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Senior Care: Myths , Misconceptions and Answers

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

Now in the realm of senior care options there are often many questions and misconceptions. Based on misinformation there are those who find themselves in challenging circumstances or even in crisis. As such SCC will begin a series which looks to debunk some of the  myths and misconceptions around senior care and provide answers to the questions many of you may have. In today's installment we will specifically look at myths/misconceptions in regards to retirement residences. 

Let's get started: 

Retirement homes and nursing homes(long-term care) are the same thing: These two terms are often understood by many in the public as meaning the same thing, however this is not the case. Please view here, and see how retirement homes and nursing homes(long-term care) differ from each other. It is important to know the difference.

Retirement Residences offer no care:This is not an accurate statement. The level of care offered at a retirement residence is dependent on the residence. There are definitely   residences that are able to offer higher levels of care, including being able to care for those with memory impairments or those who may need  the assistance of two people to transfer them(i.e. from bed to chair). Retirement residences engage in an assessment prior to acceptance, in which your care needs will be discussed and an individualized care plan will be established. If your care needs exceed what the residence feel they can offer, then they will inform you. The general exclusion criteria in terms of care needs for  most retirement residences are that they are not accepting of attending to care of a feeding tube, or accepting of anyone who displays aggressive behaviours. Outside of such care, there are residences that are available which can provide high levels of care. Retirement Residences are for people who can't take care of themselves:On the other end of the spectrum, many shy away from retirement residences feeling it will take away their independence or that it is for those who cannot take care of themselves.  This is not the case. Retirement residences can offer the best of both worlds. Depending on the residence, a retirement home can offer various levels of care, which can include independent living  up to full care.  In a retirement residence you can have your own independent suite, with a living area, bedroom,bathroom and kitchenette( or full kitchen).  You can come and go as you please just as you would in your own apartment or condo.  The difference in being in a retirement residence is that on top of having your own suite, you have the additional services available on site to make use of - if you so choose. Essentially it is as if having your own apartment or condo, except for you have the options each day to participate in various social activities or outings, have access to an exercise room, pool/spa, on-site salon, emergency call bell system, have gourmet meals prepared each day for you, as well as other supports-such as personal care or nursing- if needed. 

Hopefully we were able to clear up some misconceptions related to retirement residences. Please also be sure to stay tuned for follow up articles in this series! 

Until Next Time.... Stay Informed! Stay in The Know! 

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