Skilled nursing care

Communities with registered nurses on staff

Skilled nursing homes near you

Skilled nursing care facilities in Canada are most closely related to long-term care, but nursing care is also available in assisted living and other retirement homes. As well, families can hire qualified nurses through home care services. In Canada, skilled nurses are better known as registered nurses. You can jump right into reviewing skilled nursing care homes by browsing the list below or gain a fuller understanding of all terms related to nursing for seniors, in the guide below. Read more

The following communities feature Registered Nurses

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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

Belmont House  

55 Belmont Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1R1

A superb retirement home nestled in Toronto proper, featuring a variety of apartments and suites, along with a fitness room for active seniors, an on-site convenience store and more.

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

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

The Village Langley  

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1

We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.

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

The Village of Tansley Woods  

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8

At The Village of Tansley Woods, we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.

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

The Village of Glendale Crossing  

3030 Singleton Avenue, London, Ontario, N6L 0B6

A true retirement hub featuring independent Living Apartments with full kitchens, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and LTC.

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

The Village at University Gates  

250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 0E2

Now welcoming our Retirement Home Residents to the Village. We offer Waterloo a range of services for today's Senior including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care 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: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term 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

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 apartments to assisted living, memory care and long-term care.

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

Magnolia Gardens  

5840 Glover Rd, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 9K3

An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40 suite licensed Care Centre.

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

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 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

Lanes Retirement Living  

134 Airport Heights Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A 4Z7

Conveniently located in the city's east end, our newest location provides an upscale retirement experience with unmatched services and amenities, personalized care, and a warm family atmosphere.

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

Waterford, The  

1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, V4L 2P9

Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.

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

Berwick On The Lake  

3201 Ross Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6L9

At Berwick on the Lake, residents enjoy red seal chef prepared meals in their choice of 3 dining rooms. Beyond our beautiful amenities, our residents also enjoy a full wellness program. Resort style living at it's best!

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

Berwick Royal Oak  

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4

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

OPAL by Element  

438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 05M

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0M5 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.

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

Berwick House  

4062 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3E6

Berwick House offers comfort, security and our usual high standard of affordable luxury. Steps away from a mall, cinema and other conveniences, you’ll find everything you need for an independent and active lifestyle.

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

Cambridge Manor  

253 Smith St NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6K1

Renowned for award winning care and a ‘people-first’ approach to wellness. Enjoy a rich & full life with the comfort & peace of mind of a true aging-in-place experience.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Long-term care

Wentworth Manor  

5717 14 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3M2

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

Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community  

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Langley seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

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

Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community  

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Surrey seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

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

Chartwell Carlton Retirement Residence  

4110 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 0C1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Burnaby seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Long-term care

Chartwell Leamington Retirement Residence (RET)  

1 Henry Avenue, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 5P1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Leamington seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Long-term care


Home Care companies in all and area.

Qualicare  

Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Ontario, M8X2X9

Qualicare offers reliable and consistent caregivers and nursing for patients with medical, dementia, and mobility challenges. We also support people during and after hospital stays and within assisted living residences.

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

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches  

Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1K 2M8

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches provides compassionate 24 hour personalized senior care services with bonded, registered & licensed Nurses / RPN's, in your home, hospital, rehab, LTC & retirement communities.

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

Lawbell Senior Home Care Services  

7191 Yonge Street, Markham, Ontario, L3T 0C7

Lawbell Senior Home Care Services We offers medical and non - medical care support for seniors and people of all ages, in their homes, retirement residence, hospitals and Long term care facilities.

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

 

Skilled nursing care homes like those listed above will feature registered nurses (RNs) on staff, most often around the clock. Today, most registered nurses have a university degree, typically a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing. Some older nurses may not have been required to have a university degree when they were originally hired, in a very few cases. 

About skilled nursing (RNs) requirements

In the four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, students take coursework in a wide range of health sciences and related subjects. Study in this field will include microbiology, physiology, anatomy, chemistry, nutritional science, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and related sciences. The four year degree is the minimum to qualify as a registered nurse (RN) in Canada. 

