Downsizing! The Many Choices And Questions Facing Seniors and Their Caregivers
Updated: Nov 2, 2022
One of the many concerns that some of us are facing at this time or eventually will face is downsizing. For a lot of empty nesters, ‘sandwiched’ between parents and older children, finding comfortable, active and independent living goes hand in hand with their need and responsibility to be visible and available to aging parents and grandchildren. Whether you are contemplating a change for yourself or for your parents or love ones, you are faced with the several and different options of access to housing. Accommodations ranging from townhouses (freehold or condominiums), condo apartments, adult retirement communities and other housing services currently offered.
Where do you start?
What are the best retirement communities in my area? Are there any associations, independent guide or organizations locally that can help? Who are the professionals that would be involve in your search and ultimate decision? Whatever your decisions there are steps to be taken and options to be considered.
Plan your transition
Step 1: Needs versus desires
Step 2: Evaluate your options
Step 3: Meet with the front line care support workers and tour the facilities you’ve chosen
Types of housing available
Independent or Supportive living
Long term care homes
Meet with your team of professionals
Doctor, community health nurse, hospital discharge planning coordinator
Case manager at your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), social worker
Financial advisor, lawyer, estate planner
Relocation specialist, moving coordinator