Living Options for Elderly Parents

Our parents getting older often brings unique challenges and decisions. One of the most significant concerns for families with aging parents is their living arrangements. In Canada, fortunately, there are a myriad of living options tailored to cater to seniors’ varied needs. Initiating early discussions as a family about these options can not only alleviate potential stress but also ensure that everyone is on the same page when it’s time to make a decision. Let’s explore some of the living options for elderly parents.

Independent Retirement

This is a great option for elderly parents who are active. Typically, someone who is independently retired wouldn’t need assistance with daily activities such as eating, bathing, or other types of personal care.

Assisted Living

This option would be best suited to seniors who need assistance with normal everyday activities. Assisted living facilities usually have support workers and nurses on staff to ensure all their needs are met so everyone can rest easy.

Residential Care Home

This is a more personalized service, and are usually private homes that have been updated to provide care services for a smaller group of residents (unlike assisted living facilities which are traditionally larger). These can also offer short-term or long-term care if you anticipate your parent’s needs being temporary.

Specialized Care Facilities

There are some care facilities specifically tailored to certain medical conditions. For example, memory care facilities are designed to provide specific care to elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Home Care

For elderly parents that want to retain their independence, professional live-in carers can come to their home to support them on a daily basis.

While the topic of senior living arrangements might seem difficult, an honest conversation can make the transition smoother. Canada offers a wide range of options tailored to the diverse needs of its aging population. Check out the infographic below for more information:

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