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Families facing the decision to move into assisted living in Scarborough can rest assured that there are many excellent options here. When a Scarborough senior comes to a time in life when they are no longer taking care of some personal matters, the move into assisted living facilities is right. Below, find the city's best assisted living retirement communities.

Assisted living in Scarborough

McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2

McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Shepherd Terrace  

3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9

Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Scarborough Retirement Residence  

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8

A family owned and managed residence that offers seniors the opportunity to maintain their independence. Enjoy healthy Chef-prepared meals, daily life enrichment programs. We also offer short-term trial or respite stays.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

What is assisted living?

Assisted living communities and facilities in Scarborough answer the need for care for seniors who are unable to take proper care of themselves. In practical terms, this means care with tasks of daily living, such as bathing, feeding or dressing.

Assisted living options in Scarborough vary quite widely in terms of quality, availability and other factors. There are government-run facilities, very well-appointed privately run communities, apartment towers and other variations. The move into a senior living community is a big one. Similar to any home move, it can involve a complicated set of considerations, so we urge families to learn all you need to know about senior real estate.

How to know when assisted living is the right choice

Let's look at a situation where a family should consider moving into a Scarborough assisted living community. Their mother, in her 80's, develops small sores because she is not bathing properly or regularly enough. They discover that she has not been bathing properly for several weeks, because she is too stiff to get in and out of the bathtub by herself, and her home is not properly equipped with handrails or other assistive devices.  At this time, some families may consider renovating the home, but it's more common to see this as a turning point. Assisted living care facilities will answer the current problem and will anticipate other future problems that will arise due to aging.

Assisted living retirement communities improve life radically, when there is a need for regular assistance with things that used to be taken for granted. Many people find they have gotten used to some inconveniences or handling those issues in a way that is less than optimal. But once you get over resistance, both seniors and family find that the move into assisted living rejuvenates people beyond expectations. It's not just care available. A move into a community of peers who share many of the same concerns and who are from the same generation has untold effects. Seniors find new friendships they did not know they needed, and they gain an improved perspective on themselves, their health, and their stage in life. Families also can face trepidation and fear at this change but they often find it a great relief when parents get the help they need. The move into a retirement home is reinvigorating

Find the perfect retirement residence for you, using our Retirement Tour Checklist. You'll have the right questions on hand, in order to find the right assisted living community near you. 

What to expect in an assisted living retirement home

Many assisted living communities do a lot more than simply provide care and a roof over your head. Retirement communities today can be quite an eye-opening experience for some people. When you move into a residence that takes care of more than just the basics, there are untold benefits to both your physical health and your mental well-being.

Some assisted living communities in Scarborough include features and amenities like the following, going far above and beyond typical expectations of a retirement home:

A number of Scarborough's senior assisted living communities are found closer to the lake and the Beaches. Down here, there are broad greenspaces that are enjoyable to stroll through and enjoy, especially during summer. It's just one of the many things that make it appealing to visit here, something that can be a concern for some people.  

Assisted living costs in Scarborough: a survey

Starting cost/mo

What's included


Basic dining, housekeeping. Care options, including bathing, dressing, feeding available on a fee-per-service basis.


Meals and housekeeping


Basic dining, housekeeping and many assisted care options, including bathing, dressing, incontinence care and more

That's a brief look at samples of what you might pay. Consult each community to get full details of assisted living prices and fees.

When initially considering retirement home costs, keep in mind that this is an umbrella cost that covers all the monthly and yearly bills. You'll pay no more property taxes, upkeep on your house such as roofing or renovations, appliance replacement and repairs, etc. In many cases, the move into the communal living environment of a Scarborough assisted living facility is cheaper than remaining in your own home. 

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