Dementia Care Toronto

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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 Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS), 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.


Memory care in Toronto

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

Greenview Seniors Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

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

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

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

Queens Estate Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

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: 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

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

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

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

Home care companies in Toronto

Nurse For Care  

2390 Eglinton Avene East, Suite #224, Toronto, Ontario, M1K 2P5

Nurse for All offers medical and non-medical care support for people of all ages & needs in the GTA, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia at home, hospital, retirement home or long-term care facility.

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

In-Home Assisted Living Inc.  

2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 3A1

In-Home Assisted Living offers caregivers and nurses to help seniors and people with medical challenges to remain living in their own home with safety and comfort. Also ask about our hospital bedside support.

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 Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) 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 HCCSS 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 HCCSS 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 HCCSS 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 Home and Community Care Support Services

Aside from the main office for Central Toronto, there are regional offices covering other regions within the GTA, including HCCSS 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 HCCSS 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:

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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