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When families or seniors require respite care, retirement homes and home care services are there to help. Temporary living arrangements in a care home — complete with care services and an environment staffed with nursing and medical staff — offers caregivers a break. A brief period of rest offers relief to caregivers who may be only seeking a break or getting out of town for a short period of time. Short term stays are a valuable service offered by retirement residences; stays can range from a 24-hour short stay to a term of several months in a care home. Home care services can also be used to allow caregivers some time away.

 

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The Manor Villages StayWell Manor  

174 Ypres Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6M2

Staywell Manor Village offers elegant retirement living in the heart of Calgary. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we have lifestyle options to meet your needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Chartwell Fountains of Mission Retirement Residence  

222 25th Avenue South West, Calgary, Alberta, T2S 3E9

Enjoy an exceptional retirement lifestyle centred on convenience, culture and the comfort of family.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

The Briton House  

720 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2N7

Family-owned and operated, the Briton House is dedicated to the highest standards of service. Offering a full continuum of care, a variety of amenities and suites, home-cooked meals, and a 15,000 sq. ft. indoor garden.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Aberdeen Gardens  

330 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4L6

A well established retirement residence located in the cozy part of West Hamilton. Winner of the Reader's Choice Award for best Retirement Residence for 4 consecutive years. You know you're home at Aberdeen Gardens.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Greenview Seniors Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

880 Lawrence Ave E, North York, Ontario, M3C1P6

At Greenview Residence, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Manor Village at Fish Creek Park  

22 Shawnee Hill S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 0P8

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Caroline Place  

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9

A gracious and supportive retirement in the heart of Hamilton. Every day is filled with fun and friendship, and delicious chef-prepared meals. Enjoy all that life has offer. Shopping, HPO, Farmer’s Market and Library

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Village of Erin Meadows  

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4

Mississauga's unique continuum of care featuring a vibrant Main Street with Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Governors Walk Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2J7

A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

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

McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Arabella Retirement Living  

24 Dundas St West, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 0H1

Arabella Retirement Living is a breath of fresh air for seniors looking for a vibrant and independent way of life. Our friendly staff will ensure your days are filled with amazing meals, fun activities, and so much more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Oakville Retirement Residence  

180 Oak Park Boulevard, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 0A6

Enjoy a social lifestyle and personalized support for your best retirement years yet.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Retirement Suites By The Lake  

2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5

Part of Scarborough history - located in the Bluffs/Beaches neighbourhood, where the White Castle Inn used to stand. Respite recovery, trial stays and winter retreats are available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Applewood Retirement Residence  

1500 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J2A2

Applewood is a well-established, comfortable and warm retirement community nestled on 2 acres of landscaped gardens right in the heart of Peterborough; close enough to downtown, but far from the daily hustle and bustle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Amica Dundas  

50 Hatt Street, Dundas, Ontario, L9H 0A1

This luxurious retirement home in Dundas, a short drive from Hamilton and the Niagara region, offers active living for seniors, with a variety of amenities including fine dining.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Aspira Kensington Place Retirement Living  

866 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 2T5

A resort-like retirement residence in Toronto featuring a fitness centre, beauty salon and a variety of other luxuries, including a private dining room and more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Hygate Active Senior Living  

215 Lexington Road, Waterloo, Ontario, N2K 0H6

Resort-style retirement living in Waterloo. Hygate promotes active senior living with modern décor and amenities. Enjoy daily fitness, activity programs and fine dining. It's next level senior living.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Wildpine Retirement Residence  

10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1C6

At Wildpine, we strive to provide the very best in accommodations and services, including a continuum of care options, which allow our residents to age in place. We make your decision of where to retire - easy!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Village of Glendale Crossing  

3030 Singleton Avenue, London, Ontario, N6L 0B6

A true retirement hub featuring independent Living Apartments with full kitchens, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and LTC.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Aspira Bolton Mills Retirement Living   

100 Morra Avenue, Bolton, Ontario, L7E4K5

A short drive from the Nashville Conservation Reserve and surrounded by golf courses, Aspira Bolton Mills is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Berwick House  

