Independent Senior Living Toronto

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Independent senior living care in Toronto is second to none. This is a great way to live for people for whom living on their own is no longer ideal or possible.

 

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Independent living 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 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

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 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

Delmanor West Village  

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5

Delmanor West Village 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

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

The Sumach by Chartwell  

146 Sumach Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 0P7

The Sumach by Chartwell is a beautiful 12-storey retirement residence featuring spacious seniors’ apartments with flexible, à la carte services and casual amenities in the heart of Downtown East.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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

Canterbury Place Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

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, Assisted Living

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

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

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

Forestview Retirement Residence  

537 Finch Avenue West, North York, 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

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

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

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

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 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

Why move into senior living?

Many people who move into a retirement home move into independent living suites. Retirement communities offer a continuum of care; suitably healthy residents live in these suites, looking after most of their own needs but benefiting from communal meals and communal living and perhaps staying close to a partner who is further along the care continuum. The care continuum also includes assisted living, memory care, long-term care and other forms of care. Independent senior living can also include light assistance with tasks like laundry and housekeeping.  Homes are designed for optimal accessibility, and residents may also take advantage of some assistive technologies and design for mobility. Families and adult children who live in Toronto have easy access to these facilities and can visit senior family members regularly.

Download The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklistthe guide to what to look for in a Toronto retirement home. Print as many copies as you need to compare your independent living options.

When is the right time to move?

Many times, people find themselves living in a home that is no longer suitable; perhaps it was built in the 1970's or even earlier. It might be outdated in some important ways or surely never designed with seniors in mind or with today's standards of safety and spaciousness. Homes may be unsafe for a number of reasons: strongly sloping, dangerous stairways, exterior porches prone to icing over, narrow hallways, tripping hazards including old carpeting, and many other household hazards. In the worst case, seniors may have a bad fall, which is often the final straw that results in the need for a move.

Deteriorating health is often another reason to move into independent living. When seniors live alone and get ill or suffer chronic health problems, the move into a retirement home may be a good solution so they can get the care and attention they need, when they need it.  If a senior has any reason for a hospital stay, the discharge planner may recommend the move to a care home, and family makes the decision whether or not to follow through on that recommendation.

When the cost for home upgrades or renovations or hiring in-home care becomes too much, the family may consider the better value of selling the home and moving elsewhere. In many cases, the best place to move may be into a seniors' home.

When many aging parents hear this, they balk and even put up strong resistance to the idea. This is understandable, but they may be missing out. Many of today's retirement homes, (like the independent senior living care options listed on this page) are surprisingly wonderful places.

Benefits and features you can expect

Senior independent living care can come with a wide collection of excellent amenities. Some homes or retirement villages can be equipped with everything from stores to cafes to onsite golf courses; the list of possibilities is really only limited by your imagination. Seniors in these residences are happy, social, productive and creative. Many of them will admit that they feel rejuvenated by the move into one of these Toronto independent senior living residences.

Other things that may surprise you about today's independent living homes:

Further features. In addition to the amenities noted above, some retirement communities have onsite hair salons, movie theatres, games rooms, exercise areas, libraries, gourmet dining and many other excellent features.

Health services offered can include vitals monitoring, ostomy care, bathing assistance, incontinence care and others. These types of care offered are typically associated with assisted living care but this can be available in some residences and villages offering a continuum of care.

You can afford it. Some private retirement communities can seem lavish but consider all the items that are covered under one monthly cost: rent, heat, hydro, gas, groceries, meal prep, upkeep, snow removal, grass cutting, repairs, the list goes on. Then, when you consider your total income, along with other financial resources at your disposal, and how much it actually costs to live on your own, it can become very affordable for people.

Over time, we at Comfort Life have heard from Toronto residents surprised that it made more sense financially to live in a retirement home. One example is Muriel Patterson who figured out that she might actually save money if she moved into an independent senior living retirement home.  She was filling the car twice a week with gas, her grocery bill was around $200 a week and on top of that, "there was heat and hydro to pay, and we were paying $400 a month in condo fees."

She moved into a nearby senior independent living home and found that paying one monthly fee was about the same overall cost – and just simpler, too.  Besides, she adds, "I couldn't handle winter anymore. I couldn't handle chipping ice" and all the other problems with snow and cold. Avoiding the misery of cold Toronto winters is just one more good reason to consider the benefits of moving into one of today's surprising retirement residences.

How to get started

When you go into retirement homes, you will find that many of them are, in fact, very vibrant places, with people socializing actively and taking part in many interesting activities. There will often be a daily schedule of interesting things to take part in, and there are also many people doing independent things together like taking walks or just lounging and chatting. Many people find themselves freed in the new environment, taking up new passions and fully exploring ones they may have put off in the past. Independent senior living opens up the world in new ways for many people.

Are you ready to move?

In our new guide to making the move, we look at facing your own last minute trepidation, things to get excited about and how communities welcome you.

Take a full look at adjusting to independent living.








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