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Welcome to Pearls Choice

Welcome to Pearls Choice

Our goal at Pearl’s Choice is to help Canadian seniors and their families find the right retirement homes in a simple and accessible manner. As many Canadians—including ourselves—know, retirement home planning is an emotionally challenging experience for the entire family. Recognizing a need in our own family, we saw... Read more...


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


What are the important factors to consider when searching for a retirement home? - Cindy W

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...


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...



Planning Your Tour for Senior Living

Planning Your Tour for Senior Living

Each retirement community is unique, so it is important to understand how it meet your needs and wants by going on a tour. However, just like choosing a new home or condo, you need to do your research and go into each tour with a plan. We’ve identified five key criteria to keep in mind while touring a retirement community: Read more...


Guide to Communicating with a Loved One who has Dementia

Guide to Communicating with a Loved One who has Dementia

According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia as of 2016. This number is expected to increase to about 937,000 by 2031, due to about 25,000 new diagnosis cases every year, indicating an increase of 66 per cent. Considering that... Read more...


Top Benefits to Living in a Retirement Community

Top Benefits to Living in a Retirement Community

While many seniors see moving into a retirement home as a loss of independence, the actual experience is often quite liberating. Retirement homes accommodate all needs ranging from independent living—within a traditional apartment style residences to all-inclusive luxury residences—to comfortable accommodations for residents with mobility or cognitive impairment. After moving into a retirement home, many seniors say... Read more...


Tips for Moving your Senior Parent

Tips for Moving your Senior Parent

Start early It is never too early to start planning the transition to a retirement community. Moving is an emotionally challenging process; however, starting the conversation early and involving everyone in the discussion and planning will make the process much easier. Even if the transition is months or years away, start discussing what kind of... Read more...


Hotline Social

Hotline Social

Over 100 people attended the 1st ever Hotline Social event on October 13, 2016 in support of the Distress Centres, particularly the Caller Reassurance Program, a support service for seniors living in isolation. The event, which took place at the Artscape Sandbox, was a night to remember! Read more...


Why are Reviews and Ratings Essential for You and Your Potential Residents?

Why are Reviews and Ratings Essential for You and Your Potential Residents?

Nearly 9 in 10 users have read online reviews or tried to find one to determine the quality of your residence. While a five-star rating reflects overall quality, reviews provide a channel for residents to tell you exactly what their experience is like - they can leave feedback, report concerns, and make specific feature requests. Today, more and more people... Read more...


Importance of Your Staff

Importance of Your Staff

While many seniors are looking to experience fulfillment through the amenities and features a home offers, it is in fact the staff that far exceed their expectations. According to Pearl’s Choice analytics, over 95% of the reviews received particularly comment on the staff. Your staff are the heart and soul of your facility and they are the ones who model the values your home believes in. Read more...


Care Needed Urgently

Care Needed Urgently

Approximately 68% of Pearl’s Choice users are looking to move into a retirement home within 1-3 months or the near future. At Pearl's Choice, we get many requests from users about recommending homes in a certain location. However, we've found that 87% of the time... Read more...


Seniors and Active Lifestyles - Today's Demand for More Varied Recreational Activities

Seniors and Active Lifestyles - Today's Demand for More Varied Recreational Activities

Current trends in senior living indicate a there’s been a dramatic shift toward seniors leading more active and engaged lives. Seniors are taking a hands-on role in staying physically and mentally healthy. They demand wellness programs and also lifelong learning programs. Does your community have what it takes to help seniors maintain an active lifestyle?... Read more...


  Practical Guidelines for Caregivers

Practical Guidelines for Caregivers

Take time for yourself. Take some time in the day to exercise and eat nutritious meals. Do not forget about your own health, it is important too! Getting enough sleep each night is also important for your well being. It will give you strength for the next day to carry on with your duties and prevent you from feeling exhausted. Take... Read more...


The Need for Family Support

The Need for Family Support

Are you expected to provide care for your parent because you are the oldest child or the one living closest to your parents? Are you expected to provide care because you are the most financially stable child? Your caregiving role may have come about because higher expectations have been placed on you than on your other siblings. It is easy to feel that this is unfair, resulting in feelings of resentment and anger. Read more...


