When the time comes to choose the retirement home you’d like to live in, several mistakes can prove costly in terms of time and money. And yet, this new stage in your life should be synonymous with renewal! To ease the transition and make your search more pleasant, our butler Oscar has summarized for you the top 5 mistakes to avoid when looking for your next retirement home. 

Choose with your eyes rather than your logic

It’s absolutely essential to appreciate the ambience and décor of your future living space. But there are so many other criteria to consider! Will you be close to your loved ones? Will you have access to all the services you might need? Take a moment to weigh up the pros and cons of your choice. 

Consider only your current level of autonomy

Unfortunately, we don’t know the future. Choosing a retirement home for your current needs is a good thing, but it’s also important to consider your future needs: domestic help, meal service, health care… By choosing a residence that covers several levels of autonomy, you’ll have access to many services according to your needs, no matter how your state of health evolves. 

Underestimating your budget

Before you even begin your search, you need to determine what your monthly rent budget is. Many professionals can help you establish an attractive tax strategy for your situation. A number of financial aids are also available for seniors, such as the Ontario Senior’s Tax Credit. Ask questions to find out about all the costs involved, and consult a specialist before making your decision. 

Skip the tour of the residence

Would you have bought your home without even visiting it? Probably not. To find out if a retirement home really meets your needs and expectations, it’s imperative that you take a tour of the premises. Discover the ambience of the place, the common areas, and see if the magic happens!

Choosing too quickly

Unless the situation is very urgent, don’t make any hasty decisions. Moving into a retirement home is a big step in life, and it’s vital not to rush things. Take the time to visit the place, to think about how you feel during the visit, and even to compare with other residences! 

Finding a retirement home that suits your current and future needs, meets your expectations and respects your budget takes time. Fortunately, Oscar is here to guide you and simplify the process from start to finish. With search filters, a blog and our interactive map, you’ll have everything you need to make an informed decision and start visiting. 

If you’re beginning your search for a senior living residence, Oscar est là to assist you every step of the way.