What is independent living?
Independent living homes are designed for self-sufficient, well, and, active seniors. While you will receive assistance in emergencies and with some daily tasks, the staff will not always be around you; independent living homes are not intended for those who need constant care. Unlike assisted living care, for example, you will be responsible for your day-to-day well-being.
Independent lifestyle often involves wellness programs onsite; there may be hobby rooms and fitness facilities, book rooms, walking trails and many other features of the home that create a wonderful community. Communal areas in these residences increase your social life and open up new activities and opportunities for growth. Homes may also have nurses on staff, especially if there are other care options on the site, such as long-term or memory care.
BC independent independent living seniors' communities
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2799 Yew Street, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
#100 3300 Valleyview Drive, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V2C 0G9
The Residence offers service-oriented living at its finest. With a shopping plaza and stunning views, Orchards Walk is Kamloops’ premier new neighbourhood. Choose between spacious studios and one or two bedroom suites.
7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby,
British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.
256 Government Street, Duncan,
British Columbia, V9L 1A4
Very wonderful group of friendly residents who love to do things together. Residents Group arrange entertainment, winemaking and wine & cheese parties each month. They are helpful and welcoming. Wedgwood feels like home!
1575 George St, White Rock,
British Columbia, V4B 0B6
At Oceana PARC, our residents thrive with access to physical and mental fitness programming, social activities, chef-prepared meals, transportation and more. Come discover why life is better at our new residence.
7051 Moffat Road, Richmond,
British Columbia, V6Y 3W2
Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.
11657 Ritchie Avenue, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 8X3
Named one of the top 3 retirement communities in Maple Ridge, Greystone is a premier Park Place residence, with the comfort and services you need to maintain your active lifestyle in a warm and welcoming community.
13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey,
British Columbia, V3W 1A8
Welcome to Arbourside Court, a retirement home in the heart of Surrey, BC. Proudly serving our senior residents since 2001. Many activities to enjoy and new friendships to be made, we are always bustling with laughter.
5840 Glover Rd, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A 9K3
An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40 suite licensed Care Centre.
#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford,
British Columbia, V3G0B1
A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.
135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
4088 Blundell Road, Richmond,
British Columbia, V7C 5V1
Like a condominium, you furnish your suite with the comforts from your home, including pets. At Gilmore Gardens, it's the people, residents and staff alike, that make this independent senior living community so special.
22301 Fraser Highway, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A4H5
We feature comfortable, open-concept suites in Langley for seniors who want to enjoy their independence and the freedom of all-inclusive living.
1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6M 0B3
Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.
1737 - 56 Street, Delta,
British Columbia, V4L 0A5
The Wexford offers all-inclusive, independent senior living one km from Tsawwassen town centre. Bright and spacious suites and costal-inspired living areas are beautifully accented by a rooftop garden and courtyard.
1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen,
British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
917 Avrill Road, Victoria,
British Columbia, V9B 0T2
Cherish brings a new approach to senior living that has been called innovative and the way of the future. Our Independent Living rental suites and condominiums provide choices for estate preservation and peace of mind.
3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton,
British Columbia, V2A 6G5
The Concorde has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable dining & excellent views of the mountains, along with extensive program activities; The Concorde is perfect for an active living & entertaining lifestyle.
455 Kingston Street, Victoria,
British Columbia, V8V 1V8
Built in 1998, the Camelot is located in the heart of James Bay. We offer a warm comfortable home environment in a quiet location, right downtown by the Inner Harbour. Rents include Dinners, Housekeeping, and Laundry.
867 KLO Road, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
280 Government Street, Duncan,
British Columbia, V9L 0B5
At Sherwood House we offer active adult and independent retirement living, pet friendly, featuring delicious homemade meals, daily activities, weekly housekeeping in a secure environment in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island
649 8th Avenue, New Westminster,
British Columbia, V3M 2R2
Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!
725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined retirement living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
3630 Brown rd, west kelowna,
British Columbia, V4T7Y9
The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.
