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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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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk  

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk 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

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

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

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

Baycrest Terraces  

55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2Z1

We are Toronto's Finest Kosher Retirement Residence located on the Baycrest campus. We offer Independent & Assisted Living and Memory Care. Baycrest Terraces, "Where Life Thrives". Call us today for more information.

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

The Village of Taunton Mills  

3790 Brock Street North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 0H2

The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with full kitchens, retirement apartments with meals and services to memory care, assisted living 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

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

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

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

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

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

Berwick Parksville  

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9

At Berwick Parksville, we strive to change the perception of retirement living by empowering our Residents to live their best life with us. We think of it as inspired retirement living.

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

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 Manor Village at Fish Creek Park  

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory 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

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

Berwick On The Park  

60 Whiteshield Crescent, South Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E 2S9

Nestled on the hillside, Berwick on the Park offers stunning panoramic mountain, valley and river views and flexible retirement lifestyles, including independent living and assisted living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

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

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

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village  

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6

Tapestry at Wesbrook 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Berwick On The Lake  

3201 Ross Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6L9

At Berwick on the Lake, residents enjoy red seal chef prepared meals in their choice of 3 dining rooms. Beyond our beautiful amenities, our residents also enjoy a full wellness program. Resort style living at it's best!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted 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 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

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 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

Berwick Qualicum Beach  

120 First Ave W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, V9K 0B4

Berwick Qualicum Beach offers an array of amenities and engaging programs in our beautifully appointed community. Join our vibrant community today and enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle with some new friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick by the Sea  

Berwick by the Sea 1353 16th Ave., Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 0C4

Berwick by the Sea offers you the freedom to spend your time doing the things you love most. Every area of the community has been carefully designed to offer something for everyone. Come join us on your next adventure!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Comox Valley  

1700 Comox Avenue, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 4H4

Berwick Comox Valley offers a resort-style retirement residence in a convenient downtown setting. This is West Coast living at its finest, truly affordable luxury.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

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

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

New Horizons Tower  

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6

A well-established not-for-profit, NHT is committed to enriching the lives of seniors. Gracious dining & café, a terrace garden, daily fitness, a vibrant Concert Series - there is plenty for residents to enjoy at NHT!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vineyards Residence  

726 Valley Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 0E9

The Vineyards approach to assisted living & memory care allows people to go about life as they always have, despite health changes. Beautiful suites & homemade meals. Discover for yourself why we say Life’s Better Here

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

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 - 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

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community - Verve Senior Living  

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palermo Village - Verve Senior Living  

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don Mills Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

2 Green Belt Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 1L8

A luxury senior living community in the heart of North York. Be inspired by beautifully appointed amenities in our state-of-the-art building offering exceptional care, intelligent technology & exciting life enrichment.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

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

Wild Rose  

9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 6C7

At Optima Living, we offer a tailored approach where the resident is the focus of all of our endeavours and we strive to fulfil all our residents’ needs so that they can live their best possible 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

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

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

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

Golden Pond Retirement Residence  

387 Goodrich Rd, Codrington, Ontario, K0K 1R0

A truly unique setting for the senior who enjoys living in a family with all support services, assisted living and beyond in a natural setting with elements of light, sun, water, plants and pets.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Hemstock Retirement Residence and Hearthstone Place Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Livita Queens Avenue Retirement Residence  

1056 Queens Avenue, 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

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

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

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

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

The Concorde Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Riverine  

328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R 4B5

The Riverine is a beautiful waterfront property offering seniors two levels of retirement living, with the comfort of knowing your needs will be looked after. We're proud to be 100% family owned and operated.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Home care companies

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

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

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

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




 

Assisted living for seniors in Canada is housing or residences designed for people who need various types of medical and personal care. There are daily tasks most people take for granted, referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs). These include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and getting out of bed (also called transferring). For many older people, these tasks become more difficult, and they require assistance with them. Many communities offer flexibility in assisted living, tailored to the needs of the individual. Living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters. Communities provide a home-like setting, physically designed to promote the resident's independence.

Assisted living communities 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.)

"People don’t realize that they can receive support for their health that is customized and delivered in a very comfortable and independent environment,” says Rose, the Health and Wellness Manager at one of the communities above. This puts the lie to one of the lingering myths about retirement communities, that they offer cookie-cutter solutions. When people come in to assess communities like hers, they’re "shocked by the buzz and activity throughout the community." Assisted living communities are full of people who love their jobs and seniors who indeed find revitalization in this environment.

As such, it’s a vibrant part of many retirement communities. While many communities offer assistance a la carte, some require this service to be separated. Assistance will be available only in select parts of the building, where it’s convenient for the community to provide care. In some cases, this may be in compliance with health care regulations. And it’s the right place to be when it’s what you need.


 

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.

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 an assisted living seniors' home 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 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.

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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 community 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 home, 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 retirement home, 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 retirment homes, 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. 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 location 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 community, where their care needs (or perhaps other values) had changed. 1

Are you ready to move?

In our new guide, we look at facing some last minute fears, how communities welcome people, getting the full benefit of this life-change and more.

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 places 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 options 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 communities 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 home 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. This offers great relief for both seniors and also family members.

Read more stories and testimonials of the value of assisted living:

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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