Motor Homes and Retirement

Bob and Mary are having the time of their life now that they have retired. The kids are grown now and living on their own in different parts of the country. At first it was a little rough. The big house with no one in it. No sounds of kids laughing or playing games in the back yard. In fact, it was kind of lonely.

May said, “Why do we have this big house? No one is here and we have to travel to see the kids.”

Shortly after that they both went to an RV show and while looking at the beautiful motor homes displayed there, they were both thinking the same thing. “This is all we need.”

They both loved to travel and wanted to do more of it. Not only visiting the kids, but seeing the country. And the recreational vehicles had everything they could hope for.

So after checking it out thoroughly and even renting a motor home a couple of times, they decided to take the plunge. They sold their home, picked out a motor home of their choice and became ‘full timers’ as they say.

Now their home is their motor home. It is equipped with everything they need. A modern kitchen with dishwasher, micro wave, oven, refrigerator-freezer, ice maker, garbage compacter and much more.

The bathroom has a garden tub, large shower, plenty of lighting and a place for everything. They even have a washer and dryer.

Bob has an office set up with his computer and printer all wired in. It has a home entertainment center wired in to the bedroom as well with everything at their fingertips.

It comes equipped with a super quiet generator so they can pull over anywhere and flip a switch and have full power and everything they need.

Now they visit their kids without being a burden. They can pull into the driveway or up to the curb and be right at home. And between seeing the kids, they’re seeing the world.

Now they have a whole new list of friends that they’ve met in RV parks around the country who are doing the same thing they are. Full time RV’ers and they wouldn’t trade it for anything.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse wherever they are, they just move to a nicer climate until it changes again. And they are seeing things and places they never thought they would see.

Yes, Bob and Mary are living the good life. They never knew retirement could be so great. And each year now, more and more people are deciding to do the same thing.

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Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes

Today, you can still hear many people refer to and many people searching for “nursing homes” as well as other colloquialisms like “old folks home.” “Nursing homes” are largely a thing of the past, especially in Canada’s senior housing industry. In fact, the phrase evokes notions of people alone, badly neglected or under-served by staff that treats residents like numbers… or worse. In today’s culture of retirement care, as with education and many other institutions, neglect and abuse are zealously being put in the past. On the other hand, residents often receive pampering like never before.

In today’s retirement homes, there are a wealth of amenities and services available to residents who expect to be treated well. Many retirement homes are built with seniors’ needs in mind. There are a wealth of ownership options, everything from full ownership to life leases, an option created specifically with seniors and their families in mind, to rental of units, condos or houses. In some high-end luxury retirement homes, residents may be treated to indoor golf greens, exercise classes, indoor swimming pools, spas and much more. All of this is with caring staff, ready at hand, should any assistance or care be needed.

Of course, nursing is not a thing of the past. There are many people who require assistance or daily care with activities such as bathing or cooking. In turn, today’s retirement residences offer a wide variety of services that are tailored to elderly residents who have various levels of ability. The model of care offered in most long-term care homes today (the closest thing in the retirement industry to what might be called “nursing homes”) goes far beyond a one-size-fits-all blanket treatment of elderly residents.

Today’s retirement homes smartly offer residents a variety of care options and many homes include the availability of nursing staff, assistance to long term care and Alzheimer’s patient care. Of course, that does not make these places “nursing homes.” This is simply a way of accounting for people with a wide variety of needs.

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