Ancaster retirement homes

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Retirement homes in Ancaster offer a variety of care options – from independent living to long-term care, and the city has a number of affordable housing developments as well. Whatever accommodation works best for you and your family, retiring in Ancaster comes with the promise of a warm community and beautiful natural surroundings.

List of retirement homes in Ancaster

Some of the best retirement homes in Ancaster and area are listed below. Click to view a community's full profile, or refine your search by accessing the map or advanced search views.

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Meadowlands - A VIVA Retirement Community  

1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Communities listed below are outside of Ancaster

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

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

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

The Village of Wentworth Heights  

1620 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2W3

The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.

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

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

The Village of Arbour Trails  

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0C9

Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted 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: 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

St. Elizabeth Village  

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8

St. Elizabeth Village is a place where community comes first. The Village is set on an impressive 114-acre natural oasis of parks and ponds. Enjoy a non-stop slate of social activities in a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Active 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, home cooked meals, access to the many amenities and activities. Health and wellness is our focus through quality care and services.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

The Wellington  

1430 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 5H3

This award winning Hamilton retirement home offers varying senior care. Just minutes away from shopping, theatres, restaurants and major transportation links.

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

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

Heritage Place Retirement Residence  

4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 5A9

Heritage Place is an independently owned retirement residence in Burlington, specializing in quality accommodation & services for the active senior, with 2 styles of living: apartment style suites & 2 bedroom bungalows

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Palermo Village  

3136 Dundas Street West, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 0S5

Palermo Village is a luxurious 6-storey condo style residence that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant & active social life, while our chefs and skilled health care team focuses on your nutrition & well being.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Delmanor Glen Abbey  

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1

Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Independent 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

Further contents

Types of senior care in Ancaster

Retirement in Ancaster can come in different shapes and sizes – from independent living on one end of the care spectrum to assisted living and long-term care on the other.

Independent and assisted living 

Most of the region’s retirement homes are independent and assisted living suites which can provide a degree of assistance to seniors as they require it. In these communities, life is made easier for residents through a variety of programs – such as specially prepared hot meals and housekeeping, and safety is always assured, but residents hold on to their independence. A focus is also placed on building community and keeping the mind and body active – facilities often include gyms, swimming pools and flexible meeting rooms and planned group outings are also common. 

Long-term care

Long time care homes in Ancaster offer much more extensive care options to seniors with more challenging needs and disabilities. From medication supervision to music therapy and 24 hour nursing, the staff of long-term care homes is specially trained to meet the care requirements of their residents. (Long-term care is also sometimes referred to as "extended," "nursing," or residential care.")

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Other options

Although Retirement homes in Ancaster are a great choice, many seniors decide to stay in a home of their own. For those looking to downsize into a home geared towards their current income, the surrounding area offers a number of subsidized housing complexes as well. 

How much does a retirement home in Ancaster cost?

Retirement costs in Ancaster are generally slightly higher than the provincial average of $3,200. However, the monthly rent of a retirement home depends greatly on the type of suite and level of care you choose. Suites can range anywhere from a monthly rate of  $3,000 to $4,800.  

Some of the most common ways of paying for retirement are through savings, pensions, the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Pension. The sale of the family home is also a good way to finance retirement costs. 

The Ontario government can also be helpful when it comes to additional expenses, such as home care or prescription expenses. Seniors with high prescription drug costs relative to their income may benefit from applying to the Trillium Drug Program. Seniors over the age of 65 who live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card are eligible for application. 

Health and safety services

A good retirement residence will have concrete strategies for maintaining and supporting the health and wellness of their residents.

At independent residences, this begins with nutrition and fitness. Dietary staff make sure meals are both healthy and delicious, and serve special meals to residents with any kind of dietary needs. Some communities offer snacks during the day and evening in addition to meals to help residents regulate blood sugar or sleep better at night. Residents are also given opportunities to stay phyically active -- either indirectly, through simply being socially active and /mobile, or directly, through special fitness classes and programs.

More comprehensive health teams and programs are found in assisted living communities. In Ancaster homes, registered nurses, regular doctors, personal support workers and health care and nurses aids can provide residents with the following services:

  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Medication assistance services
  • Exercise programs with access to a personal trainer
  • Physiotherapy
  • Preventative wellness programs
  • Recuperative programs
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Foot care
  • Therapy options e.g. Music and Aroma therapy
  • Palliative care services
  • Emotional, cognitive and social support

Long term-care offers all of the above, as well as more tailored care to those seniors with complex medical needs and/or advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and more comprehensive assistance with daily activities, including:

  • Assistance with walking
  • Personal care with dressing, feeding and hygiene
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advanced Alzheimer’s and Dementia therapy and care
  • Continence care

In the interest of safety, emergency call services are present in the rooms of both assisted living and long-term care residences, and are often located in hallways as well for extra support. Three-piece bathrooms specially designed for seniors and no-slip floors are also installed in most suites to reduce the risk of falls. Those homes that assist patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia also offer secure floors and overnight monitoring to ensure resident safety. 

