Community service agency helps seniors get around
When Joan Palmer lost her driver's licence nearly five years ago, she lost a lot more than her car.
"They took away all my independence," says the 87-year-old resident of Port Stanley, Ontario. "I always drove myself wherever I had to go." Palmer, a driver since 1939, was caught speeding. After failing a mandatory driving test, she found herself stranded in a rural community with no public transportation. Palmer turned to the Middlesex-Elgin branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) for help. Now, she says, "I don't know what I'd do without them."
In just about every corner of Ontario, seniors and retirees turn to local agencies for a ride if public transit becomes difficult to use or is nonexistent. In Middlesex-Elgin, for instance, 45 volunteers scattered throughout the county drive seniors to and from medical appointments or to do their errands. "The drivers are always so polite and so charming. It makes all the difference for me. It's made an incredible difference to the whole community of people." Program manager D.J. Smale says her volunteers provide approximately 140 rides per month to seniors and people with disabilities.
The VON also operates a dialysis transportation program for 28 local residents. Support from a local Lioness Club means the agency can hire a taxi company to drive small groups to and from London, Ontario for treatment three times a week.
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Ontario Retirement Communities
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15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto,
Ontario, M9A 0B5
A uniquely luxurious retirement living complex in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Tapestry Village in Etobicoke lets seniors live as they please.
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!
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!
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.
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.
695 Block Line Road, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
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.
32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
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.
3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby,
Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington,
Ontario, L7W 4W8
Elegant Burlington, Ontario retirement home including everything from the current long term care to new independent living suites, offering various seniors services.
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton,
Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it. Southbrook....be a part of the family.
200 North Centre Road, London,
Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, with 130 suites plus a variety of extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living.
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto,
Ontario, M4W 1A8
Spectrum Health Care offers a range of quality health care services designed to suit the individual needs of each client. Our services include nursing, personal/home support, foot care, physiotherapy, and companionship.
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.
6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place,
Ontario, K7C 4S4
Carleton Place Terrace welcomes pets: offers residents plenty of options with studios and one-bedrooms that may include a kitchenette & / or a walk-out . Activities & chef-prepared meals keep residents healthy & active.
77 Main St. East, Grand Bend,
Ontario, N0M 1T0
Enjoy a friendly community where homeowners share a common interest as “empty nesters.” This small, mature neighbourhood consists of 450 bungalows that are beautifully surrounded by trees, a relaxing pond and nearby walking trails – some leading to Lake Huron.
180 Bunker Ave, Corunna,
Ontario, N0N 1G0
Opened May 2017- Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.
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.
2101 Hadwen Road, Mississauga,
Ontario, L4W 1L8
Bayshore Home Health understands that leaving home can be a challenge, and staying home may be the best option for seniors. As your neighbourhood care provider, we provide personalized home care services across Canada.
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!
187 Wynford Drive, North York,
Ontario, M3C 0C7
A unique luxury retirement home in Toronto features extensive common areas, a rooftop putting green and a variety of other amenities catering to today's seniors.
6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2E 7E3
This Niagara Falls retirement home features local activities and scenery in a luxury environment offering a comfortable lifestyle, care and peace of mind.
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.
148 Markham Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Centre offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2E 0B3
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.
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
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!
1 Sixteen Mile Drive, Oakville,
Ontario, L6M 1P3
357 Yonge St, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4C9
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, you can be the first to choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill,
Ontario, L4J 4H6
Four Elms is an elegant retirement residence, offering the finest in senior living. Choose a suite style that's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1N 1T5
Part of Scarborough history - located in the Bluffs/Beaches neighbourhood, where the White Castle Inn used to stand. Respite recovery, trial stays and winter retreats are all available, to help meet your wants and needs!
328 Dundas Street West, Napanee,
40 Freel Lane, Stouffville,
Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, a short drive north of Toronto, is conveniently close to major highways and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place offers a wide variety of programs, amenities and suite types to meet the needs of both independent residents as well as those individuals requiring additional assistance.
