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Retirement home in Israel.

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 the elderly. 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.


United StatesEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  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. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq052. PMC 2915498 . 
  4. ^ "What is a Retirement Home?". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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