One of our most often-asked questions from those considering a move to Tapestry is, “When should I move-in?” Whether speaking to someone who is still working or an individual that is decades into retirement, our answer is always the same: “Don’t wait….do it NOW!”
Why are we so emphatic about our response? Simple. The only regret expressed by our residents after moving in is their wish they had done it sooner. Once residents experience the simplicity, joy and vibrancy of community life, many regret delaying their move for what in retrospect seems like unnecessary reasons.
Living in a seniors community, and one especially created for active aging, independent adults like Tapestry, offers many benefits. One of the most important is the social connection that comes from living in a community with likeminded friends and neighbours.
Instead of being isolated at home, independent living communities offer tremendous opportunities to engage in a socially-connected and vibrant environment. This engagement has become even more important as Canadians continue to navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic which has dramatically amplified social isolation among seniors.
Another benefit is the convenient access to health and wellness programming. Finding the inspiration to follow a fitness regime can be almost impossible when on your own. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many seniors have found it almost impossible to access health and wellness programming, putting at risk their mental and physical health.
Tapestry has continued to find opportunities to support our residents’ wellness objectives. We continuously offer creative options aligned to the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, including online options streamed directly to resident televisions.
Some believe that moving into a seniors community means giving up certain things, like the joy of cooking in the comfort and convenience of your own home. While this may be true in some communities, at Tapestry, our lovely suites include fully-equipped kitchens so that residents can continue to cook their own meals if they choose to do so.
But why would they? Tapestry communities offer a full-service Restaurant and Pub where residents can indulge in fine dining or watch the game while enjoying a burger and beer. Our menus feature fresh, seasonal and authentically-local ingredients and are created by a Red Seal Chefs working in partnership with a registered dietician.
With all the benefits of living in a community like Tapestry, where do you start and how do you know what community is right for you? Doing research is key. Start by reviewing a company’s website. Learn all you can about the community’s values and history. Confirm if the owner/operator is truly invested in seniors’ living and has a track record and ownership model that supports their focus.
Having done your research, contact the community to get a sense of their service model. Are you greeted by a call centre operator with the need to repeat yourself multiple times? Or are you directly connected to a community representative who will take time to learn your story, understand your expectations and ensure their offering is aligned with your preferences.
Most importantly, immerse yourself in the community’s culture. Ask to participate in community events or visit, either in person or virtually. Most of all, make the decision to embrace senior living because it is the right one for you. At the end of the day, it’s your life to continue to live and finding the ideal community that inspires your purpose and passion is a uniquely personal decision.
If you are considering a move to a community for independent adults, we invite you to learn why Tapestry is a preferred choice!