Barrie Retirement Living Opens New Residential Units for Seniors

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Retirement Facility, Barrie Retirement Living, launches a new website and opens its doors to seniors looking for affordable and high quality services within a residential setting.

Barrie Retirement Living Opens New Residential Units For Seniors

Barrie Retirement Living, a residency for senior citizens in Barrie, has opened its doors to those in need of assistance with daily routines, but favour a setting that doesn’t resemble typical long term care facilities. The company has also launched a website to promote its services. The facility opened in January of this year, and the staff aim to offer an alternative to retired adults who still want to maintain a degree of independence.

Entering a long term care facility or nursing home can give rise to emotional difficulties, both for senior citizens and their family members. Managed by Janette Hanwell, a caregiver who has assisted elderly adults for over 10 years, Barrie Retirement Living (BRL) hopes to eliminate some of these difficulties by means of a housing facility rather than the look or feel of a more traditional long term care facility.

Tenants can expect a wide range of services, including the provision of a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily. There is also a weekly housekeeping service, making tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, garbage disposal, and window cleaning a priority. Added to these services are other amenities, such as cable T.V., wireless internet, and a full backyard for residents to enjoy. They can also feel more comfortable since the living room, kitchen, and bathroom of the one-story home is accessible for all tenants.

In recent years, concerns over the conditions in long term care facilities and nursing homes have received growing media attention. Horrific accounts and video footage of elderly abuse in these facilities make headlines, and highlight a need to bring those accountable to justice. A recent example of these crimes occurred at Fleming Long-Term Care Home in Peterborough, Ontario, where a hidden camera revealed the mistreatment of 85 year-old Hellen Parent. Her son, Camille Parent, installed the camera after he suspected that nurses in the home were abusing his mother. Four of the employees were subsequently suspended.

Such stories reveal gaping holes in the management of these facilities, making it an issue that requires urgent intervention. Barrie Retirement Living plans to create a space for older adults that’s free of the undesirable conditions present in many other facilities. By providing an environment that resembles a normal home, the company aims to reduce the emotional burdens that hang over families when taking care of seniors becomes a challenge.

About Barrie Retirement Living

Founded in January 2014, Barrie Retirement Living is a residence aimed at seniors who need daily assistance, but want to avoid the traditional (and often unpleasant) facilities. Thanks to daily and weekly housekeeping services, tenants can overcome the challenges of advanced age, while participating in the activities they enjoy most. The units are only minutes away from downtown Barrie. Residents can also enjoy peace of mind, knowing that Barrie Retirement Living staff members have CPR, AED, and First Aid training from St. John ambulance.

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