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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-home accessories. Builders are rushing to meet the needs of people like you.

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OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
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!
Courts of Canterbury

48 Coulter St., Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1N7
A new community of 2 & 3 bedroom bungalow and bungalow-lofts on fifty-foot lots. Steps from Lake Scugog, in the heart of Port Perry. Residents' only social centre with outdoor pool. Your freer, easier lifestyle awaits!
The Elden of Bradford

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2
The Elden is now open, bringing a fresh approach to retirement living. This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-Retirement Living.
Wellings of Stittsville

5731 Hazeldean Rd, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1T1
Enjoy a vibrant new community for adults 55+ who share a passion for an active lifestyle. Studios,1, 2 bedroom apartments to rent include full kitchens, appliances, laundry, balcony, parking, concierge & onsite dining.
Oceana PARC

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.
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!
Presentation Manor

61 Fairfax Cresent, Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 1Z7
At Presentation Manor you truly do have an opportunity to be yourself. Share a meal, join a reflection group or volunteer in the community, you’ll have the freedom to meet and interact with others as you please.
Forestview Retirement Residence

Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8
Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence, set to open in March of 2018, we will offer Full Service Lifestyles & Assisted Living (on as secure floor). Call to reserve your suite today!
Martindale Place

1128 Vansickle Road North, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3W1
A welcoming community of choice for seniors where Christian values and excellence are celebrated. We create a safe and caring community for seniors based on Christian values, respecting individuality and dignity.
Carp Commons Retirement Village

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 2H4
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.
Kingsbridge Retirement Community

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!
Lifemark Residences

14018/14022 60A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3X 2N2
LIFEMARK RESIDENCES,PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM 14018/14022 60 A Avenue Surrey,BC V3X 2N2 Chef prepared meals,housekeeping & Registered Massage Therapy, within a boutique living environment where friendships can thrive

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.

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.

Once you are ready to move, be sure to find a mover who is recognized by what is a US body that also covers Canadian companies, The NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers). You can find some accredited Canadian companies on this list.

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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