4062 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3E6

Berwick House offers comfort, security and our usual high standard of affordable luxury. Steps away from a mall, cinema and other conveniences, you’ll find everything you need for an independent and active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Queens Estate Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

265 Queens Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6L 3C6

At Queens Estate, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Garrison Green by United Active Living  

3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 0C9

At Garrison Green by United Active Living, we offer memory care, independent, and assisted living. Enjoy spacious suites, in-suite laundry, fitness studio, art studio, flexible dining, underground parking and much more!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Delmanor West Village  

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5

Delmanor West Village is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Winchester Glen Retirement Community  

2501 Thoroughbred Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1L 0P8

Your home at Winchester Glen will offer an active, independent lifestyle in a senior-friendly community. You will enjoy a private suite with amazing amenities, convenient services & daily activities at your doorstep!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Saints Peter and Paul Retirement Residence  

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

Saints Peter and Paul Retirement Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff, that offers semi independent and assisted living services.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Chartwell Wescott Retirement Residence  

3841 Allan Drive SW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6W 4B8

An upscale retirement community with art studio, pool, yoga room and more. Located in Ambleside (Windermere) in south Edmonton with convenient access to coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and shopping.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Memory Care

The Village of Riverside Glen  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Chartwell Heritage Valley Retirement Residence  

944 James Mowatt Trail SW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6W 2B2

The lifestyle at Chartwell Heritage Valley is ideal for active & independent individuals. Spend your time exactly how you choose in an airy atmosphere with natural light. Flexible private support services also available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Village of Tansley Woods  

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8

At The Village of Tansley Woods, we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Stonehaven Retirement Residence  

70 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 3B4

Combining personalized service, beautiful natural surroundings and an engaging lifestyle in South Kanata.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

The Village at University Gates  

250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 0E2

Now welcoming our Retirement Home Residents to the Village. We offer Waterloo a range of services for today's Senior including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

The Village of Winston Park  

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1

This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from independent living apartments to assisted living, memory care and long-term care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2

Located in Orleans, Promenade is surrounded by walking paths. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, we offer a vibrant community focused on exceeding your expectations. Contact us today 613-229-7973.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Caressant Care Woodstock Retirement Home  

81 Fyfe Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 8Y2

Welcome to Caressant Care Woodstock Retirement Home. We offer a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone's budget, including studio suites, shared studio suites and deluxe studio suites.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Village of Humber Heights  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Garneau Hall Seniors Community  

10923 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2N9

Located in the heart of the Garneau district of Edmonton, Garneau Hall offers seniors a caring environment with the added comforts of home and the opportunity for an enriched new life.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Bonnie Place  

15 Bonnie Place, St Thomas, Ontario, N5R %T8

At Caressant Care Bonnie Place retirement Home we offer a carefree, vibrant and safe lifestyle, with qualified caring staff. Beautiful patio out back, with bright beautiful gardens that residents and staff care for.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Berwick Royal Oak  

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4

Luxurious, Resort-Style Retirement Living where you can age in place; You’re Home at Last at Berwick Royal Oak on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, BC.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Orchard Gardens Seniors Community  

295 Gerstmar Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 7W9

Formerly Fernbrae Manor, Orchard Gardens Seniors Community offers quality services and a variety of amenities for Kelowna’s seniors. Choose from a studio or one-bedroom suite with independent living monthly packages.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Carp Commons Retirement Village - Verve Senior Living  

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0

One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

VIVA Pickering  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living  

11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8

Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Courtyard Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2

Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

The Roxborough Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2P8

You'll feel warmth as soon as you walk through the door. The Roxborough Retirement Residence is both elegant and cozy with a dedicated and caring staff that go above and beyond for your well-being and happiness.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Chateau Glengarry Retirement   

105 St. Paul Street, Alexandria, Ontario, K0C 1A0

Located between Ottawa & Montreal, our bilingual staff cater to seniors who are independent, need assistance or have early memory loss. Enjoy home-cooked food, fitness & daily activities. Respite stays are welcome.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Crown Ridge Retirement Residence  

106 Crown Street, Trenton, Ontario, K8V 6R3

Located on the east side of Trenton in a quiet neighbourhood. Enjoy beautiful suites of various sizes & layouts with advanced safety features. Elegant dining plus snacks & beverages included.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Delmanor Aurora  

