Choosing the right type of care for your aging parent in Canada can be an extremely difficult decision to make. With so many factors to consider, and options available, you want to ensure that your loved one is in the right environment, receiving the right care. Here are some of the residential care options available, and what they generally include.

Assisted Living
Assisted living services are designed for Seniors who can still independently live and take care of themselves, but require support due to physical health challenges. Generally, this means that the senior in question is still able to make thoughtful decisions on his or her own, but requires support carrying out physical tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing and more.

Independent Living
Independent living is different from assisted living in that individuals are able to still live independently, and do not rely on support for physical activities, but enjoy having access to them when required. Independent living comes with minimal assistance, and things such as meals and cleaning may not be included. This is ideal for those who wish to remain completely independent, but have help right there if the need should arise.

Dementia Care
Dementia care is a unique option, as the needs of a person suffering from dementia are more complicated than others. Dementia care has specially trained staff that are able to make life as comfortable and consistent for those with dementia as possible. They also have unique training that allows them to face the challenges that caring for a dementia patient presents, and do so in a respectful and dignified manner.

Ultimately, you need to not only consider where your loved one is at now, but what level of care that he or she might need in 5, 10 or even 15 years. Choosing the right type if residential care today should consider tomorrow.

How to Choose a Seniors Community

The best way to learn about an individual seniors community is by researching and visiting each potential community to really get a feel for their level of care. Start by narrowing down your choices: first determine which communities fit within the geographical area you are comfortable with. Once that has been established, visit the homes within that area to help you decide which one feels right for you and your loved ones.

Establish Level of Care Required

Make sure that the level of care required is going to be met with the community you choose. Ask questions such as:

Are hot meals offered regularly?
Will staff help with bathing/hygiene?
Will medications be monitored?
Are additional medical services offered – such as physiotherapy?
Will there be outings planned into the community?
Are social and fun events held on property?
Is there nursing/medical staff onsite 24/7?

Asking these questions will help you to get a feel for whether or not the level of care at the community matches your requirements.

Doing your own research may also help to identify potential circumstances that you may not have thought of previously, such as whether or not some health care services may be covered under some insurances.

It is important to plan ahead for care as we come into our older years – making sure you have a plan in place for what is best for you or your loved ones ensures proper care will be provided to help ease the transition into a seniors community.