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Transitions in Elder Care

Some seniors are ready and take the first step on their own. They want to make the decision while they still can, and be as involved in the process as possible. What am I talking about? Transitioning into Retirement Living. For some seniors it’s about taking the next step into their Retirement, wanting to hand over some of the responsibilities they’ve had for most of their lives; preparing meals, daily and weekly housekeeping, maintenance and regular upkeep of their homes, etc. In a Retirement Residence, you don’t have to worry about any of these tasks anymore – you can truly sit back, relax, and start living!

For other seniors, it may not be their first choice to move into a Retirement Living Community. Many seniors wish to stay home for as long as they can and there is nothing wrong with that so long as they are still able to care for themselves in a safe environment without neglecting fundamental needs that too often are overlooked; the need for socialization, the need to keep mentally stimulated, to keep physically fit, and many other basic necessities that are so important when maintaining your physical and mental health as a senior.
Often times, the delay in making the decision to transition into Retirement Living is because of the misconceptions out there of what a Retirement ‘Home’ is, and what it means for the person who is moving into one. Many within the industry have tried to present a different perspective on what Retirement Living is, by changing the name by which we refer to these places; Retirement Communities, Retirement Residences, etc. What I’ve found in almost every situation where I’ve helped a client transition into Retirement Living is that they were all positively surprised at how different a Retirement Residence is compared to what they thought it might be like – a good indication that the players in the Retirement Community industry are successful at filling a need and creating an enjoyable lifestyle for their residents. But how do we change the initial perception of Retirement Living before a senior actually has the chance to make the move, so that when they are first considering making the transition, they’re not making the wrong decision based on incorrect beliefs.
Just as you would seek the expertise of a Real Estate Agent when purchasing a home, or the advice of an accountant when it comes to financial matters, it is highly recommended to get professional advice from an experienced Retirement Living Consultant. They can shed some light on what Retirement Living is about, what there is to offer, explain the differences between all the different types of Senior Living Accommodations that are so confusing and difficult to sift through when researching on your own. Most importantly as a third party they can offer a unique perspective on what Retirement Living can offer you or your elderly loved one, and can help to make the transition seamless, smooth, and comfortable.
It’s always wise to gain some insight into what your options are before a crisis situation arises. Seeking out professional advice to get a better understanding of what your options are now and in the future should your situation change is always a great way to be prepared for when you or your loved one has to make the transition.
You will have a thousand questions and at the stage where you need to make a change in your living situation. It is best to have these questions answered before you’re pressed for time, and facing a decision that must be made in a short period of time. Family members too are under a great amount of strain when it comes to caring and making decisions on behalf of their elderly loved ones. Start early, and get the advice you will benefit from having gathered early on in the process.
Best of luck!

Talia Khanania, Elder Care Transitions
Phone: 647-268-3295

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