The Gentlemen Plumbers in Lethbridge found an article by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) most informative. This article discussed Canada's ageing population generally and then specifically with regard to two Canadian cities. One of these was Lethbridge.
The IMFC reported that “communities in and around Lethbridge will have to deal with an expanding number of retirees and individuals of old age”. (IMFC 1) These seniors will need suitable living arrangements. While some will choose an old-age home or other type of assisted living facility, many will want to continue living at home. Thus, they will also need support and services to help them do the things which they are no longer able to.
Today, moving into a nursing home or retirement community is not a matter of course. More and more seniors opt to continue “living in place” or “ageing in place”. As defined in a document by the Canadian government, the term “ageing in place” means “having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able”.
When is the best time to begin planning for “ageing in place”? According to the Canadian government, now. This may sound strange to some of us who are too young to be thinking about “senior status”. However, as this document explains, many of the steps in a successful plan are begun as early as possible with an informed eye to the future.
A study by Gutman and Blackie (of the Gerontolgy Research Centre at Simon Fraser University in connection with The Canadian Association on Gerontology) shows that in the majority of cases, there is a need for home renovations. Care to take a guess at which rooms are top of the list? Kitchen and bathroom, of course. This makes a lot of sense to The Gentlemen Plumbers.
If you are a reader for whom such modifications could be relevant, you may wish to get some reliable guidance. The general agreement is towards a global advice strategy. This means a combination of one or more social services organizations + the expertise of a plumber such as The Gentlemen Plumbers.