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How to assess home health-care services

 
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  • What are the amenities?
  • Do the recreational programs suit my interests and tastes?
  • Is there supervision with medication?
  • Is there a visiting physician and dental service?
  • Is on-site nursing available?
  • Are there suites with a kitchenette?
  • What is the daily or monthly rate?
  • How often have rates increased?
  • Are there charges for the additional services I may want or need?
  • What happens if my health deteriorates?

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What are common activities at retirement residences?

 
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How can I best bring up the idea of retirement community living to my parent?

 
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Start by visiting a retirement community with them. The reality of what retirement communities are like will be much more enjoyable and appealing than the institutions your parent may be thinking of. Also, if your parent has a friend in a residence, pay them a visit. Make sure you have a delicious meal in the dining room and get a feel for all the social activities going on. Your parent may not be ready to move right away, but they may not be as adverse to the idea when moving from their home becomes a necessity.

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What if I don't want to leave my neighbourhood?

 
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There is likely a retirement home close to your current neighbourhood. Use our advanced retirement home search to find a location near you. Many retirement communities will provide you with the independence you require and allow your friends and family to visit and make use of the amenities available to you. You are free to leave and visit family and friends whenever you wish. You might also be able to find a retirement community you love close to family that may no longer live in your current neighbourhood.

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My mother is going to be going into a retirement home in about 6 months. She is 87, and in good shape mentally but slowing down physically. She takes care of her own financial affairs. My brother and I are going to approach her about the possibility of our taking over these duties. If she prefers to continue this herself, what is the best way to maintain security for her personal documents in a retirement home? Thanks for your help.

 
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1. Talk to your mom about completing a durable power of attorney for finances. You do not need to use it as long as she is competent, but with her physical declines there may be some business transactions she may not be able to get out to. If her mental abilities decline, then you and your brother can assist with her finances. Explain that this is not just for seniors and that you see this as a tool that everyone can use.

2. You could keep a locked box or small safe in her apt. If she has her own apt and it is kept locked just like in any apt building there is less of a concern. But, if there is access by health care providers and others in the building I would suggest that once papers are not in use that you or your brother store them or if your mom feels better, keep them in a safety deposit box.

I believe that the best way to approach seniors with financial concerns, is to think how you would want to be approached. Remember that finances are very sensitive and personal issues. Consider how in the past your mom dealt with finances. As a family did you talk about money issues, or were these always done behind closed doors? The answer to this question can help direct you to dealing with this issue in the most respectful way.

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When is the best time to move into a retirement community?

 
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Anytime. It is best to make sure the timing fits with your needs and plans for the future. It is never too early to research and visit communities and explore your options. Then when the time comes that you want to move or when health reasons make it a necessity, you are ready. It also gives you an opportunity to organize your finances so that you can move into a retirement community when you want.

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What amenities are available at most retirement communities?

 
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Do retirement residences allow a trial stay?

 
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Yes. It is a great way to get a feel for the community and the amenities to make sure they are the right fit for you. You are able to pay to stay for as long as it takes to decide to move permanently. At that point you might be more comfortable selling your home and downsizing your possessions.

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Can I keep my possessions?

 
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Many residences allow and encourage you to bring some of your possessions with you. You can furnish and decorate your room to your style with your own furniture. If you are moving from a house to a residence, then you will likely need to downsize your belongings for your new space, but your most important items can be brought with you.

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What are all the things I should remember before I move?

 
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I'm worried about maintaining my independence.

 
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You maintain your independence and privacy. Most retirement homes have large private rooms where you can relax alone. You have options for your meals and many come with full kitchenettes. You control your life.

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What sizes of suites are available?

 
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The majority of retirement residences offer the choice of a studio, one- or two-bedroom suites, allowing you to choose based on your needs and budget. It is becoming more common to find retirement communities that offer townhomes and condominiums available for both rent and purchase.

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Am I allowed to bring my pet?

 
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At most retirement communities you are allowed to bring a pet to live with you. Comfort Life's advanced search can help you find residences permitting pets. At most retirement communities you are allowed to bring a pet to live with you. Comfort Life's advanced search can help you find residences permitting pets.

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What is a life lease?

 
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A life lease allows seniors to own a "share" of their retirement residence and accompanying facilities, which are owned and operated by a sponsoring non-profit or community-based organization. In certain municipalities with land transfer taxes a life lease can provide an exemption, resulting in significant savings.

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Will my children and grandchildren still visit me in a retirement community?

 
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Definitely. Not only can your children and grandchildren visit you in your private suite but most retirement communities allow them to utilize the amenities available. Your grandchildren will be able to use the pool and your family will be able to eat well in the dining room if you do not feel like cooking. Some residences have Nintendo Wii, virtual golf, saunas, spas and bowling alleys; making a retirement community a fun place for children and grandchildren to visit.

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Am I able to purchase a suite within a retirement community?

 
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Purchasing a suite or condo is available at some of the more recently built retirement communities in Canada. This option allows you to maintain equity in your property but additional amenity and activity fees per month may apply.

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Won't I be giving up my independence if I move into a residence?

 
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Absolutely not. You can continue the lifestyle you are currently living, and you can participate in the 4 6 activities a day provided by every residence. The only thing you are giving up is the snow shoveling!

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I like living in my home, why would I want to move into a retirement community?

 
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Retirement communities are more than a home; they are a place to make friends, be active and to stay healthy. They provide the independence all seniors want with dozens of activities available within the same building. Many residences now feature fine dining restaurants, gyms, pools, pool halls and Nintendo Wiis, while some have bowling alleys, virtual golf, fifties-style diners, spas and community trips on a cruise.

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My mother is going to be going into a retirement home in about 6 months. She is 87, and in good shape mentally but slowing down physically. She takes care of her own financial affairs. My brother and I are going to approach her about the possibility of our taking over these duties. If she prefers to continue this herself, what is the best way to maintain security for her personal documents in a retirement home? Thanks for your help.

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Won't I be giving up my independence if I move into a residence?

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Can I keep my possessions?

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I'm worried about maintaining my independence.

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How to assess home health-care services

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What if I don't want to leave my neighbourhood?

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When is the best time to move into a retirement community?

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I like living in my home, why would I want to move into a retirement community?

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How can I best bring up the idea of retirement community living to my parent?

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Am I allowed to bring my pet?

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Will my children and grandchildren still visit me in a retirement community?

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What sizes of suites are available?

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Do retirement residences allow a trial stay?

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Am I able to purchase a suite within a retirement community?

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What is a life lease?

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What amenities are available at most retirement communities?

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What are common activities at retirement residences?

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What are all the things I should remember before I move?



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