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Retirement Homes: Types of Care

Choose a retirement community that fits your lifestyle

You've worked hard your entire life, ensure that your retirement lives up to your expectations! Whether you're looking for active, independent, or assisted living, Alzheimer's care, long-term care, or home care you can find an option that will suit your lifestyle. With over 100 retirement and home care options to choose from, Comfort Life will make your search easier.

Your retirement residence choices include:

Active adult retirement communities are projected to be the dominant trend in retirement living over the next decade. This option appeals to boomers and zoomers who wish to pursue interests and activities they may not have had the opportunity to enjoy in earlier years when they were busy working or raising their families. On-site activities range from country clubs, golf courses, trails and swimming pools to tennis courts, spas, fitness centres and a variety of clubs. Accommodation may include suites or condominiums in a tower, detached units, apartments, town houses, or bungalows. These communities allow active, healthy and independent older adults to enjoy lots of recreation and other stimulating activities with like-minded peers.

Active Adults

Independent living retirement homes may provide 65 plus adults with meals and some basic services such as laundry but as the name implies, seniors are mainly independent. Suites often have kitchens so that residents can make some of their own meals. Adults in these residences may not require medical help regularly but that option may be offered as an extra expense or residents may wish to hire their own help. The independent living option can also be found in a continuing care retirement community where residents can choose independent living, assisted living or long-term care accommodations depending on the level of care they require.

Assisted living retirement homes are suited to seniors who may require some aid with some regular activities like meal preparation, laundry and medication but who are otherwise independent. You may also see assisted living homes called board and care homes, supervised care facilities, personal care homes, residential care facilities, or domiciliary care. This may be a good alternative to paying for increasing amounts of home care while providing more social engagement than many seniors who are still trying to cope at home, have the opportunity to enjoy.

Long term care and Alzheimer's Care retirement homes, while not necessarily synonymous are both at the high end of care requirements and daily or monthly costs. In both these instances, seniors will require extensive attention from medical staff such as on-site nursing, on-call assistance around the clock and help with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. In Alzheimer's Care retirement homes residents are provided with additional care such as secure, homelike spaces in which issues such as change and degree of stimulation, which can be very upsetting to a resident with Alzheimer's, are controlled. Staff are also trained to give support to families coping with this very difficult challenge.


Retirement ownership options

If you're looking at retirement, you'll find that you can rent, own or lease your space, depending on the building and the type of retirement community it is. The spectrum of ownership options is as follows:

A retirement condo is basically an apartment that you "own" although condominiums are often built to more exacting standards than apartments because residents own their suite and therefore have equity in the building. In a condo you have communal access to and use of common facilities with other residents. These may include an on-site fitness centre, a meeting room or a rooftop garden. Retirement condos may be part of a townhouse complex or an apartment tower.

Life lease is a very popular option, where tenancy is a lease that provides special considerations for seniors: units are usually below market value so they are less expensive, they are usually age restricted so residents live in a community of peers who have common interests and units offer a strong return on investment.

Seniors' apartments can come in a variety of forms such as a rented or leased unit in a tower or a apartment inside a retirement home. They offer the opportunity to live in a building with other seniors where home maintenance services are included but without the worry of extra fees such as a senior would have with a retirement condo.

This is but a small sample of the many variations you can find in retirement living today. If none of these meet your interest, please view the many options available in our advanced retirement home search.



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