25 Butternut Ridge Trail, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0P5

Delmanor Aurora provides a new twist on retirement living, in a five-star resort-style setting. Extensive amenities including saltwater pool, fitness centre, theatre, spa, market, ground floor patio and rooftop terrace.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Sifton - The Westhill  

25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6

The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Forestview Retirement Residence  

537 Finch Avenue West, North York, Ontario, M2R 0A8

Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence. We offer Independent Lifestyle and Full Service Assisted Living Accommodations and Services, plus Short Term and Respite Stays.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Verve Aspen Woods  

10 Aspenshire Dr., SW Calgary, Alberta, T3H 0T2

Located in one of Calgary’s most desirable neighbourhoods, with the Rocky Mountains outside and beautifully appointed amenities within, Verve Aspen Woods offers the perfect setting for your active enjoyment of life.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Sifton - Erinview  

2630 Fifth Line west, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 0A8

Located in the heart of Mississauga, Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Scarborough Retirement Residence  

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8

A family owned and managed residence that offers seniors the opportunity to maintain their independence. Enjoy healthy Chef-prepared meals, daily life enrichment programs. We also offer short-term trial or respite stays.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Aspira Lynde Creek Gardens Retirement Living  

50 Paul Burns Way, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 2Y9

At Aspira Lynde Creek our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Trinity Lodge - Verve Senior Living  

1111 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4C9

Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence combines the elegance & style of a fine traditional hotel, with the security & warmth associated with senior living. Homecare staff is available 24/7 to give you support when needed.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Symphony Senior Living Kanata  

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8

Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to all essential amenities. Symphony Senior Living Kanata is community that offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill all your needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Delmanor Prince Edward  

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

Situated in a treed ravine setting overlooking the Humber River, Delmanor Prince Edward provides vistas that vary from the serenity of the adjacent valley to the resplendence of the Toronto downtown skyline!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Oakville  

1 Sixteen Mile Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1P3

Now Open! Exclusive membership meets all-inclusive living at Oakville's newest retirement community. V!VA Oakville elevates retirement living to new heights with unmatched amenities, services and style. Tour today!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Parkland on the Glen  

1665 The Collegeway, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 0A9

Parkland is located at Mississauga and The Collegeway next to the Glenerin Inn. We are surrounded by beautiful green space. For the past 6 years we've been awarded one of the top 3 Retirement Communities in Mississauga.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8

Luxury and quality is in every corner of Hazelton from its lobby to its inviting Bistro & Bar. Offering amenities and services, Hazelton makes it easy for you to define and enjoy your lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Evergreen Retirement Community - Verve Senior Living  

820 Scollard Court, Mississauga, Ontario, L5V 0A1

Stylish Mississauga retirement home offering independent, full-service and assisted living lifestyles, featuring a hair salon, onsite bistro and much more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Delmanor Wynford  

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

A full service 5-star retirement community centrally located in Toronto - features extensive common areas, a rooftop putting green and a variety of other amenities catering to today's active seniors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Port Credit Residences - Verve Senior Living  

33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 3G8

Port Credit Residence situated in the Mississauga area offers seniors a luxurious resort-inspired lifestyle. Enjoy an oversized pool, wellness centre, onsite physiotherapy, a movie theatre, library, spa/salon and more!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Barrington Retirement Residence  

450 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4E2

Nestled in a picturesque garden, Livita Barrington offers charming cottage living with amenities moments away. Our dedicated team know each unique resident, and provide a personalized approach that feels like home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Holland Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H3

Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Delmanor Elgin Mills  

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

Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community since 2002, offering Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care options, you can choose from a variety of well-appointed sized suites.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Elden of Bradford  

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2

Voted Bradford's Favourite Retirement Residence 4 years in a row, we are the perfect place for young-at-heart seniors who are seeking an exciting lifestyle. Call it UN-Retirement Living! Independent and Assisted Living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Sifton - Dorchester Terrace  

143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5

Dorchester Terrace offers area seniors a variety of suite choices, wellness support services, medication administration, housekeeping services, physiotherapy and daily dining in an open restaurant-style dining room.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence  

