Retirement Homes

Homes for the the elderly in France

Traditionally, the French expect to care for elderly relatives within the family unit (indeed adults are legally obliged to provide for their parents in old age, according to their means), so retirement homes (résidence pour retraités/seniors) are less common than in many other Western countries, although they’re becoming more usual: there are now around 5,000 retirement homes.

There are several types of home, including the following:

Most villages are in the south of France (e.g. the six operated by Seniorales,  – in English), but there are others elsewhere (e.g. the Village Seniors du Grand Logis near Saintes in Charente-Maritime and the Doyenné de la Risle near Rugles in Normandy). Developments usually consist of 50 to 60 one and two-bedroom villas (pavilion). Villas can be rented (for between around €300 and €600 per month) or purchased. A villa at the Grand Logis costs between €70,000 and €105,000 depending on size; a two-bedroom villa in the south of France can cost around €120,000, although the cost depends on which of three purchase options is chosen: outright freehold purchase, fixed term leasehold or lifetime leasehold.

Note that most retirement developments levy monthly service charges (usually between €150 and €500), which may include a certain number of weeks’ nursing care per illness per year in a residents’ nursing home. Service charges usually cover heating and air-conditioning, hot and cold water, satellite TV, and the other amenities and services listed above.

The costs of other types of retirement home vary according to the facilities offered.


Websites providing information about retirement and lists of retirement homes in France include , ,  (the site of the Association Française de Protection et d’Assistance aux Personnes Agées) and .

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