There’s an App for That - Technology for Caregivers

There’s an App for That - Technology for Caregivers

As caregivers, you may feel that 24 hours in a day aren’t enough to get everything done. It can often seem as though your hands are always full. Luckily, new technology is here to make things easier for you. The CareZone app can help you manage your time and provide access to a loved one's information as you go about your day to day caregiving tasks. Read more...


Fraud Prevention

Fraud Prevention

The most common scams targeting seniors are mail fraud, home repair cons and phone scams. Read more...


Fall Prevention at Home

Fall Prevention at Home

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians; 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year. As we age, we are more prone to falling. However, there are many preventative measures that can be taken. Read more...


Medication Safety

Medication Safety

Medications play an expanding role in our lives as we get older. Why is medication safety a particular concern for the elderly? With a growing number of prescription medicines available, there is greater potential for medication mistakes. As we age, we are much more likely to be prescribed more than one kind of prescription medication, and many seniors take three or more. This increases the risk for... Read more...


Winter Safety Tips

Winter Safety Tips

When the temperature drops, seniors run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. When winter comes, it’s better to be prepared! Read more...


Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Memory Loss. Everyone has occasional memory lapses. However, increased memory loss is a very common early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Some signs include forgetting recently or newly learned information, or forgetting important dates, appointments and conversations. Other common symptoms include misplacing possessions or not remembering how to navigate around familiar places. Read more...


Reducing Alzheimer's Risk

Reducing Alzheimer's Risk

Schedule time for cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercises such as running or bicycling raise your heart rate, allowing blood flow to the muscles and the brain to increase. Choose an activity you enjoy and build it into your daily routine. Start gradually with something like a daily ten-minute run. Once this becomes part of your schedule, you’ll find that... Read more...


Tips for Coping with the Grief of Alzheimer’s

Tips for Coping with the Grief of Alzheimer’s

Caregivers often experience a deep sense of loss when they provide care for an individual with Alzheimer’s. Some days are promising while others are not. Feelings can run the gamut from utter sadness to cautious optimism. But, overarching them all is the constant grief that is part of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...


How to Maximize Time Spent with your Loved One

How to Maximize Time Spent with your Loved One

Quality time is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your aging loved one. That’s why it is important to make the most out of your visits. Read more...


Caregivers and Families – Visiting and Supporting Your Loved One

Caregivers and Families – Visiting and Supporting Your Loved One

Take advantage of visiting to evaluate your loved one’s health, safety and well-being. You may constantly find yourself worrying about how your loved one is doing at their retirement home. Visiting will assure you that they are happy and well. It’s also a chance to make note of any differences since you last saw them. Read more...


Becoming part of the community

Becoming part of the community

Be a Neighbour. Approach the people around you and simply ask them, “How are you?” Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and get to know them. The retirement home community is a friendly one that gives you a great opportunity to socialize. Getting to know fellow residents is a... Read more...


How can your loved ones help you live independently?

How can your loved ones help you live independently?

Provide transportation. As you grow older, it may become increasingly difficult to get around.  If you can’t drive, you’ll need adequate transportation to pursue social activities and prevent feelings of isolation. Your family can help you by... Read more...


Can a dog help you age at home?

Can a dog help you age at home?

Daily Exercise. Having a dog entails regular walks, hikes or even runs which will reward you by helping to fit healthy exercise into your routine. It’s hard to make excuses when your pet depends upon you for daily exercise! Walks have the added benefit of deepening the connection between you and your canine companion. Read more...


Can technology assist with aging in place?

Can technology assist with aging in place?

You may be unfamiliar with the latest technology. But it can certainly help relieve some of the worries about your ability to live independently. Take the time to talk to your family members to discuss various systems that can help you to stay safe and ultimately support your desire to remain at home. Read more...


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

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 Pearl’s Choice and filter by ‘short-term/respite care’ under the Care Types drop-down.   Read more...


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

Change is difficult but it’s 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...


Should I get a medical alert system? - Carol

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...


Who abuses seniors? - Sarah

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...


