How to Support a Senior After a Move to a Retirement Home

Moving to a retirement home is a major life transition. Yes, it may be an improvement for an older adult who was struggling to continue living in their own home. It offers many advantages like new social connections, in-house activity programs, meal service, medication monitoring, and help with day-to-day activities.

But let’s face it: leaving behind a home that you’ve lived in for years, possibly decades, comes with a sense of loss. Loss of a home full of family memories. Loss of autonomy.

Why Retirement Communities are Still a Safe Choice

Blog provided by: Seasons Retirement

In this weeks blog we hear from Seasons, who operate retirement communities in the Toronto and surrounding area as well as Alberta. Although there are specific references to what is happening in their homes, the scenario is very similar in the many retirement homes across Ottawa. All and all
everyone is trying to keep their residents, families and staff as safe as possible. Have a read.

Retirement Community Options in the Ottawa Area

There are a lot of different types of retirement homes in the Ottawa area. They cater to a range of seniors, from those who want to downsize but have no intention of slowing down to those looking for support with things like meals, medications, and personal care.

You may hear a lot of terms bandied about to describe different living arrangements within retirement communities: independent living, assisted living, memory care, respite care, convalescent care. And you may wonder, What do they mean?

Here’s a quick overview from Amy Friesen, retirement home expert and Founder of Tea & Toast.

How to Explain Dementia to Children

Children have a strong understanding of the world around them. However, when it comes to explaining an illness like dementia, it may be difficult for your child to understand what it means for both their loved one and for themselves. 

Having an open dialogue with your child is the best way to go. Beating around the bush or lying can make this difficult time harder for your child.

However, knowing the right things to say and do isn’t easy, especially if you’re dealing with younger children. To help, we’ve created a guide to help you explain dementia to your children.

Can I Tour a Retirement Home During COVID-19?

As we approach Fall 2020 in Ontario, the pandemic is now in its sixth month. You’re considering a move to a retirement home, but you’ve yet to tour any of the homes on your short list. And you wonder, how do tours even work nowadays with physical distancing restrictions?

Are Retirement Homes Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Are you grateful your aging parent didn’t move to a retirement home before the pandemic hit? You’re not alone. 

Now that the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario has passed, you still may be not be convinced that it’s safe for them to make such a move.

Next Steps: After Your Loved One Moves Into a Retirement Home

We understand that it can be a difficult process to have our loved ones move into retirement homes. However, retirement homes offer a wide range of benefits for seniors — including social and communal opportunities, safety and security, additional assistance on-hand and more.

However, the biggest question of all is: what do seniors want in a retirement home? Let’s examine some of their benefits below, before reviewing which next steps you should take once your loved one moves into a retirement home.

Why Is Caring for My Spouse So Hard Now That We’re Older?

In sickness and in health. Whether or not that phrase was part of your wedding vows, you likely feel a duty to look after your ailing spouse now that you’re both older. After all, no one knows your spouse better than you do. You’ve shared a life together. You know what makes each other tick.

Your Guide to Managing Arthritis at Home: Senior’s Edition

If you have arthritis, you  know how painful and debilitating it can be to get around and to carry out your daily tasks. You likely suffer from pain, inflammation, redness and stiffness to one or more of the joints in your body.

My Aging Parents Won’t Move: 7 Tips for Getting Unstuck

Trying to convince your aging parent to move to a retirement home isn’t for the faint of heart. Despite your best intentions, you may well meet with resistance. Here are some tips on how to overcome that.