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Independent Living Homes in BC

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What is independent living?

Independent living homes are designed for self-sufficient, well, and, active seniors. While you will receive assistance in emergencies and with some daily tasks, the staff will not always be around you; independent living homes are not intended for those who need constant care. Unlike assisted living care, for example, you will be responsible for your day-to-day well-being.

Independent lifestyle often involves wellness programs onsite; there may be hobby rooms and fitness facilities, book rooms, walking trails and many other features of the home that create a wonderful community. Communal areas in these residences increase your social life and open up new activities and opportunities for growth. Homes may also have nurses on staff, especially if there are other care options on the site, such as long-term or memory care.

BC independent independent living seniors' communities 


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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.
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.
Cherish at Central Park

Cherish at Central Park

917 Avrill Road, Victoria, British Columbia, UNKNOWN AT THIS
Cherish brings a new approach to senior living that has been called innovative and the way of the future. Our Independent Living rental suites and condominiums provide choices for estate preservation and peace of mind.
OPAL by Element

OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of care from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
Sherwood House

Sherwood House

280 Government Street, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 0B5
This Duncan retirement home includes active adult and independent living and features five star dining in a secure environment in the heart of Vancouver Island.
Westerleigh PARC

Westerleigh PARC

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3
West Vancouver's newest retirement residence Westerliegh PARC offers premier quality of care and service within walking distance. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
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.
Mulberry PARC

Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.
Summerhill PARC

Summerhill PARC

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Arbourside Court

Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
This Surrey retirement home offers major shopping, medical facilities, and a seniors center, in a caring environment that encourages continued growth.
Cedar Springs PARC

Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence

Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence

32331 - 7th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 6T7
Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence

Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence

1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, British Columbia, V1S 0B7
Chartwell Ross Place Retirement Residence

Chartwell Ross Place Retirement Residence

2638 Ross Lane, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 5M4
Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence

Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence

1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 7G7
Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence

Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence

150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7N 0A1
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence

Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence

6676 203rd Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence

Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence

13853 102nd Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 5P6
Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence

Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence

32679 - 6th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 1Y8
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence

Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence

9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 8A1
Chartwell Kamloops Retirement Residence

Chartwell Kamloops Retirement Residence

628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2B 3H6
Chartwell Hampton House Retirement Residence

Chartwell Hampton House Retirement Residence

45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1P3
Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence

Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence

45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1S4

Why consider moving into an independent living home?

Let's consider how an independent living home is a better option than aging in your own home.

Many seniors try to remain in a home that was not built with seniors in mind. Many homes built in the mid to late 20th century will have a variety of problems that make them less than accessible. Stairs may have old railings, counters and other such household items may be designed under very old standards. Familiar furniture items like rocking chairs and other items can become hazardous. Common household amenities like floor mats and carpeting can also become hazards as you age.

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Contemporary independent senior living homes are designed with safety and security in mind. Accessible features are everywhere, including ramps, handrails, adequate lighting, flat floors and many other modern design features. All of this works together to create a community of people with the same needs as you. Many people find that life is so much better than it is living alone in your own home; as they say, there’s nothing more independent than life in an independent seniors’ living home.

These homes offer a social aspect that cannot be appreciated until you go in and look at what it's like. This often has a way of reviving seniors' enthusiasm and giving them new life. One senior in Vancouver, Jean, says her move into a retirement home there, opened her up to community activities. "I'm not just sitting around, here. It seems like I'm getting out and meeting new people all the time." Improvements in well-being created by the lean, well-appointed independent living residences cannot be measured. 

Other newly moved seniors proclaim a renewed joy of living. Jeannine moved into a North Vancouver retirement home and tells Comfort Life how glad she is to have moved there. "I hope to stay for ages… Friends, safety, my own place, good food and lots to do…. this is home."  

Common features of independent living homes automatically make your life better. Communal dining rooms mean that you no longer have to prepare your own food (or even buy your own groceries), eat alone or clean up dishes when you are done. It's far more enjoyable to share a meal with peers and to have a good time while you are eating; some homes have outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy the natural environment while you eat. Housekeeping and other mundane tasks are also taken care of. Homes are designed for optimal comfort, both in communal areas and in your suite. All of this works together to improve your life immensely over living on your own.  

What to consider when choosing an independent living home

Check out our checklist of things to look for in a retirement home. Here's a brief overview of things to consider. 

  • How much of my own furniture can I bring?
  • What, if any, hidden costs does the home have?
  • Does it have a good reputation? What do reviews of the home say? Do residents seem happy?
  • What are the qualifications of management and staff?
  • Has it been well maintained? How old are the buildings and/or homes?
  • Do the services and amenities the community offers appeal to you?
  • How many people live there?
  • What is included in the cost? Are there any extra costs (i.e. laundry service, maintenance)? 

Be sure to speak to a home’s administrators, staff, residents, and even residents’ family members for a complete profile of a given independent living home. 

Of course, you will want to consider several options. Use the checklist to compare several homes; it's a great resource that will remind you of many aspects to look at, that you may not have thought of on your own. Make a list of your own personal preferences, must-haves and nice-to-haves then compare and contrast what individual homes offer. 

Download The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist. It will remind you of things you may not think of on your own, with a comprehensive list of things to note. It's a personal guidebook to make your tour more focused and enjoyable, and the note-taking process much easier.

What makes British Columbia a desirable retirement destination?

If you are considering homes here from out of the province, B.C. is a particularly great place to live in your retirement.There is certainly a lot to do in British Columbia! Its two largest cities, Vancouver and Victoria, are full of cultural diversity, lively streets, and great shopping. And, its seemingly ubiquitous natural riches are great for hiking or if you merely want to be in a soothing atmosphere. 

Further interior cities such as Kamloops, Chilliwack and even homes in towns as far north as Thornhill, offer lower cost real estate and all the beauty and relaxation you could want. Many of the residences listed here very appropriately brag about the spectacular views of local scenery you will have. BC's temperate climate also has beneficial effects for seniors and those suffering from ailments such as heart disease and lung problems. 


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