Currently Aging in Place?  Learn about an Alternative to Traditional Retirement Senior Living

3 years ago ·

Currently Aging in Place? Learn about an Alternative to Traditional Retirement Senior Living

Many Canadians want to age in place in their own home or community, they wish to live at home for as long as possible.  Seniors much prefer aging in place compared to facility care, but sometimes physical or cognitive decline makes it difficult to live independently.  The decision to age in place allows seniors to enjoy a sense of independence and comfort that only home can provide.  They also enjoy better health outcomes on average, despite lower care costs.

However, the choice to age in place isn’t always as simple as it may seem.  While staying at home has some obvious advantages, there are also several disadvantages, the biggest one being feelings of loneliness and isolation.  Even with friendly neighbors and family nearby, older adults that live alone often succumb to feeling lonely and socially isolated.

As an aging senior, even if you have made the decision to age in place, it is important to start planning so you are prepared to respond to changes that may occur as you age; such as changes in your health, mobility or social connections. It is also important to consider the unexpected, such as a sudden onset of chronic illness, development of a disability or a change in resources.

Families often presume that traditional retirement homes or institutional care are the only alternatives to living independently in your own home.  However, there are plenty of alternatives to traditional retirement communities or assisted-living facilities.  One of these options is often referred to as “micro-communities”, “residential assisted-living care”, “board and care homes” or “smaller-scale assisted living”.

These communities are known as “homelike residential/assisted living care”, as the name suggests, these are small communities that are great for the senior who wish to avoid a larger, institutional, crowded assisted living facility.

The phrase “assisted living” typically conjures up images of a sterile, hospital-like environment, but there are newer options for seniors who want a high level of care in a warmer, more home-like atmosphere. This unique senior living model means more interaction between staff members and residents in a relaxed environment.

Interested in learning more about residential senior living?  Call us today 519-534-5878 or Request your Information Package Today!

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Retire to the Simpler Life in a Small Town

3 years ago ·

Retire to the Simpler Life in a Small Town

So your considering retiring to a rural retirement community.

You have considered leaving the city to enjoy retirement in a small town.  As you enjoyed past cottage vacations in the hours away from the city, you always felt that life would be better there.  You relish in the slower pace and laid-back lifestyle.  As you travel through those small towns that you would miss if you blinked you are taken back by the overwhelming friendliness of the locals.  As you move further and further from the city you feel the stress leave your body and when you arrive at your destination find that you sleep sounder and easier.  You’ve reached retirement age and love the idea of getting out of the city and settling into a community where you know your doctor as a friend and tradespeople as neighbors, where you are greeted with a smile and warm “Hello” when you pass strangers on the street.

The allure of the small town is compounded by a growing disenchantment with Canada’s large major cities.  Many cities are now riddled with high crime, rampant drug use, racial tension, increasing costs of living and deteriorating infrastructures.

How do you choose a location

You’ve decided you want to retire in a rural town but aren’t sure where.  The first thing your going to want to do is assess your personal needs and then focus on a particular geographical area.  Once you identify these two things you can start evaluating a few towns and narrowing it down to a few choices.  Then finally you need to conduct in-depth, on-site research, carefully studying the communities before making your decision.  Maybe you will get lucky that you are already familiar with your preferred town because you used to cottage with the family there, or grew up/lived there at some point in your life.

Many retirees are searching for something extra — a place where they can make connections and a difference.  To them, a small town seems like the idyllic retirement setting after years of hustling and bustling in the cities and suburbs.  You need to have an attitude that you are going to invest time and effort in the community.”

In rural communities, people may notice a new awning on your house or whether you left 15 minutes early that day, or whether your cat was wandering down the street. “If you ever wanted to be useful or needed, a small town is the place for you,” says Levering co-author of Moving to a Small Town: A Guidebook to Moving From Urban to Rural America. “There is often a bit of social pressure to become involved, and if you are not, you tend to feel what people are thinking about you.”

There are important questions you need to ask yourself before you pull up you roots and relocate to a brand new location.  Are there civic clubs and cultural amenities? Is there a church you can join? Are the medical facilities good? “You want to figure out what you are going to do in that small town, and what is going to make life interesting for you.

Consider naturally occurring retirement communities

One such rural town is South Bruce Peninsula which is considered a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC).  Enjoy small town community living among beautiful landscapes and breath-taking waterfront views in Bruce County.

Residents of South Bruce Peninsula 65 years old and over comprise 30.5% of the total population, while the average for Ontario is 16.7%. Retiring in one of these rural towns means you can be active, get involved in the local community and are close enough to urban areas when you need them.

Considering making that move to a Retirement Community?  Download our FREE copy of the Ultimate Guide to Retirement Living.

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How to Choose a Retirement Home

4 years ago ·

How to Choose a Retirement Home

The type of life you or your loved one have after retirement will be as unique as the life you had beforehand. For some of us, it is going to be a relatively simple choice to make, but others may not have that luxury for a number of reasons. For some, it could be a choice that isn’t necessarily voluntary, and this can mean navigating a variety of complex emotions as well as making large life changes. For others, it simply means how can we best transition to the next stage of life. Whatever the case may be, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are making the right choices for yourself or your loved ones when considering retirement communities in Ontario.

1. Get everyone on board.

You’re going to need to consult with all of the important people in your life about what is coming. That could mean your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren, or whatever sort of family set up that may be. Prepare them for the transition that’s about to happen. It will also be necessary to get your place of employment on board as well. Making sure that everyone who has had a stake or say in your life is kept in on the loop and is okay with the decisions you’re making.

2. Consider all your options.

What can you realistically afford? What are you wanting to take with you? How active are you planning to be or where are you planning to travel? How capable are you of accomplishing things alone, will independent senior living be sufficient or do you need to consider assisted living or Long Term Care? These are all big considerations that you will need to make. The big consideration to make is what is best for you, your wants and your needs. After all, you are considering the rest of your own life.

3. After looking at your options, make a wish list.

When you have a clear scope of what fits the realistic capabilities you have, start looking at the options that best fit your lifestyle and needs. Make a list of the places and make an effort to get to know them as well as you possibly can. If it is an option, go and visit. Arrange a tour, and ask the management and staff questions. Use the information you gather to narrow down your list to what will be the perfect fit for you.

Once you’ve done all your research, talked it over with you and your stakeholders, you can move forward with making a confident decision. You’ll feel better walking into a scenario that you tailored to yourself.

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