LivingBalance Program at PARC Retirement Living

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Dr. Glo McArter, a leading Canadian counsellor, therapist, writer and speaker on the realities of advancing age, is adamant that growing old is not the same as aging. We at PARC Retirement Living couldn’t agree more. We’ve built our seniors’ communities on the philosophy that attitude to age is fundamental to how our residents recognize and enjoy the opportunities offered by increased longevity.

Dr. Glo believes that our attitude as we transition through age impacts how we adapt, learn, heal and grow. A willing attitude combined with vision, accumulated wisdom, continuing curiosity, courage and the energy generated by connection to other people provide the inspiration to thrive as we grow older.

PARC Retirement Living’s approach, based largely on our Independent Living+ program, recognizes that seniors need more than just a place to live as they age. We believe that health and wellness, based on good nutrition and the right level of physical and mental activity, help foster the positive attitude that Dr. Glo feels is vital to a more fulfilling life for seniors.

We describe it as active aging, a discreet, supportive and consultative program that’s part and parcel of the service we provide at all four of our boutique-style residences. Our goal is to help our residents maintain their health and improve it.

PARC Retirement Living in actionOur Independent Living+ program is a comprehensive level of services to guide, monitor and assist residents with their changing health needs. For example, a wellness nurse helps residents develop unique health plans, including home health options, information and education about physiotherapy, hearing support, podiatry and pharmaceutical services. The nurse also offers consultative support during short-term and episodic health challenges.

We have 24-hour emergency support for families in an acute health crisis and a CPR-certified team to provide emergency, short-term and intermittent support. Residents can access the 24-hour support and CPR team using a personal pendant.

Our proprietary LivingBalanceTM program focuses on maximizing the comprehensive health of residents through three approaches:

LivingBalanceTM provides residents with an environment of engaging, enriching activities and experiences that benefits their lives as they age. Up to 70 per cent of how well one lives is due to what we eat and our physical activities and lifestyle. We find that many of our residents take on new challenges and participate in programs they never thought they would – and they thrive as a result.

With the agreement of the participant, we can even measure the impact of the program using the Interactive Health Partner tool to collect relevant health metrics at the beginning of the resident’s participation and then six months later and measure any improvements.

It’s not unusual for some seniors to wonder if they are perhaps too old for exercise. We believe that no-one is ever too old to start an exercise program and there’s ample evidence to show that regardless of when someone starts to exercise, or whether they’ve exercised in the past, their health will start to improve. Even small improvements in strength translate into large gains such as improved walking or stair climbing ability, and the changes can happen in as little as six weeks.

And just to ensure that our residents don’t become homebound and focused only on health and wellness, we also offer a complimentary chauffer service to social and other appointments and shopping excursions. In addition, we have scheduled bus outings to local events and points of interest.

PARC Retirement Living retirement communities

Cedar Springs PARC  

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9

Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Summerhill PARC  

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7

Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Westerleigh PARC  

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3

Westerleigh PARC offers refined independent living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Mulberry PARC  

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9

Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Oceana PARC  

1575 George St, White Rock, British Columbia, V4B 0B6

At Oceana PARC, our residents thrive with access to physical and mental fitness programming, social activities, chef-prepared meals, transportation and more. Come discover why life is better at our new residence.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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