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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 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.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 150 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!
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.
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.
Swan Evergreen Village by Origin

2635 Eversyde Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y5G9
Swan Evergreen Village is a leading independent living, assisted living,& memory care community in Southwest Calgary. Our active lifestyle community is located conveniently located near shopping & restaurants.
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.
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.
Bolton Mills by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

100 Morra Avenue, Bolton, Ontario, L7E4K5
Welcome to something wonderful; Bolton Mills Retirement Community By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, offers seniors the finest lifestyle options in Retirement and Assisted Living with outstanding amenities and services.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Holland Gardens

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.
Origin at Longwood

6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6T1
Origin at Longwood offers a choice of spacious suites, featuring large windows with a variety of exposures to Nanaimo’s vistas or Longwood’s pristine forests – most suites also feature a private balcony or patio.
Terraces of Baycrest Retirement Residence

55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2Z1
We are Toronto's Finest Kosher Retirement Residence. Located on the Baycrest campus in the heart of North York's Jewish community. Terraces of Baycrest, "Where Life Thrives". Call us today for more information.
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!
The Lodge at Valley Ridge

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.
Tapestry at Village Gate West

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5
Tapestry at Village Gate West is an active aging community located in Toronto’s central Etobicoke neighbourhood, just minutes from the historic Village of Islington.
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.
Whitehorn Village Retirement Community by Origin

5200 44 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1Y7L4
Our life enrichment calendar is full of activities to help you answer the question “What do I want to do today?” Attend our fitness classes, enjoy movies in our theatre, or share laughs over coffees in our bistro.
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!
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.
The Village Langley

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1
We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.
Hygate Active Senior Living

215 Lexington Road, Waterloo, Ontario, N2K 2E1
Experience resort quality living at Hygate. Choose from a variety of apartment style suites, including independent supported and assisted living options.
The Shores of Port Credit

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.

105 6th Avenue NE, Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A2
At Sweetgrass, we are dedicated to promoting maximum independence, choice, and dignity for each resident and encourage the involvement of family, neighbours and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Origin at Spring Creek

808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta, T1W0K3
Origin at Spring Creek is Bow Valley’s leading independent, assisted living, & memory care community. Nestled in the luxurious mountain town of Canmore, we empower our residents to remain happy, healthy & active.
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.
Camellia Residences

10928 132 Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 3W7
At Camellia Residences, The nature of life here is like living in a well appointed all-inclusive resort, where incredible food and pleasant activities provide an environment for friendships and social interaction.

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 2H2
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.
Golden Sands

9210 91 Avenue, P.O. Box 1380, Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A 2C0
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!
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.
Country Cottage

75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 2B9
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!
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.
Riverwalk Retirement Residence

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.
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.
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. Readers Choice Award Winner for Retirement living from 2016 2019.
Forestview Retirement Residence

537 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, 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.
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 is perfect for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
Aster Gardens

7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7
Aster Gardens, an Optima Living community, opened in March 2021, we are transforming Senior's living. You are going to love living here....Let Us Welcome You Home!
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.
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.
Lake Bonavista Village

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.
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.
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!
Wellington West Retirement Community by Signature

1166 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y4H1
Signature Retirement Living is excited to open Wellington West Retirement Community located in the charming village of Wellington West. Wellington West Retirement Community offers you the true Urban Lifestyle experience.
Don Mills Retirement Residence

2 Green Belt Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 1L8
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 seniors' apartments to assisted living and long-term care.
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.
Wentworth Manor

5717 14 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3M2
Delmanor Aurora

25 Butternut Ridge Trail, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0P5
At Delmanor Aurora enjoy extensive amenities including a saltwater swimming pool, fitness centre, ground floor terrace with fireside seating and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine. Move-in Early 2022!
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.
Queensview Retirement Community

70 King Edward Street, Paris, Ontario, N3L 2G8
Queensview Retirement Community is a Globals Award winner for living solutions with care. We are a fun,vibrant and caring community with homemade meals, friendly staff and residents who make the community a loving home.
Empire Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

224 Ward Street, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A OC5
Empire Crossing is a retirement community in Port Hope, Ontario. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Empire Crossing offers comfortable one and two bedroom apartments.
Allandale Station Retirement Residence

357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4K3
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
The Barrieview by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

3 Concert Way, Barrie, Ontario, L4N6N5
The Barrieview By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, offers retirement living beyond your expectations. Services include Independent Living. Assisted Living and dedicated Memory Care.
Metta Lifestyles Queens Estate Retirement

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.
Lanes Retirement Living

134 Airport Heights Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A 4Z7
Conveniently located in the city's east end, our newest location provides an upscale retirement experience with unmatched services and amenities, personalized care, and a warm family atmosphere.
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.
Kingsbridge Retirement Community by Signature

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!
Yorkton Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

348 Morrison Drive, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, S3N 4G2
Yorkton Crossing Retirement Community By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, is situated in Yorkton, Saskatchewan offering independent living, assisted living and memory care living options to seniors.
Balmoral Place Retirement Community

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.
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.
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
Berwick Comox Valley

1700 Comox Avenue, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 4H4
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Meadows of Aurora

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5
The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.
The Elden of Bradford

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2
Voted Bradford's Favourite Retirement Residence 2 years in a row! This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-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.
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.
The Riverine

