Locate providers that offer Independent Living services in the province of your choice:
Independent living for seniors refers to living at home, whether it's a house, an apartment, a condo or a life lease building. Residents typically are functionally independent and are able to arrange for any care services and support they need in independent living.
Keep in mind that the term independent living is used rather freely and can refer to everything from true apartment living with no services to living in a full service complex that offers "unbundled" services, and everything in between. Terms used can include retirement communities, retirement homes, seniors housing.
The key difference between independent living and other options is the level of help that is available.
Independent Living is not licenses or regulated.
Perhaps It's Time to Look at an Independent Living Option.
If the responsibility of maintaining your own home is becoming a burden with outdoor maintenance and if you want an age segregated building to enjoy the social life - independent living may give you independence – and the time and ability to enjoy it!
But, if you're planning ahead and may want more services over time, like housekeeping or because cooking every meal – every day, is becoming a chore or tiresome, or you can see the end of your driving career on the horizon, it may be time to think about an independent supportive living option that offers those services.
Finding an independent living residence will take time and research, but you're headed in the right direction!
Use The Care Guide, as well as TheCareGuide.com, to identify some options and call ahead to schedule a tour of each one on your list.
After your visit, make a note of your answers to these questions.
|Make A Checklist||Question||Yes/No|
|Did you like the people you met?||If you weren't comfortable with the people and the feel of the place,this probably isn't the place for you.|
|Was the staff friendly and approachable?||If you weren't comfortable with the staff, this probably isn't the place for you.|
|Will there be opportunity for socializing and amenities space for that?||One of the great benefits of an independent living residence is that you will have lots of neighbours – all at your age and stage of life.|
|Did the residents you spoke to, seem like people you would want to be neighbours with?||Are they happy living there? why?|
|How far away is it from everything that's familiar to you? What you are choosing is your new neighbourhood.||If what you're looking for is a total change of scene, you may not be concerned with having family and friends close by.|
|Think carefully about your medical providers||Do you want to be looking for new doctors, dentists, optometrists? Many residences have visiting medical providers.|
|Consider the future when you won't be driving. Are you within walking distance of shops, pharmacies, restaurants?||Many independent living facilities offer transportation options for shopping, medical visits and field trips|
|Can you afford it?||Choices and costs vary widely. Go over the monthly fixed costs and the menu of services that are available at extra cost. You don't want to be dealing with financial anxiety.|
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