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Reviews of Harmony Hill Retirement Community

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Our perspective

Harmony Hill provides one of the finest living experiences imaginable for seniors in Whitby-Oshawa. The environment facilitates happiness and (indeed) harmony throughout where staff love working and seniors love living here. Take a tour to understand for yourself and to permanently change your mind about what living in a seniors' home is like.

This is a still-very-new, innovative retirement residence created by builders of several other exceptional communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Staff mix conscientiousness with fun, making this a happy place to live for residents. Onsite, there's a pub, a movie theatre, a beauty salon, a wellness center, and other luxuries. Harmony Square is the meeting place between the Grove (independent living suites) and Orchard buildings (full service, assisted living area), where you'll find these shared amenities and other services.

One exceptional feature of living at Harmony Hill is the food. Meals prepared by the residence's Red Seal Chef are a great pleasure. Meals balance considerations of nutrition and deliciousness along with choice. Food is prepared fresh daily, using local sources where feasible.

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Millicent "Millie" Neish, resident

I have only been a part of the Harmony Hill family for a short time and already feel a huge part of it….the reason for that is the incredible staff and residents that make you feel at home the minute you take over your ‘new home’. I enjoy being part of the volunteer team, helping in any way we can..I’m so glad I chose Harmony Hill, and if you decide to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Jamie Lawrence, family member

My father moved in to Harmony Hill in the fall of 2023 and he loves it. The suites are modern and suitable for people who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. Lots of activities every day so he always has something to look forward to. He has also been enjoying the convenience of nightly dinners in the dining hall and has said the food is great.

Irene Cook, family member

My mom moved into Harmony Hill three months ago. She is so happy!
From our first meeting with Nancy to the assessment with Tammy and Raezel my mom has been treated with respect, care and compassion. Every member of the staff is incredible, so friendly and eager to help.

Harmony Hill is beautifully appointed and so welcoming. It is the perfect environment for seniors to enjoy and thrive. My mom considers it a privilege and a pleasure to call Harmony Hill “home.”

Lesley Holden, family member

My Dad moved into Harmony Hill in July 2023. After living in his own home for over 60 years he was a little apprehensive about moving. The staff at Harmony Hill are very caring, helpful and friendly and gave him the support he needed to make a successful transition. My Dad is happy at Harmony Hill and I know he is receiving the daily care and support he needs. We are both very pleased that we chose Harmony Hill.

Ramon Perdigao, family member

My wife and I moved her mom (86) to Harmony Hill at the end of August/2023. At the very onset, we knew we were dealing with caring and competent professionals. Our initial contact was with Serena. She took the time to walk us through the process of moving my mother-in-law in details and was always available to answer the questions we had. After moving in, Tammy and her Team helped my mother-in-law to settle in - always checking on her and always making sure that she was comfortable.

I can say that my mother-in-law's life has changed since then! She is surrounded by great people, caring staff, and she is now living life in a much more fulfilling way. She's already made great friends there, she always comments on the amazing staff at Harmony Hill and the fact that there is always something interesting to do. She loves her 1-bedroom apartment and all amenities around the building.

Recently, she fell while walking in a park and ended up getting a few stitches on her face. As soon as she was back to her home at Harmony Hill, the nurse went to check on her and made sure that she had everything she needed. We are super happy that she is now a Harmony Hill resident and we feel very confident that it was the right place for her to enjoy this phase of her life. As of now we couldn't be any happier with the move. We'd definitely recommend Harmony Hill!

Carol Hughes, resident

Our search for a quality senior apartment came to an end when we discovered Harmony Hill. Going from a home to a senior apartment was a huge step for us and the staff really got that. They were very patient, informative and so willing to help make the transition as seamless as possible.
In our search, we found the apartments at the Forest are larger than most senior apartments. The entrance and halls are inviting, everyone you meet, very friendly, and many activities to enjoy, if so inclined. My husband and I are settling in our cozy apartment, feeling very confident that we have made a great choice to live out our senior years!