1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans,
Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is designed & dedicated to accommodate the needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
105 Queen Street, Bowmanville,
Ontario, L1C 0T3
Bowmanville Creek offers Independent and Assisted Living programs. Tastefully designed spacious accommodations include a variety of suites ranging from roomy studios to large two bedrooms.
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.
25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2T 0B6
The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.
600 Longworth Road, London,
Ontario, N6K 4X9
Voted London's Best Retirement Residence seven years running! We promote our passion for seniors living well by offering choices for an active, wellness focused lifestyle with the security of knowing help is at hand.
1145 Bridge Street, Manotick,
Ontario, K4M 0G8
Manotick Place is situated in the heart of picturesque Manotick right on the Rideau River. We are an ideal choice for individuals who wants to embrace all that life has to offer.
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.
30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1G 0B8
Royal Heights is designed with your active & independent lifestyle in mind. Luxury apartments feature en-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances & balconies. On site Fitness room, salt water pool, movie theatre & more!
45 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas,
Ontario, N5R 5Y1
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence offers the perfect mix of old fashioned hospitality & an atmosphere that is full of excitement and vitality. Truly inspired senior living at its best, call to book a tour today!
80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill,
Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community over the past 15 years.
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.
30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton,
Ontario, L6T 4G3
Enjoy the luxury of a new community with the conveniences of home, including 3 freshly prepared meals, medication management, 24 hour supervision and a variety of activities.
6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans,
Ontario, K1C 6E8
At this park-like setting, seniors are offered the choice between studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Bring along pets while enjoying a variety of customizable options, including a varied menu and recreational programs.
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!
2200 Jack Nash Drive, London,
Ontario, N6K 5R3
Upon completion, RiverBend will include a collection of 400+ new homes, all built throughout the incredible 18-hole golf course that rests in the heart of the community.
2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2H 9B1
Located in West Ottawa, this pet friendly community offers several suite styles, kitchens and balconies. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, 24/7 access to a nurse, a wellness program and a variety of activities and social events. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink in the bistro, or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.
275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2J 0V2
Ottawa's newest all-inclusive retirement community simply includes more! From a saltwater pool to an incredible golf simulator, our impressive amenities are only matched by our commitment to exceptional care & service.
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.
27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata,
Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
1335 Benson St, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0W6
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as the full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living community.
30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington,
Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
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!
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!
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
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.
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 & dinner service.
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.
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.
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.
5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2G 2N9
Cavendish Manor is within walking distance to the Majestic Niagara Falls, the vibrancy of which can be felt within the walls of our charming retirement home, where a friendly community of seniors live in harmony.
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.
1 Yates Gate, Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 1T8
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is a 114 acre oasis that offers invigorating amenities and activities. Enjoy the freedom of private independent living, in a gated community where friends are neighbors. Live With Zest!
4067 River Road, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2E 3E6
Enjoy the warmth & personal touch of a private residence combined with the services & amenities of an upscale all-inclusive resort. We Overlook the Niagara River & are located close to Niagara’s downtown tourist area.
143 Byron Ave, Dorchester,
Ontario, N0L 1G5
Dorchester Terrace offers area seniors a variety of suite choices, wellness support services, medication administration, housekeeping services, physiotherapy and daily dining in an open restaurant-style dining room.
221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
1 Wheelhouse Drive, Newcastle,
Ontario, L1B 1B9
At Wilmot Creek, you’ll find yourself 30 minutes from Toronto, in the Clarington Township, in a neighbourhood that features single-family homes. Enjoy the refreshing breeze from Lake Ontario, while enjoying a serene, laid-back cottage lifestyle.
1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0C6
V!VA Pickering is Durham's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy large suites, great amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great for you and your family! Book your tour today!
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!
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!
480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1S 3N6
Residents can choose their choice of suites with views of the Rideau Canal and Pretoria Bridge. Elegant dining, spacious ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and care services to suite all of your needs. Pet friendly.
15 Wellings Drive, Picton,
Ontario, K0K 2T0
The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.
4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington,
Ontario, L7M 5A9
110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans,
Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5K 2K7
Located in the heart of Mississauga, The Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.
