Seasons Alberta Magazine

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IS IT Time FOR A TALK? Conversation starters when discussing retirement living with a loved one

H aving a conversation about moving to a retirement living community can be intimidating and emotional for everyone involved. Nevertheless, it is essential to have before a crisis occurs, such as a severe health event. Instead of having time on your side, the choice becomes a need, which could result in you or a loved one not being able to get their first pick 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, and what may work for one family may not be suitable 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. “There are usually some strong but silent signals that now might be the right time to move to a retirement home. Maybe they’re no longer interested in activities or hobbies that once brought them joy, or they’re not eating regularly; these indicators could mean that a loved one’s lifestyle is shrinking,” says Amanda Walker, Leasing Manager at Seasons Brantford. We do our best at Seasons to encourage people to have the conversation early, even before these signs present themselves. This way, you’ll be

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