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A retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. Nursing Home residents in a skilled nursing facility may also receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. The housing is friendlier to older adults, more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in outside maintenance. 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 nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit, care home or rest home provides a specific type of care for its residents. A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living. Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for seniors for whom Independent living is no longer appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living.
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