When living in their current home in Ontario is no longer the best choice for an elderly loved one, the next step might be to move them into a senior housing community. Making this type of transition can be emotionally exhausting for the family and deciding on a retirement living option can be overwhelming. Understanding the different types of housing can help you find the one most suitable for the senior in your life.
What are the Options?
When moving an aging parent or another family member, Ontario offers two different options: private residences and government-funded retirement homes. Finding the right one depends on many factors, including the senior’s medical needs and preferences, and associated costs.
What is a Government-Funded Retirement Home?
Government-funded housing is typically less expensive than private homes. Government-subsidized options include long-term care facilities for those who cannot handle basic needs, such as bathing and feeding themselves.
This type of assisted living provides a place for seniors to live and receive personal care and help with daily tasks. The focus is on balancing support services with a resident’s comfort level.
To live in a long-term care facility, Ontario residents must meet eligibility requirements and complete an application process. More information is available here.
Private Residences for Seniors
In comparison, private retirement homes provide accommodation and care services for those who are more self-sufficient. Generally, they do not require the intensive care level of government-funded housing.
Unlike long-term care homes, private residences do not have specific eligibility requirements. Seniors who want to live there enter into a tenancy agreement with the home and decide what services they pay to receive.
Among the services available are meals and medication administration. Although the government does offer these types of facilities, typically they are privately run.
Deciding Which Senior Housing Community
When your senior loved one’s housing needs change, and it’s time for them to move to receive quality care, evaluate which home provides the best fit. After determining the type of living arrangement, the next step is choosing a suitable provider, based on reviews, personal recommendations, and accreditation’s.
Always include your aging loved one in the process and receive their consent moving forward. Before making the final decision, set up a tour to see what it’s like in person, from the level of cleanliness to whether residents look well-cared-for and the interest level of the staff.
Moving Your Elderly Loved One
When the need arrives to move a senior parent from their home to a government-run or private residence, plan effectively to make the transition a smoother .
Firstly, give your loved one time to adjust to their decision as leaving a home full of memories can be difficult. Let them grieve the change and provide them with as much choice as possible during the moving process.
When it comes time to list the house for sale, meet with a senior real estate specialist. In Canada, this individual has a special designation earned from further education that provides them with the ability to meet the unique needs of those who are 55+ years old.
Recently having earned a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), I feel confident in supporting both you and your aging loved one through the move. In addition to assessing the home’s current value, I can provide suggestions for how to help the property look its best before putting it on the market to increase the selling price. It’s a tough transition for all involved – a highly emotional one. Reach out to me today to start the conversation and I’ll help you navigate through it.