Vaughan Retirement Homes

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Vaughan, located in the York Region, is one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario. The city has a variety of retirement options for seniors in the York area, from independent apartments to long-term care. The home of Wonderland and the McMichael Gallery, Vaughan is rich in arts, culture and recreational opportunities that speak to seniors with all types of interests.


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Four Elms Retirement Residence  

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 is perfect for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Thornhill Woods  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Communities listed below are outside of Vaughan

Sagecare 147 Elder Street  

147 Elder Street, Toronto, 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

Two Neptune Drive - Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community  

2 Neptune Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6A3E6

2 Neptune Dr. is a unique residential community designed for active adults 65+ who enjoy being part of a large, close-knit community and taking part in various fitness and social programs. Move-in incentives available!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Baycrest Terraces  

55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2Z1

We are Toronto's Finest Kosher Retirement Residence located on the Baycrest campus. We offer Independent & Assisted Living and Memory Care. Baycrest Terraces, "Where Life Thrives". Call us today for more information.

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

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: Independent Living

McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Sumach by Chartwell  

146 Sumach Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 0P7

A new concept of retirement living. A beautiful retirement residence featuring spacious apartments with flexible, à la carte services and casual amenities. Located in the vibrant heart of Downtown East Toronto.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Tapestry at Village Gate West  

15 Summerland Terrace, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0B5

Tapestry at Village Gate West is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Aspira Bolton Mills Retirement Living   

100 Morra Avenue, Bolton, Ontario, L7E4K5

A short drive from the Nashville Conservation Reserve and surrounded by golf courses, Aspira Bolton Mills is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Sifton - Erinview  

2630 Fifth Line west, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 0A8

Located in the heart of Mississauga, Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Village of Erin Meadows  

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4

Mississauga's unique continuum of care featuring a vibrant Main Street with Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Village of Taunton Mills  

3790 Brock Street North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 0H2

The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with full kitchens, retirement apartments with meals and services to memory care, assisted living and long-term care.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Oakville Retirement Residence  

180 Oak Park Boulevard, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 0A6

Enjoy a social lifestyle and personalized support for your best retirement years yet.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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

Delmanor Elgin Mills  

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3

Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community since 2002, offering Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care options, you can choose from a variety of well-appointed sized suites.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Richmond Hill Retirement Residence  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Forestview Retirement Residence  

537 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8

Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence. We offer Independent Lifestyle and Full Service Assisted Living Accommodations and Services, plus Short Term and Respite Stays.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Delmanor Northtown  

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5

Delmanor Northtown is a full-service boutique retirement residence located in the heart of North York, catering to active and independent seniors.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Canterbury Place Retirement Residence  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Delmanor Aurora  

25 Butternut Ridge Trail, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0P5

At Delmanor Aurora enjoy extensive amenities including a saltwater swimming pool, fitness centre, ground floor terrace with fireside seating and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

Shepherd Terrace  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Meadows of Aurora  

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5

The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Don Mills Retirement Residence  

2 Green Belt Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0P4

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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

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

Delmanor Prince Edward  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence  

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

Home Care companies in Thornhill,Vaughan and area.

In-Home Assisted Living Inc.  

2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 3A1

In-Home Assisted Living offers caregivers and nurses to help seniors and people with medical challenges to remain living in their own home with safety and comfort. Also ask about our hospital bedside support.

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


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Types of retirement care in Vaughan

Retirement communities in Vaughan serve seniors living in the amalgamated towns of Woodbridge, Concord, Maple, and Kleinburg, as well as in the surrounding York Region. There are three main types of retirement care in Ontario – independent living, assisted living and long-term care, all of which are available in Vaughan.

Independent Living

Seniors who wish to remain independent can choose to live in a resort-style independent residence. These communities – which exist in the form of apartments or town homes, allow residents to continue living on their own terms, but with the benefits of added safety, amenities and living amongst other seniors.

Assisted Living

Many of the retirement homes in Vaughan offer a continuum of care, where residents can take advantage of both independent and assisted living options. Assisted living is just what it sounds like – residents can opt for assistance with everyday tasks, meal and laundry services, as well as personal care such as foot care and medication management, depending on their needs. The best part about continued care is that residents can remain in the same community among friends and familiar staff as their activity and medical circumstances change.

Long-term Care

Long-term care communities in Vaughan offer more comprehensive care to seniors with more challenging medical needs and cognitive decline. These communities serve seniors that require more extensive care in a safe and home-like environment, and provide services such as medication supervision, music therapy and 24 hour nursing.

