Calgary senior apartments
Find the ideal space for you
Find senior apartments in the city of Calgary, listed below. It’s the right time to move, now, while you’re still independent but ready for something more manageable! Freedom from so many things awaits: you’ll never worry about grass cutting, window cleaning, property tax and other homeowner hassles again. But the best thing about this will be your move forward into a community of people all the same age with a shared experience.
Calgary senior living apartments in Calgary
Advantages of apartment living for seniors
Apartment living for seniors is a move into a fuller life. Many people who are widowed or otherwise single find senior apartment living much more ideal. Let’s look at the advantages, according to seniors themselves:
There are things going on all the time that appeal directly to you. “I find I’m always welcome at any of the activities downstairs,” says Mary in a Rocky Ridge building, “We play some cards sometimes, and I love the weekly crochet circle.”
An apartment is a right-sized space for seniors living alone. A traditional family home in a suburban area becomes less ideal all the time. More and more neighbours are younger families with whom you share little. In some neighbourhoods, teenagers may even have loud parties or be otherwise aggravating.
Care staff and others dedicated to and experienced with the needs of seniors are available in many buildings. “Staff here is always friendly and helpful,” says Margaret, at a building on the north end of the city not far from the airport. “They create a really nice, welcoming, friendly atmosphere.”
Continued independence. At many Calgary seniors’ buildings, your apartment remains your own space. You have your own kitchen where you can cook your own meals. Of course, at many buildings, you can also choose to participate in communal dining.
Take charge of your own life. Moving into a senior apartment complex is a way of retaining ownership of your life, for a generation of people who have always “dealt with things head on.” As Margaret (see above) says, “I didn’t want my family to be forced to say something to me. I wanted it to be my decision where I lived and how I lived. Here I am, nine years later, still living in the place that I chose.”
Six tips for apartment-hunting seniors
1. Talk to people who live in the building. Don’t be shy! If you’re looking at a seniors’ building, ask people to kindly tell you how they like living there. Get several different perspectives and opinions. Not everyone has the same disposition.
2. Focus on location, of course. Make sure that the building is near the things you want. Ideally, it will have “everything within walking distance,” as many seniors are proud to have found.
3. When you are “checking the place out,” visit at several times of the day. Sure, first impressions are important, but you may visit at another time of day and see something entirely different. Some places impress the first time, while there are others you might find yourself warming up to, on a second or third visit.
4. Take your children or other loved one with you to help you gauge your feelings about the building and help you judge things about it.
5. Peak into the corners. If you are being toured around the building, check out the things they aren’t necessarily showing you.
6. Look for recent renovations or plans for the same. It’s important that a building has the latest in accessibility and safety features.