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Are You Ready for Retirement Living?

People consider retirement living for all sorts of reasons, from lifestyle preferences to health and peace of mind. Ask yourself these following questions to see if you’re ready for retirement living:
  1. Would you like to engage in more social and recreational activities?
  2. Are you looking for companionship and friendly surroundings?
  3. Are you tired of cooking, and turning to snacking instead?
  4. Are you tired of doing the housework?
  5. Is it getting harder to complete daily chores, like laundry, housekeeping, and yard work?
  6. Are you becoming increasingly dependent on the help of others to continue living on your own?
  7. Do you worry that there’s no one to help in an emergency?
  8. Do you worry about your personal safety and health?
  9. Are you experiencing more injuries or falls at home?
  10. Are you becoming more forgetful?
Retirement Living Options Short Term Stays

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to start considering the many benefits of independent retirement living. Learn more


Is Your Parent Ready for Retirement Living?

Retirement living can be a positive lifestyle change for your loved ones, and should be based on careful considerations and thoughtful conversations. To help you see if it might be time to think about retirement living, and time to have those talks, answer the following questions:
  1. Does your parent appear lonely and do you believe they would benefit from more social interaction and activities in their life?
  2. Does your parent feel unsafe at home alone?
  3. Is their house or yard not as neat and clean as it used to be?
  4. Does your parent require more assistance to complete daily activities?
  5. Is your parent telling you that he/she is eating, even though they’re losing weight?
  6. Is food going bad in their refrigerator (not being used or forgotten)?
  7. Is your parent getting injured through falls or other accidents, and/or trying to hide injuries from you?
  8. Is your parent wearing the same clothes over and over, and/or neglecting regular hygiene?
  9. Is your parent unable to take medications correctly?
  10. Are you worried that your parent cannot respond appropriately to an emergency?
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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to talk to your parent(s) about the rewards of retirement living, and investigate the options. Learn more.

Top Ten Benefits of Retirement Living

What does retirement living have to offer? Here are the top 10 benefits to consider.
  1. Stay independent.
    Retirement living lets you live your life, your way. You have the choice, the privacy and the freedom to maintain the lifestyle you want.
  2. Nurture your well-being.
    With everything from nutritious and balanced meals, to rewarding recreational and social activities, retirement living can keep you fit in mind, body and spirit.
  3. Find the right support.
    If you need a little extra care or support, the professionals on staff can provide you with things like health assistance, medication administration, and help with bathing and dressing.
  4. Say goodbye to household chores.
    The residence staff can free you from the time and effort of chores like laundry, housekeeping and maintenance.
  5. Live in convenient settings.
    Retirement residences are often within walking distance of shops, restaurants and other areas of interest, making it easy to get out and about.
  6. Enjoy companionship.
    With friendly neighbours and plenty of opportunities for interaction, you can have a ready-made social life.
  7. Live how you want.
    Many residences offer a range of suite sizes and styles, from studios to one- or two-bedroom apartments. Some units include balconies or patios, and some residences offer assisted living accommodations.
  8. Enjoy great amenities.
    Your retirement residence could include a fitness room, games room, lounge, gardens, library, theatre, café, salon, and more – an array of attractive choices right at your fingertips.
  9. Stay active.
    There are a range of classes, programs and excursions to suit every interest, and help keep you as busy as you want.
  10. Reduce your stress.
    The safety and security of a retirement residence can eliminate some of the worries that come from living alone or taking care of your own household.

How to Choose a Retirement Residence

Looking for a retirement residence that helps you live the life you want? Consider these top five factors when doing your research.
  1. Location – Are you close to friends, family, and the things that are important to you in the residence?
  2. Services – What does the residence offer in terms of dining, laundry, housekeeping and other services?
  3. Amenities – Does the residence offer additional facilities such as a fitness room, games room, lounge, gardens, library, theatre, café, etc.?
  4. Programs – Do the social and recreational activities interest you?
  5. Care – Do the support services meet your health needs?
  6. Staff – Are the staff experienced and professional, and have they worked at the residence or in retirement living for a period of time?

To discuss which options are available in retirement living, call Revera’s toll-free line, 1-877-929-92221-877-929-9222. A quick assessment of your needs will be discussed and you will then be put in touch with a Revera representative at a residence.


Comparing Residences

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s time to visit in person. To help you weigh all the options, print and bring along a copy of this comprehensive retirement residence checklist. It will help you ask the right questions, assess the most important features and compare the options. All of this information can help you arrive at the best decision for your new home.

To discuss which options are available in retirement living, call Revera's toll-free line, 1-877-929-92221-877-929-9222. A quick assessment of your needs will be discussed. You will then be put in touch with a Revera representative.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: When I move into a retirement residence, do I lose my independence?
    A: All Revera residences offer you many choices, including your choice of meals, recreation and social activities and the freedom to come and go as you please.
  • Q: What is the cost of living in a retirement residence?
    A: Cost varies depending on several factors: type of room, type of care and location of residence. Complete this short form and we will arrange for a Revera representative to follow up with you.
  • Q: How do I arrange a tour or speak to the right person at the residence?
    A: Please take a few minutes to fill out this short form and we will arrange a tour and a complimentary meal.
  • Q: Can I arrange a trial stay in a retirement residence?
    A: Yes, we offer a variety of short-term stays such as trial stays, respite stays and vacation stays. It’s a great idea to actually live in the residence for a few days to learn whether you’ve found the right place.
  • Q: If a couple needs different levels of care/assistance, can they stay in the same residence?
    A: Many Revera residences offer multiple levels of care at the same site so couples don't have to be separated just because one needs additional support.
  • Q: Where and how is the food prepared?
    A: All meals are prepared fresh daily by on-site chefs ensuring balanced, delicious and nutritious fare. A registered dietitian approves menus, and our chefs use only the highest quality ingredients.
  • Q: Do you allow pets?
    A: Pets are an important part of the lifestyle at many of our residences. We typically allow cats, small dogs, birds or fish. Contact a residence to learn more.
  • Q: I have a special diet. How will this be handled?
    A: Our director of culinary services and dietitians accommodate many special diets. We work with our residents to understand their food preferences and to ensure that their needs are met.
  • Q: I have memory loss/ Alzheimer’s/dementia. Can I live in a retirement residence?
    A: Revera has Memory Care living options that provide the support required. We create environments that offer safety and security, while keeping people involved. Our residents enjoy a variety of recreation and fitness activities, and participate in stimulating memory enhancing exercises.
  • Q: What is Revera’s policy to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities?
    A: Revera is committed to excellence in serving all customers, including people with disabilities In accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), Revera has created a policy and a multi-year accessibility plan which outlines the strategy that will be taken to remove and prevent barriers under this regulation. At the end of each year Revera will revisit the plan to update the progress in meeting the various requirements of this regulation as stipulated in the multiyear plan.
For an in-depth look at a Revera retirement residence, take a virtual tour or hear what our residents have to say.
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