Guelph retirement homes

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The city of Guelph is located in the heart of Wellington County in southern Ontario, and is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Guelph boasts critically acclaimed restaurants, a number of National Heritage sites and a beautiful natural setting. 122,000 residents enjoy a clean environment, low crime rate and high standard of living -- making it a great place to be in a retirement home.

There are a number of excellent retirement homes in Guelph, which also serve the surrounding towns of Arkell, Puslinch and Marden. This is your guide to finding the right community and care in Guelph.

List of retirement homes in Guelph

Some of the best retirement homes in Guelph are listed below. Click to view a community's full profile, or refine your search by accessing the map or advanced search views.

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The Village of Arbour Trails  

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0C9

Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Village of Riverside Glen  

60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8M8

This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.

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

Communities listed below are outside of Guelph

Hygate Active Senior Living  

215 Lexington Road, Waterloo, Ontario, N2K 2E1

Experience resort quality living at Hygate. Choose from a variety of apartment style suites, including independent supported and assisted living options.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

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

The Village of Winston Park  

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1

This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from independent living apartments to assisted living, memory care and long-term care.

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

The Village at University Gates  

250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 0E2

Now welcoming our Retirement Home Residents to the Village. We offer Waterloo a range of services for today's Senior including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

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

Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence  

155 Riddell Road, Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 6R4

Welcome to Orangeville’s premier choice for independent and worry-free retirement living.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Sifton - The Westhill  

25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6

The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Palermo Village  

3136 Dundas Street West, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 0S5

Palermo Village is a luxurious 6-storey condo style residence that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant & active social life, while our chefs and skilled health care team focuses on your nutrition & well being.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Heritage Place Retirement Residence  

4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 5A9

Heritage Place is an independently owned retirement residence in Burlington, specializing in quality accommodation & services for the active senior, with 2 styles of living: apartment style suites & 2 bedroom bungalows

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, 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 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

Meadowlands - A VIVA Retirement Community  

1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5

The number one retirement community in the Ancaster and Hamilton Area. The Meadowlands offers personal choice in living accommodations, dining, recreation, social and personal services. Make the most of your retirement years at The Meadowlands Retirement Residence.

Lifestyle Options: Independent 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

Delmanor Glen Abbey  

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1

Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Aberdeen Gardens  

330 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4L6

A well established retirement residence located in the cozy part of West Hamilton. Winner of the Reader's Choice Award for best Retirement Residence for 4 consecutive years. You know you're home at Aberdeen Gardens.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

Caroline Place  

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9

A gracious and supportive retirement in the heart of Hamilton. Every day is filled with fun and friendship, and delicious chef-prepared meals. Enjoy all that life has offer. Shopping, HPO, Farmer’s Market and Library

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Further contents

Types of senior care in Guelph

In Ontario, three main types of communities exist on the spectrum of care: Independent apartments, assisted living complexes, and long-term care homes, all of which are available in Guelph (see image below).

Independent and Assisted Living

Most of Guelph’s retirement homes offer a continuum of care where seniors can live as independently as they like or, if needed, take advantage of the assisted living services provided. These communities offer everything from light housekeeping and recreational facilities to meal and laundry services, medication supervision and personal care. The best thing about retirement communities that provide both independent and assisted living options is that residents can remain in their new home, surrounded by familiar friends and facilities, as their care needs change.

Assisted and independent living communities are sometimes organized as apartment style living, but can also be set up as villages with individual homes and a small-town feel. 

Long-term care

For seniors with more serious health concerns or cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, long-tem care communities will provide more comprehensive care. These residences ensure seniors remain safe in a secure community that is comfortable, familiar and home-like, while meeting their unique physical, social and health needs.

Guelph area retirement homes offer superb care for those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias (including Parkinsonian, Lewy Body and others). Alzheimer’s Disease, a degenerative brain disease (and the most common form of dementia), robs sufferers of normal mental functioning and affects memory. For those who are in advanced stages of the disease and on a waiting list for long-term care, a stay in one of the excellent private memory care facilities in Guelph can offer profound peace of mind for family. 

How much does a retirement home in Guelph cost?

The monthly cost of a retirement home in Guelph varies with the type of suite and amount of added care you or your loved one decide is the right fit. A typical room in a Guelph residence costs slightly more than the provincial average of $3,200 per month, and additional fees can come from television, meal and personal laundry services as well as optional services such as foot-care and dentistry.

As a whole, Ontario’s retirement homes are well regulated, safe and welcoming – unfortunately this also renders vacancy rates relatively low. Over the last few years, the vacancy rate has dropped to about 13 percent. Making the decision to move to a retirement community is a big decision, and once it is made you or your loved one may have to spend time on a wait-list before being accepted. Certain factors will inform the length of wait times and costs:

  • Crisis placement (if someone’s safety poses immediate risk)
  • Type of accommodation: basic, semi-private or private or secure floor (Private or semi-private are more expensive but have shorter wait-times)
  • Gender
  • Medical care needs i.e. tube-feeding
  • Unit designation- secure, non- secure

Affordable housing is also an option for Guelph seniors who are looking to downsize, or have encountered financial trouble, but still wish remain in a home of their own. The Guelph Non-profit Housing Corporation owns and manages 512 geared to income units, s well as 33 affordable rental-housing units located in the city.

