2] is a multi-residence housing facility intended for senior citizens. Typically, each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Additional facilities are provided within the building. This can include facilities for meals, gatherings, recreation activities, and some form of health or hospice care.[3] 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.[4]

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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The number of retirement homes has been increasing in the United States, from 11,000 in 2003 to 12,000 in 2010.

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  1. ^ "old people's home - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at". Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "old people's home - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online". Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Castle, N. G.; Ferguson, J. C. (2010). "What Is Nursing Home Quality and How Is It Measured?". The Gerontologist. 50 (4): 426–442. PMC 2915498Freely accessible. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq052. 
  4. ^ "What is a Retirement Home?". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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