For health care services that are not provided in retirement homes, seniors don’t have far to go. A Community Care Accesses Centre, physiotherapy and message therapy, infection control, and the Alzheimer’s society are all located in Ancaster or close-by in Hamilton or Dundas. 

Ancaster and the city of Hamilton are also home to no less than four hospitals and a number of specialized health centres. These include the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

A number of organizations in and around Ancaster, such as St. Joseph’s, can also provide home health-care ranging from meal delivery to help with housekeeping and medication management and assistance with bathing and walking. Recognizing that care-giver health is as important as the health of those they are taking care of, relief and support services are offered in the area, and overnight respite is available at most retirement residences. 

Recreation and social activities in Ancaster

There is no shortage of activities for seniors who wish to be active, social and involved in the community. Ancaster has a number of shopping centres, libraries, community centres and restaurants within walking distance of most areas in the city. The Ancaster Seniors Centre offers many recreational programs, from potlucks to golf scrambles. 

Many of the most popular activities in Ancaster are outdoors. The nearby Bruce Trail can give residents a new appreciation of all of Canada’s beautiful seasons. Some retirement residences offer walking clinics for residents – scheduled outings for hikes in the forest where seniors can enjoy the fresh air and an active lifestyle while learning about their surroundings, and stay safe. 

In town, beautiful Victorian architecture and flower gardens are hard to miss when going for a walk to the grocery store or a bike ride through the park. 

Special discounts are extended to seniors by many different vendors - both local and cross-Canada. Retirement residences often keep an eye on these Senior’s days and promotions and organize shopping trips by bus for groups of interested residents. 

Unique to the region are the rich farmer’s markets, full of Niagara escarpment produce, and the wine tours popular with the over 55 crowd. The fall fair and heritage day are some of the most beloved festivals in the Ancaster area. Visit the Ancaster website for a full list of events.

Ancaster also has a lively arts scene – both in the city and inside retirement residences. Art galleries and theatres can be found all around the town, and excursions to the local community theatre organized by one of Ancaster’s retirement communities are a favourite with residents. Concerts and performances are also organized inside retirement homes, and are not only preformed by volunteers. Residents themselves drive the creative spirit of the community. One well-known Ancaster centenarian still leads his friends in ballads on the organ in the local pub.

Getting around Ancaster for seniors

Many of the recreational activities and amenities in Ancaster are within walking distance of seniors, but public transit
is also available in the region. Those living in retirement residences also have access to special buses and reserved parking is available at no cost for residents who drive. 

Choosing a retirement community

When making your retirement plans, it is important to consider all your options. Whether you’ve thought about moving to a retirement community or plan to stay at home, taking steps to inform yourself about which retirement residence is right for you is always a good idea. Many seniors and their families wait until a time of crisis until they begin to consider retirement homes, which can limit your options and increase stress. 

Choosing a retirement home is a process that requires thought and pre-planning, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. You can watch the video below to learn more about how to make the right choice:

How to Choose a Retirement Community from Comfort Life on Vimeo.

For more points to consider and some common questions and concerns about retirement homes, please visit our page for seniors considering a retirement home.

Use our retirement calculator to get an idea of what you’ll be able to afford in your retirement.

Use our advanced search to create a shortlist and arrange meetings and tours with the staff. Remember to ask about overnight stays - some will let seniors stay overnight in a guest suite to get a better idea of what it’s like to live in the community.

Download our eBook on the ultimate retirement tour guide for more information, or contact the residences above to get started with your search.

Ancaster retirement home regulations

When searching for a retirement home, your own health and safety or that of your loved one should be your first priority. In order to ensure a high standard of care, always make sure to check a home’s standing with the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA). In Ontario, all retirement residences must undergo ongoing inspections by the RHRA in order to remain operational. 

Checking a retirement residence’s accreditations is also an important step. Industry experts recommend looking for a retirement community that is a member of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA)  or one of a number of trusted organizations, such as The Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP) or the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA). Many of the residences in Ancaster and the surrounding area are members of these organizations. 

In addition to accreditations and the regulations set by the RHRA, the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 governs all long-term care homes in Ontario. The act requires residences to provide safe, consistent and high-quality resident-centred care and makes sure residents feel at home, are treated with dignity and respect, and have the health care services they need available to them. 

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