328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R4B5
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!"
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.
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.
Lynde Creek Manor by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

50 Paul Burns Way, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 2Y9
Lynde Creek Manor By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, has a dedicated team that are available to support you so you can live your life to the fullest.
The Wellington

1430 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 5H3
This award winning Hamilton retirement home offers varying senior care. Just minutes away from shopping, theatres, restaurants and major transportation links.
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.
Prominence Way Retirement Community by Signature

905 Prominence Way SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 6A8
Experience vibrant senior’s living at Prominence Way with a world of choices, beautiful architecture, gourmet dining, caring people, nursing staff and a comprehensive program of activities and services.
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.
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services

7191 Yonge Street, Markham, Ontario, L3T 0C7
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services We offers medical and non - medical care support for seniors and people of all ages, in their homes, retirement residence, hospitals and Long term care facilities.
Berwick On The Park

60 Whiteshield Crescent, South Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E 2S9
Hamilton High Street Residence

23100 Garripie Avenue, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 0B9
Welcome to where independence meets peace of mind. Experience Richmond's cruise-inspired community offering gourmet meals, active living, entertainment & services that are not in-your-face, but there when you need them.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Douglas Crossing  by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P1S9
Douglas Crossing By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, is a vibrant and young at heart retirement community. Book your tour today to experience your lifestyle, your way.
Scarborough Retirement Residence

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

1224 Coldstream Dr, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 1A3
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
Ravines offers you tranquility in one of Ottawa’s most scenic neighbourhoods, Prince of Wales. A social, carefree lifestyle awaits you in a friendly community staffed with individuals who truly care.
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.
St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence

391 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1V2
St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence, part of St. Elizabeth Village, offers bright suites, home cooked meals, access to the many amenities and activities. Health and wellness is our focus through quality care and services.
Bloom Stouffville

135 Mostar St, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 4X6
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.
Metta Lifestyles 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.
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.
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!
Berwick Royal Oak

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4
Cherish at Central Park

100-917 Avrill Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 0T2
Cherish brings a new approach to senior living that has been called innovative and the way of the future. Our Independent Living rental suites and condominiums provide choices for estate preservation and peace of mind.
Cambridge Manor

253 Smith St NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6K1
Renowned for award winning care and a ‘people-first’ approach to wellness. Enjoy a rich & full life with the comfort & peace of mind of a true aging-in-place experience.
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.
Metta Lifestyles Governors Walk Retirement Residence

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.
Grandview Retirement Living

83 Centennial Parkway South, Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8G 2C5
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.
Harbour Hill Retirement Community

104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 0A7
Harbour Hill provides customized enhanced care in phase 1 and Carefree Living for adults 55 plus in the newly opened Apartments. Meals, housekeeping and concierge service provided.
West Park Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

1801 Meier Drive, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6J0C3
West Park Crossing Retirement Community By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, caring staff, chef-prepared meals with a variety of care options.

Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Ontario, M8X2X9
Qualicare offers reliable and consistent caregivers and nursing for patients with medical, dementia, and mobility challenges. We also support people during and after hospital stays and within assisted living residences.
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.
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.
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!
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.
OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 05M
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.
Stonebridge Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

102 Wellman Cres., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7T 0J1
Stonebridge Crossing By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, is a retirement community located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere with a variety of care options.
Bowmanville Creek Retirement Community

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.
V!VA Whitby Shores

51 Whitby Shores Greenway, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 9R1
Enjoy a lakeside lifestyle with modern amenities and a warm, welcoming team ready to meet your every need.

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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Metta Lifestyles Greenview Retirement

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.
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.
Brighton Retirement Living by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

291 Main Street, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0
At Brighton Retirement Living by Esprit Lifestyle Communities, we offer seniors a beautiful place to call home, with a caring team, vibrant social life, quality services and delicious chef-prepared meals.
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!
Cedar Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

395 Cedar Street, Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y2J2
Cedar Crossing By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, provides quality and respectful services to support your lifestyle. As part of our inclusive services we handle all the work, so you can have the freedom that you deserve.
Harvest Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

15 Harvest Ave, Tillsonburg, Ontario, N4G0E2
Harvest Crossing Retirement Community By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, is a vibrant, and beautiful place to call home that offers independent living and assisted living options.
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Langley seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

1350 Isabella St. E., Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 0A5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Thunder Bay seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 1M7
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Toronto seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Maple Ridge seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence

100 Island Lodge Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0A2
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Ottawa seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence

1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4P6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Ottawa seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence

423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 0B2
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Woodstock seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Surrey seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Residence

431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0P7
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Oshawa seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence

200 John West Way, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0E4
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Aurora seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Calgary seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4H5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kanata seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence

190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 0E7
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kitchener seniors housing community you're proud to call home.


As we age, negative things happen to our physical well-being. We lose the flexibility and movement of our youth, then maybe some hearing and/or eyesight (maybe only a bit if we’re lucky). Some of us — "fortunate to have made it this far" — make it to a point where we need help. In assisted living, seniors get specific help with physical or cognitive health care needs.

There are daily tasks most people take for granted, referred to in the care industry as activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs 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.

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.

Cost from
Care details included
Vancouver, BC
housekeeping and meals
Calgary, AB
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration
Etobicoke, ON
Paris, ON
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration
Ottawa, ON
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:

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:

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