Bill, resident

My wife and I moved here in February [2023], and are VERY happy with our choice. Wonderful staff and our fellow residents all make this feel like a true community. There are lots of activities and events to participate in -- and opportunities to volunteer, for someone who likes facilitating activities, or creating new options. The meals offered in the dining room are excellent and reasonably priced, whether you opt for a full meal plan or prefer, as we do, to order their take-out several times a week. In our building (the "Forest"), we also have the option to cook our own meals, in a lovely, fully-equipped little kitchen. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the buildings are all very well maintained and clean.

Beverley Tullett, resident

I moved into the Grove 8 months ago. My first impression of this place was when I walked into the lobby and it took my breath away. It felt so homey and well designed. The staff are fantastic and so very caring and they were calling me by my name within days. I love my 2 bedroom apartment which is spacious and well equipped. The residence is kept very clean.
I would certainly recommend H. Hill to anyone looking for a welcoming place to live and where new friends will be made.

Kim Brough, family member

Harmony Hill is an extremely welcoming retirement home. My mother recently moved [here]. She was apprehensive and nervous at first but Nancy and Tammy made her feel so comfortable and at home. From walking her to the dining room, frequently checking in, sitting and talking and letting her know they were there if there was anything she needed. My mom is really enjoying her new home and it has made a huge difference in her life. She participates in a variety of activities, enjoys her meals in the dining room, has made friends and is very happy. She comments on how wonderful everyone is, from the activity team, bistro staff, dining room staff, concierge desk, everyone is so willing to help with anything. Harmony Hill has been a great choice and we couldn't be happier.

Keith Wilson, family member

I have recently moved into the community and have settled in very well. Having the resident experience manager assist me with all move-in details was extremely helpful. The staff here at Harmony Hill are very kind, friendly and welcoming. I’m happy to be here.

Dave McGonigal, family member

After considering and touring many different retirement facilities for my Mom, our family landed on Harmony Hill Retirement Community. There were a number of factors that came with this important decision. Perhaps the most essential ones are that we feel the staff at Harmony are outstanding in the way that they genuinely care about their residents. We definitely sensed that the safety of the residents was always taken into consideration. As well, the apartment that my Mom decided was right for her, was spectacular. (modern, clean, functional). The staff there always make sure there is something fun, interesting and engaging happening as the monthly calendar is packed with events and activities. The food that is offered for meals whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner is always nutritious and delicious. We really can't really say enough about Harmony Hill Retirement Community. It is a very special place.

Rob Sharp, family member

My mom has been at HH for almost a year now and just loves it. She felt welcome from day 1 and our tour with Nancy reassured me this was the place for her. All staff at HH are so friendly and so many activities keep mom busy. If you're reading this review, I give HH 5 stars and go for a tour if your loved one [is] close to needing a retirement home and I'll guarantee you'll come out with nothing but positive vibes.

Shawna Whitaker, family member

We recently had a tour for my mother in law to potentially move into Harmony Hill and I am pleased to say that she absolutely LOVED the residence and all there was to offer. From the main lobby, to the apartments and the elevators- everything was spotless. I was really impressed with the overall cleanliness and presentation of the residence. The people all seemed happy to be there and the staff were all friendly. Serena was an absolute gem and made the process so easy without any pressure whatsoever. She spent an incredible amount of time showing us around and answering every question we had. She clearly loves her job and is fantastic at it. I highly recommend Harmony Hill.

Rita Cook, family member

Just recently we moved our mother into Harmony Hills Retirement Community. From the very first time we originally met with Nancy to tour the facilities to our move in day, we were totally impressed, very organized, informative and caring!... We knew our mom had joined one amazing family within Harmony Hills, from the front door welcome, to Nancy’s well planned welcome organization, the day went smooth.... We knew this was the place our mom would call HOME!

Deborah McConnell, family member

Some weeks ago, I called Harmony Hill to make an inquiry on behalf of my friend for her mother. I reached the Office Manager who happened to be there on a Saturday. I asked her a few questions and she was more than happy to extoll the virtues of the wonderful life at Harmony Hill. She answered all of my questions in a professional manner and offered to give my friend's phone number to the Sales team there for follow-up on the Monday. I was very impressed with the time she took to go over everything with me and I got the impression that Harmony is a lovely retirement community... Wonderful first impression!

