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Choosing the Right Senior Housing for You

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

Deciding on the type of senior housing and care you require can be an exciting but overwhelming challenge. To help you make the best choice for your situation, here is a list of questions and tips to help guide you through the decision-making process Read more...


Real Estate Trends Changed by the 50-Plus Buyers

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

The new generation of retirees are setting buying trends that differ significantly from the choices made by seniors a decade or so ago, say realtors who specialize in the 50-plus demographic. Today's retirees are more active, healthier, living longer, and bring with them a staunch refusal to give in to "old age." As a result, their buying choices reflect a desire to stay active and enjoy life to its fullest. Read more...


Independent Living Residences

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

Independent Living residences provide seniors with a lifestyle that can often be compared with a stay in a luxury hotel. The difference is that the stay doesn't end after a few days or weeks. Elegant d├ęcor, fine dining and regularly planned activities make this the ideal "getaway". Read more...


Home Care Agencies Provide a Variety of Services

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

The types of services provided by home care agencies varies from agency to agency. Most provide a continuum of care, providing services as simple as companionship or taking you to appointments and increasing in complexity to include respite care, nursing services and palliative care. Read more...


Hiring A Relocation Specialist

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

A company that specializes in relocating clients is different from a downsizing company in that it handles downsizing PLUS moving. A downsizing company usually helps you organize your current home to make it more functional by clearing out clutter and unnecessary items. A relocation company does all of this while keeping in mind that the end result is to see you comfortably installed in your new home. Read more...


Downsizing: Some Personal Stories

Moving at any time in life can be a daunting experience and determining the best way to downsize your possessions can be a real challenge. Here are the stories of a couple people who downsized and their feelings around it. Read more...


Complex Care Residences

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

For individuals already disabled to the point of requiring daily nursing care as well as other support services, continuing care facilities provide comprehensive care services in a single setting. While most older persons and their families see continuing care usually as a last resort, it may in fact be the best setting for disabled persons with multiple problems, requiring multiple types of services. Read more...


Campuses Of Care Residences

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

Campuses of Care facilities combine all three levels of care - independent living, assisted living and continuing care - in a single setting. Often this is referred to as "aging in place" since the structure allows an individual to move from one care option to the next as their health needs change. Under one roof, they can be assured the independence of retirement home living and the security of long term care Read more...


Aids To Daily Living

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

"Aids to Daily Living" (ADLs) are devices that help people with disabilities to function at their highest possible level and enjoy the highest possible quality of life. ADLs are also referred to as "assistive devices," or "adaptive technology." Read more...


Assisted Living Residences

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

Assisted Living facilities combine private suites with support services and social activities to help seniors with some limitations to continue living as independently as they can. It often provides the bridge between home support and residential care Read more...


Adapting Your Home

Few people have a perfect home, but adaptations to the home can make life easier and safer for someone who may have some mobility limitations. Read more...


Aids To Daily Living

By Barbara Risto on Jun 4, 2009

"Aids to Daily Living" (ADLs) are devices that help people with disabilities to function at their highest possible level and enjoy the highest possible quality of life. ADLs are also referred to as "assistive devices," or "adaptive technology." Read more...


How the Home Renovation Tax Credit works for you

By News Canada on May 11, 2009

Many Canadians may have heard about the recent Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) proposed by the federal government earlier this year. The temporary tax credit enables homeowners to claim a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit up to a maximum of $1,350 on eligible expenses when renovating the home. But homeowners may be asking themselves, "What does this mean to me?" Read more...


Age-friendly Communities

By Tessa Graham on Feb 1, 2007

The World Health Organization is leading a global project to develop a tool that will assist cities to become more senior friendly as the population in most countries ages significantly. Read more...


Adapting Your Home To Age-in-place

By Starr Munro on Jan 1, 2007

Seniors who want to age gracefully in their own homes or with their family, find that simple home modifications improve their quality of life, reduce opportunities for accidents and longer periods of time are spent independently in a familiar environment. Read more...


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