Living Arrangements

Understanding the options and planning ahead for the future.

Downsizing Stress

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Housing Options, Living Arrangements | 0 comments

You have made the decision to move and “downsize” your living arrangements. You have either decided on your own, acted in part because of pressure from family, or put the decision off for so long that now you must move to a care home for medical reasons. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a stressful and uncertain life transition. There are common reasons behind the stress, and each person will experience them uniquely and in different proportions. Some common stress triggers are grief, resistance, uncertainty and overwhelm. Here are some thoughts on how to cope with them. Give Grief A...

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Assisted Living Care Homes

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Living Arrangements | 0 comments

Assisted living (or supportive housing) refers to a broad range of care homes primarily designed for seniors. These “congregate-living” residences combine housing, meals, and supports such as housekeeping and recreational activities. Most offer transportation for shopping, outings and medical appointments. Some also assist with personal care, such as bathing and dressing, and administering routine medications.  You can rent, own or have a life lease in an assisted living care home. Some provinces provide “designated assisted living” facilities, where the resident pays the accommodation...

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Long Term Care Terminology

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Care Team and System, Living Arrangements | 0 comments

Long-term care refers to care homes, as well as to a variety of services for people who experience prolonged physical illness, disability or severe cognitive problems. These care homes and services help people maintain a level of functioning rather than correct or cure medical problems. Most commonly, they include help with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and professional care. They may be delivered as in-home services; or the person needing care may travel to a community services such as adult day programs and respite.  Or this person may need to live full-time in a care home in order to...

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Aging Parents and Adult Children Living Together? Talk Before You Pack

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Housing Options, Living Arrangements | 0 comments

Are you considering moving in with your adult children? Are you thinking about having your aging parent(s) move into your home? Whatever your reason, you can expect that some intergenerational households will work well, but others are filled with tension. Moving in together can work, but success is greater when everyone pays attention is paid to each others’ autonomy and where certain things are negotiated beforehand:   Respect Autonomy Seniors have been making their own decisions for a long time. Asking them to give up this independence can create feelings of tension and...

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Experts Help Elderly Stay Home – Or Move

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Living Arrangements | 0 comments

Many elderly parents want to avoid moving to a care home, and prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible. The unfortunate reality is that health, mobility and safety issues can make this impossible. Other seniors feel the burden of “too much house”, but may find the thought of moving on overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. Help is at hand in all of these situations. For older persons who need more support to stay at home, a growing number of private service providers can help with personal care, errands, and home maintenance. Senior move specialists can help...

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Downsizing: Losses, Emotions, And All the “Stuff”

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Living Arrangements | 0 comments

Moving house is among life’s most stressful events. Whether leaving your home of many years, helping manage a downsizing move for an older person, or clearing out your parents’ home – you can expect to ride an emotional rollercoaster.  You’ll be facing some sense of loss – bereavement, or loss of health and independence. At the same time, you’ll have to deal with household items accumulated over a lifetime. Many possessions hold emotional charges, and memories of acquiring, collecting and caring for special things from the past. The harsh reality is they won’t...

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