Benefits of a Trial Stay at a Retirement Community
Published on January 11, 2019
Retirement living options offer many advantages for seniors, when living alone at home is no longer safe or practical. However, finding the right senior living community can be challenging. Finding a the right community to live in, where new friendships can be made, and services are available, is one of the reasons why some retirement homes offer trial stays. Here’s how trial stays can benefit you or your loved one.
What Is a Trial Stay?
A trial stay at a retirement community allows an individual to reside in a retirement residence temporarily for a short amount of time, whether it be a few days, weeks or months. There are several purposes of trial stays:
Trial: A trial stay can be used for an individual to get a feel for what it is like to live in a particular community. This option is helpful for adult children who believe their senior parent needs assisted living services. A trial stay can help the parent realize how much they’ve been struggling to do things on their own and how much they’ve been relying on the help of their adult children. It can also help seniors decide if the community is the right fit for their needs and wants, as well as whether the available activities and amenities, and social atmosphere meets their expectations.
Recovery: Trail stays also allow seniors to be in a safe, controlled environment while they are recovering from an injury or surgery, as Team Members can provide medical assistance and help with chores and daily duties.
Staycation: A trial stay can be used as a “staycation,” where a senior can enjoy a break from their regular lives. This option is ideal for those who generally live with other relatives but want to be in a safe environment while those relatives are travelling out of town.
What Does a Trial Stay at V!VA Offer?
Our trial stays allow seniors to experience all the benefits of retirement living to see if it is the right option for them. It helps seniors enter a comfortable and safe community, free from worry and loneliness. Our trial stays can be booked for a week, a month, or even as short as a few days. You or your loved one can enjoy our spectacular suites and grounds and take advantage of our amazing restaurant-quality dining experience, amenities, housekeeping services, healthcare services, and more.
How Can You and Your Loved Ones Benefit from a Trial Stay?
Relief for Caregivers
Even the most dedicated and strong-willed caregivers need a break from time to time, whether they are hired by an agency or are a relative. There may be a long-awaited vacation planned for a caregiver, and during this time you or your loved one may benefit from a short-term stay in a retirement community or assisted living environment.
Allows Seniors to Be a Part of Decisions about Their Future
Trial stays allow seniors to be a part of the decision-making process for their own future. They can try out a location they are interested in to see how well they fit into the community and how well the services and environment suits them.
Test Compatibility with the Team and Other Community Members
Testing the environment that you or your loved one is considering living in includes evaluating the compatibility with Team and other Community Members. While a location’s amenities and services might be great, it is important to know you or your loved one with get along well with the people living and working in the community. One of the benefits of a trial stay is that it allows seniors to experience first-hand what it is like to live in that community and see how well and easily relationships can be created.
Eliminates Fear of the Unknown
Leaving the home you love, and moving into a new community can be an intimidating adjustment. It is also scary for many seniors to feel like their independence has been stripped away. Trial stays offer a way to address these fears head-on, and hopefully help the prospective resident realize the retirement community is a safe, practical and enjoyable alternative to in-home care.
Enjoy a Trial Stay at V!VA Retirement Communities
V!VA Retirement Communities is one of the best choices when you’re considering a retirement community to live in. Our trial stays allow seniors to experience the comfort and safety of our locations and the opportunity to build new friendships and enjoy an active, healthy life. Our communities also provide tremendous services that bring the comforts of home to you. We provide cuisine by Red Seal chefs, fitness and recreational programs, amenities, and much more. You or your loved one can enjoy a relaxed, comfortable, and personal environment that provides the comforts of privacy and the fun of socializing in a safe community.
We pride ourselves on being one of the few strong and successful privately-owned and independent developers in the senior living field. But don’t take our word for it, visit one of our locations to see for yourself! We have locations in Barrhaven, Mississauga, Pickering, Thornhill Woods, Ancaster, Carleton Place, Oakville and Whitby.