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5 Signs It Might Be Time For a Retirement Community: Independent Living

It’s never easy to come to terms with having a parent transition from living at home to moving to a senior’s community. The process requires a lot of adjustments, but is an inevitable part of the aging process.

With so many different options, it can be daunting to choose the type of living arrangement that best suits your loved one and their unique circumstances.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living is perfect for active seniors who are looking for maintenance free living in a safe environment. They would still have access to home care services, but also have access to additional support services such as meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and emergency response.

5 Signs that Independent Living might be right for your loved one are:

1.    Struggling with keeping up with household tasks such grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry.

2.    Feeling overwhelmed by home and yard upkeep and maintenance.

3.    A sense of isolation. Feeling inactive and disconnected from friends and the community.

4.    Worries over falls and unexpected injuries. What if something happens and there is no one around to help?

5.    Still passionate about their independence. Want to make their own decisions and come and go as they please.

Choosing a retirement community should not be complicated. At AgeCare, we begin with working with the family to assess their parents’ needs and wants. It’s a consultative approach, as there are many stages in the aging process.

While moving is always stressful, by planning ahead and giving your parent the time and space to cope with change, they can continue to enjoy their independence and thrive in their new home.


Blog submitted by:

Joel Grigg,

Retirement Living Consultant

Harmony Court Estate

http://www.agecare.ca/community/harmony-court/retirement-living/

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