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Assisted Living: Independence & Care

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Do you or a loved one need assisted living?

Assisted living retirement is ideal for residents of all ages who have some limitations in physical and cognitive health. These retirement communities are designed for residents who need on-site assistance with personal care, mobility, medication management and support. Assisted living residents may be young or old and may have problems with memory, incontinence or mobility. Residents of assisted living retirement communities may need help with a number of activities, including:

  • Housekeeping
  • Meal preparation/cooking
  • Getting around the house
  • Getting around town
  • Grooming and other hygiene
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Toileting/diapering
  • Eating

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What are the distinguishing features of assisted living homes and facilities?

  • Unit Styles: Rented private studio, one or two bedroom apartments or small homes with kitchenettes including a small refrigerator and microwave
  • Accessibility: Bathrooms and kitchens are usually designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers
  • A central dining facility allows for visiting and socializing with others without having to leave the community
  • Amenities: Often includes three meals a day, access to fitness services, beauty salon, post office and transportation. Staff plan events, activities and trips for residents

Assisted living seniors' care homes


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Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
Tapestry at Village Gate West

Tapestry at Village Gate West

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5
A uniquely luxurious retirement living complex in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Tapestry Village in Etobicoke lets seniors live as they please.
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
The Village of Riverside Glen

The Village of Riverside Glen

60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
The Village of Winston Park

The Village of Winston Park

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
The Village of Humber Heights

The Village of Humber Heights

2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
Bramalea Retirement Residence

Bramalea Retirement Residence

30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4G3
Enjoy the luxury of a new community with the conveniences of home, including 3 freshly prepared meals, medication management, 24 hour supervision and a variety of activities.
The Village of Tansley Woods

The Village of Tansley Woods

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8
Elegant Burlington, Ontario retirement home including everything from the current long term care to new independent living suites, offering various seniors services.
The Village of Taunton Mills

The Village of Taunton Mills

3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence

Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence

200 John West Way , Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0E4
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
Scarborough Retirement Centre

Scarborough Retirement Centre

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Centre offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay , Ontario, P7E 0A5
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
Chartwell Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence

Chartwell Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence

1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4P6
The Village of Arbour Trails

The Village of Arbour Trails

33 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
The Manor Village at Rocky Ridge

The Manor Village at Rocky Ridge

50 Rocky Vista Gardens, Calgary, Alberta, T3G 5Y7
The Manor Village at Rocky Ridge includes Exquisite Suites with luxury amenities, as well as Supportive Living Lifestyle for an active lifestyle without household maintenance.
Queenston Place Residence

Queenston Place Residence

6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 7E3
This Niagara Falls retirement home features local activities and scenery in a luxury environment offering a comfortable lifestyle, care and peace of mind.
Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence

Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence

9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 6C7
Queensview Retirement Community

Queensview Retirement Community

70 King Edward Street, Paris, Ontario, N3L 2G8
Queensview Retirement Community is part of Nautical Lands Group, a Globals Award winner for over 50's housing design and management for multiple years.We have been building affordable retirement living for over 19 years.
Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Residence

Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Residence

431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0P7
The Village of Wentworth Heights

The Village of Wentworth Heights

1620 Upper Wentworth St, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2W3
The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.
The Erinview

The Erinview

2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 2K7
An excellent, well-respected Mississauga retirement home that provides a continuum of care for seniors including Alzheimer's care, Assisted Living and more.
V!VA Mississauga

V!VA Mississauga

5575 Bonnie Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0N8
Mississauga's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community. Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
Delmanor Northtown

Delmanor Northtown

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5
Delmanor Northtown is an exceptional hotel-style retirement residence in the heart of North York offers variety of other luxury amenities.
V!VA Pickering

V!VA Pickering

1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 0C6
V!VA Pickering is Durham's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy large suites, great amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great for you and your family! Book your tour today!
Delmanor Glen Abbey

Delmanor Glen Abbey

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1
The Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement home with fine dining, on-site 24 hour Registered Nursing, a cafe, library and a wealth of other features for seniors.
Delmanor Prince Edward

Delmanor Prince Edward

Delmanor Prince Edward, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8K 1X8
Extensive amenities include a fitness centre, theatre, full-service spa/salon, bar, cafe, library, gourmet kitchen and landscaped rooftop terrace complete with extensive seating areas, a putting green, tai chi and shuffleboard court.
Prince George Retirement Residence