Some of the most common ways of paying for retirement are through savings, pensions, Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Pension. The sale of the family home is also a good way to finance retirement costs.

The Ontario government can also be helpful when it comes to additional expenses, such as home care or prescription expenses. Seniors with high prescription drug costs relative to their income may benefit from applying to the Trillium Drug Program. Seniors over the age of 65 who live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card are eligible for application.

Medical and saftey services for Guelph seniors

Seniors make up nearly 13 percent of the population of Guelph and Wellington, a number that is set to grow in the next decade. As a result, the area has a number of services and facilities geared towards senior health, safety and wellness. Evergreen seniors centre is a popular destination for Guelph’s seniors, and provides opportunity to be social and get involved.

Guelph General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph and Homewood Health Centre are all just a short drive away from Guelph’s retirement homes. In case of an emergency, trained staff is always at hand to make sure residents get the help they need. Pharmacies, physiotherapy and massage therapy and chiropractic clinics are also located all around the Guelph area.

It's good to know that during an emergency, hospitals are close by, however, modern retirement residences no longer need to outsource most of their resident’s health care. Instead, today’s retirement homes are equipped with health teams consisting of regular doctors, registered nurses, and personal care workers and nursing aids. Residents can take advantage of the many preventative health care options offered in their communities, and, at some residences, can even change their family doctor to the on-site or visiting doctor. Some of the preventative health care services provided by professionals in Guelph’s assisted living communities include:

  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Medication assistance services
  • Exercise programs with access to a personal trainer
  • Physiotherapy
  • Preventative wellness programs
  • Recuperative programs
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Therapy options e.g. Music and Aroma therapy
  • Palliative care services
  • Emotional, cognitive and social support

Long term-care, also known as extended or residential care, offers all of the above, as well as more tailored care to those seniors with complex medical needs and/or advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and more comprehensive assistance with daily activities, including:

  • Assistance with walking
  • Personal care with dressing, feeding and hygiene
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advanced Alzheimer’s and Dementia therapy and care
  • Continence care

Suites are often equipped with safety measures such as non-slip floors, oversized, sit-down showers, bathrooms with grab bars and night lighting to make living comfortable and keep seniors safe. In the event of an emergency, emergency-call systems are located in every room and will alert staff immediately at any time of the day or night.

In addition to medically trained staff, most retirement homes employ a number of professionals responsible for the meals and activities provided to residents. Dietary staff members make sure meals are both healthy and delicious, and can tailor their meals to specific needs. Activity directors and recreational staff are charged with organizing outings and using residence facilities to their full potential for the benefit of residents.

Additional services are available is many residence, such as  foor care. Some villages even feature hairdressing, dentists and park-like grounds on the property for resident wellness. 

For seniors living at home, there are also anumber of home health care and assistance programs in place. Private companies can help with anything from light housekeeping to personal care, as well as home maintenance and meal delivery. Volunteers from organizations such as the GSWA also help seniors in the community maintain a safe and clean living space and provide companionship to lonely seniors.

Caregiver health, of course, is just as important as patient health. The services listed above, as well as support groups and help from organizations such as the Waterloo-Wellington Alzheimer’s society can assist caregivers with their responsibilities and help them remain socially and mentally healthy. Many retirement residences also provide opportunities for overnight respite, giving caregivers a night off, and seniors a night out in a home away from home.

Recreation and social activities in Guelph 

Guelph is a city full of natural beauty, art and history, and in turn, the city’s retirement residences are lively and creative communities. While retirement homes have their own internal programs and resources to ensure the health of residents and encourage a vibrant lifestyle, they also work with the city’s community and health care centres to connect residents to the arts, culture and history Guelph is so rich in.

Well-run retirement residences encourage residents to stay creative and continue to express themselves. One Guelph retirement village went so far as to transform their property into a masterpiece gallery, where residents, family and friends from six different villages across Ontario gathered to enjoy a splendid showcase of art, music and fine food, featuring performances and works by residents.

While the opportunities to showcase existing talents and hobbies are numerous for Guelph seniors, so are the chances to develop new ones.Dance and art classes as well as a variety of sports, gardening and card clubs and many more recreational programs are offered to seniors by both retirement residences and community centres.

Many retirement homes try to connect with community centres to give their residents more access to recreational facilities and programs.  Volunteering, many recreational programs, and rentable rooms for seniors groups are all features of the Evergreen Seniors Centre, which is open to all seniors in the community. A full list of programs can be found in Guelph’s Leisure Guide.

