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As your parent or grandparent gets older, living alone in their family home may not be the most practical or safest place for them to stay. That’s why there are a variety of senior living options—these communities provide different levels of care to meet the needs of each resident. Here are some of the different types of senior living options to choose from, so you can make the right choice for your loved one.

Independent Living

Independent living communities are essentially apartment style housing for older adults with full kitchens. These communities offer residents the independence of living alone and the freedom to enjoy their day, as they come and go as they please and they don’t have to worry about maintenance. The unique advantage of independent living to simply living in an apartment is that seniors can enjoy a social community of peers, as well as shared amenities and, possibly regular activities geared toward older adults. Sometimes services are provided on-site.

A number of communities may also offer retirement and assisted living as well as long term care. They are referred to as continuing care retirement communities. In Canada, access to a funded long-term care bed in the same community may be restricted because of our universal health care system.

Retirement Home

Retirement communities include a variety of housing options for older adults. Typically, they are studio, one, or two-bedroom apartments that offer meals, social activities and housekeeping supports. Retirement homes are ideal for seniors who can no longer or don’t want to deal with the responsibilities of owning and managing their own home. They are ideal for independent seniors who can care for themselves but may require some assistance with housekeeping and cooking.

Assisted Living

Assisted living may include assistance with the activities of daily living, such as medication management, bathing assistance, help with personal hygiene, mobility, feeding, continence care, memory challenges, and more. They usually offer three daily meals. These communities also provide and arrange social activities, fitness classes, and other activities that fight isolation and bring the residents together. These programs may be organized on and off-site.

Long Term Care Home

Long term care homes are also known as nursing homes, residential care, or continuing care because they serve residents who need 24/7 care from trained and certified nursing staff. Generally, the residents who require a long-term care home have complex medical conditions or high level of care needs.

Find the Right Retirement Community for Your Loved One with the Care Guide

If you’ve realized it’s time for your loved one to move into a senior living community, it’s important to know your options and take your time as you make this big decision. However, with senior living in British Columbia, senior housing in Toronto, and a myriad of other options, it can be challenging to know which is the best. We can help.

At TheCareGuide.com you will find ideas for retirement and senior living communities, valuable information to know before deciding on which residence to choose, and checklists to take with you as you shop around. Our guide has helped many families find the best living and housing options in their area, has offered valuable advice on how they can seamlessly transition into a senior living arrangement, and more. For more information and advice on senior care and living solutions, contact us at 1-800-311-CARE or info@thecareguide.com. We look forward to helping you make this decision.

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