Moving to a retirement community is an exciting new chapter in a senior’s life that allows them to meet new people and explore their interests in a secure and engaging environment; however, it can be challenging to decide when it’s the right time to make the move. There are certain factors to review before making the decision so you and your loved one can be confident in your decision.
Traditionally, cake has always been an integral part of celebrating someone’s birthday. It just wouldn’t be right to ring in another year of life without blowing out candles with your friends and family! Shirley Mezynski, Cook at Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence in Vernon, B.C., values the tradition and always makes sure each resident has a unique treat on their special day.
At the age of 99, Albert Wells, resident at Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence, has been knighted for his contributions during the Second World War. On May 10, he was awarded the highest order of the Republic of France, the National Order of the Legion of Honour, illustrating the profound gratitude the country has for his support and involvement in its liberation.
Once you and your loved one decide that it’s time to look into retirement living options, the next step is finding the right retirement residence. Moving to a senior living community can be an exciting prospect for your loved one, and there are many factors for them to consider before they decide where to spend their retirement years. Follow these steps for researching, visiting and deciding on a residence.
Many of us believe it’s important to maintain close ties with family throughout our lives, and one group of siblings has really taken that sentiment to heart. Five of the original nine Van Dusen siblings are alive and well, and they all live together at Chartwell Van Horne Retirement Residence in Smith Falls, Ontario. Their close bonds with one another are evident, as they all chose to spend their retirement years with one another.
As a woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, Claire has developed a passion for her residents and is proud to support a staff team fully dedicated to enriching the daily lives of seniors. Guided by her life experience, Claire holds wonderful memories of her childhood, enjoying close relationships with both of her grandmothers. In fact, it was her maternal grandmother who once wisely said: “It took a lifetime for me to learn how to live well.”
Seniors have a great deal of wisdom and experience to share with others, and this Mother’s Day, residents at Chartwell Chateau Cornwall Retirement Residence will have the chance to share some of their own. New mothers in the maternity ward at Cornwall Hospital will receive handmade cards with some of the wisest, most touching pieces of advice for raising a child.
Chemist, blogger, comedian and keynote speaker: these are just some of the words used to describe Julie Kertesz, a woman who Senior Planet referred to as the “reinvention queen.” Not one to commit to one interest for long, Kertesz began experimenting with hobbies and careers at the age of 43, and has since pursued anything of interest to her without fear.
DeAnn has always appreciated the seniors in her life. Growing up, she was close to both sets of grandparents, who made no secret of how much they adored her and her brother. She describes her maternal grandparents as warm and affectionate people, and her paternal grandparents as “endearing, talkative, and very French!” DeAnn’s loving relationships with them almost certainly led to her fondness for the senior community, and she’d discover during the early days of her career that she was instinctually hardwired to go the extra mile for them.
Ana’s grandparents played a significant role in her upbringing. Helping to raise her and her siblings, the family living together on a farm in Langdon, Alberta. Ana describes them as kind and loving people, and warmly recollects many special memories with her grandmother, including watching her prepare home-cooked meals and helping her to hang crisp white sheets on the clothesline to dry. Ana inherited many amiable values from her grandparents, including the importance of honesty and protecting the environment, as well as to cherish every moment with family and friends.