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    Question Looking for the name of this place...

    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if there is any common/informal name for a retirement institution for geriatrics? (especially in BrE, please)



    Thanks.

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    Re: Looking for the name of this place...

    Old people's home.

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    Re: Looking for the name of this place...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if there is any common/informal name for a retirement institution for geriatrics? (especially in BrE, please)



    Thanks.
    Retirement home; Rest home; Retirement village.

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    Re: Looking for the name of this place...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if there is any common/informal name for a retirement institution for geriatrics? (especially in BrE, please)
    Thanks.
    Mehrgan-
    I would like to point out what seems to be a difference here between AmE and BrE. In AmE, the word "geriatrics," used as a noun to define older people would be considered offensive by many. "Older people," "the aged" and "seniors/senior citizens" are more respectful terms. "Geriatric," when used as an adjective, is appropriate. The noun "geriatrics" generally refers to "the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to the aged" (American Heritage Dictionary.)
    Raymott's suggestions are all heard in AmE, while fivejedjon's is less frequently heard. The word "institution" would also imply that the residents are unable to care for themselves, whereas a "retirement home" would suggest more independent residents.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 23-May-2011 at 14:04. Reason: punctuation

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