Answers to the questions we know people are asking about moving into a retirement home.
Let us introduce you to a new video series from Chartwell: "Ask Edna." A high-spirited 80-something with a personality that can only be described as part Betty White, part Dear Abby. She’s not afraid to tackle tough topics on aging and retirement living, the first being how adult children can help support their parents during the next stage in their lives. Be sure to check out her video; you’ll be charmed by the frank humour and candid advice.
So what style are you accustomed to living in?
Oh boy, now that’s a doozy of a question. My style has changed over the years. But the one thing that has always remained the same is my plan to live a life that’s relaxed, easy-going and full of activity. But also one that is always within my means. Sure, I may look like a million bucks, but it doesn’t mean I spent a million to look that way.
How much does it cost to live in a retirement residence?
There are a whole lot of factors to take into account. And it all depends on whether you’d like to live in an apartment, townhome or a one- or two-bedroom suite. The best thing to do is inquire directly at Chartwell. The folks there will sit down with you and give you a precise idea of how much it costs to live in the kind of place you’re thinking about.
What are the additional expenses outside of my package?
It all depends on your personal needs and the retirement residence you’re looking at. There will be some fixed services within your package—perhaps things like meals, housekeeping and activities—but also flexible options that can be added or removed according to your needs and preferences, like personalized support options. And if you’re someone like me who likes to socialize both within and outside of the home—going shopping, lunch with friends, travelling—you’ll want to factor that into your budget as well.
How can I calculate exactly how much I need to move into a retirement residence?
First you need a calculator. Or if you’re old school like me, pen and paper. How much can depend upon what level of personal care or support you need, among other things. Once you’ve decided on your requirements for a happy retirement lifestyle, you can sit down and figure out your budget. Chartwell makes it really easy with an on-line budget assistant tool.
How the heck do you put your outfits together?
A lady never tells her secrets. But if you must really know, it’s a combination of Liz Taylor, Richard Simmons and the Calgary Stampede.
So what kind of activities do they have at Chartwell?
You name it, they’ve got it. From bridge tournaments to dancing the cha-cha. I prefer the cha-cha myself. Read more »
Your porcelain poodle, what's his name?
I call him ‘Stay’. He hasn’t moved in years, so I guess it’s worked so far.
How good are the health care services?
No worries, folks. The fine people at Chartwell will be there to assist you if you eventually need it. In the meantime, have fun and eat healthy, and should you require additional support, they can adapt services to meet your needs. That way, you can enjoy your retirement years to the fullest.
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Edna, how can I calculate my budget to make sure I can comfortably enjoy a retirement home?
It’s as easy as pie. Chartwell has an online budget calculator that can help you evaluate the savings you may actually realize living in a retirement home compared to your current neck of the woods.
What do you mean by retirement with benefits?
It’s retirement with the added benefits of socialization, support and great service. Which means you keep doing what you always wanted to do in retirement, while Chartwell’s staff will take care of the stuff you want to give up at this point, like maintaining a house, paying a stack of bills or shovelling the snow. That way, you can focus on doing what matters most to you.
There are a lot of questions out there about what it’s like to live in a retirement community. If you’d like more information on retirement living, use the Ask Edna link above to submit a question.