391 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1V2

St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence, part of St. Elizabeth Village, offers bright suites, chef created meals, and many amenities. Health and wellness is our focus through excellent care while living in a tranquil setting.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

White Cliffe Terrace - Verve Senior Living  

1460 Highway #2, Courtice, Ontario, L1E 3C4

This award winning Oshawa retirement home is near parks and shopping, offering spacious seniors' suites and the option of assisted living care. Readers Choice Award Winner for Retirement living from 2016 2019.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Redwoods Retirement Residence  

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1

Redwoods apartment style community offers suite with full kitchens, individual meal plans and valet service. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Parkland on Eglinton West  

4650 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0E3

Parkland on Eglinton West offers Lifestyle Apartments, All-Inclusive Lifestyle and Supportive Lifestyle options for seniors. Parkland makes it easy for you to do more of what you love!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Oakcrossing Retirement Living  

1238 Oakcrossing Road, London, Ontario, N6H 0K2

Welcome to Oakcrossing Retirement Living, where we have a fresh perspective on senior living. Offering a large variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with both retirement and assisted living services available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Richmond Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

175 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 4Y8

The Richmond, combines an affordable lifestyle with comfort, security and friendly full service. You will feel a sense of warmth and know you are home the minute you walk in the door.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Symphony Senior Living Orleans  

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3

Located in Citiplace, Ravines is surrounded by walking paths. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, we offer a vibrant community focused on exceeding your expectations. Contact us today 613-223-8506.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Credit River - Verve Senior Living  

175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0X7

Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Wintergreene Estates - Verve Senior Living  

4950 Pasqua Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2

At Wintergreene, you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Amica West Vancouver   

659 Clyde Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1C8

Tucked away between the North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean, our residence offers the best of West Vancouver. Enjoy access to trails and shopping—a comfortable yet sophisticated lifestyle at Amica West Vancouver.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Long-term care

VIVA Thornhill Woods  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Prince of Peace  

300 Prince of Peace Way, Rocky View County, Alberta, T1X 1G2

Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Amica Stoney Creek  

135 King St. E, Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8G 0B2

Amica Stoney Creek celebrates its rich heritage on the site of Stoney Creek Dairy, a local treasure from 1929 to 2012. Stroll to shops, pubs, or Olde Town Stoney Creek, or take a trip to nearby Hamilton or Niagara.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Heritage - Verve Senior Living  

3630 Brown Rd, West Kelowna, British Columbia, V4T7Y9

The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Four Elms Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4H6

Four Elms is an elegant Retirement Residence offering the finest in Senior Living. Choose a suite style that is perfect for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Richmond Hill Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0W7

Richmond Hill Retirement Residence offers full service including meals, housekeeping, active adult, independent and assisted living. Our focus is on maintaining good health, great food, new friends & lots of laughter!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Amica Whitby  

200 Kenneth Hobbs Avenue, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 0G6

Located near downtown Whitby, our residence puts you in the heart of Durham Region. Stroll the paths by the Whitby Harbour or explore the landscape at Heber Down Conservation Area. There’s so much to do at Amica Whitby

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Bridge Street Retirement Residence  

85 Bridge Street East, Belleville, Ontario, K8N 1L9

Livita Bridge Street is a welcoming residence where everyone knows your name. Our closely knit community is located in the prestigious East Hill district of Belleville, offering Independent & assisted living services.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Harmony Hill Retirement Community  

1335 Benson Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0W6

Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as a full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living seniors community.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Delmanor Glen Abbey  

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1

Delmanor Glen Abbey celebrates 20 years! Country club style, surrounded by nature, birds and bees. Minutes from downtown Oakville, hospitals and senior’s centres. Truly an inspired retirement living experience.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Centennial Retirement Residence  

259 Hillcroft St., Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 8E4

We are an inclusive age-in-place community nestled in a beautiful residential neighbourhood across from Centennial Park and it’s lush walkways. We offer a mix of health care services customized to your needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Ashley Oaks Retirement Residence  

