Housing General

Life Lease Apartments

Life Lease Apartments are like condominiums except that ownership of the suites is maintained by the owner of the entire building. The goal of the Life Lease lifestyle is for residents to use the equity from selling their home to cover the capital cost of their apartment. The resident would then only pay for associated living costs, such as utilities, staffing, maintenance, etc. on a monthly basis.
Life Lease apartments give the residents ultimate lifestyle flexibility in a home of their own. When the resident’s health care needs change, they may remain in their familiar surroundings and still receive the care they need.

Supportive Living-What is it?

Supportive living provides accommodation in a home-like setting, where seniors may remain as independent as possible while they have access to accommodation and services that meet their changing needs.

Supportive living serves the needs of a wide range of individuals. Residents in a supportive living setting can range from seniors who require support services due to age, chronic conditions and frailty to young adults with mental health or physical disabilities.

There are 4 Levels of Supportive Living:
* Residential Living-Level 1
-Residents can manage MOST daily tasks and direct own care. Assistance can be scheduled if needed.
* Lodge Living-Level 2
-Residents can manage SOME daily tasks and direct own care. Most assistance can be scheduled.
* Assisted Living-Level 3
-Residents have choices but require assistance with MANY daily tasks. Increased scheduled and some non-scheduled assistance required.
* Enhanced Living-Level 4
-Residents are given choices but require assistance with MOST/ALL daily tasks. Unscheduled assistance is frequent.

CONTINUING CARE SYSTEM

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Long Term Care

Long-term care is provided to individuals with complex health needs using a Hospital-like model. Under the direction of a family physician, an onsite Registered Nurse supervises you or your loved ones care with the support of Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides and other health-care providers as appropriate.

Talking to Your loved One

Once you’ve decided that your loved one may be suited for retirement living, starting the conversation may be difficult. Before beginning, be sure to set aside plenty of time for the discussion. Consider including other family members to make your parent feel safer, but be sure to remain respectful of him or her, and be sure to confirm that all final decisions will be theirs. Presenting research, recommendations and options is essential, but not during the preliminary conversation. You do not want your loved one to feel overwhelmed or like you’ve determined the outcome for them. Reassure them that the process is about him or her, and be sure to keep the conversation and any decisions inclusive. Assure him or her that they are the most important part of the process, so their feelings and wishes will be accommodated.

Seniors may have a number of questions or concerns about moving, which you should attempt to address during this time. Asking open-ended questions allows your loved one to explain their feelings and desires for the future, such as searching for a community with events and activities that reflect their personal preferences or one that can assist with daily needs. Additionally, encourage your loved one to ask questions, and be sure to listen as much as you can. Common reservations include anxiety about moving, fear of giving up control, not knowing any people in a new location and dread concerning giving up their home. However, these fears can be addressed by assuring your parent that senior living communities offer a range of activities to acclimate new residents, senior social events to promote friendships, care homes that promote discretion and independence based on a senior’s needs, and an all-around better way of life for aging parents.

Financial concerns may also hold back older adults as they consider retirement living. Budgeting is essential when planning for the future, so assure your loved one that they will have your support in seeking clarity and transparency on the financial savings and costs of retirement living. Additionally, senior living communities frequently partner with the government to provide subsidized housing.

Creating A Plan

1) Make a list of the residences you are considering.
2) Ask friends, family or community contacts like doctors to suggest reputable retirement residences.
3) Visit a residence more than once.
4) Stay and have a meal; meet other residents and ask questions.
5) Attend an event or open house.
6) Arrange a guest stay to really see how it feels?
7) Is there a wait list?
8) Does the facility offer government subsidy?

10 Tips to Help Seniors Move

Whether you're helping your parents move to a retirement home or with you to yours, take extra care and try to consider the following 10 tips when assisting with their move. . .

1. Be kind.

This may seem like a given. However, when helping to sort and pack their things, keep in mind that their eyesight and an inability to do everything they used to do can result in poor housekeeping habits. Instead of commenting, offer to clean as you pack and try not to criticize.

