Etobicoke Retirement Homes

The complete guide to finding a retirement community in the Etobicoke region

Find seniors care in Etobicoke and area

Etobicoke, what used to be a municipality of Toronto is now one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most diverse suburban cities with a number of public parks and a low population density. This makes Etobicoke an ideal spot for seniors who like more space and want to remain close to but not live directly in the downtown core areas of Toronto.


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List of Retirement Homes in Etobicoke


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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

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 Sumach by Chartwell  

146 Sumach Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 0P7

A new concept of retirement living. A beautiful retirement residence featuring spacious apartments with flexible, à la carte services and casual amenities. Located in the vibrant heart of Downtown East Toronto.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Tapestry at Village Gate West  

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5

Tapestry at Village Gate West is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

Belmont House  

55 Belmont Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1R1

A superb retirement home nestled in Toronto proper, featuring a variety of apartments and suites, along with a fitness room for active seniors, an on-site convenience store and more.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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

Two Neptune Drive - Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community  

2 Neptune Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6A3E6

2 Neptune Dr. is a unique residential community designed for active adults 65+ who enjoy being part of a large, close-knit community and taking part in various fitness and social programs. Move-in incentives available!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sagecare 147 Elder Street  

147 Elder Street, Toronto, 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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

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

Forestview Retirement Residence  

537 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8

Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence. We offer Independent Lifestyle and Full Service Assisted Living Accommodations and Services, plus Short Term and Respite Stays.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Communities listed below are outside of Etobicoke,Toronto

Sifton - Erinview  

2630 Fifth Line west, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 0A8

Located in the heart of Mississauga, Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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 Village of Erin Meadows  

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4

Mississauga's unique continuum of care featuring a vibrant Main Street with Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

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

Chartwell Oakville Retirement Residence  

180 Oak Park Boulevard, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 0A6

Enjoy a social lifestyle and personalized support for your best retirement years yet.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Aspira Bolton Mills Retirement Living   

100 Morra Avenue, Bolton, Ontario, L7E4K5

A short drive from the Nashville Conservation Reserve and surrounded by golf courses, Aspira Bolton Mills is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

Southbrook Retirement Residence  

400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4

Southbrook is all about choices - We celebrate independence in senior living but, are always here to provide assistance when you need it. Southbrook - come be a part of our community, our family and meet new friends!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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 is perfect for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Delmanor Northtown  

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5

Delmanor Northtown is a full-service boutique retirement residence located in the heart of North York, catering to active and independent seniors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

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 Taunton Mills  

3790 Brock Street North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 0H2

The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with full kitchens, retirement apartments with meals and services to memory care, assisted living and long-term care.

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

Don Mills Retirement Residence  

2 Green Belt Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0P4

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Delmanor Wynford  

187 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0C7

A full service 5-star retirement community centrally located in Toronto - features extensive common areas, a rooftop putting green and a variety of other amenities catering to today's active seniors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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 available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

Scarborough Retirement Residence offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA 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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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, offering Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care options, you can choose from a variety of well-appointed sized suites.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

VIVA 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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA 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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Parkway Retirement Residence  

1645 Pickering Parkway, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 7E9

Our boutique-style residence is designed for people who want to maintain an active independent lifestyle, thrive, participate & enjoy access to our in–house supportive programs, local shopping & community services

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Queens Avenue Retirement Residence  

1056 Queens Avenue, ON, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 6R3

Nestled in a residential neighbourhood close to shopping, dining & community services, our residence is ideal for seniors who want to relax while pursuing their hobbies & staying active. All suites include full kitchens

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Oakville  

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

Now Open! Exclusive membership meets all-inclusive living at Oakville's newest retirement community. V!VA Oakville elevates retirement living to new heights with unmatched amenities, services and style. Tour today!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Delmanor Aurora  

25 Butternut Ridge Trail, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0P5

At Delmanor Aurora enjoy extensive amenities including a saltwater swimming pool, fitness centre, ground floor terrace with fireside seating and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence  

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5

Stouffville Creek is a cozy & comfortable place to call home. Everyone is on a first name basis, and the food is exceptional. A short drive north of Toronto, close to major highways, shops, stores & nature trails.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Home Care companies in Etobicoke,Toronto and area.

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

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches  

1 Concorde Gate, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3N6

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


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Retirement homes in Etobicoke

With a variety of retirement communities to choose from, older adults in Etobicoke can find a residence that suits their needs and interests. From independent living (link), assisted living (link), long-term care (link) and Alzheimer’s care (link), there’s a community for just about everyone.

Many of these communities offer the option to start care independently and transition to additional care packages as health and lifestyle needs change over time. This allows seniors to remain in the same community with a variety of medical and support services available and not need to move elsewhere as needs fluctuate. Residents can rest assured they are safe and well looked after with the ability to stay involved in their community and continue to enjoy their day to day activities.