200 Rivermont Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y oE3

Ashley Oaks offers a vibrant and active lifestyle. Our new community has a touch of European charm with spacious suites, delicious cuisine, and a variety of amenities. It's not just a place to live but a place to thrive!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Forest Valley Terrace By Symphony  

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1

Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is specifically designed & dedicated to the unique needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Shores of Port Credit - Verve Senior Living  

280 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 0A5

The Shores is designed for vibrant living with the highest quality of personal care. Amenities include pool, fitness & exercise club, restaurant, bistro & cafe, a golf simulator lounge & wine cellar.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Willoughby Manor Retirement Residence  

3584 Bridgewater Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 6H1

Our homelike atmosphere sets the tone for our tight-knit high-spirited community. Our dedicated team provides 24 hr care & services including: health, wellness, meals, laundry, housekeeping, safety, security & more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony  

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4

We offer a truly all inclusive plan. We welcome pets: offer residents accommodation options .Our array of activities & chef-prepared meals keep our residents healthy & active. Offering beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Livita Queens Avenue Retirement Residence  

1056 Queens Avenue, ON, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 6R3

Nestled in a residential neighbourhood close to shopping, dining & community services, our residence is ideal for seniors who want to relax while pursuing their hobbies & staying active. All suites include full kitchens

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Whitby Shores  

51 Whitby Shores Greenway, Whitby, Ontario, L1N OM5

Enjoy a lakeside lifestyle with modern amenities and a warm, welcoming team ready to meet your every need.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Trico LivingWell  

7670 4A St SW #100, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4S3

Trico LivingWell is designed to empower older adults to live their best lives by facilitating inclusivity and togetherness through a holistic health, empathetic and personalized approach to aging.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

River Ridge Seniors Village  

#4 River Ridge Dr. N.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8V1

A premier Park Place residence in the heart of Medicine Hat offering independent living, supportive living, and long term care options. With spectacular views and services, River Ridge is a warm place to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5

Stouffville Creek is a cozy & comfortable place to call home. Everyone is on a first name basis, and the food is exceptional. A short drive north of Toronto, close to major highways, shops, stores & nature trails.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Riverwalk Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

528 25 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, V2S 0L5

Riverwalk Retirement Residence is centrally located in the Cliff Bungalow-Mission community of Calgary. We offer a continuum of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Southbrook Retirement Residence  

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

Southbrook is all about choices - We celebrate independence in senior living but, are always here to provide assistance when you need it. Southbrook - come be a part of our community, our family and meet new friends!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

Located in Central Park, Independent Seniors will find a home in our Seniors' Suites. Those needing more care find comfort in our Retirement Residence. We're focused on exceeding expectations. Call today 613-266-1354.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Lodge at Valley Ridge - Verve Senior Living  

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5

At The Lodge at Valley Ridge, you'll enjoy spacious suites, impressive cuisine, and exceptional services. We have recently renovated. We welcome the opportunity to show you our great community.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Waterside - A VIVA Retirement Community  

105 McNeely Avenue, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 0A1

Waterside, A V!VA Retirement Community, offers Community Members a wide selection of amenities including fine dining, saltwater pool, fitness studios, big-screen movie theatre, pub and so much more!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

VIVA Mississauga  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Park Place Retirement Residence  

126 Graham Street, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S6J9

Located in the heart of downtown Woodstock, Park Place Retirement Residence is known for our homelike atmosphere, delicious food, helpful staff and variety of activities. It's more than a residence it’s a community!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Barrhaven  

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K7A 6A9

Ottawa's newest all-inclusive retirement community simply includes more! From a saltwater pool to an incredible golf simulator, our impressive amenities are only matched by our commitment to exceptional care & service.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Grandview Retirement Living  

83 Centennial Parkway South, Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8G 0B7

In the heart of downtown Stoney Creek, Grandview Retirement Living offers a variety of suites, delicious dining and unsurpassed amenities. Inclusive, customized independent and assisted living service packages available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Bramalea Retirement Residence  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Sifton - Riverstone  

1961 Shore Rd., London, Ontario, N6K 0K5

Riverstone supports an independent retirement lifestyle in a brand-new community built for you. Choose from retiree apartments, one-floor villa townhomes and retirement suites coming Fall 2023!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Sifton - Richmond Woods  

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1

A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, including 130 suites with extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living. Proud winners of the "Best of London in Retirement Living 2020!"

