Continuing Care Toronto

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Many Toronto retirement homes offer a continuum of care that ranges from independent living to long term care. This allows seniors to move into a home where they can age in place and not have to worry about moving again. If they move into a continuing care retirement residence while they are still independent, this choice wisely anticipates changes in the seniors' care needs.


Continuing Care in Toronto

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

Baycrest Terraces  

55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2Z1

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Briton House  

720 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2N7

Family-owned and operated, the Briton House is dedicated to the highest standards of service. Offering a full continuum of care, a variety of amenities and suites, home-cooked meals, and a 15,000 sq. ft. indoor garden.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Dunfield Retirement Residence  

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3

The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Aspira Kensington Place Retirement Living  

866 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 2T5

A resort-like retirement residence in Toronto featuring a fitness centre, beauty salon and a variety of other luxuries, including a private dining room and more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Village of Humber Heights  

2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3

The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.

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

Don Mills Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

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

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Parkland on Eglinton West  

4650 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0E3

Parkland on Eglinton West offers Lifestyle Apartments, All-Inclusive Lifestyle and Supportive Lifestyle options for seniors. Parkland makes it easy for you to do more of what you love!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

New Horizons Tower  

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

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

A closer look at continuous care communities

The care offered in these homes will include independent or assisted living, and will extend to things like catheter care and other tube care. A number of these progressive-minded communities have long term care facilities onsite or conveniently nearby. A number of recent developments in the Greater Toronto Area stand as excellent examples of planned communities where seniors can move in when they are still very independent and can age in place, as further kinds of care are also available onsite. Parkland on the Glen in Mississauga is one uniquely flexible environment where people can purchase condo ownership and live independently then move lager to a dedicated assisted floor in the same building.

These continuing care communities contrast with other retirement residences in the city that focus on a specific type of care. For example, Delmanor Prince Edward in Etobicoke focuses mainly on independent living. A number of newer facilities springing up in Toronto and elsewhere in the GTA are designed for memory care and are focused exclusively on care for dementia. Many long-term care communities throughout the city are also stand alone.

There are some great advantages offered by a continuum of all levels of care on one campus. Continuing care communities create a village-style atmosphere where people of many different abilities can all congregate. They also allow couples to remain in close proximity, though their care needs may be very different from each other.

As the population of Toronto (and every city) ages, there are increasingly distinctive, smarter, integrative approaches to care and community. Active lifestyle communities are adapting their model to allow for care to be provided to community members as they age. Large, new planned communities look ahead to the coming age crunch, and are built likewise. For example, health care facilities may be part of a planned bungalow community tailored to those 55 and older. In its own way, this type of community might be considered next generation "continuing care." 

What is continuing care?

Continuing care is defined differently by different authorities. The definition we are working with is a continuum of senior care offered under one roof, ranging ideally from independent living to long term care. The phrase "complex continuing care" is used by some other health authorities to mean something distinct (see our glossary). Still, some health care facilities within retirement communities offer rehabilitation and ongoing care for clients with chronic conditions ranging from stroke recovery to diabetes to recovery from other surgeries. This convalescent continuing care is considered a non-permanent stay. As the health care and senior care industries evolve, expect to see more of this integrated approach to care, rehabilitation, and senior living.

The phrase is also used by home care service providers to define the service they offer. 

Continuing care at home, in Toronto

A number of Toronto home care agencies offer continuing care at home. In this case, health services are delivered in the home, allowing seniors to remain independent in their own house, while having basic care needs covered. In Toronto and elsewhere in the province, the LHIN has difficulty keeping up with demand, so they welcome the idea of seniors hiring private home care.

This care may be a continuation of previous health care offered in a hospital or clinical setting. Care services available include care with bathing, dressing, transferring and other help within the home. There are further advantages to this, including companionship services, like grocery shopping and even simple things like going for walks. This type of care in the home is encouraging for seniors, allowing them to continue healing.  Many people find this to be a "best of both worlds" scenario, where they get the care they need but remain in the home they love. 

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