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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, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1T5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Harold And Grace Baker Centre
1 Northwestern Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6M 2J7
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living Long-term Care ;
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 ;;
Rayoak Place
1340 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 3R1
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
St. Hildas Senior Care Community
2339 Dufferin Street at Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 4Z5
 
 
 
;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
Bethany Manor
23 Second Street S, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 2C2
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;


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, Toronto, 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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Harold And Grace Baker Centre

1 Northwestern Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6M 2J7

An exceptional Toronto retirement home in Eglinton West, offering a broad range of care, from independent living all the way to long term care. The Baker Centre is a small size community (under 100 residents) "where everybody knows your name." Take all the best aspects of life in Toronto – acceptance from peers, accessibility, exceptional innovation – and put that under one retirement residence roof: that's what you'll get at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre. Care comes in a wide range, including assistance with feeding, medicine administration, and more. Onsite features include a spa and a pub, with a highlight being bingo nights and movie nights.

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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 every 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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Rayoak Place

1340 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 3R1

This is a mid-size seniors' community, where residents live in a ranch-style, accessibility-friendly building, and satisfaction is met in spades. This residence caters to families almost as much as residents, making them very welcome to visit, to avail themselves of onsite catering, or to meet in the central courtyard.

While it is focused on independent living, assistance is also available for those who so require. Staff is onsite 24 hours per day. The interior space is designed to optimize accessibility, with a square layout that makes it easy to get around, visit your new friends and take part in the many activities. Nearby you will also find shopping, medical offices and a selection of churches.

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St. Hildas Senior Care Community

2339 Dufferin Street at Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 4Z5

This is a not-for-profit seniors' community that focuses on providing excellent, caring staff that takes care of all the needs of elderly clients. Medical staff onsite is very attentive, and they have had many successes in bettering the health of residents after moving in here; there is both a visiting doctor and other nursing staff. Dining is also top-notch. Meals are delicious, served with ample variety; every meal is well-balanced and you'll have more than enough food at every meal. Staff on hand keep things very neat and tidy.

St. Hildas is ideally suited to senior residents of Toronto who love to remain in the heart of the city. The building's south-facing apartments offer a glorious view of the city, and the suites are very cozy. The location makes it very easy for family from throughout the GTA to make regular visits.

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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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Bethany Manor

23 Second Street S, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 2C2

This is a well-appointed, yet reasonably priced seniors' community in the Unionville area of Markham. The Manor offers two types of units: single studio rooms, and suites with one bedroom and a three-piece bathroom. Rooms are very clean, and have been recently updated. Common areas are also very up-to-date and cheerfully furnished. Chef-prepared food is available in a buffet-style dining experience. Other features of the community include a beauty salon and spa, a movie theatre, library, a games room and other shared lounges, etc.

Care is focused on independent living, but there is a nurse onsite every day, whose job is focused on medication administration and monitoring vitals. If needed, you are able to augment care by hiring your own home care. The Bethany community is located in old Unionville, where there are ample local stores, shops, banks, etc., as well as the Markville Mall.

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