There will likely become a time when your family needs to have a talk about retirement residences. You may also think to refinance your home loan before retirement. At a certain point, an older parent or relative may need to move into a retirement residence for their well-being. Nearly 10 per cent of seniors over the age of 65 live in retirement residences, a number that increases at higher age brackets. Nearly 45 per cent of seniors over the age of 95 live in retirement residences or similar dwellings.
Handle the Transition to a Retirement Residence:
The transition to a retirement community can be emotional, but there are many benefits to making the move. A good retirement residence provides an active lifestyle, plenty of social events, great food, privacy and independence, and many levels of health care. So how do you handle the transition and how do you find the right retirement residence?
1. Get Help from Your Relatives & Friends
When the conversation about moving a parent into a retirement community begins, it’s a good idea to get help from the whole family. Talk to siblings, aunts and uncles, and your parent’s friends. Encourage them to visit before the move so your loved one knows they have a rich and supportive circle of family and friends.
You’re also going to need their help on moving day. You’ll be downsizing, a process that can be time-consuming and exhausting, even without all the emotions you’ll be feeling that day.
Don’t neglect your own emotions or feelings in the process either. Reach out to friends and family for support.
2. Research Retirement Residences and Plan a Visit
Not all retirement residences are created equally. Do your research into retirement communities in and around your community. You may want to look at family-owned and operated retirement communities such as All Seniors Care Living Centres over publicly-traded and REIT-owned residences. Retirement residences that remain in the family have more freedom to focus on health care and quality of living than shareholder-driven businesses.
Bring your older loved one when you visit. The goal of your research should be finding senior living communities they will enjoy and where they will feel comfortable.
3. Get Downsizing Right
Often older seniors move from a larger home into a retirement residence. This could be a place with a lot of history, where they raised their family and spent much of their lives. They will also have a lot of important heirlooms. Bring the possessions they value the most and find the right home for other important pieces of furniture that can’t move with them.
4. Bring the Pets
If your loved one has a beloved dog or cat, find a retirement residence that lets them bring their pet along. Retirement residences under the All Seniors Care family have no extra charge for bringing pets. Pets become part of our lives and they can help with loneliness, especially for those who live alone.
Most importantly, have a patient and understanding conversation with your loved one before the move. There are plenty of great retirement residences that can improve quality of life as well as provide health care. Do your research and find the right place with your loved one.