Planning Ahead: When is the right time to move to a retirement home?
The decision to move to a retirement community is not one to be taken lightly. While some people don’t think about it until an event or diagnosis forces them to accept they can no longer live at home, this isn’t the best choice. It’s wiser to plan ahead so you don’t find yourself without options in the case of a crisis.
Signs it may be time to make the move
Here are just a few of the reasons you may want to consider moving to a retirement community.
- You’re tired of taking care of your home. If you’d rather pursue your interests than keep the house clean or take care of your yard, an independent living facility may be a great fit for you. You can spend your time as you please without worrying about the chores that used to dominate your life.
- Things are starting to slip. If you find that it’s becoming harder to keep the house clean, feed yourself and socialize, it may be time to think about moving to an assisted living retirement home. You’ll be able to live on your own with a little extra help for meals, housekeeping and even personal hygiene. Click here to learn more about the in-depth differences between independent and assisted living at Retirement Concepts communities across Canada.
- You want to be prepared in case your health fails. Many retirement homes offer a spectrum of care that allows you to live independently while you’re able and provides higher levels of care as your needs change.
Benefits of moving to a retirement home
After experiencing a retirement community, many residents will say that they wish they had made the move sooner! Here are some of the things you can look forward to.
- Stay with your partner longer. Many couples find themselves separated in their later years because they require different levels of care. However, some retirement homes are based on a campus-of-care model that allows couples to stay together by meeting different care needs within the same facility.
- It’s easy to socialize. A retirement home is full of people just like you, so there’s always someone to chat with. There are actually many positive health benefits that seniors will gain by staying socially connected in a community. There are also a multitude of activities and clubs that let you meet people while doing something you love or while learning a new hobby!
- It takes the burden off your loved ones. When you live in a retirement home, your interactions with your family won’t be dominated by discussions about logistics. This allows you to spend more quality time with those you love while maintaining a level of independence that is comfortable and dignified.
Still Not Sure? Speak With A Community Relations Manager for a Free Tour!
If you’re looking for a place to settle down and spend your golden years, look no further than a Retirement Concepts community near you! Contact a community relations manager today to find the location closest to you and schedule a free lunch tour.