Current healthcare systems are insufficiently equipped to meet the broad range of healthcare and social needs of older adults. This is unfortunately true due to the fragmentation of care, poor coordination of care and lack of patient involvement in their decisions and preferences.
The current landscape of Niagara retirement homes and homes across Canada is shifting. In order to eliminate these factors, the for provision for health care for the ageing population needs to evolve into a coherent system focused on community based long term care.
Disrupting current residential systems
The greatest limitation faced by the current healthcare system working with traditional retirement living is their disease oriented approach, targeting care services at separate health problems.
From the current independent living or 24-hour care homes, there has been limited options for an aging community and their family to receive the assistance or care they need because age is now no longer is an isolated factor of determining an individual's health needs. Intergenerational communities and structures allow for people to have a choice in the way they choose to live as they get older, from suite style, small houses and condos.
Adapting for all needs and ages
The new model of retirement community development allows for everyone’s needs to be met without feeling that apart of their life is being taken away. It allows healthy and ailing members to live together while meeting the needs of both, and for parents to live with their children or grandchildren depending on the restrictions, which usually only require one occupant to be over the age of 55.
Providing for all ages allows normalcy for members who need assistance but replicating some of the most elite club-like atmosphere that is open to all ages. Some models have allocated private dining areas with living space for children to play, as well as programs such as cooking lessons, and art classes, restaurant, theatre and pub close by that help drive the family centre model.
Communal Retirement Living Model in Niagara
The top priority of all healthcare professionals is the overall health of their patients, but also the pro-activity of healthcare is just as essential when it comes to this new model of living that supports all ages.
The future of healthcare is changing as a new Aging with Confidence plan for Ontario is poised to take effect, attracting new residents to this evolving communal retirement model. Niagara is the next best place to incorporate a communal retirement community model as families want to stay closer together and find the balance between healthcare and living a lifestyle they don’t want to lose. A balance that is supported through this new model for the current aging population and the future generations to come.
Click below to downloadthe Niagara Elderly Care Facilities Map which details all the retirement residence developments in Niagara.