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Housing notebook: trip to Sarnia seals the deal

June 26, 2014 - 0 comments

Trip to Sarnia seals the deal

Ted Zatylny has the title of project leader, new resident attraction and retention for the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, and part of his job description requires him to recruit new retirees to his southern Ontario community.

And so when told by FYI that Loretta Jones, 69, of Toronto was thinking of relocating to Sarnia, Zatylny was ready to greet her and give her a tour.

“I would be happy to arrange a tour for Loretta,” said Zatylny. “We can put something together for her so she can see some of the area's amenities, and look at some different housing options, too.”

But by the time FYI got ahold of Jones to extend Zatylny’s invitation, her move to Sarnia was a done deal. Jones told FYI she had heard good things about the town and her own quick visit had confirmed it.

Jones is retired from a job working for the Presbyterian Church national office in Toronto. “I worked with a fellow who used to live in Sarnia and he always spoke well of it,” said the single mother of one who has lived in Toronto since 1974. She was keen to check out Sarnia so soon after calling FYI she took a train south and used public transit to get around. She saw an apartment and “really liked it,” and now plans to move to Sarnia at the end of July.

Toronto, said Jones, “seems too fast-paced and crowded now.” Sarnia, meanwhile, offers a small-town atmosphere that Jones liked, and she was also impressed with the nearby St. Clair River.

“I thought it was so relaxed, and the people were so happy,” Jones explained. “I travelled on the city buses and I never heard people laughing so much. People were saying hello to me. In Toronto, there is pushing and shoving on the transit.”

Zatylny was not surprised by Jones’s experience. “Our biggest challenge is convincing folks to come by and have a look. Generally, they like what they see when they get here.”

To inquire about tours of Sarnia-Lambton, contact Zatylny at ted@sarnialambton.on.ca.

New apps assist seniors-housing tours

For families about to embark on the chore of choosing a long-term-care home or retirement residence in Ontario, there is help: there’s now an app for that.

A small Ontario-based company called My Choice Pilot has announced the launch of Elder Pilot: Long-Term Care and Elder Pilot: Retirement, two mobile apps now available for iPhone and Android.

The content, prepared by Ann Chartier, a former administrator at long-term-care homes, guides the user through nine categories during a tour. The app provides prompts for care and services, with cues for the user to record relevant information. Data is collected, observations noted, and upon tour completion, photos and personal notes can be added.

The apps include a resource section that explains each prompt in detail. Multiple homes can be toured and cross-referenced, providing an opportunity for comparisons.

The two apps are currently available free on the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit elderpilot.com

Ex-goalie enters home-care business

Home Care Assistance Oakville, a provider of home-care services, has announced that former NHL goalie Rick Heinz is the new owner of the Oakville office. Heinz, who played for the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks over nine seasons, said in a statement, “Our mission is to change the way the world ages through innovative offerings such as our proprietary Balanced Care Method, which is based on the scientifically studied lifestyles of the longest-living people on earth, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to delay the onset of cognitive decline.”

For more information, visit greatertorontohomecare.ca.

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