15 Reasons to live in a Retirement Community and Considering a
move to Parkville Manor
By Mitchell Mingie, Director of Sales and Marketing
In today’s world, there are so many choices. Everywhere
you turn you are being bombarded to make more and more decisions. Discovering
all those new choices as you head into retirement can be daunting. Many people
believe that they will never leave their home and for the very few, that may be
the right choice. However, for most of the population, the benefits of an
Independent Senior Living Community will far outweigh the few perks of staying
at home. All the seniors I have talked with over my 20 years of working with
them constantly tell us four things.
1) “Wish They Moved Earlier to The Community”
2) “They Prefer Life in Their New Home”
3) “They Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere Else”
4) “I Feel Like Myself Again – I Was Missing
That in Myself”
Independent Living Communities today range
from homelike and comfortable to all-inclusive luxury in park-like settings.
This style of living is for independent and active seniors. They choose to live
in an independent community and need no assistance or help with daily
activities. They are however looking to enhance their senior years, meet new
people, stay connected and to socialize.
There are many factors to consider before
ruling out a life of freedom in an Independent Living Community. I have
gathered up 15 benefits to consider that will change your mind about living in
an Independent Living Community.
One of the biggest and most important aspects
of living large in a community is socialization. Far too often seniors do not
get enough social interaction and become withdrawn from society. This of course
leads to so many complications leading to such things as depression and drug
interventions. This only leads to a spiraling effect which leaves mom and/or
dad and family in chaos, or worse yet, crisis mode.
Living in a community provides countless
opportunities to socialize, make connections, develop new lifelong friendships
and sometimes find a new love of your life. As we get older, developing close social
friendships and connections becomes more important as we face life’s challenges.
These personal relationships which help prevents isolation and loneliness.
Being at home alone, can lead to depression and a lack of connection to the
Activities stimulate the body and mind. Independent
Living Communities plan and recognize the importance of that fact and afford
you the time to enjoy the many activities developed by the program coordinator.
Everyday a calendar is full of events, trips, social outings, cocktail hour,
movie nights, dancing, live bands, yoga, exercise classes, iPad classes, bingo,
theme nights, cooking demonstrations, trips to shopping- golf courses and
banking is available to residents. Even our private shuttle drives residents to
and from doctors’ appointments. A senior
community is everything you need and more. The best part about it is you have
choices. It is your choice to participate in everything or nothing on any given
day. Regardless of your mood, there is always something to enjoy.
3. Worry Free Living from Home Repair and
Freedom (as many will call it,) from
contractors arriving, sorting through estimates and waiting for contractors to
show up on time becomes a non-issue in an Independent Living Community. How
many times have you been told that a plumber,
electrician, etc. will arrive and
you spend hours waiting only to find out that you have been re-scheduled for
another day? This does not happen in a community as it becomes the job of the
property owner to maintain the premises. As you age you develop physical
ailments and routine maintenance around the house can become unmanageable. The idea
of fixing huge problems gets even more daunting and can carry a lot of stress.
Moving to an Independent Senior Living Community eliminates the hassle, cost, and
stress associated with property ownership. For those green thumb gardeners, the
idea of maintaining a vast plot becomes a distant dream. However, most
communities have a gardening committee and typically allow a small plot and or
container garden to grow your beloved fruit and vegetables in. By making the move to an Independent Senior Living Community,
the cost associated with a home problem is eliminated.
4. Depreciation of The Home:
This is a topic most people do not view as a
priority. Think of all the things you must do just to maintain your home.
Mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, pulling the weeds and changing light bulbs
are all tasks that require your care and attention. These items are typically
the more manageable tasks and even those can become a burden. It’s looking
after the roof, windows, foundations, and paint that can become overwhelming. Almost
every single senior neglects their home. This neglect can be seen in similar
actions such as skipping breakfast, lunch or dinner because the energy it takes
to cook can just become too much for one individual. In the end, the home (or
the person) ultimately pay the final price. When it comes time to put your home
up for sale you could be in for a shock. A good realtor will tell you the
market value of your home and if you have been negligent in its upkeep your market
analysis will confirm it. If you think that you can still ask the same price as
the property across the street (which has been maintained over the years) you
may be in for a surprise. When an offer comes in, the new owners will likely
request an inspection. Inspections look closely at the maintenance of the home
and search for any signs of neglect to the property. In the event of a
less-than-stellar inspection you may find yourself receiving a ‘Low Ball Offer.' If you fight the offer by insisting upon
your asking your price the new purchaser will most likely walk away. You suddenly
may find yourself in a lose-lose situation. The other tough thing to understand
is if you have accepted an offer and it is subject to an inspection, that
inspector may find a lot of things wrong with your home. Upon the completion of
an inspection they will provide a list of any deficiencies and present them to
the new purchasers. These purchasers will ask for a major price decrease to
cover all the years of neglect. You end up in a tight spot, because typically
if you refuse the new proposed purchase price they will walk away. Moving into an Independent Living Community means you will no
longer need to worry about, or be responsible for, maintaining your home. Now
that’s what I call Worry Free Living.
5. Healthy Food and Proper Nutrition:
Many seniors live alone and fall into the trap
of not eating properly. It starts by skipping meals and not wanting to go out
and shop for healthy groceries.
If you have recently been left single, coping
with cooking and not eating properly can be a nightmare. Proper nutrition is
essential to maintaining your health. Without proper meals and healthy lifestyles,
we inevitably deteriorate. Moving into a community such as Parkville Manor
provides you with three nutritional meals a day in a fine dining atmosphere.
Plus snacks after breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, just to
make sure you’re always taken care of. We even offer three alternative meals at
lunch and dinner to accommodate special dietary needs. The added bonus of this
means you get to eliminate meal preparation, shopping, and those dreaded
dishes. At Parkville Manor, all meals are chef
prepared and eating can be fun again. Just think of all the time you’ll save to
pursue other interests and hobbies! Plus, with that extra time you’ll be able
to socialize with new friends. The biggest improvement one will see is in their
health and well being. Three perfectly planned meals, snacks and more free time
means a better quality of life for you!
Within one week you will begin to feel better, have more strength and be
stronger to fight off colds and other ailments.
6. Improvement in Family Relationships:
As you age you become more dependent on your
children or other family members. Role reversals become common and the children
in the family become parents to their parents.
This of course leads to
frustration from all parties as they become thrown into a situation where they
must set ground rules for the safety of their parents. In fact, some
think of it as ‘Babysitting” their parents. By moving into an active senior’s
community everyone resumes their former roles and children can spend quality
time with parents and older loved ones. Time spent together with loved ones
once again becomes meaningful and usually develops into a greater appreciation
of mom and dad.
7. Throw Boredom Out the Window:
Living in an active Senior’s Living Community
is anything but boring. There is always something to do for everyone. Whether
you’re socializing with a group of new friends or exploring a new adventure on
your own, social activity is alive and strong. The outings can be in your
building or in your local community or even a bit out of town! Regardless of
where you’re going we can help you get there! Down the elevator or out of the
city in our private bus or van…the sky’s the limit.
8. Driving is Stressful:
As we age driving becomes increasingly
difficult. Bad habits seem to intensify, and our abilities seem to shrink.
Residents love to take advantage of the free shuttle/transportation service
offered by their relative communities. Parkville Manor even provides parking
for those that still drive. Residents like to rely on that if the weather is
bad, they have an appointment or just don’t feel like dealing with the traffic!
Wherever our residents are headed, they
can rely on the Parkville Manor shuttle to drop them off and pick them up from appointments.
9. I Feel Like Myself Again:
This is one of the
most important comments you are likely to overhear once you get settled in.
