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If you have a question or are unsure about an aspect of senior living Ask Pearl. Our team will promptly respond with solutions, suggestions, and resources to help your family.


I hear all this stuff about viruses? How concerned should I be?

I hear all this stuff about viruses? How concerned should I be? - Sereen W

I get confused too! Theres a lot of terminology out there but essentially a virus is... Read more...


If I'm introverted, is retirement living right for me?

If I'm introverted, is retirement living right for me? - Sereen W

In my experience there are as many different types of retirement communities as there are seniors. Some of them are more independent, for those who value their autonomy and privacy. Others are more communal and will have more shared activities and trips, like a group day trip to the museum. How can I tell which kind of community is which? Which is best for me? If you're more introverted... Read more...


When is it time to change?

When is it time to change? - Sereen W

Retirement living is all about you. You are the one who gets to decide where you want your life to go. Its easy to think that you have years before you have to worry about retiring but the truth is, the earlier you start planning, the more options you have... Read more...


How can I adjust to not working?

How can I adjust to not working? - Sereen W

Everyone has different ideas of retirement. A lot of people are worried about retirement being slower paced in comparison to their busy work life. The best thing to do is... Read more...


What are some tips for aging in place?

What are some tips for aging in place? - Sereen W

A great place to start is the bathroom. Simple modifications will allow you to continue to use the bathroom independently even as your mobility may decrease. Install grab bars and hand-held showers. These are inexpensive and... Read more...


What is aging in place?

What is aging in place? - Sereen W

Aging in place is a term used to describe the ability for someone to live in their own home for as long as they want, regardless of age, health or financial circumstances. Aging in place means having access to all services you might need throughout the aging process. For example, services can range from... Read more...


What are some common mistakes on listings that turn a user off? - Sereen W

Like writing a resume, tiny mistakes on your listing will cause users to quickly bounce away. Some common turn offs include... Read more...


I know I can add up to 30 photos to my listing as a partner but thats a lot of pictures! What should I take pictures of? - Sereen W

Feedback from our users show us that users consider food to be one of the most important factors when choosing a potential home. Incoming residents are very keen on knowing... Read more...


Can I bring my own furniture? - Sereen W

Yes! We encourage you to take your own furniture and precious belongings to your new home, keeping in mind any restrictions individuals homes may have. Often times, people feel as though the transition to retirement living is a loss of their identity however, familiar furniture can help preserve those feelings of home. Remember Read more...


How do I book a tour? - Sereen W

Pearls Choice was created in order to make it easy for Canadians to search for senior living options in their area, favorite and share the homes that interest them and lastly, make the process of organizing tours at your favorite homes less stressful and time consuming. Below are instructions for how to book a tour... Read more...


Do you have any suggestions about writing a review response? - Sereen W

When responding to a review, try to be solution focused. It's easy to get distractedso we recommend continually keeping the end goal of the conversation in mind. Next, explain... Read more...


What are some best practices for picking images formy profile? - Sereen W

You can upload up to 30 photos as a partner. One of these is the primary photo. We recommend a well lit photo of your exterior. Remember this photo will appear as a thumbnail in the search results so pick a photo that is clear even at a small size. For your gallery, we also recommend photos of... Read more...


What is the difference between normal aging and dementia? - Sereen W

Almost 40 per cent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss but how can we tell the difference between age-associated memory impairment and Dementia? Alzheimers Canada has identified the following differences: Read more...


What is the diagnosis process for dementia? - Sereen W

According to Alzheimers Canada, the diagnosis process begins with your family doctor. However, the process will usually begin for the individual and family before a medical professional is involved. Often times, family members might begin noticing subtle changes in behavior, such as Read more...


What is included in my monthly rate? -

Your monthly rate depends entirely on the type of care you require such as assisted living and the type of suite. Residences generally breakdown the costs Read more...


Who abuses seniors? -

Elder abuse most often takes place where the individual feels safe, like at home, or somewhere they spend the majority of their time, usually after they get to know and trust the person. It can be caused by... Read more...


Should I get a medical alert system? -

There are many great aspects to getting older such as being wiser and more confident in yourself! However, as we age we are more likely to have health complications or to experience falls and slips. This means that families often times end up worrying about whether their elderly loved one is safe living on their own. If you find yourself constantly checking-in or having anxiety about about their well being... Read more...


How can I get my elderly parents to accept a move to senior living? -

Change is difficult but its an inevitable part of life! Below are a few tips to help you empower your loved one to embrace change. You might be surprised that most of them involve you changing your own behavior. Read more...


I need a break. How can I find respite care in Ontario? -

Respite care provides temporary relief to those who are caring for an elderly, ill or handicapped person. These short-term stays are provided by most retirement communities and can also be a great way to try out a retirement community. To search for respite care in your area click HERE to visit Pearls Choice and filter by short-term/respite care under the Care Types drop-down. Read more...



How can families work together to make the right decisions for everyone? - Ian L

All families are unique! Your family might be geographically separated or from a culture that has a particular view on aging; getting everyone on “the same page” can feel exhausting. Regardless of your dynamics there are many ways for you to collaborate. Read more...


What are the important factors to consider when searching for a retirement home? - Matt K

Many of the items we should consider when thinking about retirement living are the same as those when searching for a rental home. However some are specific to retirement living, such as the amount of care provided. A simple way to begin the process is to break it into four main groups: location, budget, and individual needs and wants. Read more...


What is different between my needs and my wants when it comes to choosing retirement living? - Tawab K

Your wants are things that you would love to have but can live without. They are factors that affect your happiness and engagement such as transportation to outings, exercise classes, pet visitation, etc. When you are searching, be sure to look for homes that offer the majority of your wants, but be prepared to sacrifice some. Read more...