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Assisted living retirement is ideal for residents of all ages who have some limitations in physical and cognitive health. Care in these retirement communities is intended for residents who need on-site assistance with personal care, mobility, medication management and support. "Assisted living" is a part of the traditional continuum of care, a model of care services that is changing with time.

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The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!
Wildpine Retirement Residence

10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1C6
At Wildpine, our staff ensure you get the highest level of care and service possible. We strive to provide the best service at the lowest prices, because money shouldn't stand in the way of worry free retirement!
OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
Tapestry at Village Gate West

15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 0B5
A uniquely luxurious retirement living complex in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Tapestry Village in Etobicoke lets seniors live as they please.
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
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.
The Village of Taunton Mills

3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
The Village of Tansley Woods

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8
Elegant Burlington, Ontario retirement home including everything from the current long term care to new independent living suites, offering various seniors services.
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 long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
The Village of Erin Meadows

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
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.
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.
The Village of Arbour Trails

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
Harmony Hill Retirement Community

1335 Benson Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0W6
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as the full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living community.
Shepherd Terrace

3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

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.
Credit River

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.
V!VA 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!
Presentation Manor

61 Fairfax Cresent, Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 1Z7
At Presentation Manor you truly do have an opportunity to be yourself. Share a meal, join a reflection group or volunteer in the community, you’ll have the freedom to meet and interact with others as you please.
Southbrook

400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it. Southbrook....be a part of the family.
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence

45 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 5Y1
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence offers the perfect mix of old fashioned hospitality & an atmosphere that is full of excitement and vitality. Truly inspired senior living at its best, call to book a tour today!
Bowmanville Creek

105 Queen Street, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 0T3
Bowmanville Creek offers Independent and Assisted Living programs. Tastefully designed spacious accommodations include a variety of suites ranging from roomy studios to large two bedrooms.
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is designed & dedicated to accommodate the needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
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.
The Elden of Bradford

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2
The Elden is now open, bringing a fresh approach to retirement living. This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-Retirement Living.
The Roxborough Retirement Residence

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.
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.
The Richmond Retirement Residence

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.
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.
Sifton - Richmond Woods

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, with 130 suites plus a variety of extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living.
River Road Retirement Residence

4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 3E6
Enjoy the warmth & personal touch of a private residence combined with the services & amenities of an upscale all-inclusive resort. We Overlook the Niagara River & are located close to Niagara’s downtown tourist area.
Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

30 Seacliff Drive East, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
Sifton - The Erinview

2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 2K7
Located in the heart of Mississauga, The Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.
The Riverine

328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R4B5
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence

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.
Courtyard Gardens

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.
V!VA 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!
White Cliffe Terrace

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.
Trinity Lodge

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.
Port Credit Residences

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!
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.
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
Carleton Place Terrace welcomes pets: offers residents plenty of options with studios and one-bedrooms that may include a kitchenette & / or a walk-out . Activities & chef-prepared meals keep residents healthy & active.
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.
Spectrum Health Care

2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1A8
Spectrum Health Care offers a range of quality health care services designed to suit the individual needs of each client. Our services include nursing, personal/home support, foot care, physiotherapy, and companionship.
Granville Gardens

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.
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.
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

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!
Allandale Station Retirement Residence

357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4C9
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, you can be the first to choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
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.
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.
V!VA 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!
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

867 KLO Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
Lake Bonavista Village

11800 Lake Fraser Drive, 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.
Manotick Place Retirement Community

1145 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4MOG8
Manotick Place is situated in the heart of picturesque Manotick right on the Rideau River. We are an ideal choice for individuals who wants to embrace all that life has to offer.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
Scarborough Retirement Centre

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Centre offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, just a short drive north of Toronto, conveniently close to major highways, shops and stores and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
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 all available, to help meet your wants and needs!
Kingsbridge Retirement Community

950 Centennial Drive, KINGSTON, Ontario, K7M 0G8
Experience vibrant senior’s living - a world of choices, beautiful architecture, caring people and a diverse program of activities and services. Choose Kingsbridge Retirement Community. See how great life can be!
Balmoral Place

8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place offers a wide variety of programs, amenities and suite types to meet the needs of both independent residents as well as those individuals requiring additional assistance.
Evergreen Retirement Community

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.
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.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

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

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.
The Heritage

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.
New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
V!VA Barrhaven

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 0V2
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.
The Lodge at Valley Ridge

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5
The Lodge at Valley Ridge is the perfect place for seniors to live, who want to maintain an active & entertaining lifestyle. Suites range from studios to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and balconies.
McCowan Retirement Residence

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.
Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Thornebridge Gardens

