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Generally, retirement homes are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities. 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 retirement home differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term assisted living. A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living. Retirement homes are also called retirement residences. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term assisted living. The usual retirement home pattern is that each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Staff is available twenty-four hours a day. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term assisted living. Assisted living comes by many names, such as residential care, board and care, or group homes. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity.
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