The type of life you or your loved one have after retirement will be as unique as the life you had beforehand. For some of us, it is going to be a relatively simple choice to make, but others may not have that luxury for a number of reasons. For some, it could be a choice that isn’t necessarily voluntary, and this can mean navigating a variety of complex emotions as well as making large life changes. For others, it simply means how can we best transition to the next stage of life. Whatever the case may be, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are making the right choices for yourself or your loved ones when considering retirement communities in Ontario.
1. Get everyone on board.
You’re going to need to consult with all of the important people in your life about what is coming. That could mean your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren, or whatever sort of family set up that may be. Prepare them for the transition that’s about to happen. It will also be necessary to get your place of employment on board as well. Making sure that everyone who has had a stake or say in your life is kept in on the loop and is okay with the decisions you’re making.
2. Consider all your options.
What can you realistically afford? What are you wanting to take with you? How active are you planning to be or where are you planning to travel? How capable are you of accomplishing things alone, will independent senior living be sufficient or do you need to consider assisted living or Long Term Care? These are all big considerations that you will need to make. The big consideration to make is what is best for you, your wants and your needs. After all, you are considering the rest of your own life.
3. After looking at your options, make a wish list.
When you have a clear scope of what fits the realistic capabilities you have, start looking at the options that best fit your lifestyle and needs. Make a list of the places and make an effort to get to know them as well as you possibly can. If it is an option, go and visit. Arrange a tour, and ask the management and staff questions. Use the information you gather to narrow down your list to what will be the perfect fit for you.
Once you’ve done all your research, talked it over with you and your stakeholders, you can move forward with making a confident decision. You’ll feel better walking into a scenario that you tailored to yourself.