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!
Lifemark Residences

14018/14022 60A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3X 2N2
LIFEMARK RESIDENCES,PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM 14018/14022 60 A Avenue Surrey,BC V3X 2N2 Chef prepared meals,housekeeping & Registered Massage Therapy, within a boutique living environment where friendships can thrive
Bayshore Home Health

2101 Hadwen Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1L8
Bayshore Home Health understands that aging at home can be the best option for many seniors. We provide personalized home care services to meet your needs and support you and your family throughout the care process.
Forestview Retirement Residence

Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8
Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence, set to open in March of 2018, we will offer Full Service Lifestyles & Assisted Living (on as secure floor). Call to reserve your suite today!
Origin at Spring Creek

808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta, T1W0K3
Villagia in the Glebe

480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6
Villagia is centrally located on the edge of the Glebe, the downtown core and just steps away from the world renowned Rideau Canal.
Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence

5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2N9
Cavendish Manor is within walking distance to the Majestic Niagara Falls, the vibrancy of which can be felt within the walls of our charming retirement home, where a friendly community of seniors live in harmony.
Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 2H4
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.
Carp Commons Retirement Village

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.
V!VA 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!
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.
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!
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.
Dr. James Hemstock

4202 54 Ave, Lloydminster, Alberta, T9V 2Z3
At Dr. Hemstock Residence & Hearthstone Place, our highly-skilled group of health care professionals and qualified staff are here to do whatever we can to ensure that all your needs are taken care of.
Four Elms Retirement Residence

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's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
The Concorde Retirement Residence

3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6G5
The Concorde has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable dining & excellent views of the mountains, along with extensive program activities; The Concorde is perfect for an active living & entertaining lifestyle.
Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 1M7
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay , Ontario, P7E 0A5
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence

9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 6C7
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence

190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 0E7
Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence

100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0A2
Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence

423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S OB2
Chartwell Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence

1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4P6
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence

75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 2B9
Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence

200 John West Way , Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0E4
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4H5
Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Residence

431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0P7
Caroline Place

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9



Assisted living facilities in Canada generally offer the following:

Some homes (like many listed here) offer access to fitness services, an onsite beauty salon, post office, a pub or bar, and transportation that may include special events (movie nights, live events, etc.)


On a continuum of retirement care, assisted living offers a bit more independence than traditional long-term care facilities in Canada. It is also less costly than other levels of care.

The US-based National Centre for Assisted Living defines this resident as someone who is still "mobile, but needs assistance with approximately two to three activities of daily living (ADLs)." These activities of daily living are eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence1. Learn more about ADLs.

A note on care types

Definitions of types of care are not strictly adhered to everywhere, of course. In the province of Alberta, for example, the phrase "supportive living" is more commonly applied to the same care level commonly called assisted living elsewhere in Canada. In the United States, the phrase may apply more discretely to facilities where people have disabilities.

In some respects, there is a growing erosion in distinctions between terms like assisted living and other types of care. As one administrator tells us, "When I hear that phrase, I want to know, 'Assistance with what?' Every client's needs are distinct. Physical problems come in a wide spectrum. Dementia also comes in various stages and in a variety of forms…" For now, though, many care homes still adhere to this definition that entails the need for on-site assistance with personal care, mobility, medication management and support; that is the loose definition we continue to work with for now, also.

Read more about variations in definition and regulation in Canada. (You can also get an overview of senior care definitions.)

Short stays in assisted living care
For families of the elderly, a short term stay in assisted living facilities can be an ideal way to get an inside look at seniors' care in your area. There are a number of cases where caregivers should contact local retirement homes to find out more about this option:

Feel the need for a break from caregiving for elderly parents or relatives? Great idea. And this can help you be a better caregiver. Respite care stays offer caregivers a break. It's not well-known that a short stay in a retirement home can be subsidised by the government. For example, in Ontario, a respite care stay can be recommended by your local Community Care Access Centre. If you have to be out of town for a while, this can also be a good reason for a retirement home short stay. Respite stays can be 24 hours (depending on what the home allows) or up to 90 days. Different residences have different rules, so consult with each home to learn what they offer and allow.

Has your loved one been hospitalized or had a medical crisis? Variously called a recovery stay or convalescent care stay (among other terms), this type of short term stay is an excellent way of using local care homes to your advantage. If your loved one has been released from the hospital and is not quite ready to return home, a short stay in assisted living facilities is a great bridge. Often, this will be on the recommendation of a physician.

Consult with homes listed above to learn if they offer temporary stays, or check out respite care and convalescent care options near you.

Find assisted senior living near you:


Assisted living care costs vary across Canada and also depend on the level of care required on a monthly basis. Rate prices are higher for people with high needs requiring a higher level of care as part of their assisted living retirement community stay. Of course, rates vary across Canada and also depend on the level of care required on a monthly basis. Costs are higher for people with high needs requiring a higher level of care as part of their assisted living retirement community stay. Costs can also vary depending on local factors.

