After the children have grown up, married, and started their own families, some seniors decide to make a change in the way they live. There are several options for the older generation to enjoy this chapter of their lives, but the distinctions between them aren't always clear. If you are trying to decide between moving into a nursing home, retirement home or an assisted living facility or if you are gathering information to determine what is best for a loved one, this is a great article for you. 

Here are the details about each of the three options:

Retirement Homes

Retirement homes are either buildings with multiple residences or cottages spread out over the community. These communities often provide group meeting places such as a dinning room or community room where seniors can socialize. They also offer transportation and recreational activities onsite or outside the community. 

Residents in communities of this type make new friends, join clubs, and gather together close to home. They also have the ability to live autonomously and not forgo their freedom. There are typically no medical staff available onsite. For people who have satisfactory mobility and life skills, retirement homes are the next logical step in their journey through life.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities, like Orchard Park, are ideal for people who can live on their own but might need assistance from time to time. It is important to note that assisted living facilities are not licensed to provide medical care. Indeed, assisted living facilities are considered non-medical facilities. 

So, if you or your loved one is in declining health, this type of facility may not be the best choice. If they don't need skilled medical care, this facility is a wonderful way to incorporate projects, recreation, independence, and community into their lives. Assisted living facilities often offer prepared meals, laundry assistance, and a variety of personal care options. 

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes offer more of a medical focus than any of the other options. Constant medical care is available to those in need. If bathing, toilet use, medication management, or 24-hour medical availability is something that you or your loved one requires, a nursing home is the best option. 

When selecting the type of facility to enter it is important that you consider your current mental and physical health and the expected trajectory in a year. Since moving is such a difficult thing to do emotionally and financially, planning ahead may reduce how many times it is required. Assess what you need from a facility as a family and make the best decision for yours or your loved one's future.