Independent living

When it’s Time to Move Your Loved One to Independent Living in Calgary

My grandmother has lived with my mom for many years. She is a vibrant and gentle 81-year-old. Being able to spend so much time with my grandma has been such a warm privilege. I’m aware that as her needs become more complex, my mom may not have the ability to care for her. This is a troubling reality, one that is difficult to come to terms with. Luckily, there are many Calgary Independent Living facilities that cater to her needs. I’ve always known it would be challenging to make this decision. However, my work with Realty Unleashed has helped me understand how this upheaval can affect all members of a family. That is why having a REALTOR® who supports you can make a significant difference.

We get it

Independent living homes typically have multiple levels of care. This awareness has alleviated many anxieties for families we have helped. Especially for the grown children of our clients. But there is still an emotional and physical toll when it’s time to help a loved one leave their home. It is not just a matter of filling out a change of address card. It can be a time where families grieve the loss of their collective memory. And also grieve the place that they have called home for years.

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This transition weighs heavy. In many cases, you are helping an ageing parent leave their house. Perhaps it was the place they felt the most secure. Independent Living Facilities offers you the peace of mind in knowing your loved one will be cared for and safe. The staff at these facilities will handle most, if not all, of their home maintenance needs. Even though some demanding maintenance and chores are handed over, there is still plenty of freedom for residents.

Things like driving, attending community events, running errands, attending fitness classes, eating out, and maintaining a social life. They have full access to their independence and comfort in their daily routine. Independent Living is generally designed for folks who are 55 years and over. There are many different kinds of Independent Living in Alberta. Therefore you are bound to find one that best suits your loved one’s needs! Whether in an apartment, house, townhouse, or duplex.

How we fit in

At Realty Unleashed, we aim to make any move as smooth and painless as possible. When you list a home with Realty Unleashed, we take care of some of our client’s property maintenance duties. Our Curb Appeal Crew will come and do an expert clean, ensuring your home puts its best foot forward. Our team completes interior window washing and will do a final move-out clean once your house sells.

Oftentimes, moving to Independent Living means there will be some significant downsizing happening. For this reason, the Curb Appeal Crew will also handle donation center & eco-station runs. Many of our clients who have been in similar situations have found this step particularly challenging. We know the value of being able to match an item of furniture with a charity or a particular recipient. This process has given our clients a lot of relief!

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We are happy to stage our client’s homes with our furniture and decor items for free. Suppose the house is staying filled with belongings, we will happily do a staging consultation with you. Together, we will make some minor adjustments to ensure the house photographs well and makes a great first impression. We aim to make regular maintenance more manageable for our clients. To do this, we offer lawn trimming in the spring/summer months and snow removal in the fall/winter. And lastly, we perform regular check-ins on our vacant properties to ensure that everything is as it should be!

We believe that you and your family deserve the absolute best customer experience. And that is why we offer all of these services to you at no extra cost. We hope that providing these services will help ease your family’s transition. In turn, giving you more time to focus on finding the best Alberta Independent Living Home for your loved one.

Where to begin your search

A significant first step would be speaking with the Kerby Centre, which offers consultation and referrals regarding senior housing. They will help you with non-profit housing, subsidized apartments, personal care homes, etc. The Kerby Centre also offers activities and programs for those who are 55+. If your loved one is looking to get out and about, this is a great resource! is another great place to consult. Their website is full of helpful information about senior living, retirement homes, Independent Living, and much more.

And as we mentioned, Realty Unleashed is ready to help list and sell the home of your loved one. We are fully equipped to handle much of the behind-the-scenes work that needs to be done to make the sale. We understand this transition is not easy. It is our goal for the selling and moving process to be done gracefully. Making the transition as easy as possible for you and your family is essential to our team.

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