14 Harbour Street West, Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Village, Ontario's most unique Adult Lifestyle Community offers five different housing choices to suit any budget and lifestyle, a Rec Clubhouse and Medical Wellness Centre, all in a Four Season Playground.
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.
110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
10 Homestead Place, New Hamburg,
Ontario, N3A 2G1
Welcome to Morningside, a picturesque and friendly active lifestyle community. Residents aged 55+ enjoy serene country-style living in charming New Hamburg and a variety of engaging recreational activities and events.
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville,
Ontario, L6M 4W1
Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.
5351 Yonge Street, North York,
Ontario, M2N 7L5
Delmanor Northtown is an exceptional hotel-style retirement residence in the heart of North York that offers a variety of luxury amenities.
1238 Oakcrossing Road, London,
Ontario, N6H 0K2
Welcome to Oakcrossing Retirement Living, where we have a fresh perspective on senior living. Offering a large variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with both retirement and assisted living services available.
111 Bruce Street, Waterford,
Ontario, N0E 1Y0
Wellings is a vibrant community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost.
Under construction: Phase two townhomes are now leasing
106 Crown Street, Trenton,
Ontario, K8V 6R3
Located on the east side of Trenton in a quiet neighbourhood. Enjoy beautiful suites of various sizes & layouts with advanced safety features. Elegant dining plus snacks & beverages included.
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.
590 Grand Marais Road East, Windsor,
Ontario, N8X 3H4
1499 Stoneridge Drive, Kingston,
Ontario, K7M 9H9
259 Hillcroft Street, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1G 8E4
435 Dundas Street West, Belleville,
Ontario, K8P 1B6
4 Coveside Drive, Huntsville,
Ontario, P1H 2J9
1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay ,
Ontario, P7E 0A5
436 Powerline Road, Brantford,
Ontario, N3T 6G5
3 Fifth Street West, Morrisburg,
Ontario, K0C 1X0
784 Centre Street, Thornhill,
Ontario, L4J 9G7
2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6S 1M7
1691 Gordon Street, Guelph,
Ontario, N1L 1E1
1261 Jasper Drive, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7B 6Z4
431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0P7
550 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 9M3
190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 0E7
70 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2M 3B4
200 John West Way , Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 0E4
599 William Ave., Sudbury,
Ontario, P3A 5W3
10 Melville Street North, Cambridge,
Ontario, N1S 1H5
100 Caroline Street South, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2L 1X5
170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2L 4H5
15055 Yonge Street, Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 6T4
450 Albert Street, Renfrew,
Ontario, K7V 4K4
3955 Thirteenth Street, Lasalle,
Ontario, N9H 2S7
118 Market Street, Hamilton,
Ontario, L8R 3P9
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!
5958 16th Ave., Markham,
Ontario, L3P 8N1
609 Wharncliffe Road South, London,
Ontario, N6J 0A4
420 MacKay Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1M 2C4
57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 0A3
155 Riddell Road, Orangeville,
Ontario, L9W 6R4
480 Downie Street, Stratford,
Ontario, N5A 7Y5
16 Legacy Lane, Huntsville,
Ontario, P1H 0B1
3998 Bridle Path Drive, Gloucester,
Ontario, K1T 4H4
95 Fauquier Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario, P6B 0A2
10 Senlac Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M2N 6P8
1111 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke,
Ontario, K8A 8P6
8 Snyder Avenue North, Elmira,
Ontario, N3B 2B1
9 Armstrong Drive, Smiths Falls,
Ontario, K7A 5H7
197 Prospect Street, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 3T7
148 James Street, Bracebridge,
Ontario, P1L 1S7
1955 Steeles Avenue East, North York,
Ontario, M2H 3P1
1645 Paris St., Sudbury,
Ontario, P3E 6L5
255 Governor's Road, Dundas,
Ontario, L9H 3K4
481 Reid St., Peterborough,
Ontario, K9H 7R9
4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9A 5H3
770 Arundel St, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7A 8C8
180 Oak Park Boulevard, Oakville,
Ontario, L6H 0A6
450 Yonge Street, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4E2
