WILD: Trying ahead to retired living

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Penelope Wild Penelope Wild. Penelope Wild is the former Homes Editor for the Toronto Sun and a real estate agent at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates. Photo delivered by /Toronto sun

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Our houses age and need maintenance, just like us.

Mowing grass, shoveling snow, keeping an eye on repairs, and all of the jobs required to maintain a home can become challenging in retirement.

Many, thank you very much, are doing very well in their homes where they lived, raised their families or decided to retire. Or they downsize to a condominium, apartment, or smaller house or bungalow where everything is turnkey on one level and more.

At some point, however, many also seek the help, support and assisted living that they need in old age in old people’s homes or ultimately in nursing homes.

And everyone who has helped mum, dad or a close relative with the transition from the parental home to the retirement home knows the difficult logistical and emotional challenges that a move brings with it.

This generation often lives at the same address for many years, has accumulated decades of memories and possessions and has invested time, money and love in their own home for a lifetime.


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It becomes part of their identity and the prospect of selling it and starting a new chapter in life can be hugely stressful, emotional, and even painful. It can involve the death of a loved one and often comes with a series of difficult conversations about moving, the care they need, finances, and selling their personal effects. And it often takes time.

A first step for seniors and family members is to find out which housing options are best for their particular circumstances. It’s important to include them in your conversations with prospective homes and to know that there are plenty of specialists out there who can make the transition – from companies selling household goods to financial advisors and real estate agents called Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES ) With the education and experience to help families guide the process.


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Making seniors feel at home is a very important part of the experience in making the transition from home to new friends and environments easier, says Adam Cranley, Business Development Specialist at Metta Lifestyles.

“When a new resident arrives, our staff will be on the doorstep to greet them with a gift basket and offer a special lunch or dinner with loved ones in our private dining room,” says Cranley.

Making their new home feel like home is a crucial part of moving, he says.

“At first glance this may seem like a daunting task, but the reward comes when the suite is fully furnished. The walls are decorated with proud moments and life’s works, as well as pictures and portraits of family and friends, ”says Cranley.


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Amanda Richards, director of business development and community integration at Chartwell Retirement Residences, says it’s important to make sure seniors are involved at every step in the whole process, sticking to their schedules and letting them know they’re not just getting help and support get that they need to get but rather move into a community.

“Whether you’re a self-employed senior looking for cooking or cleaning assistance, someone who needs personal help on a daily basis to lead a more comfortable life, or a loved one in need of care or dementia support, we have options that are unique to your needs Needs and give you the security you deserve, ”says Richards.

“In addition to orientation programs, which might bring new residents closer to similarities, contacts are made while eating and in the leisure program and there are many opportunities to get to know people in small groups,” she says.

Compassion, patience and empathy go a long way towards alleviating the emotional stress of selling the family home and entering another phase of life.

But before retiring, the big step of selling a home is such a daunting change for a senior that he can get very worrisome very quickly.

Cranley added, “When you move into a metta ward, you become our family. As the old saying goes, “Home are people. No place. ‘”

– Penelope Wild is the former Homes editor for the Toronto Sun and a real estate agent at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates.


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