Retirement community benefits, services and amenities

Etobicoke retirement communities provide a number of amenities, programs and services to help support each senior’s unique interests and health needs. These include in-house entertainment programs, exercise and wellness programs, scheduled transportation to and from activities and appointments, and special dietary considerations for meals and optional meal plans as well as medical administration.

To assist in keeping their residents active and social, residences often provide any of (but not limited to) these additional options:

  • Parties
  • Movie nights
  • Arts and crafts
  • Brain fitness
  • Shopping
  • Theatre
  • Gardening
  • Spa/beauty salon
  • Libraries
  • Games room
  • Golfing/putting green
  • Day trips
  • Woodshop

Extra opportunities such as volunteering, church services and continuing education are other examples of how communities keep their residents inspired and involved on a daily basis, with the option to branch out into the wider surrounding community.

Residents who are fairly /mobile and want to explore everything Etobicoke has to offer can choose from:

  • Museums, galleries and theatres
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Historic sites
  • Parks with walking and hiking areas

Etobicoke has a strong local arts community with free Saturday afternoon arts classes, photography for adults and seniors, writing classes and dance classes, as well as ongoing exhibits, festivals and events.

There are a number of seniors centres and day clubs for older adults that offer activities such as table tennis, crafts, ceramics, sewing, visual arts programming, healthy eating and cooking classes, women peer support programs, cultural celebrations, and health and wellness workshops and seminars. There are workshops available for learning more about income tax, diabetes education, leadership development and many programs and services that promote recreation, education and social well-being. Learn more about these clubs here.

Retirement communities in Etobicoke also offer various religious services to meet their residents’ spiritual needs with the addition of surrounding places of worship such as Islington United Church, St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, and St. James United Church.

Popular annual events in Etobicoke include Doors Open Toronto in late May, the Mimico Village Tulip Festival at the end of May, the Taste of Kingsway in the fall with live entertainment, international cuisine and fresh food markets, and the Annual Cavalcade of Lights in late November.

Within Etobicoke, Centennial Park offers residents a number of walking trails and picnic areas, in additional to the Etobicoke Olympium, Centennial Arena and Centennial Park Conservatory. The Olympium and Conservatory will both play host to the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Retirement communities can provide access and transportation to many of the above activities and services, as well as shopping areas like Sherway Gardens and Humbertown Shopping Centre.


Etobicoke retirement community regulations

Retirement communities in Etobicoke are mandated under the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA), which required existing residences to become licensed as of July 3rd, 2012. This license requires homes to continuously undergo inspections by the RHRA and receive approval to operate.

Retirement homes in Etobicoke can also be members of provincial and national associations, including:


Availability and cost of retirement homes

Vacancy rates for all senior living unit types in Etobicoke was 21.1% in 2021, a marked increase over 2020’s vacancy rate of 8.8%. Marked increases were seen across the board in all unit types. The coronavirus pandemic obviously playing a prominent role in this change. Meanwhile, the provincial average was 19.6%, up from 11.0% in 2020. While the demand decreased, the total supply of seniors’ housing increased by 3.8%. There were a total of 67,399 units available in Ontario for seniors, with 987 of those in the city of Etobicoke.

The average rent in Ontario increased by 3.5 per cent to $3,999 a month. In Etobicoke, the average rent was $5,289 per month down from the previous year’s average of $5,394. Of retirement homes that list with Comfort Life, starting rates range from $3,295 to $4,940.

To help make retirement homes in Etobicoke more affordable, many seniors employ a combination of their pensions, RRSPs, CPP and other income to help pay the monthly fee while others add in the profit from the sale of their home or receive help from family members. Those in need of additional financial help can contact the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office for assistance and additional information.


Other medical and safety services

In order to enhance seniors’ health, many Etobicoke retirement homes offer a variety of on-site exercise programs, medical administration and supervision services, physical therapy, and may provide additional care such as dental care, occupational therapy and on-site doctors or nurses, or doctors who visit the residence once or a few times a week. In terms of security, communities ensure their resident’s safety with call bell systems, emergency phone systems, and exterior security systems. Additional medical programs may be available as needed from a third-party when the level of care exceeds what the retirement community can provide.

The Ontario Trillium Drug Program (TDP) can also help by offsetting high prescription drug costs relative to their household income, covering a number of approved drugs and supporting nearly anyone who has an Ontario health card, lives in Ontario and is a senior over the age of 65 years of age.

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, Etobicoke and York Community Local Health Integration Network, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and Parkinson Society of Canada are all local and nearby community organizations that can assist seniors with information and resources, and also involve them further in the wider community.


Getting around Etobicoke

For seniors interested in taking public transportation, there are three GO Stations: Mimico, Etobicoke North and Long Branch that can transport residents and visitors around the city or surrounding areas, plus a number of buses that run through Etobicoke often.

