Independant living

Visavie: Make the right
choice by selecting
the most appropriate
type of residence

Identify and analyze your needs to select the right independent living residence for seniors

Whether it is for you or a loved one, choosing a retirement residence is a turning point that can be long and complicated if you are not properly informed. A move for a senior often signifies a loss of familiar landmarks due to the change in environment. Don’t risk making the wrong choice, seek out the advice of one of our housing counsellors.

Did you know that there are over 2000 senior residence facilities in Quebec and Ontario? With so many to choose from, how do you know which one best suits your needs? With which kinds of services? And especially, at what cost?

Discover the different types of independent living residences for seniors and move forward with your plan by contacting a Visavie expert who will offer advice and accompaniment throughout the process, right up to the transition to the residence.

Your level of autonomy: the best indicator of the type of independent living residence to choose

Independent living residences for seniors are distinguished by various criteria, such as: their geographical location, environment, services offered, safety and security, and the type of accommodation, in particular.

When it comes to residences, a person’s autonomy will be evaluated by their ability to move about, without assistance, in order to accomplish daily tasks. If you or a loved one is autonomous, semi-autonomous or losing your autonomy, different types of residences can meet your needs with adapted services. Discover the various types of independent living residences for seniors.

Residences for autonomous seniors:

These residences essentially cater to autonomous persons in full possession of their physical and mental capacities. These independent living retirement homes are set apart from other facilities by:

  • The diversity of the sports and leisure activities available to seniors;
  • The possibility of subscribing to a meal plan for lunch and dinner;
  • Medical support, often limited to a day nurse for emergencies;

These residences are often independent living environments that allow seniors to take part in recreational and customized activities, maintaining social relationships with other retirees. To learn more about residences for autonomous seniors, our Visavie counsellors are there to answer your questions 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Residences for semi-autonomous seniors:

These residences are intended for individuals who require minimal assistance (between 1-2 hours/day) to complete various daily tasks, such as going to the toilet or for outings. Seniors with early stage dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s) are also considered as semi-autonomous clients. These independent living retirement homes are set apart from other facilities by:

  • Leisure activities based on cognitive and physical stimulation;
  • Limited assistance in completing daily tasks (personal hygiene, housekeeping, meals);
  • A higher level of care than that offered at autonomous residences, with trained and qualified staff on-site;
  • Want to learn more about residences for semi-autonomous seniors? Contact a Visavie counsellor today and take advantage of our free, no-commitment accompaniment.

    Residences for those with diminishing autonomy and long-term care centers (CHSLD):

    These residences are designed for those clients whose physical and psychological autonomy is insufficient to live in their normal environment. The care and support provided these individuals often exceeds 3 hours per day and requires qualified medical support. These residences are set apart from other facilities by:

    • Full support and supervision services provided during clients’ lifetime;
    • Pharmaceutical, medical and rehabilitation services;
    • Trained staff, offering psychosocial services for seniors;

    After reviewing the specific characteristics of each type of residence, you now understand the importance of making the right choice. You can eliminate the risk of error by confiding your search for an independent living facility to a Visavie counsellor. Call us today to schedule your first meeting.

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