Dementia Care Toronto

Finding proper care for all types of senile dementia

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In this overview of your options for dementia care in Toronto, we focus on helping families of seniors who have been diagnosed with any disorder, including the lesser known vascular dementia, Parkinson's, and frontotemporal dementia, as well as Alzheimer's Disease. 

Care available depends on a number of factors, mainly what stage of the dementia your loved one is at, and (in some cases) what kind of dementia you are dealing with. After consulting your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), you will create a care plan. Care you are searching for at any stage may depend on the type of dementia, with diseases like Lewy Body dementia manifesting differently from Alzheimer's Disease and less common forms like vascular dementia, Parkinsonian, frontotemporal dementia and others.

Dementia care providers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

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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

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.

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 in the heart of North York's Jewish community. Baycrest Terraces, "Where Life Thrives". Call us today for more information.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Don Mills Retirement Residence  

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

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Sagecare 147 Elder Street  

147 Elder Street, North York, Ontario, M3H5G9

Enlightened dementia care touches more than memory. 147 Elder St. is a place that provides opportunities for the joy and meaning still ahead when wellbeing can no longer be realized at home.

Lifestyle Options: 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

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence  

4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 5H3

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Etobicoke seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Memory Care


The following communities are just outside of Toronto proper

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

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

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.

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

The Village of Tansley Woods  

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8

At The Village of Tansley Woods we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory 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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

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

Aspira Douglas Crossing Retirement Living  

6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P1S9

At Aspira Douglas Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care


Home Care companies in East York,Etobicoke,North York,Toronto and area.

Qualicare  

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.

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

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.

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

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches  

Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1K 2M8

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches provides compassionate 24 hour personalized senior care services with bonded, registered & licensed Nurses / RPN's, in your home, hospital, rehab, LTC & retirement communities.

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

Respite care, home care, and day programs in Toronto

During the early stages of most types of dementia you should create a long range care plan. Early on, home care services and adult day programs (some listed above) help family caregivers augment care. Toronto families typically minding a budget will provide their own caregiving as much as possible. While doing so, they should be advised of a number of GTA care services that can augment care they give. 

Respite care is an important part of your care plan during the early stages of dementia. Families in Toronto will contact their Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to find out if and when they qualify for subsidized respite care. In Ontario, the law allows families to take up to 90 days per year of respite from caregiving, in blocks of at least 24 hours, up to 60 days at a time. When you contact your local LHIN and/or health care provider, there will be a process to assess your need. You can access respite care services available from retirement homes (usually those with assisted living or long term care facilities), and you can also use home health care services under this provision. The advantages to this are many, but all of those add up to improved care for your loved one, and making you a better caregiver. 

Home care services throughout Toronto help families enhance the care they give to their loved ones. Hiring a Toronto home care service can be a worthwhile help to many seniors and families throughout the GTA. The LHIN will assess your needs and tells you about services, including home care services. Contacting and hiring private home care services outside of the auspices of the LHIN empowers you to get the care you need when you need it, as long as you are able to afford this. 

Adult day care programs offer many benefits for Toronto seniors, and families caregiving for them in early to middle stages of dementia. Seniors get out of the home and meet others in their community, form bonds with them, learn from their experiences, and (most importantly) participate in activities that can help with symptoms of dementia.

There are also publicly funded seniors' centres with programs throughout Toronto, but these may not have services tailored to the specialized care needs of those suffering from dementia. 

Using Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)

Aside from the main office for Central Toronto, there are regional offices covering other regions within the GTA, including LHIN offices for Mississauga Halton, Central West, Central (meaning Central Ontario), and Central East. These offices each cover a large area; they are a public health service of the government of Ontario. Services recommended by or associated with the LHIN may suffer space shortages, so people may have to wait for proper care. Private care services (like those listed on this page) bypass this problem. While private health care services cost money, families can use these in a targeted fashion, to get help when they need it. 

Dementia care is not exactly the same as Alzheimer's care

While Alzheimer's Disease accounts for 60-80% of senile dementia, other forms of senile dementia manifest with different symptoms and can have very different pathologies. By and large, care facilities treat these different kinds of dementia the same as Alzheimer's. This is changing over time, with some of the subtleties of different kinds of dementia requiring some variations in care. Certain kinds of dementia, for example Lewy Body dementia, may be dealt with very differently in some contexts. We provide an overview of care for different dementias and how they may be treated differently in different environments on our fuller look at dementia care.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Seniors suffering from Lewy Body dementia may be more aggressive than those with other kinds of dementia, and this form of dementia may be more unpredictable.
  • Some care homes may not be ready to deal with Parkinsonian dementia, even though they might be well-prepared to deal with Parkinson's Disease. Typically, dementia may (or may not) manifest in later stages of the disease.
  • Pick's Disease has more behavioral and personality changes including disinhibition, anxiety and irrational behaviour. Changes in personality mark it especially distinct from Alzheimer's Disease. However, Alzheimer's can also manifest as irrational and aggressive behaviour, so memory care facilities in Toronto will likely accommodate those with Pick's and frontotemporal dementia. 

Corticobasal degeneration, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and other still rarer forms of dementia are often difficult to distinguish from Alzheimer's in symptoms, and in how they are treated. This may be under review as we learn more, and as health care sciences make continued advances. Consult with homes and home care service providers to learn how their services can help with the specific form of dementia your family member is facing. Learn more about the specifics of Alzheimer's care in Toronto

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The benefits of care

Families who feel they are 'yielding' to care may find difficulty in this decision but in the end this move forward is valuable both to themselves and their ailing loved one. Families should in fact feel entitled to a double sense of relief: on one hand, they no longer need to tend to personal needs of an ailing parent or loved one; on another, there is the relief of giving their loved one proper professional care that will excel in meeting needs in an objective, professionally caring manner. This will be the best answer to the complicated needs of someone who is nearing or living in the later stages of dementia. 



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