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What is “functional independence”?

Functional independence is the physical, mental, and emotional ability to look after your own personal needs, make your own decisions, and be able to interact socially with other residents.

Examples of functional independence include:

  • Cognitive ability to live independently
  • Maintaining your suite in a tidy, uncluttered condition
  • Managing your medications personally or with appropriate assistance
  • Maintaining appropriate personal hygiene
  • Willing and able to follow the residency agreement
  • Self-ambulating
  • Continence or self-managed incontinence
  • Living amicably with fellow residents and staff
  • May arrange for Home Care assistance with scheduled tasks/activities

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