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Pet-friendly retirement homes encourage seniors to keep the companions they love. Of course, many people moving into a retirement residence do not want to part with the dog or cat they love. The bond we form and the health benefits of keeping pets are well understood. For other people, a community allowing pets may open the possibility of acquiring one in the future. Having animals around adds an extra dimension to a community so long as everyone is considerate of others, of course. Make an inquiry below and find out how your pet will be accommodated.

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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk
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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
Wildpine Retirement Residence
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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!
The Dunfield Retirement Residence
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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!
V!VA Thornhill Woods
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V!VA 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!
Cedar Springs PARC
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Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence
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Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

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.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community
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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.
Shepherd Terrace
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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.
Sifton - Richmond Woods
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Sifton - Richmond Woods

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.
Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence
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Cavendish Manor 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.
Sherwood House
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Sherwood House

280 Government Street, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 0B5
At Sherwood House we offer active adult and independent retirement living, pet friendly, featuring delicious homemade meals, daily activities, weekly housekeeping in a secure environment in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island
Presentation Manor
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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.
Summerhill PARC
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Summerhill PARC

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Symphony Senior Living Orleans
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Symphony Senior Living Orleans

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.
Villagia in the Glebe
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Villagia in the Glebe

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.
Riverview Condos & Suites
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Riverview Condos & Suites

507 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba, R0L 1Z0
RiverView Condos is a new unique 50+ Retirement Community located on 4 acres of riverfront property, in the Town of Swan River. It is designed with the active retiree in mind.
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony
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Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

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.
New Horizons Tower
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New Horizons Tower

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.
McCowan Retirement Residence
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McCowan Retirement Residence

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.
Symphony Senior Living Kanata
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Symphony Senior Living Kanata

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.
Mulberry PARC
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Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.
The Meadowlands Retirement Residence
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The Meadowlands Retirement Residence

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.
Scarborough Retirement Centre
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Scarborough Retirement Centre

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.
OPAL by Element
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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.
Evergreen Retirement Community
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Evergreen Retirement Community

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.
Manotick Place Retirement Community
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Manotick Place Retirement Community

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.
The Lodge at Valley Ridge
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The Lodge at Valley Ridge

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5
The Lodge at Valley Ridge is the perfect place for seniors to live, who want to maintain an active & entertaining lifestyle. Suites range from studios to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and balconies.
Bowmanville Creek
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Bowmanville Creek

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.
Wellings of Stittsville
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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 & dinner service.
The Redwoods Retirement Residence
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The Redwoods Retirement Residence

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.
V!VA Mississauga
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V!VA Mississauga

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!
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

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!
Balmoral Village
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Balmoral Village

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.
Balmoral Place
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Balmoral Place

8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place, opening December of 2017 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.
Grand Cove
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Grand Cove

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.
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills
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The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills

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!
Delmanor Northtown
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Delmanor Northtown

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.
Arbourside Court
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Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
Welcome to Arbourside Court, a retirement home in the heart of Surrey, BC. Proudly serving our senior residents since 2001. Many activities to enjoy and new friendships to be made, we are always bustling with laughter.
Bramalea Retirement Residence
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Bramalea Retirement Residence

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.
Oakcrossing Retirement Living
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Oakcrossing Retirement Living

1238 Oakcrossing Road, London, Ontario, N6H 0G2
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.
Westerleigh PARC
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Westerleigh PARC

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined retirement living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
The Roxborough Retirement Residence
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The Roxborough Retirement Residence

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.
Southbrook
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Southbrook

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.
Four Elms Retirement Residence
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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's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
Sifton - The Erinview
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Sifton - The Erinview

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.
Prince of Peace
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Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
Credit River
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Credit River

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.
Wellings of Corunna
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Wellings of Corunna

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.
Parkland on the Glen
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Parkland on the Glen

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.
Thornebridge Gardens
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Thornebridge Gardens

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2
Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!
Carp Commons Retirement Village
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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.
Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence
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Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

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.
Sifton - Dorchester Terrace
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Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

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.
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence
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Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence

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!
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence
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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!
Harmony Hill Retirement Community
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Harmony Hill Retirement Community

1335 Benson Street, 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.
Legacy Senior Living
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Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Wintergreene Estates
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Wintergreene Estates

4950 Pasqua Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
Wellings of Picton
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Wellings of Picton

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.
Delmanor Glen Abbey
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Delmanor Glen Abbey

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1
Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.
The Heritage
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The Heritage

3630 Brown rd, west kelowna, British Columbia, V4T7Y9
The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.
Forest Valley Terrace
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Forest Valley Terrace

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.
Palermo Village
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Palermo Village