Real estate prices and rental rates are, of course, very different in large centres vs. smaller communities; average real estate prices affect retirement unit rentals. For example, a home in a town in southeastern Ontario may cost in the range of $1700 per month while a home in downtown Toronto offering a similar level of accessibility, amenities and other assisted living features may cost over $3000 per month.

The physical location of the facility and the amenities offered may also affect the cost of the home.

The following provides a basic survey of some costs you may pay for assisted living, in locations across Canada, including major centers in several provinces, as well as a variety of other cities and towns.

Location
Cost from
Care details included
Vancouver, BC
$3688
housekeeping and meals
Calgary, AB
$4,800
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration
Etobicoke, ON
$3,600
housekeeping
Paris, ON
$4,300
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration
Ottawa, ON
$4,500
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration

This provides only a survey. In some of the above cases, care does not include bathing, dressing and other assistance, although these were includable on a per-care fee basis, based on client needs. With today's senior care, there is an increasing move toward tailoring services and care individually, to best match individual needs. This means that you can use the above figures as a general guide but you will need to consult with homes to fully understand final costs you will be charged.

Paying for Assisted Living
Assisted living need not be prohibitive for families, and there are a variety of funding options. This includes government pension, your personal investments and savings, and other sources; review all the typical financing used by other Canadian seniors and their families.

Some insurance companies offer long-term care insurance as part of their benefits package, and if you are fortunate enough to have this, it can go a long way to easing the financial burden of retirement care. Over time, Comfort Life has done several case studies and closer look at the benefits of thinking ahead and purchasing this type of insurance. Stephen Gadsden, a certified financial planner (CFP), provided an overview of the value of purchasing long term care insurance for assisted living care. Mary Robertson, also a CFP, looked at the projected benefits of purchasing insurance now, with an eye toward projected care costs in the future.

In general, there is very little direct government support available to Canadian families and seniors seeking help to pay for assisted living care 2. Quite often, families take care of their own family members, then move into getting help through home health care services then move into seniors' care.

Care homes offer a variety of payment options tailored to your needs and abilities. Quite often, seniors and families get a reality check when they sit down and look at their finances, figuring out what it is actually costing them to stay at home – property taxes, heat, hydro, water, home repairs, car payments, gas, etc. – even in a home that is fully paid for. Compared to the flat rate you pay when you move into a care facility, the cost of moving into a retirement home is not nearly as prohibitive as it might look on the surface.


The most common types of activities requiring care support in an assisted living home are bathing and dressing, according to a survey by the US-based National Centre for Assisted Living. However, toileting, transferring and eating assistance are all typical care requirements. A survey in 2010 showed the following results in terms of percentages of residents requiring which services.

This offers a good overview of typical resident requirements:

In addition, nearly 40% of residents required aid with three or more ADLs. In North America, an estimated 1.2 million people are living in this type of care facility, with this number increasing steadily every year as the baby boom generation ages1. Since people in general value self-reliance, many people resist the idea of getting help, but as seen here, there are many others in the same boat. Having these basic needs taken care of frees residents up to enjoy life as much as ever, otherwise.

In the evolving world of seniors' care, definitions are not always clear, and are certainly not consistent from one province to another. "Assisted care may mean something different in every retirement community," says Barb Sutcliffe of Schlegel Villages in Ontario. Assistance with eating may be the result of a physical disability for one resident, but caused by a mental issue with another, and the assistance required may be different for each of those residents. In many independent living facilities, people get assistance in the form of meals provided, housework done, etc.

A look at some of the more specialized care offered, is as follows:

Memory care may be a special section or wing in some assisted living homes. In general, memory care is a specialized care offered by residences, where residents' needs are understood by all attendants, and specialized technology may be in use. Memory care means dedicated resources to deal with Alzheimer's Disease and its symptoms. Learn more about memory care.

Mobility care in an assisted living home. Many retirement residences, especially newer ones, are designed with mobility concerns in mind. Personal assistants are onsite to help seniors who are immobile, and there will be many mobility aids onsite. These will include in-suite hand rails, bathroom mobility, elevators, wheelchair ramps and more.

Incontinence is embarrassing to all involved but the discomfort can be eased greatly when handled by professional caregivers in a proper care home. Retirement homes with incontinence care offer relief to elderly patients suffering from urinary or bowel control problems. They handle it with grace, professionalism, care and dignity. Care and services offered in assisted living homes will include dealing with bedwetting, fluid monitoring, bladder volume training, bedwetting alarm systems and various pharmacological therapies.