A range of private transportation and assist companies also service Etobicoke and the surrounding GTA, included in the following listings.

Etobicoke transportation options:

  • GO Transit - 65 years or over - Senior single-ride fare is half the adult single-ride fare.
  • Driving Miss Daisy Etobicoke - - With service in English or French, provides transportation to various medical appointments, day programs, Alzheimer’s companionship, social event accompaniment, vacation accompaniment, personal shopping and more.
  • Wheel-Trans - Door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities using accessible buses, contracted accessible and sedan taxis. "Registered users are eligible for Wheel-Trans based upon their level of physical functional mobility in the home, within the area immediately surrounding the home and in the community at large, as well as permanency of disability. Eligibility is not based on particular disabilities, general health or income.” Service is provided anywhere within the City of Toronto for a regular TTC fare. 
  • Able Transport Ltd - - Individual and group transportation for individuals who are permanently or temporarily injured to area hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, medical clinics, and other organizations.
  • Taxi Services such as Wheelchair Taxi Ontario Limited and Kingsboro Taxi.

Additional transportation options are available through Etobicoke community centres and organizations such as Seniors for Seniors and Circle of Care.

Etobicoke is a collection of old neighbourhoods with a long history that predates amalgamation into Toronto and the GTA. One of those, for example, is Rexdale. Studies show that the 65-and-over population makes up a record 13.7% of the total population of Canada, and Rexdale is about even with the national average. Rexdale itself is home to a variety of senior housing, where the availability of local health care, along with social activities and outdoor trips add charm to senior living here, and elsewhere in Etobicoke.

How to choose a retirement home

The process of searching for a retirement community may be overwhelming but thinking of it in terms of the basics can be the first step to an easier transition. What truly matters to you to have in a community? What’s the most you’re willing to pay? Is location a factor in your decision?

If you’re not sure whether you want to move just yet, the following questions can also help you figure out if you may be ready sooner than you think.

  • Do you want to stay active but be freed from housework or making meals?
  • Is living independently becoming more difficult? Do you feel lonely or isolated?
  • Is maintaining your current home becoming too onerous?
  • Are you able to meet your personal care needs?
  • Are daily tasks such as shopping and cooking becoming too much of a burden or would you rather have help?
  • Are you worried about falling or becoming ill and not being able to get help?
  • Do you want easier access to recreational and social activities?
  • Do you want to live near others your age?

Did you answer yes to one or several or all of these questions? Then it may be time to start your search. Visit our page for seniors considering a retirement home for more common questions like these and concerns about retirement living that may be helpful.

Once you decide you’re ready, keep in mind that each retirement community will have its own unique features and that it’s important to find one that speaks to your interests and needs. The best way to go about this is to figure out what you really need in a community versues what would be nice to have. Which services and organizations are important to you to have close by? Do you prefer to live an area that’s closer to family?

Think about your finances, too. What can you afford on a monthly basis? Remember that some retirement homes have additional services that aren’t included in the monthly fee and that you will want to have extra money available each month for miscellaneous expenses. If you need some assistance figuring out what type of retirement community you can afford, download the Retirement Calculator to help you compare your current costs of living.

When you begin to build your shortlist of retirement communities, make sure that they:

  • Meet your short and long-term medical needs
  • Are affordable now and in the future
  • Can grow with your needs as your activity and medical levels change over time

Those interested in long-term care facilities should prepare for the possibility of being put on a waitlist. Home and Community Support Services experts suggest that semi-private and private accommodations generally cost more but may have shorter wait times. Other factors may affect average wait times, such as the type of accommodation requested, whether there is a crisis, ethno-cultural preferences, or if there are particular medical care needs. Please contact the designated associations mentioned above or the retirement community of your choice directly for more information, including specifics about wait times.

Note also that an Etobicoke long-term home can  be used for a brief respite care stay for seniors who may have suffered a stroke or other serious trauma. Home care services in Etobicoke also offer excellent nursing care in the home, if full time supervision is not required. As an aside, long term care is the more proper term applied to facilities that were sometimes called nursing homes in the past.

Without a doubt, the best way to get a good idea of what a retirement community is like and if it would be a good match for you is to take a tour or even arrange to stay overnight. Overnight stays are the perfect opportunity to experience living at that residence and to question staff and current residents. Ask yourself if you could envision yourself there and if the community can accommodate all of your needs. Have any concerns? Voice them directly during your visit. You can even download the Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist to take with you when you begin touring so you don’t forget what to ask.

Although the process of finding a retirement community may take some more time than you initially expected, once you settle on the best residence for your needs and lifestyle, it will certainly be time well spent. Learn more about choosing a retirement home or contact the residences below to get started with your search.

Source: CMHC Seniors’ Housing Survey 2020-2021

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