Are you living in your own home? Is it becoming more than you can manage? Are relatives and friends suggesting that you move?
Well - Don’t give up yet!
There are many of alternatives that can help you stay in your home and maintain your independence longer.
- Consider hiring a local student or a contractor to maintain your yard in the summer and keep your drive/walkways clear in the winter.
- Adaption services are available for the installation of ramps, bathroom railings and cupboard roll-out shelving, which can increase accessibility within your existing home.
- Shopping services and grocery delivery are available from some supermarkets.
- Homemaking services are available to assist with menu planning, meal preparation, light housekeeping and there are also programs such as Meals-on-Wheels.
- Minor repairs at reasonable prices can be done by local plumbing, electrical and other contractors. A list is usually available through your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
- Sometimes simply reorganizing your home can make your life so much easier.
- Visiting health professional services which include assessments, plans and provision of care, supplies/equipment are available as well as personal care and support (including bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and more).
When none of these ideas is enough and you are considering downsizing due to physical health or emotional reasons there are still many options to choose from.
Now is the time to contact your Realtor who has the information that you need to decide what is next, be it a smaller more manageable home, an apartment, a condominium, a retirement home or other alternative. It all depends on your expectations and lifestyle.
More information is available at Seniors.gc.ca or PeterSardelis.ca