A Better Place: 3 Retirement Options for Your Loved Ones
Making the decision to move into a retirement home is never easy. It can be difficult for your loved ones to cope with the idea that they can no longer care for themselves and require assisted care. Not all retirement homes are the same, however. The right retirement home for your loved one will provide as much or little care as they require, addressing their care needs on a personal basis.
Your loved one isn’t just another person living in the retirement home, after all, but is a valued individual. This simple guide will help you identify what sort of retirement home and level of assistance is right for your loved one.
1. Independent Living
Much like living at home on their own, your loved one will be afforded the flexibility and freedom of buying their own groceries, going out when they want, being able to cook and clean when they like, and even maintaining a yard, unless they don’t want to. Most retirement homes will offer many options in addressing your loved one’s care needs.
Living independently in a retirement home is great for loved ones who don’t require as much attention. They will be able to enjoy a multitude of activities, day or night, while also being close to an on-call support team. This is the perfect lifestyle choice for someone who can and wants to maintain independent control of their day-to-day activities while being in reach of an emergency team should the situation arise.
2. Long-Term Care
If your loved one requires more care, however, most retirement homes will accommodate and address their needs as well. Whether your loved one wants a private room of their own or prefers to have a shared space, retirement homes will work with you and your loved one’s budget to see that they receive the best care for the price.
The Canadian government has a waiting list for government-subsidized residential living areas, however, so this is important to keep in mind if your loved one needs to move into a retirement home fast. There is much to consider with financial obligations, but the ultimate reward is helping your loved one live their best life during retirement. The right retirement home will always work with you on your finances to make sure your loved one’s needs are met in a timely manner.
If you’re unsure how much care your loved one requires of a retirement home, reach out to the care center for a consultation. Many homes will offer you and your family a free consultation before you make the decision to move your loved one in. In fact, it is highly encouraged to do so.
You want to be sure you’re selecting a good home that will care for your loved one as much as you do. In addition, a consultant will help you map out your plan of care, financial plan, and other external factors that may affect your loved one’s stay at a retirement home. Take advantage of this service and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s always better to address them upfront.
If you’re ready to find out more and come up with a plan of action for your loved one, contact a retirement home today.