How to Plan for Retirement Living - Alavida Lifestyles


Retirement is a significant milestone and proper planning is essential to ensure that your golden years are comfortable and stress-free! One crucial aspect of retirement planning is preparing for it – considering your living arrangements, financial stability, and overall well-being for your post-working years. Alavida Lifestyles is dedicated to making this process easier for you. 

In this article, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to help you plan for retirement living effectively and plan your transition into our senior living homes in Ottawa.  

Start Early

Planning for retirement living should begin well before you actually need to make the move. Starting early allows you to consider your options thoroughly, make informed decisions, and reduce the stress associated with relocating. Begin your planning at least a few years before retirement, if possible.

Determine Your Needs and Preferences

Consider your unique needs and preferences. This includes factors like your health, mobility, social preferences, and financial situation. Do you need assistance with daily activities, or are you still quite independent? Alavida Lifestyles offers independent living at our Seniors’ Suites or if you or a loved one needs extra support, our Retirement Residences can provide you with reassurance – offering a comprehensive range of services, including enhanced care, cognitive care, and a specialized dementia program.

Evaluate Your Finances

Understanding your financial situation is crucial. Review your savings, pension, and other sources of income to determine what you can afford and discuss the costs associated. Ensure you fully understand the financial aspects and a clear breakdown of fees. Our resources can help you with making the decision! 

Exploring Communities

Begin by establishing a clear understanding of what you’re looking for in a senior living community. Consider factors such as your desired location or any specific amenities or services that are important to you. Alavida Lifestyles is located in three inspiring neighbourhoods, with four communities – Promenade, Park Place, Ravines &  Astoria 

The next step is to visit and tour our homes. These visits are crucial because they provide an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the environment and gather firsthand experiences. During your visits, pay close attention to the environment and atmosphere, and engage with the staff, residents or Resident Ambassadors to get a sense of our dynamic community.

Ask Questions

Prepare a list of questions in advance, covering topics like meal options, healthcare services, recreational activities, and any other concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to seek clarification from our Lifestyle Specialists on any aspects that are important to you. Feel free to inquire about trying one of our meals, having a conversation with a current resident, or taking part in one of our activities. At Alavida Lifestyles, we offer you these choices, as well as the chance to experience a trial stay. This way, you don’t have to make a long-term commitment until you know it is the right decision.

As you visit our communities, take detailed notes. Include your impressions, pros and cons, and any specific features that stood out to you during the visit.

Plan the Move

Once you’ve selected a home, begin planning the move. This includes downsizing your current home, and organizing your belongings – as you prepare for your move to a retirement community, downsizing is a big step. It involves carefully selecting what to keep, sell, donate, or dispose of from your current home. This process simplifies your belongings, making your transition smoother and more manageable.

Planning for retirement living is a significant life decision that requires careful consideration. Starting early, evaluating your needs, researching options, and understanding the financial aspects are all essential steps in the process. Our dedicated lifestyle team provides the expertise and guidance you need to make the decision. With Alavida Lifestyles by your side every step of the way, let’s make your golden years truly golden!