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Making the right choice

For many people, moving to a retirement village can help to get the most out of life - offering independence, security, like-minded neighbours and a vibrant community all in one place.


The term retirement village describes a variety of leasehold retirement properties set out in a village development. Retirement villages offer a sense of community often with access to leisure facilities and the option to build in homecare if required.

At Bishopstoke Park we also have Orchard Gardens care home where residents can enjoy maximum independence as well as 24-hour peace of mind. Offering dementia care and residential care, Orchard Gardens care home near Eastleigh offers a warm and welcoming culture, allowing residents to live a rich and meaningful life in the company of like-minded people. 

Choosing a retirement property is a big decision and we encourage you to seek independent advice and discuss your options with your family and your legal advisers in detail. 

With almost 50 years of experience providing care and support to older people, Anchor also know that moving to a care home is an emotional decision and often triggered by a life-changing event.

These pages have been written to help answer common questions about retirement villages and care homes, and help you decide whether a retirement village, or a care home could be the right move for you or a loved one.

Choosing a retirement village

Choosing a retirement village

Many people choose to move to a retirement village for the active lifestyle it offers; with the added peace of mind that any help needed in the future is close at hand and heavy work like gardening and maintenance is taken care of. Retirement villages will offer different levels of services and facilities so it's important to do your research when choosing a retirement village and base your decision on your own personal needs. Anchor have written a comprehensive guide on choosing a retirement village which you can download for free.

Read Anchor's guide on choosing a retirement village

Choosing a care home

Our guide to choosing a care home is designed to help you and your loved ones consider your choices carefully and make the right decision for you. Explaining the differences between residential, nursing and dementia care homes as well as exploring typical daily activities, health care services and catering, this guide offers advice on a range of things to consider when choosing between the care homes you go to visit.

Read Anchor's guide to choosing a care home