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Toronto retirement home reviews

User comments and our expert take on seniors' care in the downtown core

With dozens of retirement homes throughout Toronto, how do you know which one is best for you? How do you know the one you've chosen is really going to improve your life based on your needs? Comfort Life has collected ratings and background information on retirement homes for over a dozen years; we're Toronto's respected authority on senior care, since 2002. With that in mind, we offer reviews of Toronto retirement residences, below.

As part of each review, we sample ratings and comments from seniors who live in each of the residences, along with comments that highlight what is really great about each residence, so you can have the best idea of how each home stacks up with your own needs and values. Every residence has its own strengths and limits. We focus on who the residence is best suited for. We discuss how retirement homes below will make your life better, how care there will improve your health, and how both seniors and their families will find relief. Check out how exceptional aspects of each home meet your needs and expectations. Find out what most impresses the people already living there. Learn what makes each residence distinct from your other options.

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List of homes in Toronto

  CHART KEY:   Active adult living    Independent living    Assisted living    Long-term care    Dementia/Memory care
Delmanor Elgin Mills
80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Shepherd Terrace
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Retirement Suites By The Lake
2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Scarborough Retirement Centre
148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence
111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
McCowan Retirement Residence
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Delmanor Northtown
5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
The Dunfield Retirement Residence
77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Delmanor Prince Edward
4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8X 1X8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Delmanor Wynford
187 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0C7
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Tapestry at Village Gate West
15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 0B5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Village of Humber Heights
2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living Long-term Care Dementia & Memory Care
V!VA Pickering
1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 0C6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
New Horizons Tower
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Southbrook
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence
1 Canterbury Place, North York, Ontario, M2N 0G7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence
221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Davenhill Senior Living
877 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care


Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3

An updated, roomy modern retirement community that offers a range of care from independent living to memory care, in the heart of Richmond Hill. Spacious suites and living areas are a mark of distinction of this community. You can take retirement living "for a spin" thanks to Delmanor's short stay options. The location of the Delmanor Elgin Mills in the heart of Richmond Hill means you're situated close to a wide collection of services and activities, from banks and shopping to medical services and recreational facilities.

Delmanor's notable MemoryPlus™ program recognizes and highlights the vibrant history of anyone in Elgin Mills' dementia care; protected, key-coded entry, the integration of personal furniture and keepsakes, and a focus on family support are just some of the highlights of MemoryPlus. This residence is in the planning stages of a mid-rise tower.

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Shepherd Terrace

3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9

Shepherd Terrace is a Christian retirement community that offers the best in contemporary seniors' living. Shepherd truly lives up to the name of village, with everything you need or can imagine you'll need, all in one place:  a wellness clinic, the swimming pool, a pharmacy, spa and hair salon, and more.

This is conveniently located close to the 401, with other nearby shops including the Agincourt Mall, as well as a good selection of churches: Presbyterian, Anglican, Catholic and others. There is also a library and an adult day care centre. One other unique aspect of the community is the variety of choices available, including life lease, respite and short stays, and a long term care facility. Shepherd Terrace focuses on independent and assisted living, but all those other community options are nearby, too, creating a diverse community of people all your own age.

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Retirement Suites By The Lake

2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5

A very modern facility conveniently close enough to the heart of Toronto but situated most closely to Scarborough Bluffs. This retirement home features a smaller number of suites than some other residences, creating a close-knit community. The Bluffs are one of the best natural settings in the entire GTA, with spectacular views of Lake Ontario from the top.

Inside the Suites building, there are spacious private units where you can choose to partake of "just enough" activities, as listed on the calendar. Residents who are able can also stroll through Scarborough Heights Park or take in the spectacular local flora and other natural beauty at Rosetta McClain Park. Delicious meals are served in the bistro, with table service available, as well as consideration of special diets. Care on hand includes a 24 hour call system, and all housekeeping needs are taken care of for you.

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Scarborough Retirement Centre

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8

This residence combines proximity to the heart of Toronto, with a down-home feel, due to its being family owned. This is a relatively small community where people care for each other; residents have the option of being as open or as private as they want to be. You can take retirement living for a test drive, thanks to short term and respite care stays. Security is provided through overnight staff.

Chef-prepared meals, physiotherapy and daily enrichment programs are just some of the home's features that make life here especially great. The community extends care holistically through onsite spiritual programming. The pet-friendly environment has also been shown to have benefits for psychological wellbeing. Group outings include movies and day visits to a variety of attractions.

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Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8

Spectacular retirement home in the heart of Yorkville, not far from the Royal Ontario Museum and a host of other Toronto attractions, including shopping, restaurants, bookstores, galleries, etc. Care ranges from independent to assisted living, with bathing assistance and dressing assistance included for those requiring this help; health services include catheter care and other more personal needs.

