A home is a place of residence or refuge. It is usually a place where an individual or a family can rest in and be able to store personal property. Most modern households contain sanitary facilities and a means of preparing food.

There are certain cultures in which members lack permanent homes, such as with nomadic people.

While a house (or other residential dwelling) is often referred to as a “home”, the concept of “home” is a much broader idea which exceeds the denotation of a physical dwelling. A home is often a place of refuge and safety, where worldly cares fade and the things and people that one loves becomes the focus. Many people think of home in terms of where they grew up, and home can even be a time rather than a place. The word “home” is also used for various residential institutions which aspire to create a home-like atmosphere, such as a retirement home, a nursing home, a group home, (an orphanage for children, a retirement home for adults, a prison for criminals, a treatment facility, etc.), a foster home.