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If you or your loved one is having difficulty taking care of himself or herself, the move into an assisted living home may be good advice. Trouble dressing, feeding oneself, small injuries, or memory loss may all be signs (not an exhaustive list) that you may wish to look into assisted living retirement facilities. Care offered in one of these residences will meet your needs and help you to remain active and dignified.

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Wildpine Retirement Residence
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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!
The Dunfield Retirement Residence
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The Dunfield Retirement Residence

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

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

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
The Village of Taunton Mills
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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
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The Village of Tansley Woods

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8
Elegant Burlington, Ontario retirement home including everything from the current long term care to new independent living suites, offering various seniors services.
The Village of Wentworth Heights
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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
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The Village of Arbour Trails

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
The Village of Riverside Glen
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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 Erin Meadows
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The Village of Erin Meadows

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
The Village of Humber Heights
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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.
Sifton  - Longworth
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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.
Villagia in the Glebe
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Villagia in the Glebe

480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6
Residents can choose their choice of suites with views of the Rideau Canal and Pretoria Bridge. Elegant dining, spacious ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and care services to suite all of your needs. Pet friendly.
Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence
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Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, a short drive north of Toronto, is conveniently close to major highways and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence
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Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
Evergreen Retirement Community
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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.
V!VA Pickering
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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!
Manotick Place Retirement Community
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Manotick Place Retirement Community

1145 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 0G8
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.
Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence
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Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
V!VA Barrhaven
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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.
White Cliffe Terrace
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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.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

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

8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place, opening December of 2017 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.
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence
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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!
Sifton - The Westhill
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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.
Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence
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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.
Forest Valley Terrace
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Forest Valley Terrace

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

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

328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R4B5
V!VA Thornhill Woods
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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!
V!VA Mississauga
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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!
Bramalea Retirement Residence
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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.
The Elden of Bradford
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The Elden of Bradford

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

2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1A8
Spectrum Health Care offers a range of quality health care services designed to suit the individual needs of each client. Our services include nursing, personal/home support, foot care, physiotherapy, and companionship.
Delmanor Elgin Mills
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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 over the past 15 years.
McCowan Retirement Residence
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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.
Oakcrossing Retirement Living
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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.
Retirement Suites By The Lake
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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!
Symphony Senior Living Kanata
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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.
The Richmond Retirement Residence
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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.
River Road Retirement Residence
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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.
Carp Commons Retirement Village
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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.
Scarborough Retirement Centre
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Scarborough Retirement Centre

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

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

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

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

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, with 130 suites plus a variety of extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living.
Delmanor Prince Edward
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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!
Bowmanville Creek
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Bowmanville Creek

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

877 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M2
Nestled in the heart of Toronto - known for our Christian heritage, exceptional value we provide, we embrace people of all backgrounds. Experience, engage & enjoy all that life has to offer at Davenhill Senior Living!
Bayshore Home Health
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Bayshore Home Health

2101 Hadwen Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1L8
Bayshore Home Health understands that leaving home can be a challenge, and staying home may be the best option for seniors. As your neighbourhood care provider, we provide personalized home care services across Canada.
Shepherd Terrace
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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.
Four Elms Retirement Residence
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Four Elms Retirement Residence

1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4H6
Four Elms is an elegant retirement residence, offering the finest in senior living. Choose a suite style that's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
Holland Gardens
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Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 2H4
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence
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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.
Allandale Station Retirement Residence
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Allandale Station Retirement Residence

357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4C9
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, you can be the first to choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
New Horizons Tower
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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.
Credit River
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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.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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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.
Port Credit Residences
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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 Redwoods Retirement Residence
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The Redwoods Retirement Residence

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1
Located in West Ottawa, this pet friendly community offers several suite styles, kitchens and balconies. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, 24/7 access to a nurse, a wellness program and a variety of activities and social events. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink in the bistro, or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

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

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

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

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

1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4P6
Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence

423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S OB2
Caroline Place
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Caroline Place

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

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

431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0P7
Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence

2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 1M7
Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence

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

1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay , Ontario, P7E 0A5
Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence

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

100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0A2

Ontario assisted living

Retirement care in Ontario is second to none. Seniors homes and assisted living homes throughout the province offer the best care available, where residents have a lot more free time than they would if they were living in their own home.

At an assisted living facility, a professional and dedicated staff will take care of your needs, including laundry, housekeeping, and day-to-day maintenance. In consequence, you will have more time to explore passions that you may have hitherto put off, as many people find when they move into retirement. Ontario is the perfect place for this exploration, as you choose a location that is close to the things you enjoy. 