One of the most notable features of this residence is the spaciousness of the lounges and three dining rooms. Hazelton Place focuses on offering a variety of activities and attractions to bring residents together and facilitate a lifestyle that is as active (or as quiet) as you might want. The area is rife with history including U of T buildings, and it has been recently reinvigorated, with many new shops and outdoor cafes, etc.

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McCowan Retirement Residence

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2

When you walk around this residence, you'll see that this place has more amenities than many condo complexes. Retiring here means retiring in style! One of several exceptional retirement homes in Scarborough, near the Lake, this residence offers the ideal mix of city living with some spectacular nearby greenspace, including the Bluffs' parkland. It's also close to both the Scarborough Hospital and Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. There is also a great selection of nearby shopping, restaurants and more.

Respite stays or trial stays offered at McCowan give you a chance to try this place out without making the commitment; you'll get a window into how great today's senior living can really be. This home was established in 2004 and still feels very new. McCowan Retirement Residence is managed by Greenwood Retirement Communities, a company with a reputation for offering superior senior care facilities in the province.

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Delmanor Northtown

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5

As with other Delmanor communities, this is an exceptionally well-appointed, very modern retirement residence, with a hotel-like environment that includes a concierge, and suites with in-suite service. Suites are very spacious, friendly staff is easily at hand, and the dining is exceptional. Located just north of the 401 on Yonge Street, this is very close to a variety of local shopping including drug stores and coffee outlets.

If you are used to having the best things in life, then Delmanor communities like this one are the right place to get the seniors' care you need. Aside from excellent care staff, spectacular onsite amenities and features include concierge service, billiards, a full library, a bar, a spa and gym, an onsite movie theatre, and a private bus that shuttles residents on a variety of day trips.

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The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3

From its inception, The Dunfield has proposed to reach new heights in retirement living in the city of Toronto. In the years since, it has succeeded remarkably well, not only in its well-appointed facilities but in the seniors' community it has facilitated. It's in a prime location, near the corner of Yonge and Eglinton, matched by first rate amenities and features, including a spa, movie theatre, wellness centre and so much more.

One of the best things about the Dunfield is the sense of community created by shared activities both inside and out. Residents take day trips to the theatre, casino, shopping, and art galleries. In addition, a big part of residents’ life is the collection of in-house activities: a lecture series with local authors, visiting chefs, art classes, and so much more. This is one of several exceptional Toronto retirement residences that improves the health and well-being of members, beginning the moment they walk in the door.

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Delmanor Prince Edward

4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8X 1X8

Delmanor Prince Edward is well-appointed, prestigious Toronto mature adult living, alive with active, independent seniors taking part in a variety of community activities. This tower on Dundas West creates a singularly vibrant community where residents can pamper themselves in the salon weekly, sit in on movie events in the main floor theatre, or keep up health in the fitness centre. People who move here find revival in the spectacular environs.

Nine floors of unparalleled Toronto mature adult living offer exceptional vistas of the city, including views of the CN Tower and the nearby Humber, as well as the bustling activity of Kingsway and Dundas West. If you're feeling outdoorsy, Lambton Park is a pleasant local greenspace. The main floor piano room is home to some fun singalongs, too. Assisted living is available on the second floor, where residents have many exclusive amenities, including a walk-in tub and other extra care facilities.

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Delmanor Wynford

187 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0C7

Opened in 2010, this retirement residence incorporates the best of high rise living a la Tridel. Inside you'll find spacious lounges and rooms, a movie theatre, a spa and beauty salon, five-star dining with attentive service, a library, a pub, and everything else you need (and more) under a single roof. Outside, there are beautifully landscaped terraces and courtyards, in a gorgeous neighbourhood that mixes greenspace with local shopping, and easy access to transit and major highways.

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Tapestry at Village Gate West

15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 0B5

This retirement residence is a step above anything you might ever imagine; you'll step in the door and wonder "what is this place?" The expansive facilities here make this much more like a resort than a retirement home. Walk through the hallways and corridors and you'll find an indoor pool, a spa, a high definition golf simulator, and a movie room with a full screen. The interior is active with smiling, happy people interacting positively with staff and each other. Outside, there are landscaped gardens and patio barbecues in summer, when the weather allows.

The residence is ideally situated in the Chestnut Hills area of Etobicoke, not far from the Islington Golf Club, with copious shopping nearby also, at Sherway Gardens. Other local stores, services and restaurants are many, but include a gourmet coffee shop, several local doctors, along with a dental centre and a Natural Health Centre. There are also several churches, including both a Baptist and a Catholic church.

Aside from the onsite facilities, the food is just another exceptional aspect about this retirement residence experience. The dining is handcrafted by a professional chef.

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The Village of Humber Heights

2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3

Among the many hallmarks of life at The Village of Humber Heights, the protection of seniors' health is paramount. Part of Schlegel Villages, Humber Heights offers a range of care from independent living to a memory care neighbourhood. In this area, residents with dementia receive some of the best care possible in the province of Ontario, thanks to Schlegel's partnership with the Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo.

