Community Spotlight: Assisted living
Discovering the benefits of on-hand support
From her infectious laughter and easy manner, there’s no doubt Marie Sellers could fit in anywhere. And when you reach the point when it’s time to move into a retirement community rather than stay in your own home, that’s a great quality to have.
Marie and her husband Al moved into Delmanor Northtown at their doctor's urging. Marie was reluctant because they’d been in their own home for 56 years. “It was hard to leave, but with Al’s health and his age, he couldn’t do things around the house anymore and so we finally took the doctor’s advice,” says Marie, whose doctor gave them a list of three or four places to look at. “And I decided [Delmanor] was it,” she laughs.
Delmanor Northtown, North York, Ontario
Weighing the benefits
Assisted living communities are very much like modern university dorms. There is the freedom of movement with the added bonus of care. Each resident has the freedom of choice. Whether it’s to come and go as they please, cook their own meals, do their own laundry or benefit from the services provided by the community.
But where assisted living communities thrive is with the social opportunities they provide. Moving into a community gives every resident the chance to meet interesting people and try new activities, whether it’s attending a lecture, going to a wine tasting or staying active in a fitness class. “We have a whole host of recreational activities,” says Elaine Wood, vice president of marketing and sales at Delmanor Seniors Communities. “We want to first and foremost appeal to the needs and wants of our residents, so if someone’s bringing forward a suggestion ... then we’re responding to those wants.”
A helping hand when you need it
Assisted living residences are often paired with independent living communities. Not only does it save residents from having to move to a different community if they begin to need more help in daily living, but sometimes one partner may need more help than the other.
Marie benefits from the 24-hour nursing care Delmanor offers. “[Al’s] not all that well ... he goes [out] in a wheelchair when he goes.” Every resident at Delmanor is given a GPS-enabled alert pendant they can wear that will bring instant help if pushed. Marie has used it on occasion to help Al after he’s fallen.
A home of their own
It’s not just the 24-hour nursing care Marie loves, it’s the extra household activities Delmanor helps with. “Not having to cook meals gives me more time to do things with Al,” says Marie. Handing off daily tasks like grocery shopping and laundry gives residents the opportunity to enjoy their retirement the way it was meant to be: leisurely.
Many of the myths surrounding retirement communities tend to circle around privacy, independence and freedom. At Delmanor, they work very hard to ensure residents enjoy the flexibility and freedom that an assisted living community can bring. “It’s a very independent, active lifestyle and we’re here to respect people’s privacy and to provide a wonderful lifestyle for them,” says Wood.
Marie and Al have taken their time settling in. They were able to bring most of their furniture from their bungalow and have decorated the walls with pictures of the past 65 years together. Marie smiles at the thought: “It’s not home yet. But it will be."