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Choosing the right living arrangement for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s important to understand the different options available for older adults and what they have to offer. 

If you’re looking for a comfortable and independent lifestyle without the stresses of household chores and maintenance, retirement residences like Verve Senior Living may be just what you’re looking for. They offer a lovely environment where residents can stay active and pursue their passions. 

Of course, everyone’s needs are different. For those who require help with daily tasks, there are living arrangements that cater to those needs as well. Retirement homes, nursing homes, and long-term care homes all provide different services, from full-time supervision to part-time assistance. 

But how do you decide which option is best for you? Let’s take a closer look at retirement homes versus nursing homes to see which might be the right fit for your unique needs. 

What is a retirement home and how can it benefit you or a loved one?

A retirement home is a community designed for older individuals who value independence and flexibility. At Verve Senior Living, we offer a variety of homes that can be personalized to meet each individual’s unique needs. 

Our retirement homes are perfect for those who want to continue enjoying an independent lifestyle but still crave the companionship of a community. Residents can choose their meals, plan their schedules, and participate in a range of activities, including exercise classes and outings. 

We offer several different care options depending on the province you’re in. Ontario residents can choose from independent living, independent supportive living, assisted living, and memory care, while Alberta residents can select from independent living, independent supportive living, and designated supportive living. 

The benefits of living in a retirement home are many. For starters, residents can connect with others in the community and enjoy a fulfilling social life. They can also take part in activities that promote health and well-being, all while living in a building designed with mobility in mind. And, of course, one of the best perks is that home maintenance is taken care of, so residents never have to worry about it themselves. 

Nursing homes: what exactly are they?

Nursing homes are a type of care facility that provides 24-hour supervised care for those in need. They’re staffed with care assistants and qualified nurses who tend to each resident’s individual needs, including access to skilled nursing and medical care around the clock. 

Nursing homes are a great option for those who require either short-term or long-term care. They’re especially beneficial for people with medical conditions that require more specialized attention than what can be provided at home. Some nursing homes even offer specialized care for those with specific illnesses. 

These facilities are fully equipped to provide efficient medical attention to residents who don’t need to go to the hospital. Staff members are trained to identify symptoms and regularly arrange visits from physiotherapists, GPs, and other specialists to ensure each resident receives the necessary care. 

So, if you’re looking for a care facility that can provide round-the-clock care for your loved one, a nursing home may be the right choice for you. 

Choosing between assisted living and nursing homes

It’s important to carefully consider your options. For those dealing with worsening progressive illnesses or serious care needs, a nursing home may be the best choice. 

Retirement homes are perfect for seniors who want to maintain their independence while receiving some assistance with daily tasks. These homes offer a variety of services including meals, exercise, and social activities, and may also provide medication management and access to medical professionals as needed. 

Nursing homes, on the other hand, offer round-the-clock nursing and personal care for residents who require assistance with daily activities like bathing and eating. These homes are best suited for individuals who need more advanced medical care and support. 

It’s also worth noting that retirement homes generally accommodate older adults who require minimal help with daily tasks and have few medical needs. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are designed for people who need partial or complete assistance with daily tasks, residents with memory loss, and those who require full-time medical and nursing care. 

Consider the following factors when choosing between a nursing home and a retirement home:

First, it’s important to think about the level of care needed. Retirement homes are perfect for those who are independent and require minimal assistance, while nursing homes provide 24-hour supervision and care for those with more complex needs. 

Second, the level of companionship is also a crucial consideration, particularly for those who choose retirement homes. It’s important to find a community that allows residents to connect and socialize with their peers, and offers a range of recreational activities to keep them engaged. 

Third, medical needs should be taken into account when making a decision. If a person requires constant medical monitoring and care, then a nursing home is the best option. However, for those with fewer medical needs, a retirement home with medication monitoring as an additional service might be suitable. 

Making a decision about a loved one’s living arrangements can be difficult, but by carefully considering housing preferences, financial circumstances, and medical options, families can make an informed decision that best suits their loved one’s needs. 

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