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Is your loved one considering retirement living? Before going on a personal visit at a Chartwell retirement community some forethought can help make the visit more informative and meaningful for your loved one.
Nearly 30% of Canadians provide informal, unpaid care, and those between 45 and 64 provide 75% of informal care for older adults. Many feel squeezed by the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent and childrearing, especially women in the workforce, who typically spend more time on caregiving tasks than men.
Let me tell you a story. Alyssa* was 25 years old when her grandmother, Margie, started to need some help with household tasks. Over the next couple of years, Margie’s needs increased and Alyssa’s mother and her siblings spent more time providing care to help their mother decide whether to stay in her home or to move to a retirement residence.
In our society, it’s common to congratulate people for staying in their own home as they grow older.
It is admirable to be dedicated to providing excellent care for an aging loved one; however, it may be important for you to take a step back and examine if your role is affecting your wellness.

Diane* walked in to her mother’s house and saw that her mother, Elaine,* had several large bruises. Elaine explained she had fallen getting out of the bathtub. Diane immediately got upset and told her mother that she needed grab bars installed in her bathroom and really should have someone there to assist her when she showered. Elaine replied that she had been fine living alone for most of her adult life and she didn’t need any help now. Diane brought up other times her mother had fallen or slipped, and other ways she thought her mother needed help to be safe in her home. By the end of the discussion, both Diane and Elaine were very agitated and nothing had been resolved.

Here are some of the reasons we’ve heard residents and their families say they should have moved in sooner.
Have you decided that a retirement living lifestyle would make life happier, healthier and more fulfilling for yourself or a loved one? Now that you understand the benefits, it may be time to understand the cost, including seeking advice on how the numbers are adding up.
You’ve done your research and determined that a move to a retirement residence would be a beneficial lifestyle change for yourself or a loved one—but can you afford it? Determining affordability is the natural next step in your process of exploration, and for many people, it’s the right time to seek advice to understand how the numbers add up.
In the over 30 years I have worked with and on behalf of older adults and their families, countless times I have witnessed families operating on assumptions when it comes to helping plan for their aging parent’s care or housing. Some of these assumptions include:
Are you or a loved one considering whether a move to a retirement community may be a beneficial lifestyle change? If you’re wondering if the timing is right, or even if the lifestyle is the right fit for your needs and preferences, consider these seven questions
Continuing to live in current dwellings may be the right choice for some seniors as they age, but for others—whether they are active and independent or could benefit from additional daily support—their home may be what’s holding them back from leading the retirement years they deserve. 




 

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