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Nursing home

A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant medical care, at a lower level than a hospital. Usually the residents are elderly, but the term can apply to places of care for the mentally or physically ill.

A nursing home differs from a retirement home in that it is intended for those in need of more thorough care. Apart from the provision of additional medical staff, the facilities are usually similar.