Other registered nurses have acquired higher qualifications like a Master’s Degree. Another, higher qualification seen in some retirement homes listed on ComfortLife.ca, is the Nurse Practitioner. To qualify for this, Registered Nurse as a prerequisite. Additional training qualifies these RNs to perform additional tasks including prescribing medications, as well as ordering tests for patients in their care, and interpreting those test results. 

RNs provide coordination of care for seniors in care communities. Their broader, more comprehensive training and education means they take a stronger leadership role, and deal with a broader range of both patients and care needs. RNs are more highly qualified to deal with everyone from families to administrators, doctors and other health professionals. They are also qualified to understand complex health care changes that impact patients’ needs. RNs determine the course of care for elder patients, and will advise LPNs and RPNs on daily care required for elders in a care setting (see more below). 

Registered nursing care and you

The number of registered nurses on staff at a retirement community can indicate the quality of care available. When paying for private health care, as is the case in many retirement homes, you obviously want to ensure that you are getting the best care available. Rest assured that the presence of an adequate number of highly qualified professionals is a mark of reliable care. 

If you are in an independent living community, the presence of registered nurses gives you peace of mind, a safeguard if something should happen to you. It’s certainly not a requirement for communities, although a great number of Comfort Life’s listings of independent living communities do indeed have registered nurses on site, as well as RPNs. 

Assisted living communities are not necessarily required to keep an RN on staff, though legal requirements may vary from one province to the next. A great many communities listed on our site do indeed offer registered nurses on site 24 hours per day. Check each community’s profile to find out the availability of nursing staff.  

Long term care homes are required to have registered nurses on staff. All communities on our site, as linked in the list above, meet this requirement, of course. 

A note on skilled nursing care at home. If your loved one requires nursing attention, you also have the option of hiring in-home help. Check home care companies listed on our site to discover their staffing of registered nurses and other nursing staff. 

Registered nurses vs. other nursing designations

Four other nursing designations are held by nurses in communities listed at our site. These are Licensed Practical Nurse (outside of Ontario) or Registered Practical Nurse (in Ontario), the Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and the Nurse Practitioner. Here’s a closer look at each of these:  

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN, Ontario only) are qualified with a two year college degree, though some students complete their program in a shorter time. Programs typically include components and coursework in four key areas: physical and biological sciences, psychology, professional ethics, and therapeutic training. Programs also combine theory with clinical (practical) instruction. 

As their title indicates, LPNs and RPNs are focused on executing the more practical tasks in the care environment of retirement communities. They are the front line nursing care your elder loved one will receive daily. In their own way, LPNs and RPNs are very skilled, of course. 

Registered Psychiatric Nurse is another, related designation. These nurses complete a two to four year nursing education program at college or university. In this, they will study behavioural and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, general nursing, psychiatric theory and a variety of related studies. The presence of a registered psychiatric nurse in a retirement home is another marker of quality for seniors and family members. Care they provide is, as you might expect, attendant to seniors’ mental and emotional needs. 

The value of this, for families, cannot be underestimated. The presence of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse And they can contribute significantly to the creation of a well-rounded care environment providing for all the care needs of seniors in their community. 

Nurse Practitioner is more highly qualified than all of the above.  These are registered nurses with additional education and experience, available at very few retirement communities. They are able to perform some medical procedures, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, and prescribe meditations. They treat the whole person, knowing people's entire medical history, offering health advice and teaching people to manage chronic illness. 

Personal Support Workers are one more nursing aide worth noting. While not qualified as nurses, personal support workers provide critical care to seniors that are, in fact, in nursing care. We take a much closer look in a fuller discussion of personal support workers

Sources and further reading elsewhere

"Seniors Care Nursing Supply and Demand." PDF. conferenceboard.ca/

"RN Solutions in the Care of Older Adults." PDF. cna-aiic.ca

Nursing Requirements in Canada. nnas.ca

Nursing in Canada. wikipedia.org






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