CHOOSING YOUR PLACE

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Ready to move ahead but need direction? For the happy group above, Assisted Living at Park Place's Courtyard Terrace was the right answer. The following few pages will outline the options and help you focus your search. 

If you're researching seniors' residential housing, you may be confused by all the terms: independent living, retirement residences, memory care, complex care, assisted living, supportive living, intermediate care, long-term care...you may have heard them all. What does it all mean? What are the services provided? What does it cost? What do I need, for
myself or for a loved one? How does anyone choose from all the options, either for oneself or for a loved one?

This section of the website will help you research the options and make a choice. Since we are all individuals, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. You can start by reviewing the types of care available: click here.

Or you can start to narrow your choices with the following questions.

Seniors Care , Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Retirement Homes
Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Penticton, Nelson, Kelowna, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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ABOVE: A photo slideshow of Park Place Seniors Living residences illustrate some of the residences and services available. The goal is to enjoy life, supported by whatever service level is required for health, safety and happiness.

Life is a progression of change. As we age, one change we may choose to make is simplifying our lives, perhaps by downsizing or trading the maintenance of a home for a condo or, even better, moving into retirement residence where the chores - cooking and housekeeping - are provided. Or we may have health issues that mean we need extra help, so we may want to consider assisted living or complex care. Often the decision involves other family members, as seniors plan for the future.

In broad strokes, the options are:

  • Private pay independent living, possibly with support services, with one choice being a retirement residence that offers a lifestyle similar to being on holiday in a full-service hotel;
  • Assisted/Supportive Living which maintains independence with daily living support, in addition to served meals, laundry and activities; and
  • Complex Care, which serves seniors who have memory loss and need a secured setting or those whose health needs require 24/7 nursing support. 

Park Place offers two additional options: Independent Supportive Living, which is available at our retirement residences and is similar to assisted living and Intermediate Care, which bridges the current gap between Assisted Living and Complex Care. Intermediate Care is currently available at Park Place's Shaughnessy Care Home in Port Coquitlam.

For many, the most difficult choice to accept is a need for complex care. Although seniors and their families may initially resist the idea of complex/continuing care - sometimes called a nursing home and previously called extended care - the mental image many people have does not match the reality. Geriatric care has advanced: modern care homes which utilize current best practices are bright, cheerful places filled with fun and activity. Seniors are supported and encouraged to be as active and engaged as possible. For someone who needs the supports of 24/7 nursing care and a secured environment, a care home is often the happiest choice possible.

The following table summarizes the residential options and/or care choices available to seniors. For assistance in matching the options to your needs or the needs of a family member, please click here to take our questionnaire.

CARE
LEVEL
Meals Living Space Housekeeping/
Laundry
Supports  Access Who Pays?

Independent
Living

1 to 3,
depending
on residence,
cooking facilities
in suites

Easy-care suites,
with various amenities
and shared common
facilities (movie, games,
crafts, socializing etc.)

Light housekeeping
and linen laundry.
Access to laundry
facilities for personal
laundry.

 24/7 staff, 
emergency alert
system

Residents come
and go as they
please. Security
similar to an
apartment
building
 Private Pay
Independent
Supportive
Living
As above As above  As above As above.
Can arrange additional
help for
personal
care.
 As above Private Pay
Assisted or
Supportive
Living
Minimum of 2
served meals daily,
suite has a
tea kitchen
As above  As above    As above Mix of Private
Pay & gov't
subsidy
Intermediate
Care
All meals provided Private room,
private washroom
All housekeeping,
laundry provided
  Secured building
with controlled exit
 Private Pay
Complex or
Continuing
Care
All meals provided

Private room,
private washroom.
Larger rooms
available
for couples/friends.

All housekeeping,
laundry provided
  Secured building
with controlled exit
Mix of Private
Pay & gov't
subsidy

Independent Living, Independent Supportive Living and Assisted Living are suitable for seniors who are able to direct their own care and manage their lives. A senior who requires a mobility aid - such as a walker, scooter or wheelchair - can still live in an independent or assisted living setting provided he or she has sufficient mobility to reach the dining room for 
meals, can make and implement his or her own choices regarding meals and activities, and can manage medications.

 Intermediate or Complex Care is for seniors who require significant assistance in daily living and/or who have sufficient memory loss (cognitive decline) so that he or she is unable
to direct his or her own care.

 A third alternative is a residence which offers two or more levels of care. Sometimes called Aging-in-Place, Communities of Care, or Campuses of Care, these multi-level care residences offer two advantages:

  1. An option for a couple to stay together even if each one requires a different level of care; and
  2. The potential for a resident to stay within a familiar community if his or her care needs increase over time.

Park Place offers multiple levels of care at The Wellington in Medicine Hat; at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson; at Shannon Falls in Squamish; at Sunridge in Duncan and at Shaughnessy in Port Coquitlam (Intermediate and Complex Care).