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Meadowlands - A VIVA Retirement Community  

1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5

The number one retirement community in the Ancaster and Hamilton Area. Meadowlands offers personal choice in living accommodations, dining, recreation, social and personal services. Make the most of your retirement years

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Sifton - Longworth  

600 Longworth Road, London, Ontario, N6K 4X9

Voted London's Best Retirement Residence seven 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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Queenston Place Residence  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Canterbury Place Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

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

Canterbury Place offers a variety of suites styles in an elegant condo-like building for active adults & those needing assistance. We offer a unique healthcare program for our residents including palliative care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Granville Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3

Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Parkway Retirement Residence  

1645 Pickering Parkway, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 7E9

Our boutique-style residence is designed for people who want to maintain an active independent lifestyle, thrive, participate & enjoy access to our in–house supportive programs, local shopping & community services

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Parkland Ancaster  

558 Golf Links Rd., Hamilton, Ontario, L9G 4W9

At Parkland Ancaster, we will offer a luxurious, vibrant, social lifestyle in a beautiful safe, premium home. Enjoy upscale amenities, creating a supportive space for you to thrive socially and lead fulfilling lives.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Thornebridge Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2

Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Parkland Ajax  

3 Rossland Road West, Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 0V1

Parkland Ajax offers independent and supportive options! Beautifully designed spacious suites, exceptional on site amenities and professional staff on site 24/7, Parkland is where you can live your best life!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Home care companies

Richmond Heights Health Clinic and Home Care  

10520 Yonge Street, Unit 4, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3C7

Richmond Heights Health Clinic & Home Care, provides compassionate 24 hour personalized senior care services with bonded, registered & licensed Nurses / RPN's, in your home, hospital, rehab, LTC & retirement communities.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care

In-Home Assisted Living Inc.  

2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 3A1

In-Home Assisted Living offers caregivers and nurses to help seniors and people with medical challenges to remain living in their own home with safety and comfort. Also ask about our hospital bedside support.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care

Take It Easy Care Inc.   

Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge, Whitby, Oshawa, Ontario, .

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in tailoring our services to meet their unique needs, recognizing that no two individuals are the same. Whether it's medical care, companionship, or assistance

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Home Care

Nurse For Care  

2390 Eglinton Avene East, Suite #224, Toronto, Ontario, M1K 2P5

Nurse for All offers medical and non-medical care support for people of all ages & needs in the GTA, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia at home, hospital, retirement home or long-term care facility.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care




 

Access to this kind of care is often the result of a recommendation from government services. For caregivers who need a mental health break occasionally, learn all you can about local help available; you won't regret getting help. Across provinces, respite care is roughly similar but is generally handled by provincial government bodies.

In both British Columbia and Ontario, respite care is defined and handled differently from convalescent care. Respite care is focused on the caregivers' need for a break; convalesent care covers the need for patients' recovery outside of the health care system. For families of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, occasional short term relief can be invaluable.

In the province of British Columbia, BC's Ministry of Health Services provides a range of health care services including caregiver relief. Respite care for caregivers is part of the suite of home and community care available. This may take the form of service in the client's home or short term admission to a residential care facility. There are also adult day programs available in some of BC's larger cities; these programs offer a social outing for seniors and also help alleviate caregiver stress by giving caregivers time off.

Read more about respite care in Vancouver.

In Alberta, the Business Plan for 2016-2017 by Alberta Health Services (AHS) includes a promise to focus on enhanced community-based options to help seniors remain independent, with access to home care services including respite support for caregivers. Alberta's Strategic Clinical network includes one focused on seniors' health, intent on finding "the most effective ways to meet the healthcare needs of Alberta’s seniors based on evidence and best practices within" the province and elsewhere around the world.

Respite care allows for three broad types of available services, provided by AHS:

In Ontario, your local Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will make recommendations for the type of care required. LHINs work closely with government-funded homes and community services, and provides access to those service providers.

