A retirement home
is a multi-residence housing facility intended for the elderly
. The usual pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment
-style room or suite of rooms. Additional facilities are provided within the building. Often this includes facilities for meals, gathering, recreation, and some form of health
or hospice care
. The level of facilities varies enormously. 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 villages and retirement communities, unlike retirement homes, offer separate and autonomous homes for residents.