1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V1S 0B7
32679 - 6th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 1Y8
8888-202 Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V1M 4A7
45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1P3
13853 102nd Ave, Surrey,
British Columbia, V3T 5P6
1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1X 7G7
1222 King George Blvd., Surrey,
British Columbia, V4A 9W6
45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1S4
150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7N 0A1
32331 - 7th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 6T7
12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 6H5
9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 8A1
628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V2B 3H6
6676 203rd Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1
Why consider moving into an independent living home?
Let's consider how an independent living home is a better option than aging in your own home.
Many seniors try to remain in a home that was not built with seniors in mind. Many homes built in the mid to late 20th century will have a variety of problems that make them less than accessible. Stairs may have old railings, counters and other such household items may be designed under very old standards. Familiar furniture items like rocking chairs and other items can become hazardous. Common household amenities like floor mats and carpeting can also become hazards as you age.
Contemporary independent senior living homes are designed with safety and security in mind. Accessible features are everywhere, including ramps, handrails, adequate lighting, flat floors and many other modern design features. All of this works together to create a community of people with the same needs as you. Many people find that life is so much better than it is living alone in your own home; as they say, there’s nothing more independent than life in an independent seniors’ living home.
These homes offer a social aspect that cannot be appreciated until you go in and look at what it's like. This often has a way of reviving seniors' enthusiasm and giving them new life. One senior in Vancouver, Jean, says her move into a retirement home there, opened her up to community activities. "I'm not just sitting around, here. It seems like I'm getting out and meeting new people all the time." Improvements in well-being created by the lean, well-appointed independent living residences cannot be measured.
Other newly moved seniors proclaim a renewed joy of living. Jeannine moved into a North Vancouver retirement home and tells Comfort Life how glad she is to have moved there. "I hope to stay for ages… Friends, safety, my own place, good food and lots to do…. this is home."
Common features of independent living homes automatically make your life better. Communal dining rooms mean that you no longer have to prepare your own food (or even buy your own groceries), eat alone or clean up dishes when you are done. It's far more enjoyable to share a meal with peers and to have a good time while you are eating; some homes have outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy the natural environment while you eat. Housekeeping and other mundane tasks are also taken care of. Homes are designed for optimal comfort, both in communal areas and in your suite. All of this works together to improve your life immensely over living on your own.
What to consider when choosing an independent living home
Check out our checklist of things to look for in a retirement home. Here's a brief overview of things to consider.
- How much of my own furniture can I bring?
- What, if any, hidden costs does the home have?
- Does it have a good reputation? What do reviews of the home say? Do residents seem happy?
- What are the qualifications of management and staff?
- Has it been well maintained? How old are the buildings and/or homes?
- Do the services and amenities the community offers appeal to you?
- How many people live there?
- What is included in the cost? Are there any extra costs (i.e. laundry service, maintenance)?
Be sure to speak to a home’s administrators, staff, residents, and even residents’ family members for a complete profile of a given independent living home.
Of course, you will want to consider several options. Use the checklist to compare several homes; it's a great resource that will remind you of many aspects to look at, that you may not have thought of on your own. Make a list of your own personal preferences, must-haves and nice-to-haves then compare and contrast what individual homes offer.
Download The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist. It will remind you of things you may not think of on your own, with a comprehensive list of things to note. It's a personal guidebook to make your tour more focused and enjoyable, and the note-taking process much easier.
What makes British Columbia a desirable retirement destination?
If you are considering homes here from out of the province, B.C. is a particularly great place to live in your retirement.There is certainly a lot to do in British Columbia! Its two largest cities, Vancouver and Victoria, are full of cultural diversity, lively streets, and great shopping. And, its seemingly ubiquitous natural riches are great for hiking or if you merely want to be in a soothing atmosphere.
Further interior cities such as Kamloops, Chilliwack and even homes in towns as far north as Thornhill, offer lower cost real estate and all the beauty and relaxation you could want. Many of the residences listed here very appropriately brag about the spectacular views of local scenery you will have. BC's temperate climate also has beneficial effects for seniors and those suffering from ailments such as heart disease and lung problems.