Respite care stays provide caregivers with temporary relief from their caregiving responsibilities. The person entering the LTC home may also benefit from the programs and services offered by the home. The anticipated length of stay is a maximum of 60 days. Costs for this are similar to what families would pay for long term care; that is, you pay only room and board in the care home, and care services are covered by the government. There are strict guidelines covering this kind of admission. However, families may consider paying for their own respite stay in a retirement home in order to find out what local care homes have to offer. Read more about respite care in Toronto, Ottawa, or Hamilton. These cities' finest care facilities offer superior care like nothing else you can imagine.

Respite care for dementia sufferers is an increasingly common need for many families. Homes also offer respite care for people with physical challenges and many other special needs.

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As noted above, convalescent care is defined differently by the care industry in select places across the country, as care for those who are recovering from surgery or other health care. This is also a valuable service offered by many retirement residences. These short term stays are similar to respite care; not all homes distinguish these two types of stays from each other.


 

Temporary care for ailing seniors is a helpful service offered by home care companies. In Ontario and other provinces, home care services are available through government subsidised programs like the Local Health Integration Network. As with other respite care programs, there are guidelines as to who qualifies for short term help.

In-home respite care services can help extend a senior's life in his or her own home, and temporary watchful care may be just right for your loved one. Find home care services that may offer respite care for elderly people in their homes. This can be very helpful for family members who need some relief from caregiving or who could benefit from some targeted care or companionship, for seniors exhibiting sundowning or similar symptoms of dementia.

Home care assistance is government funded (with limits) in provinces across Canada. For example, Alberta Health Services offers full funding (for those who qualify, of course) to cover an in-home caregiver up to 4 hours per week, as respite support for those providing care to an ailing senior. If 4 hours per week is not enough, families can also seek the help of a professional home care services provider or find other options such as a short stay in a retirement home.

In the province of Ontario, contact your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and find out if you qualify for services in your home, and if so, what care you qualify for. You can also request short term relief lasting a day or less.

If you do not qualify for government assistance, paid home care services can also be hired as an ideal solution to get through the rough patch.

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Giving care to an elderly loved one can be very demanding. It's normal to feel like you need a break. Taking a break can help you become a better caregiver. There are other advantages also.

Professional caregivers you hire will also gain experience dealing with your loved one and be able to provide you helpful feedback about how they deal with the specific needs of your family member. You can learn things and share knowledge and understanding, so that all caregivers of your loved one can do the best possible job of providing care.

Caregiving comes with other costs that you may not be accounting for, and a respite stay can help relieve some of these costs. Some examples of costs you may be forgetting are as follows:

Get a broader understanding of how you're not alone in feeling caregiver fatigue.


 

There are various kinds of emergencies that can arise that create the sudden need for help. In this case, home care services and/or retirement homes are ready to step in to help. These offer a professional alternative when you have exhausted other possibilities, including extended family, neighbors and other immediate help.

These emergencies can include:

We don't often plan for the worst, but as parents age, families can think ahead to potential situations that may arise. You can try out providers ahead of time so that you're ready when something does happen. It's also a good idea to ask neighbors and others to be aware of potential problems, and gently find out if they have any interest in helping out in your time of need.

Families of elderly people – especially those with dementia – are encouraged to keep a list of emergency contact information, list all medications (including names, dosages, frequency) and medical professionals. Keep this list in a handy place, and have ready access in as many places as you deem necessary.


 

Respite care costs are, in many cases, similar to what you pay for long term care or continuing care. For short-term stays in a care home, the price may be based on the length of your stay, with lower per-day costs the longer your stay.

Costs per province, a survey:

Province Respite care offered Cost
Ontario Home health care services Free, if you qualify1
Ontario Home care service provider $30/hour or more
Ontario Licensed practical nurse $55 per hour
Ontario Short stay respite care in a long term care home $36CA per day, up to 60 consecutive days, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Alberta 4 weeks of respite care in a provincially-funded care center Free2
British Columbia Government-subsidized long term care home 32.59/day ($991/month)3

In all of the above cases, government support comes with some limitations. If you do not qualify for respite care services or you wish to avail yourself of a longer term than allowed by provincial government regulations, you may contact local retirement homes to find out about fees charged for services and care you require.