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Retirement community benefits, services and amenities

Modern retirement homes place an importance on helping residents keep healthy, creative and engaged. Vaughan’s retirement communities strive to meet this goal by providing a wide range of services and activities within their residences, but also using the health care services and recreational attractions in the York region to the advantage of their residents. Assisted living and long-term care, and in part independent living communities, are equipped with preventative health care programs and services. Many residences employ registered nurses, visiting or regular doctors, personal support workers and nurse’s aids that are responsible for resident wellness. Some examples of the health care services offered include:

  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Medication assistance services
  • Exercise programs with access to a personal trainer
  • Nutritional meals and special attention to dietary needs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Preventative wellness programs
  • Recuperative programs
  • Assistance with daily living activities including bathing, dressing, nutrition and mobility
  • Monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Foot care
  • Therapy options e.g. Music and Aroma therapy
  • Palliative care services
  • Emotional, cognitive and social support
  • Assistance with walking
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advanced Alzheimer’s and Dementia therapy and care
  • Continence care needs

Safety measures are also a part of preventative health care. Retirement homes have sensitive alarm systems installed, and assisted living and long-term care suites are equipped with emergency call systems that will alert staff to an emergency. Bathrooms will also be specially designed, often with sit-down showers, grab bars, non-slip floors and in some cases, night lighting.

Although it is one of the fastest growing cities in the province, Vaughan does not have a full service hospital. In case an emergency does occur, residents would receive care at either Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Brampton Civic Hospital to the west, or Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital to the east. Today’s understanding of health is not limited to medical care, however, but encompasses emotional, social and physical health.

One of the benefits of living in a retirement community is the commitment to all these branches of wellness. Activities and events such as fitness classes, artistic courses, residence parties, game nights, gardening and concerts are regularly run in retirement communities. Some of the most popular places for seniors to spend time and explore outside their retirement community are the Boyd Conservation Area and Kortright Centre for Conservation, located in Woodbridge, and the famous McMichael Canadian art collection in Kleinburg. Patrons of the arts can also enjoy an evening at the City Playhouse theatre or take in a day at the Vaughan of A Kind Art and Craft Show. The copper creek golf club and Kleinburg golf club are popular with active golfers. More adventurous seniors can also spend the day at Canada’s largest amusement park – Canada’s Wonderland!

Shopping and grocery stores are close to all of Vaughan’s retirement homes, but the city’s largest shopping centre is Vaughan Mills, located at Rutherford and Highway 400. The centre has a mix of outlet and specialty stores, as well as entertainment and dining options. Residents can choose to discover all of Vaughan’s attractions of their own, but retirement homes often provide residents with organized outings, whether it is on a shopping trip or to a community festival. The beauty of retirement living is having access to care and recreation at home, as well as staying engaged in the community.

Vaughan retirement community regulations

Every retirement home within the province of Ontario is subject to regulations set by the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority. Homes must undergo ongoing inspections and maintain a high standard of safety and cleanliness in order to receive approval from the RHRA. Only those retirement homes that have a good standing with this authority can remain operational. In order to ensure you or your loved one(s) will stay safe and be properly cared for, always make sure to check that the community you are considering is licensed by the RHRA.

In addition to regulations set by the RHRA, the Long-Term Care Homes Act of 2007 governs all long-term care homes in Ontario. The act requires residences to provide safe, consistent and high-quality resident-centred care and makes sure residents feel at home, are treated with dignity and respect, and have the health care services they need available to them.

Membership in other organizations is a further sign that a retirement community will be safe and well-managed. Industry experts recommend looking for a retirement community that is a member of one or more of the following trusted associations:


How much does a retirement home in Vaughan cost?

A typical room in a Vaughan residence hovers around the provincial average of $3, 200 per month. However, the monthly cost of a suite varies with the type of suite and amount of care you or our loved one(s) choose. Additional fees can come from television, meal and personal laundry services. Retirement homes in Ontario are well regulated, safe and welcoming. Unfortunately, this also means the province’s vacancy rates have dropped to about 13 percent. Due to low vacancy rates, you or your loved one may have to spend time on a wait-list before being accepted to the residence of your choice. When making your decision, keep in mind that certain factors will inform costs and the length of wait times, including:

  • Crisis placement (if someone’s safety poses immediate risk)
  • Type of accommodation: basic, semi-private or private or secure floor (Private or semi-private are more expensive but have shorter wait-times)
  • Gender
  • Medical care needs i.e. tube-feeding
  • Unit designation- secure, non- secure