The Guelph Wellington Senior Association is also a prominent contributor to senior health and safety in the city. The association is one of the largest of its kind in Canada, with more than 2,500 members. The GWSA partners with the Evergreen Seniors Centre, but it operate in four different locations, offering everything from computer courses and arts classes to fitness programs and retirement adjustment. Approximately 500 volunteers from the Wellington area help to run the over 90 programs currently available.

Seniors can continue to explore Guelph’s arts scene by visiting the city’s theatres, art galleries and concert halls, and the architecture of the city is also worth visiting. The Church of Our Lady Immaculate is a popular attraction for its beautiful gothic revival style design, and is one of the city’s three National Historic sites along with McCrae House and Old City Hall. The Guelph Arboretum is another visitor favourite.

Guelph is known for its restaurants, and there are many options for fine dining all around the city -- and no shortage of places to shop! More than six shopping centres are located around Guelph, and plazas are within walking distance of most areas and retirement homes. Residences frequently organize group outings for a day of shopping or a quick trip to the store.

The city has ample spaces to enjoy the great outdoors, with walking trails, parks and natural landscape -- and some retirement residences are nestled between all three! Active seniors can enjoy hiking and strolling through the landscape of the area, which is especially beautiful in the autumn months.

Of course, one of the benefits of living in a retirement community is that so many amenities are already within the village or residence. Day-to-day living is comfortable, health and wellness are a taken care of, and there are a wide variety of recreational activities to join, as well many special events, from resident Luaus to Classic Car nights to Pig Roasts

Transportation for Guelph seniors

Seniors have a number of options for getting around the city. Active seniors can take advantage of the shopping centres and attractions within walking or biking distance, or can hop onto Guelph’s public transit system. Bus passes are offered to seniors at a reduced rate and financial assistance for transport is provided by the city in the form of an affordable bus pass.

Mobility service is also offered to seniors with disabilities and reduced mobility, and serves to take individuals and groups from accessible door to accessible door.

Retirement homes also have their own accessible buses, on which groups of seniors can be taken on organized excursions from group shopping trips to the mall to evenings at the theatre. Reserved parking is also available at retirement homes to residents who drive.

How to choose a retirement home in Guelph

Choosing a retirement home can be challenging at times, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Families and seniors often opt to stay at home in their retirement and don’t begin considering -- let alone looking -- for a retirement community that fits their needs until a crisis occurs. Starting your search after or during a family emergency can cause unnecessary conflict and stress, so whether or not you’re looking forward being in a retirement residence, it’s a good idea to do some pre-planning.

Watch our video to get an introduction to choosing a retirement home, or read on for step-by-step advice.

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For more points to consider and some common questions and concerns about retirement homes, please visit our page for seniors considering a retirement home.

The first step to choosing a retirement home is knowing the answers to the following four questions:

  • What do you want?
  • What you need?
  • What you can afford?
  • What is your preferred location?
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These questions often lead to more important questions to discuss. Does price range or location matter more in searching for the right retirement community? Perhaps you would like to be closer to your family or need a residence with more assistance? What type of care would best suit your health needs?

Next, look over your answers and make sure you have considered all your medical needs and have your finances in order. Remember to factor rent and cost of living increases into your calculation. You can use our retirement calculator to get an idea of what you’ll be able to afford in your retirement.

When you have a list of answers you are satisfied with, its time to start looking at retirement homes in your preferred location that meet your criteria. Visiting the residences you are interested in is one of the best ways to find out which community is right for you or your loved one. This gives you the opportunity to see the facilities and amenities first hand and ask all your questions face to face. Asking questions is an important part of the process.

Be sure to prepare a list of what to ask in accordance with your answers to the above questions. If you are unsure what to ask about, download our retirement checklist e-book!  

One of the most important questions to ask is whether the homes offer an overnight stay, where potential residents can spend a night at the residence. This experience can help you or your loved one decide between residences. Many Guelph retirement homes offer this option to interested seniors.

Start creating your short list today by finding retirement communities through our advanced search  or get started by contacting the retirement residences in and around Guelph shown above!

Guelph retirement community regulations

In order to ensure a standard of safety for retirement home residents, the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA) regulates every retirement home in Ontario. Homes must receive approval from this authority and undertake ongoing inspections regarding health and safety to remain operational.

A good standing with the RHRA can reassure seniors and their families that they will be properly cared for, safe, and treated with respect and dignity. Always make sure to check that the retirement residence you are considering is licensed by the RHRA.

In addition to the regulations set by the RHRA, all long-term care homes in Ontario are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007. The act requires residences to provide safe, consistent and high-quality resident-centred care and makes sure residents feel at home, are treated with dignity and respect, and have the health care services they need available to them.

Industry experts also recommend looking for a community accredited by a trusted organization, such as the one’s below:

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