Prince George Retirement Residence

139 Main Street, Lucan, Ontario, N0M 2J0
Prince George offers the best in Retirement, Supported, Convalescent and Respite Living. Delicious food, caring staff, fun and friendship are the standards at Oasis. Spacious suites include many amenities.
Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence

75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 2B9
Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence

Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence

423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S OB2
The Westhill

The Westhill

25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6
Ideally located in a park-like setting The Westhill is close to shopping, restaurants and medical centre. The spacious bright suites feature high ceilings, crown moulding, in-suite storage and custom draperies.
Symphony Senior Living Orleans

Symphony Senior Living Orleans

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 3E8
At this park-like setting, seniors are offered the choice between studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Bring along pets while enjoying a variety of customizable options, including a varied menu and recreational programs.
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4H5
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8
Hazelton Place located in Yorkville, close to shops, restaurants, and the entertainment district, Hazelton Place offers independent and assisted living with unparalleled service, comfort and fine dining.
Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence

Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence

190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 0E7
Richmond Woods Retirement

Richmond Woods Retirement

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, with 130 suites plus a variety of extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living.
Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence

Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence

100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0A2
Delmanor Elgin Mills

Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community over the past 14 years.
Legacy Senior Living

Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Abbeylawn Manor

Abbeylawn Manor

534 Rodd Avenue, Pickering, Ontario, L1W 2B2
Since opening in 2007, we have brought the vision of a comfortable warm home to the residents of Abbeylawn Manor. Having invaluable staff is what makes this retirement home unique in this very competitive market.
The Manor Village at Signature Park

The Manor Village at Signature Park

1858 Sirocco Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3P7
This retirement home in Calgary, Alberta offers superb seniors' apartments, with amenities including a library and activities room in a luxury living environment.
New Horizons Tower

New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
Harold And Grace Baker Centre

Harold And Grace Baker Centre

1 Northwestern Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6M 2J7
This Toronto retirement residence offers seniors independence combined with a variety of care options. Luxury amenities include a hair salon and more.
Longworth by Sifton

Longworth by Sifton

600 Longworth Road, London, Ontario, N6K 4X9
Voted London's Best Retirement Residence two years running. We promote our passion for seniors living well by offering choices for an active, wellness focused lifestyle with the security of knowing help is at hand.
V!VA Thornhill Woods

V!VA Thornhill Woods

9700 Bathurst Street, Vaughan, Ontario, L6A 4V2
Vaughan's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Harbour Hill Retirement Community

104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 0A7
Harbour Hill is part of Nautical Lands Group, a Globals Award winning company for design and operational excellence. For over 19 years we have built and operated beautifully appointed residences that are affordable.
St. Hildas Senior Care Community

St. Hildas Senior Care Community

2339 Dufferin Street at Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 4Z5
An affordable, non-profit residence with friendly, homelike surroundings, offering services to meet the needs of seniors regardless of the level of care. Our reputation is built on four decades of experience.
Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 1M7
The Dunfield Retirement Residence

The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 luxury apartments.
V!VA Barrhaven

V!VA Barrhaven

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 3T1
Coming soon! Enjoy a refreshingly different approach to rental retirement living. Amenities include: underground parking, wellness spa, indoor salt water pool, stretch and strength studios, movie theatre, café and much more. Call now to join the early bird wait list.
Renessa Newmarket

Renessa Newmarket

270 Doak Lane, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 0A5
Renessa is a spectacular 158 suite retirement residence, offering independent and assisted living and memory care. Renessa challenges the norms by “Rethinking Retirement Living”, all within a 5 Star resort setting.
Southbrook

Southbrook

400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it.
Shepherd Terrace

Shepherd Terrace

3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
Village Bruyère

Village Bruyère

889 Hiawatha Park Road, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 0A9
Nestled in a unique community setting, Bruyère Village offers dedicated, motivated staff and a full range of support services. New apartments, new amenities, and located the the banks of the Ottawa River.
Harmony Hill Retirement Community

Harmony Hill Retirement Community

1335 Benson Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 8L7
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as the full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living community.
Empire Crossing Retirement Community

Empire Crossing Retirement Community

224 Ward Street, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A OC5
Empire Crossing is part of Nautical Lands Group, a Globals Award winner for over 50's housing design and management for multiple years.We have been building affordable retirement living for over 19 years.
Download our free eBook The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist for more advice about what to look for and ask when choosing an assisted living community.

