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:
- Meal preparation/cooking
- Getting around the house
- Getting around town
- Grooming and other hygiene
- Bathing and dressing
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 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2L 4H5
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.
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.
12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 6H5
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.
190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 0E7
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.
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.
1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay ,
Ontario, P7E 0A5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton,
Alberta, T5T 6C7
200 John West Way , Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 0E4
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
1222 King George Blvd., Surrey,
British Columbia, V4A 9W6
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.
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.
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.
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.
423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock,
Ontario, N4S OB2
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.
100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 0A2
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!
75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park,
Alberta, T8H 2B9
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1Y 4P6
431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0P7
301 7th Street SW, Calgary,
Alberta, T2P 1Y6
2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6S 1M7
8888-202 Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V1M 4A7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.