Seniors Care , Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Retirement Homes
Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Penticton, Nelson, Kelowna, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Independent Living

Assisted/Supportive Living

Complex/Continuing Care

Independent Living

1. Can I bring my pet?
Yes, we would not expect you to leave your friend behind. Most Park Place Retirement Residences welcome smaller dogs and cats.

2. Are there any government subsidies?
No, unfortunately there are no government subsidies for independent living. In B.C., the provincial SAFER grant might apply in very unique circumstances but most residency fees are above the SAFER grant ceiling.

3. Can I come and go as I please?
Absolutely...your suite in a retirement residence is your home and you should treat it as your home. 

4. Can family come and stay with me?
Yes, they can stay in your suite or you can book one of our guest suites. We only ask that if guests are coming for meals, that they
pay for their own meals and that arrangements for the extra meals be made in advance. We also host a number of family-friendly events,
especially during holidays like Christmas and Easter and Mothers Day/Fathers Day, and hope you will feel free to invite family members to join you in celebrating.

5. Do I have to go to all the events/activities?
No, events and activities are optional. Just attend the ones in which you are interested.

6. What happens if I need more help than you usually provide?
We can often work with you, your family, and either the health authority or private pay service providers to ensure you receive the help you need.
Needing more care does not automatically mean you have to leave since there are additional support services available.

7. Can I bring a car?
Yes, we have on-site parking for residents' vehicles.

8. At a site where there is both private pay independent living and government subsidized assisted living, potential residents have asked: Will moving into a private pay suite help me get into one of your subsidized suites?
Subsidized suites are allocated by the health authority. There is usually a waiting list however your place on that list will not be influenced by where you live. The advantage of moving into a paid suite lies in gaining support services you may need and the opportunity to become familiar with the building and to begin building friendships with other residents.

9. What happens if I have to leave in order to obtain more care?
If that happens, we will work with you and with your friends/family to help you make as smooth a transition as possible to your new home.

Assisted Living

1. At a site where there is both private pay assisted living suites and government subsidized assisted living suites, potential residents have asked: Will moving into a private pay suite help me get into one of your subsidized suites?
Subsidized suites are allocated by the health authority. There is usually a waiting list however your place on that list will not be influenced by where you live. The advantage of moving into a paid suite lies in gaining support services you may need and the opportunity to become familiar with the building and to begin building friendships with other residents.

Complex Care

1. Can I bring a pet?
Unfortunately, due to health concerns and care issues, most care homes do not allow personal pets. However, many care homes do have "facility" pets who live in
the home and are enjoyed by residents.

2. Do we have to pay for incontinent products for a resident in government-subsidized care?
No, in B.C. care homes, the cost of incontinent products is covered by the home.

3. If a resident is in government-subsidized care, what additional costs do the family and/or resident have to cover?
A resident or family must cover the costs of wheelchair or walker repairs for equipment owned by the resident; any specialized wound treatments not covered under Pharmacare; and additional costs for any resident outings in which the resident participates. Additional costs could be bus tickets, restaurant meals, event tickets etc. Some care homes establish a small sundries account, financed by the family or the resident, in order to cover such costs.

4. How often can we visit?
You may visit anytime you like although late evening visits are discouraged since residents are usually sleeping. For the safety of residents, we ask family members and friends not to visit when they are ill. Some care homes ask visitors to get a flu shot over the winter.

5. Can we bring in our dog for a visit?
Absolutely – we’d love to have your dog come for a visit and so would many of our residents! However, for the safety of your pet and our residents, please ensure your pet is on a leash. We also expect visiting dogs to be housebroken and parasite-free.

6. What kind of activities do you have?
Just about everything – Music, Crafts, Gardening, Bingo, Fun and Fitness Programs, Mobility Walking programs, Bowling, Card games, Shopping, Day Trips, and Entertainers galore! If you are researching a care home, ask to see the activity calendar.

7. How many nurses do you have?
We have Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Care Aides during each of the three shifts. Care Homes are staffed 24/7. Staffing levels and requirements for government funded sites are legislated and outlined in the contract with the care home operator.

8. Do you have a kitchen on site and do you make your own meals?
We have a professional kitchen with qualified cooks who make delicious and nutritious meals - and snacks - for our residents. Menus can be adjusted to incorporate resident preferences, which are discussed at Family/Resident Council Meetings. For many of our residents, nothing evokes "home" quite as much as the aroma of fresh-baked cookies wafting from the kitchen....

9. At a site where there is both private pay care beds and government subsidized care beds, potential residents have asked: Will taking into a private pay bed help me get into one of your subsidized beds?
Subsidized beds are allocated by the health authority. There is usually a waiting list however your place on that list will not be influenced by where you live. The advantage of moving into a paid bed lies in gaining support services you may need and the opportunity to become familiar with the building and to begin building friendships with other residents.
 

 

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