2. Help sort.

Like all of us, seniors tend to keep things they don't necessarily need or will ever use. Be gentle when suggesting to get rid of possessions. Ask them if they use the item and if they would mind if you donate it. If it's a treasure or something they'd like to keep but the new space can't accommodate it, suggest keeping it in the family by giving it to a grandchild or another sibling. DON'T just “take stuff” or distribute it to family without their OK.

3. Take pictures of the inside of their home.

As close as possible, try to place objects in a similar way so that their new home will feel very much like the old one. Be as detailed as you can from arranging the bedroom furniture to placing the family pictures on the bureau. This will help make the new place feel like home.

4. Obtain a room layout of their new place.

Find out before you move, how much space the new place has. If you're parents are moving from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom condo, then together you'll need to decide what will fit and how much can be kept. Again, offer to keep the pieces they can't move or try to keep them in the family if possible.

5. Start small.

Take a day to spend with your parents to talk about the move and what to expect. Give them small tasks to do such as going through a desk drawer or a box from the attic. Ask them to spend only 15 to 20 minutes a day on one task. Let them decide what they'd like to do and what they might find hard to do. Taking small steps will help your parents get used to the idea of moving.

6. Pick a room that has less sentimental attachment.

Have your parents start sorting through the bathroom or kitchen drawers; a place in the house that doesn't hold the same emotional attachment as the bedroom or living room or a photo box kept in the attic.

7. Plan the move.

Allow enough time that your parents don't feel rushed. Sorting through years of stuff is difficult and sometimes emotionally painful. Give them time to absorb the change.

8. Hire outside help.

Sometimes it's easier for your parents to work with an outside party than with their children. There are many companies who specialize in moving seniors, offering comfort both to your parents and the rest of the family.

9. Be patient.

Allow your parents time to say goodbye. If they take longer to clean out the desk drawer because of a stack of pictures they found, let them take the time to remember. This is a very important part of the process. Be patient. Listen to their stories.

10. Get them involved.

If you have access to the new home, take your parents there, introduce them to the new space. Do this on their own time, when they're ready. Let them tell you how they'd like it to look and make a plan to prepare the space accordingly.

Caregiving: Understanding The Needs

Try to set up the caregiving routine to meet the needs and mood of your older relative. Don't force him or her to take part in activities they don't want to, but encourage joining in those they enjoy.

Build self-respect by not over-helping. It is easy to focus on what they can't do instead of what they can do. You may be tempted to take over everything. But, that will only make them more dependent and helpless and perhaps resentful. Encourage whatever he/she can do for her/himself even if it takes more time and isn't done as well as you would like.

Try to find ways in which your older relative can help you. You may have to break tasks down into smaller parts, for example folding laundry but not putting it away. People like to feel that they are contributing something, even if it is only advice or companionship. It helps them to feel a sense of belonging and improves self-esteem.

Don't talk about your older relative as if they aren’t there. Include them in the conversation. Have him or her take part in family decisions whenever possible, especially if the decision affects him or her.

Ask visitors to set up a time before they come so that the older person can be ready. One or two visitors at a time is probably all that a confused person can handle. It is important to make social contact, but if a person is weak or ill they may not feel like having visitors.

Listen to the older person. You may get tired of always hearing stories about the past. Older people tell these stories to assure themselves that their lives have had some meaning or purpose. Their self-esteem grows as they remember and talk about a time when they felt important, needed, and in control of their lives. It is more than just living the past, it is a way of making a connection between past and present.

Make a safe living space. Many areas in the house can be unsafe when someone is unsteady on his feet, confused, or can't see or hear well. Check to see that rugs don't slip and electrical and phone cords are out of the way. Make sure furniture is sturdy enough to hold on to and harmful products are stored in a safe place. Your older relative many need bathroom handrails, a walker, or other special equipment. Your local Homecare will be able to assist you with acquiring adaptive devices for your loved one through the AADL (Alberta Aids to Daily Living) Program.