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Making the Transition to a Retirement Community

Thursday Jul 07th, 2016


Choosing to downsize from your home to a retirement community takes advanced planning and an openness to the idea of change. It can be a time in your life that is filled with mixed emotions and uncertainty, especially if you have lived in your current home for a long time.

However, there are a number of steps that you can take to make your decision to downsize easier and your transition smoother:

Understand the benefits of downsizing to a retirement community
It is understandable that you may feel somewhat reluctant about moving into a smaller home or new community. However, downsizing to a retirement residence does offer a number of benefits. It can relieve the stress of mundane activities, like scheduling transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, meal preparation and household chores. Without these daily worries, you can now enjoy more downtime by participating in a range of activities and fostering new social connections.

Do your research
The province of Ontario offers a range of different senior living options, including retirement homes, long-term care homes, supportive housing and seniors’ apartments. Each provides a senior-friendly environment with different services and levels of care. Before you decide on where you want to downsize to, assess your personal situation and compare your needs with the amenities and services offered by each.

Have a plan
Once you have a better idea of where you want to live, it’s time to get down to work. You should:

•    Make a list of the residences you are considering
•    Ask friends, family or community contacts to suggest reputable retirement communities
•    Visit a residence more than once
•    Stay and enjoy a meal, meet other residents and ask questions
•    Attend an event or open house
•    Arrange a guest stay to see how life in the community really feels

Most importantly, take the time you need to explore your options. 

Better yet, consider speaking with an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA), such as myself. We have the necessary specialized training and experience to help mature buyers and sellers with their unique real estate needs. 

With many connections within the senior housing market, we can also recommend the best retirement communities within Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to suit your needs, desired lifestyle and level of care.
If you or someone you love is in need of compassionate and patient Accredited Senior Agent (ASA), please feel free to contact me for more information.

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