Palliative care in Toronto

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Retirement homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offer an alternative to traditional palliative care. Retirement residences offer healthcare onsite in a homelike environment that many find an ideal compromise between time in a hospital and being home alone. Many retirement residences are equipped with fully functional health care teams made up of nursing staff (including RPNs and PSWs), pharmacists and on-call doctors. Healthcare facilities also include adjustable beds and call bells, with extras like onsite spas and the ability to hire in-home care services that augment care further. Many care homes offer more dedicated care that may include assistance with various tasks of daily living. Communities listed below offer palliation for seniors in their care.


Palliative care in Toronto

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

Greenview Seniors Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

880 Lawrence Ave E, North York, Ontario, M3C1P6

At Greenview Residence, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.

Lifestyle Options: 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

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

Queens Estate Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

265 Queens Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6L 3C6

At Queens Estate, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

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

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 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

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

Advantages of palliative care in a retirement residence

Palliative care homes in Toronto may offer care that is more accountable than that offered by other services or public health care. 

Care offered by privatized seniors' care facilities focuses on alleviating suffering for those who may have a terminal diagnosis or other serious illness that may include any or all of the following:

When family gives elderly loved ones the best care available, there is much more satisfaction both short term and long term. For example, Sandy moved her mom into local privatized memory care facilities for hospice care; as she told us, the extra cost was worth it for the peace of mind. "You want to have that feeling of doing your best for your parents… My mom was the best mother in the world. I wanted her to be in a place that's clean and new and near my home."

An inside look at palliative care in Toronto retirement homes

Carol Anne is one member of nursing staff we spoke to, working out of a retirement home in Scarborough. She tells us, "We care very deeply about palliative and hospice care clients. We've experienced many different types of cases and personalities. As nursing staff, we accept the fact that our kind of care is more about helping patients find comfort in little things and to feel as well as they can under the circumstances. We know we're not focused on restoring people to health."

Care at these retirement homes extends beyond the perfunctory or clinical, as well. As Carol Anne says, "We can instigate conversations that others may not feel comfortable with, and this is in fact one of the great joys of the hospice care we offer. We can deal with supposed taboos like some of their last wishes, or their need to deal with end of life questions. We provide other care beyond merely nursing."

The environment in Toronto senior care homes is also more conducive to helping palliative care patients open up about things and deal with their situation. There are many spiritual and emotional benefits to being around people their own age, in a community of people who are, for all intents and purposes, also nearing the end of their lives.

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Look at the bigger picture of palliative care in the GTA

For sure, people seeking palliative or hospice care in Toronto and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have a wealth of options, including some of the finest health care facilities in the world. However, those places are in high demand, often with waiting lists to get in, and additional wait times to get the proper care hoped for.  

Toronto families and residents seeking palliative and hospice care are well advised to contact their local Home and Community Care Support Services to find out their best options and consider alternatives to traditional care models. And as people vet their options, palliative care offered by retirement homes should be mixed in with other ideas. Checking out seniors' homes near you may open your eyes to the option of luxurious care that is also robust and ideally prepared to meet your needs at this challenging time. 

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