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one or more buildings where people live.
congregate housing a living arrangement for healthy older adults in which residents live in their own apartments and may take their meals in a common dining room, with various opportunities for socialization with other residents. Housekeeping and maintenance services are provided, but health maintenance services are scheduled independently by the residents. Called also independent living facilities.
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congregate housing(kong'gra-git, -gat?)
A group residence, usually for older persons, which encourages independence and community living. The tenants may need some medical or social assistance, but not enough to require hospitalization or nursing home care. Congregate housing can also be used by head-injured patients, spinal cord-injured patients, recovering alcoholics, and others.See: assisted living
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