Retirement home

A retirement home – sometimes called an old people's home[1] or old age home, although old people's home 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 hospital 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]

Retirement home in Israel.
Koljonvirta retirement home in Iisalmi, Finland.
A temple for retired eunuchs in Beijing. Circa 1879.

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.[5]

Retirement homes offer meal-making and some personal care services, according to ARCO.[6] Assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and nursing homes can all be referred to as retirement homes. The cost of living in a retirement home varies from $25,000 to $100,000 per year, although it can exceed this range, according to Senior Living Near Me's senior housing guide.[7]

In the United Kingdom there were about 750,000 places across 25,000 retirement housing schemes in 2021 with a forecast that numbers would grow by nearly 10% over the next five years.[8]

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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. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq052. PMC 2915498. PMID 20631035.
  4. ^ "What is a Retirement Home?". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Canterbury Tower". Sunday, 25 April 2021
  6. ^ "What is a Retirement Community? | ARCO". Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  7. ^ "How To Find Affordable Elderly Housing Near You". Senior Living Near Me. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  8. ^ "Retirement housing to grow 10% over next five years, property consultant predicts". Home Care Insight. 3 August 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.

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