 

Assisted living and your other retirement home options

On a continuum of retirement care, assisted living offers a bit more independence than traditional long-term care facilities in Canada. It is also less costly than other options. 

Assisted living costs

Assisted living care costs vary across Canada and also depend on the level of care required on a monthly basis. Rate prices are higher for people with high needs requiring a higher level of care as part of their assisted living retirement community stay. Of course, rates vary across Canada and also depend on the level of care required on a monthly basis. Costs are higher for people with high needs requiring a higher level of care as part of their assisted living retirement community stay. Costs can also vary depending on local factors.

Real estate prices and rental rates are, of course very different in large centres vs. smaller communities; average real estate prices affect retirement unit rentals.  For example, a home in a town in southeastern Ontario may cost in the range of $1700 per month while a home in downtown Toronto offering a similar level of accessibility, amenities and other assisted living features may cost over $3000 per month.

The physical location of the facility and the amenities offered may also affect the cost of the home.

Paying for Assisted Living

Some insurance companies offer long-term care insurance as part of their benefits package. You can read a case study of the benefits of long term care insurance for assisted living care. Assisted living need not be prohibitive for families, and there are a variety of funding options and payment options opened up by care homes. 

Visit our financial page for more information about the costs of assisted living communities in your province.

Specialised Care in Assisted Living Centres and Homes

Memory care may be a special section or wing in some assisted living homes. In general, memory care is a specialised care offered by residences, where residents’ needs are understood by all attendants, and specialised technology may be in use. Memory care means dedicated resources to deal with Alzheimer’s Disease and its symptoms. Learn more about memory care.

Mobility care in an assisted living home. Many retriement residences, especially newer ones, are designed with mobility concerns in mind. Personal assistants are onsite to help seniors who are immobile, and there will be many mobility aids onsite. These will include in-suite hand rails, bathroom mobility, elevators, wheelchair ramps and more.  

Incontinence is embarrassing to all involved but the discomfort can be alleviated greatly when handled by professional caregivers in a proper care home. Retirement homes with incontinence care offer relief to elderly patients suffering from urinary or bowel control problems. They handle it with grace, professionalism, care and dignity.  Care and services offered in assisted living homes will include dealing with bedwetting, fluid monitoring, bladder volume training, bedwetting alarm systems and various pharmacological therapies. 

What should I consider before choosing an assisted living retirement community:

  • Does the retirement home meet provincial standards?
  • What accreditation does the residence have?
  • What are the costs and what services are included in these costs?
  • Do they offer a written service policy?
  • Do residents seem happy or content with staff and with the retirement community facility?
  • Are there reviews of the community?
  • How many staff members are on hand and what general attitude do they express?
  • Is the housing modern or well designed for contemporary senior care needs?
  • Do they allow pets? 
  • Do residents have a choice of where to eat?
  • Is the community clean and well kept?
  • What recreational programs are available and how well suited are they to your loved one

Testimonials from people who live in assisted living

For people trying to remain in their own home, life can eventually become too difficult, and you have to know when it is time to move. Various people – including family, social care workers, medical professionals – may be urging you to move into a retirement home where you or your spouse can get the care you require. Many people, though, are reluctant to move. Marie was one senior who did not want to move. “I’ll admit to you,” she said, “it was very hard to leave.” However, her husband suffered from deteriorating health and required assistance in just getting around the house.

Like Marie, you may come from a generation that finds it hard to admit the need for help. Prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised at how beneficial some assisted living facilities can be. Before finally moving out of her own home, after, admitting that her husband “couldn’t do things around the house anymore,” Marie took the doctor’s advice and gave a chance at looking into assisted living retirement homes near her family. “I was amazed at how it actually felt like a home!”

The residence she moved into was amazing for a variety of reasons. First, everything was wheelchair accessible, and every wheelchair in the entire facility is equipped with a GPS pendant that brings instant help when pushed. The couple takes part in many of the recreational activities offered at the community. Marie also loves “not having to cook meals.”  Communal meals are just one more added benefit of living in an assisted living home; they simply eat together without groceries to buy, without preparation needed and without dishes to clean up. “I love how it gives me more time to do things with my husband,” says Marie. You can read more about how Marie grew to love the assisted living home she moved into.

Assisted living helps make daily living more comfortable and relieves many of the minor stresses of daily life. You’ll find great relief in handing off daily tasks to others.

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