It's report card time for the retirement residence industry! Comfort Life's 2011/12 annual guide to the best retirement communities across Canada is out! Find Canada's Best Retirement Communities in your neighbourhood.
Making the decision to move into a retirement community is usually a difficult one to make for retirees and for their families. Even more difficult, is the laborious process of visiting and evaluating the many different retirement communities and trying to decide which one is for you! They all look great and have various levels of services and facilities that its very easy to get caught up in the glitter and gold.
"Living at home is free, why move?" is the most common mindset when seniors are asked about the option of moving to a retirement community. But is aging at home really free? With the unforeseen costs of in-home care assistance, home retro fitting or transportation assistance, many retirees may not realize that aging at home is not as "free" as believed especially if unanticipated health issues were to arise.
Here are a few considerations if you or an older member of the family is trying to decide whether or not it’s the right time to sell the family home.
Thinking about downsizing? Do you fear that someone will rush you through the process or take the decision making process out of your hands? You’re not alone. You’re about to make some very important choices about your future and you should always be in control of your own transactions. So how do you stay in the driver’s seat and remain in control of your transition?
Throughout life, transitions define the stages we are entering or leaving; moving out of your parent’s house to go to school, living in your first apartment, buying your first house, upgrading to a larger house to accommodate your growing family. Like all transitions, downsizing can be stressful, physically and emotionally challenging – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help choose the Real Estate Agent who’s going to be the best fit for your move.
Ready to chuck your snow shovel and lawn mower for a low-maintenance retirement condo? If so, there’s a lot you should know before buying a unit in a retirement community. You’ll want to speak with a number of advisers before signing an agreement of purchase and sale. Read more...
Today we launch a new feature in The Pulse of Comfort Life blog: Story of the month. This is the post that garnered the greatest response from you, our readers. It's a post that was so popular and useful, that it is worth looking at again. This month, that post is this one.
Condo fees are common but what about "special assessments," "reserve funds" and fees for amenities you don't use? Here's what you need to know about fees.
VIDEO: Wondering what life in a retirement community is really like? Residents tell you all about it in Seniors on Screen!
VIDEO: To find the best retirement home you need to know what questions to ask and what the homes offer. Check out this expert advice.
This is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about downsizing your house, including tips and advice for staying in control and making money along the way! Read more...
Have preconceptions about retirement that are preventing you from starting to plan ahead? Consider these top questions and ideas as you prepare your move. Read more...
Volunteering at a seniors home is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever experience. Here's what you can do and how to sign up!
Looking for financial advice in planning ahead for your retirement? We have the resources, tips, and advice to help make the financing process easier.
If you're thinking about moving into retirement community, this is your must-read checklist for finding out all the exclusive details that matter the most to you! Read more...