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Transition Tips for Potential Residents

Making the Transition: 3 Tips for Potential Residents

You've finally made it to retirement. Now you have time to explore your interests, discover new ones - and get around to doing all of those things you've been meaning to do.

Independent retirement communities, like those offered by Atria Retirement Canada, are designed for people like you: active seniors who are ready to trade in chores and responsibilities for a simplified lifestyle - a lifestyle that allows more time for friends, family and, of course, fun.

Atria Retirement Canada communities are home to thousands who've made the transition, only to wish they'd done it sooner. If you're thinking about transitioning to senior community living but not sure where to begin, here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Talk with your family

Chances are, you've never had to discuss independent retirement living with your family. Perhaps you don't know how to bring it up or you're nervous how they'll react. These feelings are normal.

A good way to start is to tell your family that you want to simplify your lifestyle. And life in a retirement community will give you more time to do what you enjoy, without the stress and responsibilities of maintaining a home.

Once they're onboard with the idea, ask them to help you through the process. Involving your family in your decision will reassure them that their feelings and opinions are important to you.

2. Research your options

There are many different retirement living options available. To find out the best option to fit your lifestyle, tour some communities. See what services, amenities and care levels they offer. Sample the food. Ask if they have a social calendar with community activities and events.

Also, ask them if they allow home care providers to serve their residents, should your care needs ever change. If the community offers short-term stays, try it out for a week or two, so you can get a true idea of what life in their community is like.

3. Plan for your future

Making a financial plan is crucial as well. Though independent retirement living can be as affordable as living at home, do the math. See if your current expenses outweigh the cost of monthly rent, or vice versa. To help you calculate what you can comfortably afford, click here.

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