There are also a number of affordable housing options in the Vaughan region. 228 geared to income units exist between Hespurus Village and Mapleglen Residences. However, the wait-list times for affordable housing are generally rather long. Some of the most common ways of paying for retirement are through savings, pensions, Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Pension. The sale of the family home is also a good way to finance retirement costs. The City of Vaughan provides an “Elderly Resident’s Assistance Grant” to those over the age of 65 who have owned a home in the city for over a year and receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement. The Government of Ontario can also be helpful when it comes to additional expenses, such as home care or prescription expenses. Seniors with high prescription drug costs relative to their income may benefit from applying to the Trillium Drug Program. Ontario citizens over the age of 65 who live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card are eligible for application.


Other health and safety services in Vaughan

Of Vaughan’s 300,000 residents, 63,000 are seniors, and the city has a number of health and safety services, as well as recreational programs, specifically for this growing demographic. The city recognizes that providing seniors with access to information is one of the most important ways to support the 55+ population. Access Vaughan, a telephone service that provides callers with fast information about municipal programs was recently introduced and the Vaughan library network is also a fantastic resource. Library staff can help seniors use multilingual resources such as computers to find information, especially about medical care and retirement communities. Vaughan libraries also offer a number of senior-specific services, such as book deliveries for those who have trouble with mobility and providing magnifiers for easier reading. Free legal help is also offered on the first Monday of each month at the city’s libraries.

Seniors centres and community centres are located all around the city, and offer daily and weekly programs that focus on senior health. Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, arthritis fitness and zumba are some of the more fitness-oriented programs offered, while walk and talk, line dancing and painting classes focus on the social and creative aspects of getting older. Nutrition programs are also offered at Vaughan’s community centres. These programs are open to both seniors living at home and in retirement communities. In fact, residences often work with community centres to give residents access to more facilities and events. The nearby Thornhill Seniors club, sponsored by many of the York Region’s retirement residences, runs a variety of recreational activities and events for older adults. From Euchre and Poker Tournaments to celebrating Halloween and National Seniors Day, this club connects seniors all across the city.

The Seniors’ Association of Vaughan Initiative (SAVI) and the Elspeth Heyworth Centre share a mission in reaching out to seniors in the community. The Elspeth Heyworth centre aims to provide seniors with physical and mental exercise and end social isolation by providing workshops and activities to those living at home. SAVI, which partners with the centre, is responsible for a number of senior-centric programs and events, from Senior’s Summits that provide recommendations to the Vaughan city council to Seniorsfest and Senior Information Day. Caregivers and seniors living at home can take advantage of a number of private home health care, meal delivery and home maintenance companies, as well as public support centres such as the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region. Many retirement residences also provide opportunities for overnight respite, giving caregivers a night off, and seniors a night out.


Getting around Vaughan

Active seniors can get around the city using public transit. The city of Vaughan shares a public transit system with the entire York Region. The York Region/Viva transit can take patrons across the York Region, which is divided into three zones. Vaughan residents can travel around the first zone, which included Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill, for an initial fare, and can take the bus all the way to Newmarket and Georgina with fare upgrades. Reduced fares are available to those above the age of 65 when ID is provided. Seniors who have trouble with mobility can also take advantage of the YRT/Viva system. All buses are equipped with priority seating in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians act of 2005, and mobility-challenged and disabled seniors can apply for Mobility Plus, the York Region’s accessible bus service. Most retirement homes also have their own accessible buses that are often used for organized group day-trips. Reserved parking is also available at retirement homes to residents who drive.


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How to choose a retirement home in Vaughan

Choosing a retirement home is a big decision, but with a little help from our website, it doesn’t have to be stressful.. It’s important to start thinking about retirement before a time of crisis. Begin to ask yourself or your loved ones the following questions before you start your search:

  • What do you want?
  • What you need?
  • What you can afford?
  • What is your preferred location?

You can use our retirement calculator to get an idea of what you’ll be able to afford in your retirement. Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start creating a short-list of potential retirement communities in Vaughan. Visiting retirement communities allows you or your loved one to see the facilities and amenities first hand and ask questions face to face. Asking questions is also an important part of the process. If you are unsure what to ask about, download our retirement checklist e-book! On of the most important questions to ask is whether the homes offer an overnight stay, where potential residents can spend a night at the residence. This experience can help you or your loved one decide between residences. Many Vaughan retirement homes offer this option to interested seniors. Start your search today by using our advanced search , or contacting the residences in and around Vaughan shown below!

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