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Senior Living: Home Vs Retirement Community

What are the key differences between seniors living at home alone and living in a retirement community?

There are several key differences between seniors living at home alone and living in a retirement community, such as Cardinal Place:

Social Interaction

Living in a retirement community like Cardinal Place offers more opportunities for social interaction, such as group activities, events, and outings, which can help seniors avoid isolation. At Cardinal Place, we offer a variety of activities and events to promote physical and mental well-being, including daily range of motion exercises, social connections, spiritual and religious events, musical programming, and quiet chapel space. We also offer regular Cardinal Place Bus tours to destinations like Colasanti's Tropical Gardens, Point Pelee, and shopping trips to local destinations like, Devonshire Mall, Ottawa Street, and Walmart. Our activities calendar is always updated with new and exciting events to keep things fresh and engaging for our residents.

Health Care

Retirement communities such as Cardinal Place offer seniors easier access to health care compared to living alone at home. Cardinal Place has on-site health care providers who provide medical care and assistance with daily tasks. Before residents arrive, a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse assesses their needs to ensure they can provide excellent care. Cardinal Place prioritizes individualized care and wellness checks such as weight and blood pressure monitoring. Our Care Team Coordinator works closely with residents to create a wellness plan tailored to their needs. Medications are delivered to residents' rooms, and convenient packages can be taken with them when leaving for a visit. Cardinal Place strives to meet the health and wellness needs of their residents with convenience and simplicity.


Living in a retirement community like Cardinal Place can also offer more safety and security for seniors. Cardinal Place is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its residents, with 24/7 surveillance cameras, secure entrance, and a dedicated team of staff members who are trained in emergency procedures. The community also offers a fire alarm system, fire sprinklers, and smoke detectors in each suite. Residents can have peace of mind knowing that they are safe and well-cared for at Cardinal Place.


Seniors living at home alone may have to take care of maintenance tasks themselves or hire outside help. At Cardinal Place, our maintenance staff is dedicated to ensuring that our facility is always in top-notch condition. We have a preventative maintenance program that includes routine inspections and maintenance checks to identify potential issues before they become major problems. This helps us to maintain a clean and safe environment for our residents.


Living in a retirement community can be more expensive than living at home alone, as it often involves paying for amenities and services such as meals, transportation, and activities. However, it's important to consider the total cost of living at home alone, including home maintenance and health care costs. Cardinal Place is proud to be one of the most affordable retirement communities in Windsor Essex without any sacrifice for quality care and is committed to transparency by posting its rates online. With respect to your financial situation and a dedication to offering competitive rates for its exceptional services, Cardinal Place is an excellent option for those looking to enjoy their golden years in a comfortable and secure community.

Cardinal Place has been recognized as one of the Top 3 Retirement Homes in Windsor, ON by experts. This prestigious award highlights the exceptional care and services provided by Cardinal Place and confirms their commitment to providing the best possible experience for their residents. With a focus on social interaction, health care, safety, maintenance, and affordability, Cardinal Place is the perfect choice for seniors looking to enjoy their golden years in a comfortable and secure community. 
Whether it's participating in group activities, receiving individualized care from on-site health care providers, or enjoying the peace of mind that comes with 24/7 surveillance cameras and dedicated staff members, residents can rest assured that they will be well-cared for at Cardinal Place.
Overall, the decision between living at home alone or in a retirement community like Cardinal Place depends on individual preferences, health needs, and financial resources.

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