With great nutritional food, new friends, social activities, lectures,
discussion groups, chess and bridge clubs, it’s amazing how quickly you begin
to feel like your old self—revitalized and ready to go! Residents get a renewed
spirit about themselves and comment about feeling better, younger and more
engaged than ever before.
10. Feeling Safe:
The best way to
describe this the feeling a resident gets when they know they are safe, sound
and secure. Peace of mind comes from knowing that the building has security
measures implemented and is monitored 24 hours a day. Patrols outside the
building are ongoing and the property is under constant surveillance. In the
event of an emergency residents feel confident knowing that their suite is
equipped with emergency pull switches and that they are wearing a pendant that
will forward an alert to the 24-hour security or reception desk. Residents can
always rest easy knowing that help is seconds away. Help is often just a
floor away in most cases. Seniors who have
chosen to remain in their home often feel unprotected and vulnerable. Many
suffer from the fear of falling or taking ill. In some instances, seniors who
succumb to a fall while living alone face the fear that they could be lying on
the floor for hours or even days before someone will come to check on them.
Sometimes the ability to access or call for help is not an option.
At an active Senior’s
Living Residence, casual but constant monitoring of residents at lunch, dinner and
throughout the day ensures that no one is left unprotected. These precautions
not only give residents a sense of security but gives peace of mind to many of
the residents’ families.
11. All Inclusive Rent:
Residents find this
aspect of living liberating. No longer do you have a multitude of bills coming
at you every month. Items like basic TV, internet, phone, heat, electricity and
water are all included in your monthly rent. Also, included in the rent at Parkville Manor
are three meals a day and various daily snacks, weekly housekeeping, and linen
and towel service. Wellness and recreation programs are also complimentary and include
free transportation to medical appointments, banking, shopping and other
scheduled outings. The use of our sister property, Park Town Hotel’s, aquatic
and fitness centre are also perks of living at Parkville Manor. So, sit back
and enjoy because at the end of the month as other seniors are scrambling
around paying off bills and trying to get to the bank, you can sit back and
enjoy life to the fullest.
12) Home Support
We are happy to carry the load if you need us
to! Parkville Manor living gives you various options to enjoy and extend your
independent lifestyle by supporting you when you need that little bit of extra
Everything we do is tailored to your preferences! If your needs change,
we can adapt with you. This personalized plan can be put into place to
encourage independent living, health, and peace of mind for you and your loved
The Following are Included in your Home
Bathing Dressing & Toileting
Our home support plans are designed
specifically for you. Each plan is as different as the person beside you. You
only pay for the services required and we only charge in 15 minute intervals. Unlike
other companies that have a 2-3 hour minimum, Parkville Manor only charges
based on your needs.
Isolation in older
adults who live alone is a problem and is unhealthy for many reasons. It is
very easy to make friends in a community as you all share meals, events and
There is no doubt that a large number of seniors live alone
in unsafe or unhealthy situations. A move to a community like Parkville Manor would
surely increases individuals sense of self-worth. Formerly house bound persons are
suddenly able to live happily, actively and engaged. Living longer and living
stronger is always our goal! We also know that
there is a small portion of the population that are introverts and appreciate
privacy. We respect your privacy, but also know that those introverts are happy
knowing that people are around just in case should a problem arise.
14) Short Term Stays
We offer short term stays for seniors so that they
can ease themselves into our community. These stays can be for a day or two or
last a week. At the end of the day we want to make sure you choose the right
fit for you. These stays help seniors understand what it is like to live with
us. They get an opportunity to discover the benefits of the social and
recreational elements of our property, enjoy our nutritious meals and try out
15) Respite Stays
These are specialized stays for those recovering
from sickness or after surgery. They can last days or up to a few months. There
is no better place to recover since we take care of everything… and you get to
discover what an Active Seniors Community is all about.
Thinking of moving to an Independent Senior’s
All it takes is one call. Start a conversation today and call
us at (306) 933-9394
to speak with a member of Parkville Manor’s team!