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Choosing Between Retirement Homes, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Hospice

Health and wellness is an important component of our everyday lives. Many people find that as they grow older, the need for day-to-day assistance becomes greater. Tasks that encompass your regular routine may feel a bit more challenging. It is valuable to know that this is a common experience, and you are not alone! If you have found yourself considering long-term care facilities, for yourself or a loved one, the most important steps is understanding your options. Because this is such a big decision, there are a wide range of facilities, with varying levels of care, to ensure individual needs are met while feeling comfortable, happy and safe. 

Retirement Communities

Retirement communities are a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to maintain their lifestyle while gaining on-site support during their senior years. These privately owned facilities are not the same as nursing homes. Retirement communities allow individuals to live in private apartments, condos and stand-alone structures, while promoting a socially active lifestyle and overall independence. These types of communities often include age restrictions, catering to individuals 55 to 65 years of age or older.

Assisted Living

The residents of an assisted living facility require a higher level of care than residents of a retirement community. Individuals choose an assisted living facility when they need assistance with one or more daily activities, but wish to maintain their independence. Assisted living facilities can help residents manage their medications or arrange transportation, including bathing, dressing, and general housekeeping. Three meals a day are provided as well as 24/7 staffing to ensure that residents are well taken care of. 

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, offer a wide range of personal care services with a tight focus on medical care. These services can vary based on the facility you choose, but typically include 24-hour supervision, regular meals and assistance with daily activities. Most facilities offer rehabilitation services, which includes physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The residents of a nursing home vary based on individual needs. While some people may stay at a nursing home short-term after being in the hospital, others live at the facility permanently due to ongoing physical or mental health conditions which require detailed care.


Hospice care, also known as end-of-life care, is available to those who are suffering from a terminal illness or are rapidly declining in overall health. The purpose of hospice is to improve quality of life rather than curing a disease. Deciding when it’s time for hospice is difficult and should be discussed with loved ones and a physician. Some of the common reasons individuals choose hospice include an overall rapid decline in health, a recent medical diagnosis with less than six months to live or a patient who is ready to live more comfortably and forego treatments aimed at prolonging life.

Choosing the Right Facility 

With so many long-term care facilities available, choosing the best option for you or a family member can feel overwhelming. When narrowing down your choices, consider factors such as staff friendliness, amenities and overall community culture. We encourage you to make a list of what is most important to you within a facility, and choose a few favorites based on those values. Once you have narrowed down the selection, be prepared with a budget, care plan and general lifestyle questions to ask the representative of each facility. If the opportunity is available, it’s always a good idea to visit the campus so that you can truly imagine a lifestyle within that community.  

English Meadows 

English Meadows offers senior care options ranging from assisted living to ongoing dementia programs. The mission at English Meadows is to provide an atmosphere that shows true appreciation for their residents and team members. For 13 years, the English Meadows faculty and staff have treated each and every resident as a member of their own family. With campuses across Virginia, DC, and South Carolina there are multiple housing options to choose from when determining the perfect fit. If you or a loved one is considering long-term care facilities, we invite you to give us a call at (800) 796-5420. 

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