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Downsizing


Thinking of downsizing? You have options!

Maintaining a large home can start to become less of a pleasure and more of a chore when you factor in cleaning, mowing the lawn, repairs and maintenance. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, you may be ready to consider downsizing.

It’s important to remember that even though downsizing can be difficult, it’s not an ending – it’s a new beginning! Moving can be an exciting fresh start, but it can also be very emotional. The transition can be significantly easier if you’ve chosen the right living situation for your needs, and done some research on your options.

If you’re thinking that the only alternative to staying in your own home is a group retirement setting, and you’re not ready for that, there may be an alternative that is a better fit for you.




Factors when considering downsizing:

Independent Living Assisted Living Seniors’ Home
Cost

Low

Medium

High

Independent Living

Privacy, your own space

Operating on your own schedule

Still have your own space, but additional assistance available

Shared accommodations (unless you pay for a private room)

Strict schedule & supervision

Style

Many apartment and condo types to choose from

Your own furniture, décor, and belongings

Varies, but usually your own furniture, décor, and belongings

Most suites are identical

Very limited décor and belongings

Meals

Cooking and shopping for your own meals

Private dining in your home

Private kitchens may be available

Meal plans or assistance often available

Most meals are included

Set menus & schedule

Common dining area

Flexibility

Standard lease agreements

After 1 year, most go month-to-month offering significant flexibility

Varies between standard leases and life-lease agreements

Services are adaptable to changing needs

Life-lease agreements lock you in for the duration

Population

Some buildings mostly seniors, but may have mixed ages as well

Seniors requiring varying degrees of assistance

Seniors requiring full-time assistance

Medical Assistance

None provided

Home care can be brought in at your own cost

Some provided

Other services may be available at an additional cost

Most provided

Other services usually available at an additional cost

Independant Living
Cost

Low

Independent Living

Privacy, your own space

Operating on your own schedule

Style

Many apartment and condo types to choose from

Your own furniture, décor, and belongings

Meals

Cooking and shopping for your own meals

Private dining in your home

Flexibility

Standard lease agreements

After 1 year, most go month-to-month offering significant flexibility

Population

Some buildings mostly seniors, but may have mixed ages as well

Medical Assistance

None provided



Assisted Living
Cost

Medium

Independence

Still have your own space, but additional assistance available

Style

Varies, but usually your own furniture, décor, and belongings

Meals

Private kitchens may be available

Meal plans or assistance often available

Flexibility

Varies between standard leases and life-lease agreements

Services are adaptable to changing needs

Population

Seniors requiring varying degrees of assistance

Medical

Some provided

Other services may be available at an additional cost



Seniors’ Home
Cost

High

Independence

Shared accommodations (unless you pay for a private room)

Strict schedule & supervision

Style

Most suites are identical

Very limited décor and belongings

Meals

Most meals are included

Set menus & schedule

Common dining area

Flexibility

Life-lease agreements lock you in for the duration

Population

Seniors requiring full-time assistance

Medical Assistance

Most provided

Other services usually available at an additional cost

Questions to ask:

  • Is there 24hr on-site staff?

    On-site staff ensures help is available in the building at all times, so you won’t have to call an 800-number and wait for an out-of-town landlord to arrive.

  • What is the level of security?
  • Look for controlled entry, intercoms, and video surveillance.

  • What activities are available for residents?
  • Communities that cater to older residents will often have activities geared to them, such as low-impact exercise classes and shopping shuttles.

  • Are there lots of older residents living there?
  • Whether a community includes mostly older residents, children, students, or young professionals can affect what activities are available and the noise level.

  • How much storage space is there in your home? Is additional storage available?
  • You’ll need to know how much you can bring with you to your new home, so that you can pare down your possessions appropriately.

  • Are amenities (such as a grocery store, pharmacy, and community centre) within walking distance, or on an easy bus route?
  • What additional services are available, and what do they cost?
  • Make sure you know what is available (for now or in the future) and how much you can expect to pay for things like meal plans, private rooms, and additional health care.

  • What are my options if my health deteriorates?
  • Unfortunately there may come a time when you need more extensive health care. Consider flexibility in your lease, upgraded services, and cost of moving.

    It can be easy to see the negative side of downsizing, because you may feel that you are losing part of yourself. Instead, think of all you are gaining! Downsizing can provide a simpler lifestyle with less to worry about, leaving you more time and energy to enjoy this new chapter of your life.

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