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    Question The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Hi,
    May I know what the informal and formal names for such places looking after the elderly are?


    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Home.
    Rest home

    Informal(issimo ): Old folks' home

    There is a movement towards 'protected housing' (where the elderly have support but are not regimented).

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Home.
    Rest home

    Informal(issimo ): Old folks' home

    There is a movement towards 'protected housing' (where the elderly have support but are not regimented).

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    Lovely! Ta!

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Home.
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    Informal(issimo ): Old folks' home

    There is a movement towards 'protected housing' (where the elderly have support but are not regimented).

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    But, I didn't quite get what 'not regimented' means!

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There is a movement towards 'protected housing' (where the elderly have support but are not regimented).
    [not a teacher]

    I've never heard 'protected housing', which may be BrE.

    For AmE, more or less from fromal to informal:

    nursing home
    assisted living
    retirement community/home
    rest home
    old people's home
    old folk's home

    There is also "senior center", but this is more for activities, and probably not living quarters.

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Just thought of "old age home".

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Bob Smith has already given you some terms used in the States.

    (2) I just wanted to add a few points:

    (a) Most Americans do not like the word "old." ("Everyone wants to live a long

    time, but nobody wants to become old.") Neither do they like "elderly" very much.

    They prefer to be called seniors. Or even better: active seniors!

    (i) So the word "old" does not appear in any official terms.

    (3) I agree that "retirement community" is one of the more popular terms.

    But many retirement communities might have happier official names.

    (a) Here in the United States, one of the more popular retirement communities is called

    "Sun City." It has "cities" in different parts of the country.

    (4) Please remember that -- as in all countries -- everything depends on how

    much money you have and on your physical condition.

    (a) "Sun City" ain't cheap!

    (b) "Assisted living" (mentioned by Bob Smith) is for people who need help to handle

    everyday routines.

    (c) "Nursing home" is sometimes a kind term for places where the residents are very old and very sick.

    (5) I have read that what to do with us old folks is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in many countries.

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    But, I didn't quite get what 'not regimented' means!
    Told what to do and when.

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Bob Smith has already given you some terms used in the States.

    (2) I just wanted to add a few points:

    (a) Most Americans do not like the word "old." ("Everyone wants to live a long

    time, but nobody wants to become old.") Neither do they like "elderly" very much.

    They prefer to be called seniors. Or even better: active seniors!

    (i) So the word "old" does not appear in any official terms.

    (3) I agree that "retirement community" is one of the more popular terms.

    But many retirement communities might have happier official names.

    (a) Here in the United States, one of the more popular retirement communities is called

    "Sun City." It has "cities" in different parts of the country.

    (4) Please remember that -- as in all countries -- everything depends on how

    much money you have and on your physical condition.

    (a) "Sun City" ain't cheap!

    (b) "Assisted living" (mentioned by Bob Smith) is for people who need help to handle

    everyday routines.

    (c) "Nursing home" is sometimes a kind term for places where the residents are very old and very sick.

    (5) I have read that what to do with us old folks is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in many countries.


    Thanks a million for the detailed answer!

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    Default Re: The name for 'the old people's home'...

    Originally Posted by Mehrgan
    But, I didn't quite get what 'not regimented' means!
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Not told what to do and when.

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