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.
Sifton  - Longworth
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Sifton - Longworth

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.
Delmanor Prince Edward
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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!
V!VA Pickering
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V!VA Pickering

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!
The Elden of Bradford
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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.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

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.
Port Credit Residences
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Port Credit Residences

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!
Courtyard Gardens
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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.
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence
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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.
Trinity Lodge
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Trinity Lodge

1111 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4C9
Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence combines the elegance & style of a fine traditional hotel, with the security & warmth associated with senior living. Homecare staff is available 24/7 to give you support when needed.
Arbutus Ridge by the Sea
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Arbutus Ridge by the Sea

600 Fairways Place, Cobble Hill, British Columbia, V0R1L1
Arbutus Ridge is a 50 + seaside community located minutes from Victoria via a beautiful drive over the Malahat. There are 646 homes distributed over a park like 150 acres interlinked with the Arbutus Ridge Golf Course.
Sifton - The Westhill
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Sifton - The Westhill

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.
Delmanor Elgin Mills
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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 over the past 15 years.
Lake Bonavista Village
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Lake Bonavista Village

11800 Lake Fraser Drive, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8
Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
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Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
Wellings of Waterford
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Wellings of Waterford

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
Delmanor Wynford
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Delmanor Wynford

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.

 

Pets’ health benefits for seniors

There are many known health benefits with relation to pets, and for older people who may be widowed or otherwise alone, the benefits are many:

  • Interaction with pets releases endorphins, as well as serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin. In other words, you feel good when you are with your pet, and this is good for your health.
  • Providing care for a pet gives people a sense of purpose and meaning, thanks to the responsibility they feel.
  • A pet alleviates loneliness and isolation.
  • Dogs especially are known to give unconditional love to owners
  • Walking a dog every day is great exercise and an opportunity for social interaction.
  • Pets can provide an opportunity for fun and play.

The benefits of pet ownership to seniors is shown by several significant clinical studies. Here’s a survey, looking at animals’ value in improving seniors’ quality of life and health.

A 2013 study by the American Heart Association showed that pet owners deal with the physical effects of stress better than those who do not own a pet. Specifically, the study found that pet owners demonstrate lower blood pressure and show smaller increases in heart rate. They even had lower resting baseline heart rates and blood pressure, and recovered more quickly from stress.

A 2009 study by the Vanier Institute found that pet ownership can reduce stress, "reduce loneliness of residents in long-term care communities, improve your health during difficult times, and help you lower your risk of heart disease or other medical conditions by forcing you to exercise.

A study from 1980 looked at survival of heart attack patients, comparing pet owners to others without. The one-year survival rate for those with pets was 94 percent, while those without a pet had a lower rate of 72 percent. Put another way, the mortality rate was over four times as high for those without pets: 28 percent versus only 6 percent.

A study at the University of Guelph looked at seniors living at home. It found that those who had no pet required up to 60% more health care, measured both in time spent in care and the costs pertaining.

Other anecdotal evidence has shown that people recover better from disease if they have the company of a beloved pet.

The upshot of this is that it is good for retirement homes to be pet-friendly, since residents will recover faster, be healthier and live longer.

Pets and Alzheimer’s Patients

A 2002 study showed that when a dog was integrated into an Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ ward, there was a significant drop in behaviour problems, especially noticeable during the day.

Another study the same year (at Purdue University), studied the food intake of Alzheimer’s Patients after the introduction of fish aquariums into their environment.  Researchers found that nutritional intake increased, and patients gained 1.65 pounds on average over a six week period.

Inside pet-friendly retirement residences

At Symphony Senior Living in Orleans, the resident pet is a Shih-Tzu named Angel, allowed to run the halls but not enter the dining area. She sleeps with her “mom” (one of the residents) but she is also shared with the entire community. She finds her food in several places throughout the community, including the office of Rachelle Vroom, the community’s Executive Director.

At Davenhill Senior Living in Toronto, the memory care floor includes a soothing room that allows people to sit beside a fish aquarium. It’s shown to have a calming effect on dementia sufferers. 

Holiday Retirement is a retirement home provider that understands the life-affirming power of pets. Each Holiday community welcomes pets at no additional charge. There are many other retirement homes that encourage pets as well. “When choosing a retirement community, I never looked at any other because my little Shi-Poo Jenny could live here with me,” says resident, Elveda Elznic. “She loves the attention from the residents and staff, and enjoys playing with her poodle friend Tequi, who lives here too.” Mary Wheeler is Tequi’s owner. She enjoys the companionship and sense of routine that owning a pet provides. “Tequi is my constant companion,” Wheeler said.




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