As you or your parents enter their golden years, many personal and logistical questions begin to arise. While some people plan methodically for their later years, others are so caught up in the day-to-day business of life and work that these considerations sneak up on them. The oldest question related to this phase is should I stay at home, or should I move into a retirement residence? Of course, this is a complicated question with many factors involved.
If you make the shift to a senior retirement residence, three of the most important factors are the general care and nursing services, the quality of the environment, and the kind of resources you have access to in your new home. Some people think that retirement residences are all the same, but this is far from true. At All Seniors Care, we take pride in creating a supportive, positive community atmosphere that will allow individuals to thrive in their later years.
Our dedicated application of age-in-place principles allows for seniors who join our retirement residences as independent folks seeking basic assistance to remain in the same community as their care needs increase. This deeper level of commitment is certainly not the status quo in the industry, with certain chains of residences focusing more on their bottom line than cultivating a positive culture through the work of carefully selected dedicated caring staff members.
The senior’s experience, like every other phase of life, should be an adventure unto itself. In our society, where folks tend to live a more isolated existence, the community connection often isn’t there. If you’ve gone through a divorce, or your partner is deceased, living at home may be altogether too lonely.
A retirement residence is a fantastic alternative – as long as you pick the right one. Our senior homes in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec are meticulously designed and programmed based on eighty years of collective experience from our visionary executive team, and have brought the highest level of service to over 20,000 Canadians in years past. If you’re in the market for a quality senior residence where you or your parents can age in place and live a full life, consider All Seniors Care.
For the remainder of this post, we are going to lay out six great tips for that time in life where you feel you may want to make the transition to a seniors’ residence:
- Downsize to Free Up Capital
Even before you make the move to a seniors’ residence, you may want to sell your house and transition to a small apartment. This will allow you and your family to sort through all of your possessions and figure out what can be donated, passed on, thrown out or kept. Having this logistical situation sorted out sooner, rather than later, will be a huge relief down the line.
Furthermore, you’ll be able to invest the money from the home sale to finance a vacation or set it aside to put towards life in a retirement residence that offers an extremely high-quality experience. Selling the family cottage might be another option, and while it might be emotionally difficult to let it go, if you aren’t using it anymore it’s prudent to take the money.
- Embrace Community Living
In countries with a heavier socialist influence, such as Denmark, there is more of an emphasis on community living. Co-housing programs create an inter-generational co-op living situation that fosters interdependent relationships, group meals and community pride. In Canada, this is not so common, but since our many caring staff members – nurses, lifestyle directors, cooks, recreation aides, etc. – are passionate about fostering community pride in the residences, we are able to offer our residents this valuable experience of daily connection.
Chatting with staff, access to bridge and cribbage clubs, gardening, group outings, all of these small touches add up to a full, well-rounded life. When you or a parent enters senior care, make the best use of the community environment to create a positive rhythm of social engagement in day-to-day life – it can have a huge impact on mental and physical health.
- A Novel Approach to Retirement
To back up for a second, let’s talk about the transition from the working life to retirement. In certain careers there is a built-in cut-off: you retire at a certain age with your pension and off you go. For many, however, life without work can be a challenge. Therefore, seniors may actually have something to learn from millennials who, mostly out of necessity, are forced to maneuver in a freelance economy.
Seniors facing the end of their career could seek out a secondary, part-time career that feels more like a hobby. Working as a golf-pro or a life-coach, or consulting once in a while at your old job can give you a sense of purpose and help save money to pay for a higher quality seniors residence when it comes time to make that shift.
- Develop New Routines
This next point, flowing naturally from tip three, emphasizes the fact that a meaningful life is a busy life. Developing a new routine as soon as you begin your time at a seniors’ residence is a sure-fire way to hit the ground running and thrive in a new situation. At All Seniors care, we offer a range of activities from aqua-fit and chair yoga, to cocktail hour, movie nights and group outings. Taking advantage of the programming is the key to keeping busy and connecting with new friends. The weekly schedule stays fairly consistent, so finding a good rhythm and the right mix of alone time and social time right will help keep you focused, healthy and happy.
- Beautify the Space
Tip five also flows nicely from tip four: in your busy, week-to-week schedule, you can engage in gardening, arts and crafts, knitting projects and other colourful, tactile activities. The beauty of a space does a lot for people’s morale, but when you are personally contributing to that beauty, a sense of pride wells up – not to mention opportunities to soak in the praise for your hard work. Work with friends to keep the space beautiful, after all, it’s where you live!
Check back to the blog for more tips in the coming months, check us out on Facebook, or contact us to learn more at your leisure. All Seniors Care is dedicated to providing the best lifestyle and care for Canadian seniors, and we’re always happy to share our passion with you!