Home care vs. assisted living

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Not every assisted living retirement home is the same as the next; each may have different stated specializations, and each home may have different abilities and facilities at any given time. This is why it is important to look around at different options in your area and research as much as you can, online and elsewhere. Different homes may be differently equipped to suit the specific needs of yourself or your loved one, so you want to find the one that is best outfitted to take care of your specific requirements. Speak in great detail, with a variety of operators and don't rush into a decision based solely on proximity to your home, or cost, or some other aspect of convenience only.

As the resident ages, needs may change (conditions may worsen, that is). There may be additional personal care required, and this may end up costing families more. As time goes on, families sometimes see fit to move to a different facility where specializations or other conditions may be different. 77% of residents who live in assisted living have moved there from a private home or residence (sometimes having lived with a family member) but another 23% have moved there from another facility, where their care needs (or perhaps other values) had changed. 1

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Take a full look at how to adjust to assisted living.


In provinces across the country, there are variations in the way assisted living (sometimes called assistive living) is understood, and how this type of care is governed provincially.

In British Columbia, assisted living is government regulated as it has been since the 2002 institution of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. There are subsidized assisted living residences in BC, as well as many privately run facilities that offer exceptional care. In addition to government regulation, homes are also covered by the British Columbia Senior Living Association's (BCSLA) Assisted Living Registry, a provincial seal of approval ensuring you get the best care money can buy. BC's Bill of Rights for Residents provides a summary of standards of care, and the BC Ombudsperson provides annual updates to a 2012 report on offering The Best of Care for Seniors in British Columbia. Read more about assisted living in BC.

Alberta, as mentioned above, uses the distinct term 'supportive living' to refer to the same essential care level described as assisted or assistive living in many other areas. In the province of Alberta, vulnerable seniors are covered under the Protection for Persons in Care Act as well as the Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act, a comprehensive act that offers specific prescriptions governing care homes licensing, inspections and more. Read more about supportive living in Alberta.

In Ontario, assisted living is still viewed as a discrete type of care in many homes but within the industry, this definition is undergoing some revision. For example, many homes distinguish between the specific needs related to mental health as opposed to physical health, and retirement homes may be set up with distinct care areas related to different client needs. Read more about assisted living in Ontario.


Finding the right care

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Before choosing assisted living for yourself or for a loved one, there are many considerations. Foremost among these, for many people, will be the cost, but it's important to not compromise at the expense of getting the proper care that you require. Exceptional care is provided by many of the homes listed here at Comfort Life, and you may be able to afford more than you realize.

Be sure you know all your funding sources, and consider at least four or five different facilities that meet basic criteria you have in mind. Don't be afraid to look outside your area, and perhaps even outside of your financial comfort zone. Keep an open mind, as they say.

As you consider the variety of assisted living options in your area, be sure to take the Retirement Home Checklist with you. Some specific (or especially emphasized) concerns that apply, for those who are looking at assisted living care.

Take this as a checklist, take a copy of the Checklist and add your own concerns.

I love how it gives me more time to do things with my husband. I'm amazed at how we feel at home here

For people trying to remain in their own home, life can eventually become too difficult, and you have to know when it is time to move. Various people – including family, social care workers, medical professionals – may be urging you to move into a retirement home where you can get the care you require. Many people, though, are reluctant to move.

Marie was one senior who did not want to move. “I’ll admit to you,” she said, “it was very hard to leave.” However, her husband suffered from deteriorating health and required assistance in just getting around the house.

Like Marie, you may come from a generation that finds it hard to admit the need for help. Prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised at how beneficial some assisted living facilities can be. Before finally moving out of her own home, after, admitting that her husband "couldn’t do things around the house anymore," Marie took the doctor’s advice and gave a chance at looking into assisted living retirement homes near her family. "I was amazed at how it actually felt like a home!"

The residence she moved into was amazing for a variety of reasons. First, everything was wheelchair accessible, and every wheelchair in the entire facility is equipped with a GPS pendant that brings instant help when pushed. The couple takes part in many of the recreational activities offered at the community. Marie also loves "not having to cook meals." Communal meals are just one more added benefit of living in an assisted living home; they simply eat together without groceries to buy, without preparation needed and without dishes to clean up. “I love how it gives me more time to do things with my husband,” says Marie. You can read more about how Marie grew to love the assisted living home she moved into.

Assisted living helps make daily living more comfortable and relieves many of the minor stresses of daily life. You’ll find great relief in handing off daily tasks to others.

Notes
1National Center for Assisted Living: demographics
2See, for example, Ontario's advice that resorts to advice on the importance of financial planning, while also noting Ontario Works availability: http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/seniorsguide/5.php



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