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Considering Senior Living

Moving into a retirement residence can be a positive and fulfilling choice despite concerns about independence and aging.

Weighing the pros and cons of moving out of your home and into any kind of senior living community is a major undertaking.

Like any important decision, it takes time, research, and preparation to make the best choice.  If you are trying to decide if it’s time to make the move, a good place to start is by asking yourself if you can relate to any of the following:

Have you noticed a sudden decrease in your mobility? If you can’t get around in your home as easily as you used to—struggling with things like stairs, sloped driveways, deep bathtubs, or even accommodating your walker in a bathroom or kitchen—it may be time to consider moving into a retirement residence.  Elgin Lodge offers an accessible layout and design.

Are you nervous that if you experience a fall, or encounter complications with your medication, that no one will be around to assist you? At a retirement residence all you have to do is press the call pendant and a staff member will arrive to help.  At Elgin Lodge, our team will check on you daily, even if you’re in great shape.

It is not uncommon to lose interest in cooking which can sometimes lead to becoming undernourished.  For those whose family live far away or live alone, no one is around to notice if you are eating well-balanced meals, taking your prescriptions, having trouble hearing, or exhibiting signs of depression.  Elgin Lodge can offer the opportunity to have medication reminders, prepared meals, communal dining, and group activities and outings. Plus, you’ll be in the company of others who are also seeking companionship and assistance. 

On average, how often do you feel you’re being social? If your friends aren’t nearby, it may be hard to spend time with them, especially if neither of you drive.   It is important to stay socially active to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. By moving into Elgin Lodge, you’ll be surrounded by peers and staff with opportunities to be part of a group, whether it’s in the dining room during meals, in the activities room for entertainment, or as part of an outing or program.

Have you been keeping up with household chores like cooking, dishes, laundry, or yard work? If your home seems a little behind on maintenance because you don’t have the energy or time to take care of it, you may want to consider relocating.  At Elgin Lodge, you won’t have to worry about housework, cooking and household maintenance jobs, such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow, cleaning the windows, fixing the plumbing.  Our caring staff will take on these responsibilities so that you can spend more time living and less time working, since you are retired! 

Elgin Lodge is a vibrant and caring community for older adults with wellness and social programs too numerous to list.

Why not call us to book a tour so you can see first-hand what life at “The Lodge” looks and feels like.

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Deciding it’s time for you or a loved one to move into a retirement residence is a big step.

For some, it signifies the loss of lifestyle or independence, and the harsh realization that we are, in fact, aging.   However, it doesn’t have to mean any of those things!  Living in a senior living community can be active, inspiring, and fulfilling.  We know because we get to see it every day.

Choosing the right retirement residence can mean an enhanced lifestyle with access to wellness amenities and programs that offer improved health and independence.

But how do you choose the right retirement residence for you or your loved one? There are so many options to consider, which means having an honest and open conversation about your family’s particular needs and wants.   Here are a few tips to get you started on having that conversation—and making it as easy as possible!


Prepare Yourself

This is a big decision!

When preparing to have a conversation about moving into a senior living community with a parent or partner, take the time to pre-plan for the types of questions and feedback they may have. Consider their personalities so that you can speak from a thoughtful perspective. Knowledge is your best asset so take the time to research retirement residence living options, so you’re well equipped to have the conversation.   

You may also want to prepare a checklist with needs and wants along with supporting information from the retirement residence you are looking at, including:


It’s Time

Having a smooth conversation

Aside from knowledge, patience and an open mind are your best assets. Come to the conversation with an open mind. Keep it light and try to avoid inflicting any pressure on your loved one.

Highlight instead how retirement residence living can increase independence (rather than dependence on family or other caregivers), will boost socialization, and create peace of mind through the 24/7 support available when required. Change can be a good thing! Even simply having the conversation can bring with it a sense of relief and peace as the future becomes clearer.

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Elgin Lodge Is Here For You

We know transitions can be an adjustment for both the mind and body, and for all parties involved. Our caring, professional team is always here to support you and your loved one(s) every step of the way.

Have Questions? Simply contact us to book a tour or speak with someone today!

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