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care package that best meets their individual requirements, allowing your loved one to simply enjoy a worry-free retirement. We encourage you to book a personal tour today and decide if Seasons is the right fit for your loved one. For the most updated information on current COVID-19 protocols, we ask that you check our website at www.seasonsretirement.com.

> How will you support your loved one if they experience memory loss or other cognitive impairments? Seasons is able to provide peace of mind when it comes to all of these factors and more. Our team members are dedicated to providing excellent care and customer service to our residents and their families. Prior to move-in, we will assess a resident’s needs and recommend the appropriate bundled

IS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING STILL Safe?

M aking the move to a retirement community is a big decision during the best of times, nevermind during a global pandemic. You might be asking yourself if now is the right time for you or your loved one. There is much to consider when it comes to COVID-19 and retirement community living. During a pandemic, safety and solid Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) protocols are paramount. Long before COVID-19, infections like the flu and other viruses put seniors at risk. For this reason, Seasons team members are trained in the successful prevention and control of viruses. We remain committed to maintaining the highest IPAC standards while ensuring our residents are engaged and connected. While medical experts ask people to stay home and away from vulnerable older adults, you might be struggling with how to support your loved one from afar. At Seasons, while you may be apart from an older loved one, they are not alone. You can count on us to do wellness checks, provide nutritious meals and offer safe activities. During the first few months of the pandemic, we received countless cards and notes of encouragement and support. A family member of a resident at Seasons Royal Oak Village sent us a letter that perfectly describes what we know to be true about our dedicated team members. It reads, “I am writing to tell you about the excellent work your staff has done to ensure the safety and care of the people living there during this pandemic. We are so happy that my mother chose to be at

Seasons. From the outset of the pandemic, the General Manager and her staff took fierce charge of the situation. They are always cheerful and pleasant. They are to be commended for their tireless efforts.” As a sector, Retirement Communities fared better than Long Term Care residences when it came to containing the spread of the virus. Retirement homes have private accommodation and, in general, residents with fewer complex care needs. As you explore retirement living options, you might have considered whether or not you can provide care for an aging loved in your own home. No doubt this question comes from wanting to do what’s best, especially during uncertain times. The truth is, there are many variables involved in making this decision. It may be helpful to continue ask yourself the following questions: > Will I be able to provide safe and enjoyable activities for my loved one that supports their physical and mental health? > Will a busy and congested household cause my loved one to feel anxious, overwhelmed or frustrated? > Will I be able to medicate my loved one accurately and safely while keeping track of their health conditions? > Am I able to help manage their conditions and assistive devices? > Is the home barrier-free and accessible? > Do you have access to a physician or someone to call if your loved one gets sick or you need additional help?

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