Seasons Ontario Magazine



THE Difference BETWEEN LONG-TERM CARE AND RETIREMENT RESIDENCES A s you begin your search for senior living options, you will soon realize that there are many different choices. At Seasons, we are

activities and connected with their neighbours and loved ones. Our residents continue to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can count on our dedicated team members if and when they need us. We understand that our future residents still want to know that professionally-trained staff can provide care when needed, but this isn’t their only priority: They also demand a comfortable lifestyle in a safe yet welcoming environment surrounded by people who genuinely care. Seasons strives to accomplish this by being a place our residents are proud to call home.

here to help you understand what these choices mean. Retirement residences and long-term care as terms are often used interchangeably to describe a senior’s home. The truth is that each option offers different types of services based on the amount of care a person needs. A retirement residence is typically an independent living community that offers housekeeping services, meals, activities, and care if needed. This should not be confused with long-term care (LTC). Long- term care homes cater to individuals who require the highest level of care which might include 24-hour support. In Alberta, we work in partnership with Alberta Health Services to accommodate care needs up to a certain measure. In Ontario, LTC homes are subsidized by the provincial government, while most retirement residences are not. Today’s retirement residences are typically lively communities full of active, independent seniors who enjoy the convenience and support of communal living. While a heightened focus on health and safety has changed the day-to-day routines of our residents, our teams work hard to ensure our residents are engaged in meaningful

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