There has been a significant growth in the number of residences geared to Senior Living. This concept offers a viable housing option for many Seniors who can still live quite independently, with the residence providing security and a safety net. As budget is a definite priority, the ability to tailor the available options to meet the needs of the resident is an important consideration.
- While the monthly fees for retirement living are high, they usually include a menu of services from which to choose. The styles of the offerings can range from hotel room style living to separate 2-bedroom apartment style living. Meals can be taken in the dining room or prepared in the unit if the resident is capable and wishes to do so. The level of independence is important as everyone is different; however, the knowledge that temporary nursing services or cleaning and laundry services are available offers peace of mind. Also knowing there is qualified staff on hand in the residence to call in case of need can be very comforting too. Though the costs can be significant, all the benefits need to be considered.
- Just like moving to any other style of residence, location, budget, available services, and so on, are all important to consider. Well-known brands of retirement living residences are represented throughout the GTA and beyond and available to visit and evaluate. For those who wish, they often allow for a trial period to see if the residence suits your lifestyle. For some, this alone can make the difference between something to consider rather than dismissing it altogether. The amenities allow for both organized and individual activities. Locations vary, and include both urban and suburban lifestyles.
- Many of the residences are upscale and lovely. One could liken them to a cruise ship with organized outings, a great way to mingle with other like-minded people and share time with new friends. The social aspects should not be underestimated as loneliness afflicts many seniors and daily stimulation is a major benefit to health and well-being. Residence living is an ideal option for a senior who sells their home and wishes to live closer to a baby boomer child and family.
Senior focused living can be as flexible as you wish it to be. Get involved with the group activities or not – it’s up to you. And don’t forget to try the food, that’s really important!