Learn more about assisted living retirement communities in this Comfort Life TV exclusive: Retirement Options: Assisted Living.

In Ontario, homes are covered under the Residential Tenancies Act of 2006; this Act gives residents the right cancel a tenancy agreement, within 5 days of signing the agreement (c.17, s.141 [2]). Under provisions of the Act, there must be a contract for services "as a basic consumer protection measure." The law also provides other basic protections for seniors; for one example, there is a requirement for 90 days' notice of any increase in service charges (s.57.21, c.78). We urge you to learn more about the Residential Tenancies Act and also Ontario's Retirement Homes Act.

The beauty of assisted living

There are plenty of reasons you might consider an assisted living home. Here are a few advantages:

  • Safety and security — Most assisted living homes have twenty-four hour video surveillance of all entrances, on-site professionally-trained staff, in-suite smoke detectors, emergency call systems, full-time nurses, nightly security rounds, and security guards. At an assisted living home, you will be safe from outside threats and feel comfortable knowing that someone will be ready to help you in case of a personal emergency.
  • Time to socialize — Since you will no longer need to worry about things as you would in your own home, you will now have time to make new friends and talk to other residents. Here, you should not feel lonely!
  • Specialised care tailored to your needs. Housekeeping, dining and medication administration are often included in the costs of most assisted living residences.  Residences also offer a variety of specialised care, especially mobility care and incontinence care. Mobility care may include mobility aids available for residents’ use, as well as design with this concern in mind; transfer assistance is also an option for those who have problems with mobility.  Residences with incontinence care treat this with dignity and professionalism; staff will be trained to deal with this, using proper therapies and helpful technologies. 
  • Further care options that seniors or families can choose from (based more closely on personal requirements) include bathing assistance and dressing assistance. 

Some homes will provide a continuum of care that may also make memory care and other care options available. Consult individual homes to learn the level of care they offer and be sure to check out all your options in local assisted living facilities, as residences are all very unique.

Ontario assisted living costs

Across the province of Ontario, assisted living facilities vary in price, depending on a number of factors. These factors are most importantly the quality of the home, the level of care offered and general real estate prices in the area. Here's a look at some examples of costs for assisted living facilities in some Ontario cities.

City Starting cost/month What's included
Windsor, ON $1700 Basic accommodations
Mississauga, ON $2995 Housekeeping and more
London, ON $2995 Housekeeping and more
Ottawa, ON $4500 bathing, dressing assistance & more

Those are just some examples of what you might pay. We offer a fuiller look at assisted living costs in Ontario, with specific detailed tables examining costs in the GTA and costs in Ottawa Region.

Paying for assisted living need not be prohibitive for Ontario families. When all costs are covered under one umbrella, this makes it easier to match up with monthly income and other financial resources. Take a look at our advice on how people pay for care

Things to consider

When you and your family visit an assisted living centre or residence, be sure to ask as many questions as you can possibly think of, as both you and the home’s administrators need to identify whether there is a fit. Talking to residents and their families may also be helpful.

You should also learn about the particulars of each home. Some questions you may have may include the following. Do they allow pets? Do they cater to special diets (i.e. vegetarian, diabetic)? Are there any hidden costs? What is the home’s visiting policy? Empower yourself with knowledge to avoid any regrets.

Keep an open mind: "I never looked back"

Many people "of a certain generation" find it hard to admit that they need help. It's difficult to get people to set aside assumptions they have about "homes" and about what life is like inside one of today's senior care communities. One way to change minds is to get people to go and look at the homes themselves. But even before that, possibly, there is the word of others.

Take, for example, one Ontario senior woman, delightfully surprised by the fact that her assisted living care home has a 24 hour tea room. She tells us, "there's always someone to sit and chat with, over a cup of tea." This is just one of many features you might find in one of today's retirement homes.

Another example is a fellow named Nick who moved into a Toronto senior assisted living home after he had a heart attack and heart surgery. His joints became inflamed and he had to give up a number of things he loved. "I didn't think I'd make it," said Nick. He decided to move out of the home he shared with his mother and brother and move into communal living, and as he has told us, "I never looked back."

If you get out to an assisted living home near you and talk to people who live there, many will tell you that they "haven't lived this well in years." Many people feel a sense of renewal when they move into the kinds of high quality assisted living facilities listed here.  People feel revived by all the freedom they have and take on volunteering and many other activities they may not have had time for before.




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