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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providing care for a loved one is an admirable and rewarding vocation that strengthens bonds between family members and friends. Offering this necessary care, however, can take its toll on the caregiver as time passes. As a result, people can find that they start to suffer from caregiver burnout.
In today’s world, online video calls have steadily become a normal part of our daily communication. Apps such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype and Zoom have all normalized the concept of communicating with friends, family members and colleagues via video conferencing technology. Remember when video calls seemed futuristic? It’s incredible how far we’ve come!
As the old expression goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s only natural that we intuitively want our personal space to resonate with us and provide a sense of calm, comfort, and belonging. Our need for comfort is intensified when the outside world is full of change and uncertainty.
Whether you live in a studio apartment, a high-rise condo, or a larger house, here are a few simple things you can do to help feather your nest and lift your spirits.