Like other Schlegel Villages, this residence is built around the concept of an old-fashioned small town. Residents can walk down the "main street" to the "town square," where there is a library, an indoor café, a general store, a chapel and more. All of this creates, in fact, a bustling "village centre" where "old friends" meet up, chat and visit. Every day is like that, in this seniors' village.

Staff here focus on offering resident-centred care, where the needs of senior clients come first. When you read employee reviews of working at the Heights, many call it "an amazing place to work." That collective attitude helps make this an amazing place to live, for the seniors here.

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V!VA Pickering

1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 0C6

This five-star boutique style, all-inclusive retirement community will outpace all typical expectations of a seniors' home. This home features all the luxury amenities you might have heard about elsewhere (such as an onsite pub, swimming pool, movie theatre) but combined with an exceptionally caring staff, right in the Town Centre. Two of the exceptional features of this home are the large suites and the superb dining room that combines a cozy interior with delicious food. You'll look and feel so much better, with the onsite beauty salon and spa, the exercise room, and the in-house wellness centre.

The location of this retirement home adds to the appeal: close to downtown, with ample shopping, near the public library and a variety of health care services. The GO Station and other public transit are also nearby, and the residence is less than a minute off the 401.

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New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6

A well-established, premium quality retirement residence in Bloordale Village, in the heart of Toronto. New Horizons is a not-for-profit offering exceptional facilities. Care offered ranges for independent and assisted, to memory care, with assistance for everything from housekeeping to bathing and incontinence included in the fees for this level of care. Extra care services in the building include a visiting physiotherapist and chiropodist.

The residence features gorgeously well-appointed suites, especially in the newly renovated Oasis. Suites are designed with the latest in accessibility features, including ample space throughout, walk-in showers and other features. They range from studio size to 2 bedroom apartments.

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Southbrook

400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4

This spacious, established, elegant retirement community offers abundant luxury but never at the expense of its dedicated focus to excellent care. Southbrook inspires families and seniors to offer effusive praise that speaks not only about the exceptional facilities but more so about the caring staff. Families single out individuals on staff who go out of their way to offer exceptional personal care to residents here.

One of many standout aspects of this home is the versatility of care and stay options possible. Care ranges from independent living (ideal for seniors who want to rid themselves of common chores like housekeeping and meal preparation) to memory care, for those in the middle to later stages of dementia. Southbrook allows private home care, guest stays and respite care stays.

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Canterbury Place Retirement Residence

1 Canterbury Place, North York, Ontario, M2N 0G7

This is a spectacularly modern take on senior living that literally towers over many other senior care choices in North York and the central GTA. Seniors find rejuvenation in a community of their peers where there is so much help ready. Care available here includes regular doctor visits, a local pharmacy, nurses on staff and a regularly visiting physiotherapist.

Residents and families highlight the many exceptional qualities of staff here. Some residents tell us openly about how helpful and pleasant the staff is, while we can see the appreciation felt by others. There are recreation ladies that keep residents busy with exercise programs, craft activities, and games including brain games. On top of that, you can see management, office staff, servers, nurses all going about their jobs happily here. The net effect is the creation of a healthy, happy community.

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Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

From the moment you set foot in Sts. Peter and Paul Residence, you'll feel an overwhelming sense of warmth and comfort. This charitable, non-profit community in the heart of Scarborough offers both tradition and character in spades. While comfort is built into the surroundings, it's richly intensified by the kindliness of staff – and fellow community members.

The residence is occasionally livened up by special gatherings and celebrations, ranging from UA Independence Day (celebrated every August) to St. Nicholas Day, celebrated in traditional style. There are also other highlights during the year that may include things like a visit from the animals of the local petting farm. Regularly scheduled activities include Zumba classes, Bingo, exercise classes, laughter yoga, and other fun things. Fellowship is also found in worship times together and activities like sing-alongs.

The location is wonderful, just off the 401 in the heart of Scarborough, where family will find it very convenient to visit and get together for an afternoon. Bus service takes you to local shopping. Grocery shopping can be found less than a mile away. Scarborough Town Centre, also less than a mile away, features over 230 stores. The neighbourhood is blessed with rich greenspace.

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Davenhill Senior Living

877 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M2

A lively, brightly lit destination in the heart of Rosedale, Davenhill Senior Living offers a wealth of ways to improve your life, all under one roof. This community has made numerous renovations recently, all to provide community members with the most up-to-date home possible. Many service and care staff have been here a long time, demonstrating Davenhill’s attitude of commitment.

People who move into independent living here love the size and brightness of their suites. The community is also notably accommodating to new members. You’re encouraged to make this your home, and people feel welcome and integrated very soon after moving in. You are encouraged to bring furniture from your home and make this your new casa.

The memory care floor incorporates specialized care and design features that make it an ideally soothing environment for those suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease. It includes a calming seaside room, circadian lighting, integration of SMART technology, and peopled by highly trained care staff.

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