I just talked to my mother, who has finished her first day of a 4-day trial run at an upscale Ottawa retirement residence. She slept extremely well last night, has had several terrific meals, all hot and ready, has already made two friends … it couldn’t be better, so far. Ask some probing questions of the other residents, I told her. Find out what doesn’t work. But for now, she is seeing the upside I hoped she would – new friends and interesting people to talk to, no worries about food buying and preparation, and nursing staff nearby 24/7.