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Comfort Life interviewed family members of seniors in retirement communities across the country. In story after story, we learned how communities had made seniors' lives better, how people were often surprised or even blown away by how happy and fulfilled parents felt after moving, and how much easier life became for both parent and adult children.

In these videos we asked the following questions, gathering details about how about how the move had positively impacted families. Collectively, these offer you reassurance that the move is definitely worth it. In many cases linked to below, people admit that they wish they had made the move earlier, and that they could have, as well. Here are the questions you'll find answered:

  • What do you appreciate about the retirement community?
  • What value does the community bring to you and your parent?
  • What would you highlight about the social life, staff, facilities, and amenities?
  • How has your parent's life improved since moving into the community?
  • How has your own life improved since your parent moved into the community?
  • What made you originally choose the community?
  • Do you have any advice for other families who are in the process of searching?
  • What was the process like moving your parent into the community?
  • How did the community make the transition easier?
  • Would you do anything different if you were to go through the decision process again?

 

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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

White Cliffe Terrace  

1460 Highway #2, Courtice, Ontario, L1E 3C4

This award winning Oshawa retirement home is near parks and shopping, offering spacious seniors' suites and the option of assisted living care. Readers Choice Award Winner for Retirement living from 2016 2019.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Roxborough Retirement Residence  

1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2P8

You'll feel warmth as soon as you walk through the door. The Roxborough Retirement Residence is both elegant and cozy with a dedicated and caring staff that go above and beyond for your well-being and happiness.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Lake Bonavista Village  

11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8

Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Granville Gardens  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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

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

Courtyard Gardens  

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.

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

Origin at Longwood  

6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6T1

Origin at Longwood offers a choice of spacious suites, featuring large windows with a variety of exposures to Nanaimo’s vistas or Longwood’s pristine forests – most suites also feature a private balcony or patio.

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

Swan Evergreen Village by Origin  

2635 Eversyde Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y5G9

Swan Evergreen Village is a leading Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care community in Southwest Calgary. Our Passion for Caring guides our active lifestyle. quality dining and supporting care needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory 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

The Lodge at Valley Ridge  

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5

At The Lodge at Valley Ridge, you'll enjoy spacious suites, impressive cuisine, and exceptional services. We have recently renovated. We welcome the opportunity to show you our great community.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Wildpine Retirement Residence  

10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1C6

At Wildpine, our staff ensure you get the highest level of care and service possible. We strive to provide the best service at the lowest prices, because money shouldn't stand in the way of worry free retirement!

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 concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

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

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

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, Assisted Living

Holland Gardens  

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H3

Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

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, Assisted Living

The Richmond Retirement Residence  

175 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 4Y8

The Richmond, combines an affordable lifestyle with comfort, security and friendly full service. You will feel a sense of warmth and know you are home the minute you walk in the door.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Shannon Oaks - Vancouver  

2526 Waverley Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5S 4W1

Shannon Oaks offers amenity spaces that will delight: gardens, lounges, library, country kitchen, games room, exercise room, courtyard patios - even a golf putting green. Meet new friends and live life to the fullest!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Prince of Peace  

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9

Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Thornebridge Gardens  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community  

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.

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

Arabella Retirement Living  

24 Dundas St West, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 0H1

Arabella Retirement Living is a breath of fresh air for residents looking for a vibrant and independent way of life. From stunning waterfront views, to views of downtown Belleville,

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Gilmore Gardens  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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 Wentworth Heights  

1620 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2W3

The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.

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

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 seniors' apartments to assisted living and long-term care.

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

River Ridge Seniors Village  

#4 River Ridge Dr. N.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8V1

A premier Park Place residence in the heart of Medicine Hat offering independent living, supportive living, and long term care options. With spectacular views and services, River Ridge is a warm place to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Gates of Bayview  

4003 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2M 3Z8

Welcome to The Gates of Bayview, one of North Toronto's most exclusive rental communities. Offering residents spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with unmatched amenities, community events, and stunning floral scenery.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Aspira Cedar Crossing Retirement Living  

395 Cedar Street, Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y2J2

At Aspira Cedar Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Manor Villages StayWell Manor  

174 Ypres Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6M2

Staywell Manor Village offers elegant retirement living in the heart of Calgary. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we have lifestyle options to meet your needs.

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

The Crossing  

66 Elizabeth Avenue, Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, B0N2T0

The Crossing is a vibrant active living community in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, an award-winning wine region. Residents will enjoy nearby walking trails, community gardens, golf, skiing & casual or fine dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active 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

Kingsbridge Retirement Community by Signature  

950 Centennial Drive, KINGSTON, Ontario, K7M 0G8

Experience vibrant senior’s living - a world of choices, beautiful architecture, caring people and a diverse program of activities and services. Choose Kingsbridge Retirement Community. See how great life can be!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

V!VA 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

Emerald Gardens Retirement Residence  

10402-111 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 8G4

A premier retirement community located in the heart of Grande Prairie, Alberta focused on independent living. Emerald Gardens provides quality services to enhance your current lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

V!VA Whitby Shores  

51 Whitby Shores Greenway, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 9R1

Enjoy a lakeside lifestyle with modern amenities and a warm, welcoming team ready to meet your every need.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3

Ravines offers you tranquility in one of Ottawa’s most scenic neighbourhoods, Prince of Wales. A social, carefree lifestyle awaits you in a friendly community staffed with individuals who truly care.

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

Aspira Lynde Creek Manor Retirement Living  

50 Paul Burns Way, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 2Y9

At Aspira Lynde Creek our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Meadowlands Retirement Residence  

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

Aspira Douglas Crossing Retirement Living  

6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P1S9

At Aspira Douglas Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Cherish at Central Park  

100-917 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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

V!VA 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

Sherwood House  

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

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

V!VA 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

The Wellington  

1430 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 5H3

This award winning Hamilton retirement home offers varying senior care. Just minutes away from shopping, theatres, restaurants and major transportation links.

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

Arbourside Court  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chateau Glengarry Retirement   

105 St. Paul Street, Alexandria, Ontario, K0C 1A0

Located between Ottawa & Montreal, our bilingual staff cater to seniors who are independent, need assistance or have early memory loss. Enjoy home-cooked food, fitness & daily activities. Respite stays are welcome.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Livita Barrington Retirement Residence  

450 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4E2

Nestled in a picturesque garden, Livita Barrington offers charming cottage living with amenities moments away. Our dedicated team know each unique resident, and provide a personalized approach that feels like home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Harvest Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities  

15 Harvest Ave, Tillsonburg, Ontario, N4G0E2

At Aspira Harvest Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Aspira The Barrieview Retirement Living  

3 Concert Way, Barrie, Ontario, L4N6N5

At Aspira The Barrieview Retirement Living our goal is to help you live fully, every day.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care






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