240 Main Street East, Kingsville,
Ontario, N9Y 1A6
600 Chippewa St. West, North Bay,
Ontario, P1B 9E7
71 Bankside Drive, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2N 3L1
309 Hilldale Road, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7G 0A2
3131 New Street, Burlington,
Ontario, L7N 3P8
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan,
Ontario, L6A 4H2
240 Old Harwood Avenue, Ajax,
Ontario, L1T ON2
2109 Lakeshore Road, Burlington,
Ontario, L7R 4Z4
423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock,
Ontario, N4S OB2
1645 Pickering Parkway, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 7E9
1801 Valley Farm Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0A5
801 4th Street East, Cornwall,
Ontario, K6H 7M8
181 Janefield Ave, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 1V2
1238 Queen Street East, Toronto,
Ontario, M4L 1C3
101 Manning Road, Whitby,
Ontario, L1N 9M2
1 Henry Avenue, Leamington,
Ontario, N8H 5P1
201 Riverside Drive, London,
Ontario, N6H 1E5
17290 Leslie Street, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 3E1
13500 Riverside Dr E, Tecumseh,
Ontario, N8N OC3
1813 County Road 2E,RR #1, Brockville,
Ontario, K6V 5T1
1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1Y 4P6
18 Jacobson Drive, Lively,
Ontario, P3Y 1P7
455 Cedar Street North, Timmins,
Ontario, P4N 8K4
4651 23rd St., Vernon,
Ontario, V1T 4K7
1750 E.C. Row, North Service Road, Windsor,
Ontario, N8W 1Y3
436 Powerline Road, Brantford,
Ontario, N3T 6G5
460 Rymal Road West, Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 0B2
309 Hilldale Road, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7G 0A2
25 Van Horne Avenue, Smiths Falls,
Ontario, K7A 5L2
140 Letitia Street, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 1P5
41 Amelia Street, Cornwall,
Ontario, K6H 7E5
1022 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke,
Ontario, K8A 8A7
29 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5H 2H7
20 Shirley's Brook Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2K 2W8
100 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga,
Ontario, L4Z 0A1
65 Livingston Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1E 1L1
100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 0A2
In Bolton, Ontario, 78-year-old Evangeline Leach relies on volunteers with Caledon Community Services to drive her to swimming class every two weeks, to see her doctor twice a month and occasionally to get her hair done. "The drivers are always so polite and so charming. It makes all the difference for me. It's made an incredible difference to the whole community of people," she says. Susan Cameron is the executive director of the Caledon agency, north of Peel Region, and says she relies on both volunteer and paid drivers to provide about 21,000 rides every year to seniors over age 65 and people with disabilities.
Big city residents can also require help getting around. Even with Toronto's ample public transit system, some seniors still need a better way to travel. "We try to reach the most vulnerable people in the community, those with no other options," says Sarah Singh, project manager for Toronto Ride. "We want to reduce the cases of isolation." Toronto Ride, an umbrella organization, provides assistance including driver training and scheduling software to other agencies. Both paid and volunteer drivers supply rides to retirement-age people for roughly half a regular taxi fare. And under a ride-sharing program a ride request can be posted on a central computer system and picked up by another agency.
While Toronto certainly has its challenges for vehicle-less seniors, volunteer drivers are essential in the Northern Ontario community of Blind River, sandwiched between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. "It takes one or two hours to get to a doctor," says Christopher La Berge, who co-ordinates the transportation program at the Blind River District Health Centre. That means the 15 volunteer drivers must make generous time commitments, because with waiting time a single trip to the doctor can add up to five or six hours. The Blind River program takes care of approximately 100 people every year, with fees ranging from a few dollars for in-town trips to $20 or more depending on distance and type of vehicle. Northern Ontario seniors may be eligible for travel grants if their doctors are more than 100 kilometres away.
Seniors seeking transportation should contact a local community service agency or the Ontario Community Support Association. Call 1-800-267-6272 or visit www.ocsa.on.ca.