Paying

In Ontario, the provincial government supports respite care in a variety of options, including in-home care and a short stay in a long term care home. Funding from the provincial government only allows for 60 consecutive days in long term care, and a total of 90 days per year, only.

You will need to contact your local government services coordinator (such as LHINs in Ontario or The Ministry of Health Services in BC) to get full information on applying, and terms of availability.

In the province of Alberta, you can apply for hardship funding.


 

A short stay in a retirement home can lead to a longer commitment to that senior facility, most often when seniors or their families come to realize the need for extended care. In the end, this might be thought of as an impromptu or at least unplanned "trial stay" in a retirement home where someone comes to realize that retirement homes are different from their preconceptions. People still have some aversion to moving to a retirement home for one of a variety of reasons. They may have a negative perception of seniors' care homes based on media representations or lingering cultural prejudices. Some people just feel the importance of being self-reliant above anything else.

No matter people's objections, a stay in a seniors' care residence may turn around perceptions 180 degrees. You may find that you love the care you receive in the home, the friends you make there, or the facilities you find. A temporary stay is a good way to "get a feel for" a community and its amenities, and figure out how well they fit with what you want and need. It all begins with keeping an open mind.

We tell the story of how Yvonne’s mom took some convincing, but eventually, she got her mom to just give it a try, a turning point in helping their whole family move forward. "It’s a real eye opener,” says Donna Carlesso of V!VA. The community where she works offers convalescent care stays that include “up to 60 minutes of care a day, anything from getting medication to help with getting their day started."

Other people in her community testify to the benefits they received from a trial stay. "For one thing, I found it really easy to go back and forth to my house," says Audrie. “My mind was open to the idea, sure, but actually living here really gives you a feel for it." An immersion in the life of the community was what she needed to turn the corner. "I wasn’t convinced that I was ready to sell my home and deal with all my things." However, the two week trial showed her that independent senior living was better than the "independence" of living alone. Read related stories about the benefits of trial stays.

Elinor presents another great testimonial to the value of a short trial in trial stays. "It got to be too much," she told Comfort Life. "I couldn't get up the stairs anymore." She took a brief respite stay in a local retirement home and, as she put it later, "I thought, this isn't bad! Here, I have my own room... I don't have to shop for groceries and I don't have to make my bed." Read Elinor's whole story.

You can even take several different trial stays in local retirement homes and find out which one best suits you. Homes allow respite or trial stays of varying lengths that last up to three months, with costs matched to the length of your stay, in a kind of "pay-as-you-go" idea. Some people decide after a few days that this is where they want to stay, while in other cases, someone may slowly come to realize that they don't like the facility in which they are staying and they want to go back home or try something else.

What few people realize is the great flexibility and options offered by today's retirement homes. As one care coordinator has told us, "If somebody wants to come just for the winter, you can do that. Or, if you’ve had a water leak in your house, and would like get away while its repaired, you can do that, too." Read "Getting Away," a profile of how a retirement home respite care stay opens eyes.

A short term stay can be the best way to experience everything a retirement community has to offer. You can call any homes here to book a tour or meet them otherwise, and begin to test out what local communities have to offer.

If somebody wants to come just for the winter — say from December first to March first — you are more than welcome to do that. People are surprised — you know, they’ll say ‘You guys are really flexible!'

 

Further resources:
lhins.gov.on.ca
ontario.ca/page/temporary-respite-care-caregivers
albertahealthservices.ca/scns/Page7702.aspx
health.gov.bc.ca/../Guide_to_Your_Care_Booklet2007_Final.pdf
albertahealthservices.ca/../ahs-scn-srs-quick-facts.pdf
sunlife.ca/../Completereport-LTC-Costs-BC.pdf
LHINs in Ontario: healthcareathome.ca/
www2.gov.bc.ca/../short-term-residential-care

Notes:

1Based on evaluation by LHIN
2Limited to four weeks per year. See seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/SNA-items-funded.html. Families may also apply for hardship funding.
3Figures from 2015: sunlife.ca/files/advisorabc/english/pdf/Completereport-LTC-Costs-BC.pdf




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