Senior-Friendly Holiday

Senior-Friendly Holiday

The holiday season is a happy, festive time for families to get together. But seniors sometimes find this time of year stressful and lonely. Holidays should be a time of joy for seniors too, so here are a few suggestions about how you can contribute to making their holidays merry and bright: Read more...


Caregiver Gift Ideas

Caregiver Gift Ideas

According to Statistics Canada, 8 million Canadians provided care to family members or friends in 2012. While there are many rewards to providing care, stress is one of the consequences for caregivers, especially during the holidays. If you know a caregiver, remember that... Read more...


What is included in my monthly rate? - Joe

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...


What is the difference between normal aging and dementia? - Debbie

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? Alzheimer’s Canada has identified the following differences: Read more...


What is the diagnosis process for dementia? - Sean

According to Alzheimer’s 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 National Nutrition Month?

What is National Nutrition Month?

National Nutrition Month (NNM) is an annual campaign that kicks off in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on... Read more...


What are some best practices for picking images for my profile? - Peter

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...


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

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


How to deal with downsizing?

How to deal with downsizing?

Find something meaningful. Don’t think of it as a facility or an institution, but a home. Look for places that appeal to you, maybe it’s in an area with a park. Perhaps, it's closer to your family or more modern than your current space. Whatever it is, look for a place with... Read more...


Fear of aging

Fear of aging

Take a look back at some of your early photos. Big frizzy hair, skin blemishes, glasses bigger than your face, what was so great about being young again? Was homework as great as you remember it? Do you miss having a curfew? The fact is, as much as we wax on nostalgic about our youth, there are many things we don’t miss. Aging can be scary but it also rings a new change, a better one. Read more...


Fear of change

Fear of change

People are afraid of change because they are satisfied with their life now. Change associated with retirement brings up possibilities of losing your home, losing touch with your friends and family or having to deal with a whole new lifestyle. How can you manage that fear of change? A trick you can use is to think: What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best that could happen? What would most likely happen? Read more...


Tips for decorating your new home

Tips for decorating your new home

Optimize Visibility. Eyesight changes with age, especially when we get older. To improve visibility during the day, try to incorporate stronger contrasts in colour between furniture, surrounding walls, drapes and floors. Light sconces and hallway lights are essential for... Read more...


How do I book a tour? - Faith

Pearl’s 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...


Can I bring my own furniture? - Mike

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...


Crash Course on the Canadian Cancer Society

Crash Course on the Canadian Cancer Society

What does the Canadian Cancer Society do? The Canadian Cancer Society was founded with the goal... Read more...


I know I can add up to 30 photos to my listing as a partner but that’s a lot of pictures! What should I take pictures of? - Sandra

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...


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

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


Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

It’s the summer! The sun is up longer and later but with the additional light comes the additional heat. Seniors are more vulnerable to the heat so here are some quick tips to have a fun and safe summer!... Read more...


Grocery Delivery: Pros and Cons

Grocery Delivery: Pros and Cons

Pros and cons of grocery delivery Home grocery delivery can be a great aid to seniors who want to continue aging in place. Choosing your groceries online and having them delivered right to your doorstep sounds like a dream especially if you live in an area where you have to drive to do your shopping. However, there are pros and cons to grocery delivery that you may not have considered: Read more...


Biking Benefits For Seniors

Biking Benefits For Seniors

Biking is a good activity because it doesn’t require a great deal of training or skill before you start seeing the benefits. It’s not a sport that takes years to master and it’s something that you can do alone or in a group. Some of the best health benefits of biking that seniors can take advantage of are: Read more...


What is aging in place?

What is aging in place? - Christine

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 tips for aging in place?

What are some tips for aging in place? - Ben

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...


Online Banking: Safe or Scary?

Online Banking: Safe or Scary?

As you get older, you might find that you don’t get around as much you used to. The advantages of online banking are clear. You can do all your banking from the comfort of your own home without having to endure banking hours and long lines. Many people are wary of online banking because they worry about keeping their information secure but some banks... Read more...


How can I adjust to not working?

How can I adjust to not working? - Emma

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...


When is it time to change?

When is it time to change? - Jack

Retirement living is all about you. You are the one who gets to decide where you want your life to go. It’s 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...