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New retirement communities are being built all the time to meet the needs of those just coming into retirement living. When you move into a newly built retirement home, you get the latest innovations in building and design, the newest technologies, and the very latest in-suite accessories. Builders anticipate the needs of people just like you in these state-of-the-art senior living residences.

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Berwick Parksville  

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9

At Berwick Parksville, we strive to change the perception of retirement living by empowering our Residents to live their best life with us. We think of it as inspired retirement living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Garden Ridge Adult Lifestyle Community  

330 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, Ontario, N4T 0G9

Welcome to Garden Ridge Active 55+ Lifestyle Community in charming Woodstock! We offer freehold townhome bungalows which are fully finished with luxury features & finishes! Join our friendly & active community!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

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

Winchester Glen Retirement Community  

2501 Thoroughbred Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1L 0P8

Your home at Winchester Glen will offer an active, independent lifestyle in a senior-friendly community. You will enjoy a private suite with amazing amenities, convenient services & daily activities at your doorstep!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Hygate Active Senior Living  

215 Lexington Road, Waterloo, Ontario, N2K 0H6

Resort-style retirement living in Waterloo. Hygate promotes active senior living with modern décor and amenities. Enjoy daily fitness, activity programs and fine dining. It's next level senior living.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Astoria Luxury Apartments & Seniors’ Suites  

130 & 136 Central Park Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

New! Astoria redefines Senior Living with all-inclusive Luxury Apartments and Seniors' Suites in Central Park, Ottawa. Our vibrant community will focus on exceeding your expectations. Call us today 613-688-5045.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments

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

WaterView Estates by Estates of Niagara  

518 Queenston St, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7K6

WaterView Estates & Wellness Suites, offers a luxurious, vibrant Active Living community along the Welland Canal, steps from walk/bike trails, world class amenities and living options designed to create your best life!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Active Living

The Shores of Port Credit - Verve Senior Living  

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

Parkland Ajax  

3 Rossland Road West, Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 0V1

Parkland Ajax offers independent and supportive options! Beautifully designed spacious suites, exceptional on site amenities and professional staff on site 24/7, Parkland is where you can live your best life!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Ashley Oaks Retirement Residence  

200 Rivermont Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 0E3

Ashley Oaks offers a vibrant and active lifestyle. Our new community has a touch of European charm with spacious suites, delicious cuisine, and a variety of amenities. It's not just a place to live but a place to thrive!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Riverwalk Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

528 25 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, V2S 0L5

Riverwalk Retirement Residence is centrally located in the Cliff Bungalow-Mission community of Calgary. We offer a continuum of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care




 

Here's a look at some of the expectations you can have in your newly built home in one of these innovative new retirement communities. Consider the following:


 

How much staff do they plan to have onsite and what will some of the described roles be? For example, some homes have a gourmet chef on site who cooks the nightly meals. Other roles may include a concierge, a recreation director, etc.

What is the fee structure going to be and what exactly are you going to be paying monthly? You do not want any surprises so make sure you understand what fees will be charged and what the policy is concerning increases in amenities' fees and other rates.

What is the area and neighbourhood like? Are you looking for parkland, shopping, proximity to public transit?

What is the reputation of the builder? Specifically, does the builder have solid backing? Has the builder successfully completed many other projects or projects of a similar scale?

Choosing a retirement home is often a long, involved process that may include several family members; over the years, Comfort Life has offered a wide collection of advice on choosing a retirement home. Even though you will not be touring the retirement residence, it may still be valuable to you to bring our Retirement Home Checklist with you as you talk to the selling agent, so you can know some of the right questions to ask.

Take Comfort: retirement home reviews
Before you choose any community, read retirement residence reviews to find the best place for you.

Choosing a floor plan

Many people moving into a retirement home suite may not have chosen a floor plan in their lives, ever. Take advantage of this opportunity! Here's a way to customize your living space like never before.

The variety of floor plans available may be a critical difference between several retirement home choices in your list. Quite often, within a specific retirement residence, your choices will be restricted to selections based on size, number of bedrooms or other significant differences. However, between different residences, there may be significant difference in variety available. Make sure you have a look at all the floor plans for all the residences in your area before you finally decide on a new retirement home to move into.

Here are some things to consider as you look at floor plans for retirement suites.

  1. Consider how your furniture will fit. Chances are that you will have downsized a lot already, but make sure that the furniture you do have will be a proper fit with the floor plan you have in mind.
  2. Which floor plan best reflects your personality? Do you like or need a lot of room?
  3. Number of bedrooms? You may have not considered this, but there may be value in having more than one bedroom.
  4. What feeling do you get as you look at different suites or model units? Ideally, the community has at least one model you can walk through, though it will not likely make all the floor plan options available. In any case, make sure you tour what is available, so you get an idea what works for you.
  5. Amenities vs. space: what's more important? Does the plan's space budget meet your financial budget? In general, your money goes toward either features or space, and many people focus on space. However, you may want to focus on features you really care about, and compromise on overall space as a means of getting what you want for the price you want.
  6. Consider how the layout affects socializing, family and visitors.

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When you are selling your home, you need to choose the right realtor, of course. Many seniors are unaware of the fact that there are many agents who specialize in working with older clients. As Sherri Moro, an Oakville, Ontario real estate agent, notes, "the sale process with seniors has its own unique set of issues that must be addressed." It's especially ideal to find an agent trained under the designation of Accredited Senior Agent.

Chris Newell of ASA explains, that "the Accredited Senior Agent course is 100% Canadian, in content, in tools provided to ASA's, and in instruction. There are members in Ontario, BC and Quebec." The ASA designation means the agent has training specifically in Canadian taxation and legal issues, etc. Members are focused on a role as counselors as much as selling agents, and "must be of good character, have many years of experience and not only take a prescribed course but pass an examination in order to achieve this prestigious professional designation."

Adam Linden is a Toronto realtor who specializes in helping seniors and emphasizes that these agents understand that families and seniors often work together on this decision. It's also important to note that these agents are networked with other agents who have this specialization. Linden focuses on creating a market plan and emphasizes the importance of listening to the realtor's advice about setting the price. "Pricing a property within the recommended range will bring in around 75-80 percent of prospective buyers. Even in a hot market, pricing the property too far above market value will limit showings." Learn more about finding the right agent, and what seniors need to know about selling your home.

Go to our directory of real estate agents for seniors.

Relocation and moving help for seniors

There are other areas of specialisation in helping seniors and their families as they move into a retirement home. Selling your family home is a major process, of course. Over the years, people will have accumulated a lot and may have difficulty deciding how to part with it. During the process of considering the move into a retirement home, consider the value of a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist who can help make the move as smooth as possible. Learn more.

Search our directory of seniors' moving services.


 

People have told us how they embrace the idea of moving into a brand new community and (in their words, not ours) "going out in style." Marian was one Greater Toronto Area resident who bought into a newly built retirement home with her husband, purchasing a two-bedroom suite centrally located in the city. She told us, "we're here until the end, that was the idea we had in mind when we bought this... I'm a big city person, and I love being able to just jump on the subway downtown to catch whatever's going on down there. This is where I want to be."


We wanted to move into a home we could live in for the rest of our lives. This is the one.




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