Conversation starters when discussing retirement living with a loved one
H aving a conversation about a move to a retirement living community can be intimidating and emotional for everyone involved. However, it is an important one to have before a crisis occurs, such as a serious health event. Instead of having time on your side, the decision becomes required, rather than desired, which could result in you or a loved one not being able to get their first choice of accommodation. This prompts the question, “When is the right time to move to a retirement community?” There is no one size fits all answer, what may work for one family may not be right for another.
Each situation and its factors are different. If you remain unsure, looking at The Signs of Change infographic in this magazine may be helpful. “These indicators highlight important factors that should be paid attention to. They can mean that a loved one’s lifestyle is shrinking. Maybe they’re no longer interested in activities they once enjoyed or not eating regularly. These are usually silent but strong signals that now may be the right time to consider a positive move to a retirement community,” says Maribeth Gregor, Senior Director of Sales.
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