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Successful retirement in Canada relies on key factors:
  • Planning
  • Research
  • A positive attitude.
A Positive Attitude
Moving from the family home to a retirement setting can be very difficult but if you are not living life to the fullest that can be even harder. If any of the following points sound familiar, retirement living in a community setting can open up a world of possibilities.
  • Although healthy and independent, sometimes the daily upkeep of the house feels overwhelming;
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the home and yard has become more time consuming and difficult.
  • Preparing healthy meals three times a day is a chore especially if it is only for one or two people.
  • Social outings are sometimes difficult to manage, particularly if friends and family live at any distance.
The positive attitude can be derived from admitting that a change of scenery would be a great idea and that you have better things to do than chores.
Retirement homes and community settings provide respite for seniors who choose to use their retirement years enjoying themselves rather than worrying about responsibilities such as housekeeping, laundry or cooking healthy meals.
Developing a positive attitude should also include redefining what the word ‘home' means. Home should be viewed as a place where one is comfortable and secure, not just as an address. In fact, the trend for today's active and independent seniors is better than home. Retirement homes and communities have evolved into havens, offering many services and amenities that will really turn retirement into the golden years. Of course, the services and amenities offered can vary greatly between facilities, which is why research is such an important part of successful retirement in Canada.
Planning and Research
Retirement should be about the freedom to live life unencumbered and today's seniors are choosing a wide variety of ways to enjoy retirement. Taking the time to plan will help you to develop a unique retirement plan and choose the most ideal retirement location that will accommodate those plans.
Ensuring to plan out the little details that may get lost among the bigger decisions like downsizing, selling a home and packing is essential. Small details like whether or not pets are welcome, or if parking is available for personal vehicles may not be on your mind but they are incredibly important and may be a source of regret later if not looked into properly.
When researching the different options, take care to visit the top candidates for a personal viewing. When possible, schedule a short-term stay and talk to current residents to get a feel for the location and, even better, to see if they would have done anything differently while they were planning their retirement.
Residents Offer Advice on Retirement Living:
  • Plan sooner, rather than later. This allows for the ability to make the decisions based on want rather than on need. Sometimes that last fall can leave you dependent on other people to do your research and make your decisions for you.
  • Take your time when downsizing. It's hard to say goodbye to ”things”. If you do it slowly the stress won't be so bad. You might be able to make some profit AND the fewer the things you have to worry about when looking for a home, the more freedom and flexibility you will have when getting to the final stages of planning your retirement.
  • When possible don't cancel outside activities and memberships! Being active in the community outside of retirement living is another form of freedom and can help you maintain stability. Make sure you pick a residence that either has parking for your car, or offers transportation services.
Research, planning and keeping a positive attitude will help you to achieve a truly successful retirement.
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Our all-inclusive independent living community makes it fun and easy to get to know your neighbours by attending exciting events, sharing a home-made meal and getting together for scheduled activities.
The following services and amenities available:
  • Cable TV and all utilities (excluding phone)
  • Three delicious and freshly prepared meals a day
  • Variety of options available on the daily menu
  • Live-in management teams or care-giving staff available 24hrs a day
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • On-site complimentary laundry facilities
  • Free transportation to appointments and errands
  • Billiards room, library and exercise room
  • On-site beauty and barber shop
  • Spacious suites with kitchenettes and refrigerators
  • Emergency response system monitored around-the-clock
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning in each suite
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