What you need to know to find the best retirement home

To find the best retirement home for yourself or your parents you need to know what questions to ask. That sounds simple but it isn't easy when you've never  moved to a retirement community before.

Check out this video for advice from experts at retirement homes including Diversicare Retirement Homes, The Lord Dufferin Centre, Signature Living and the Ontario Retirement Communities Assocation (ORCA).

They'll give you insight on issues such as:

Your main considerations

You will also want to consider factors such as location, type of accommodation, your interests, your health and your finances.

Start thinking about moving to a retirement residence by asking yourself the folllowing questions. You'll soon discover your wish list and your individual requirements.


Type of accommodation




Your big picture:

Now you know the location and type of accommodations and the services and activities you want. You also know how much this will probably cost and how much you have to spend. It's time to visit some communities!

More resources for your retirement home search:

For a comprehensive list of questions to ask at each residence you visit, download: The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist.

And don't forget to download the Retirement Living Locator App for your smartphone so you can find homes easily when you're on the road!



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Considering a move to a retirement community? Share your questions and tips in the comments section below!

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