Deciding it’s time for you or a loved one to move into a retirement residence is a big step. For some, it signifies a loss of lifestyle, freedom, and the harsh realization that we are, in fact, aging. However, it doesn’t have to mean those things! Choosing the right retirement home can mean improved lifestyle and access to wellness amenities and programs for improved health.
But how do you choose the right retirement residence for you or your loved one? There are so many options these days, which means having an honest and open conversation about your family’s particular needs and wants.
Here are a few tips to get you started on having that conversation—and making it as easy as possible!
Prepare yourself: Knowledge is your best asset
When preparing to have the conversation with a parent or partner, it’s a good idea to pre-plan for the types of questions and feedback they may have. Consider their personalities so that you can speak from a thoughtful perspective. Then, take the time to research your retirement residence living options, so you’re well equipped to have the conversation.
Part of your preparedness is making a pros and cons list, as well as a needs and wants list. You’ll need to have information on:
– Living options and support required
– Likes & Needs when it comes to amenities and programs
Once you have your checklist, with supporting information from the retirement residences you’re looking at, try our Affordability Calculator so that you can talk about budget together, too.
It’s time: Having a smooth conversation
This is a big decision! Aside from knowledge, patience and an open mind are your best assets. Come to the conversation with an open mind. Keep it light and try to avoid inflicting any pressure on your loved one.
Highlight instead how retirement residence living can increase independence (rather than dependence on family or other caregivers), will boost socialization, and create peace of mind through the 24/7 support available when required. Change can be a good thing! Even simply having the conversation can bring with it a sense of relief and peace as the future becomes clearer.
The Verve team is here for you
Take some time to review our resources that we’ve put together to help you make your decision. We know transitions can be an adjustment for both the mind and body, and for all parties involved. Therefore, our caring, professional team is always here to support you and your senior loved one(s) every step of the way. Have questions? Simply contact us to book a tour or speak with someone today.