Jennie Derdall, resident

We recently moved our Mom in. Our family couldn’t be happier with Harmony Hill and all their staff, in every area. The customer service is exceptional. The place is beautiful! Questions are always answered. They’re strict with Covid protocol, all to keep it from entering their doors, and to protect staff and our loved ones. Kudos to everyone at Harmony Hill during these very trying times.

Margaret B. , resident

I have lived in the Harmony Hill apartments since May 2020. I must say, this has been the best choice for me. I chose Harmony Hill because they offer 3 buildings – The Orchard where my meals and care would be included, The Grove where I could prepare my own meals and have access to care, and The Forest where you do your own cooking “no health care”. This is the building I chose. I like Harmony as you get a den whether you choose a 1 or 2 bedroom suite. Not many places offer this. You can participate in a choice of activities or social affairs as you want. If the time has come where you want to make a move look around, don’t over analyze the move but make the move for you. It’s a lifestyle choice. I made the right choice.

Brad Mason, family member

My Mother moved into Harmony Hill in November, 2017 after living in her residence for over 60 years. Although this was a big adjustment, right from Day 1, the wonderful staff welcomed Mom with open arms and made her quickly feel at home. The facility itself has so much to offer in terms of amenities and atmosphere. There are too many to list, but some of the conveniences right on site include a hairdresser, physio, massage, convenience store, library, denture care, indoor pool and their own shuttle van for offsite excursions. The residents and staff are so friendly and welcoming and there is certainly no shortage of social activities to get involved in. The meal plan is excellent as the food is prepared fresh every day which my Mom thoroughly enjoys. My Mom has also experienced some health issues as of late and I can't say enough about the amazing care provided by entire Wellness Centre team. They even offer a medication administration service which we are now taking full advantage of, as it's comforting to know that your loved ones are taking their meds as prescribed. When Covid-19 hit, the team at Harmony Hill immediately jumped into action and implemented various strict policies to ensure the safety of the residents and staff. Thank you to the entire Harmony Hill team!

Sandra Leon, family member

Harmony Hill is a wonderful, clean and well organized place. The staff has been very friendly, helpful and caring. Our parents moved there over a year ago and are very happy there. During this pandemic, they initiated a partial lockdown, and have continued to keep the residents safe and Covid free. They have provided activities to keep them occupied, and arranged in various ways to make sure they kept in touch with their loved ones. We really can’t say enough about this place, and would definitely recommend this to anyone seeking to join a retirement residence.

Barbara S., family member

Two Years ago this August my father moved into Harmony Hill Retirement home in Oshawa. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic my sister and I have not been able to visit our father due to the safety regulations in place which has created a real sense of safety and security for my dad. This has been an immense reassurance to hear my father continually say that he appreciates and loves his new home environment. My father recognizes the staff as kind, caring and friendly. He notices the environment to be extremely clean and comments that, “the cleaning staff is always cleaning; the space feels fresh and clean, never dirty”. The views from the abundance of windows invite calm as he mentions that he loves the beautiful and vast views from his apt window and the window in the hallway when he is waiting for the elevator, not to mention the many other vistas the environment provides. My father loves food and can't say enough about food, consistently rating the food as excellent. What can I say, my dad loves his new home and what more could two daughters want for their 91 year old father, especially during the challenge of these days.

Shirl, resident

I want to tell you just how good life can be as a senior. I moved into Harmony Hill Retirement community about a year and a half ago. It was the best move I have ever made. Here “on the hill” we have lovely apartments. You can choose what size you want. Meals if you wish, nurses on staff 24/7, chiropractors, hair salon, exercises, swimming pool indoors, a bistro, a bar and lounge where live entertainment happens etc. We have a fantastic activities director who helps to make living here so much fun. Always something to do everyday and many nights. My daughter called me one day and said “mom could you pencil me in for next Saturday” because I am always busy. You can be as busy or quiet as you like. I have made many wonderful friends here and I am never lonely. Also, because of the quick work our manager/director, Kristan...has put in place...we have had NO CORONA VIRUS here! So thanks to a great staff, we are all enjoying the good life.

Lisha, resident

I live in harmony hill and I really enjoy it. Everyone is very helpful I really like the girls that work here.Tomorrow we have a fashion show and I can't wait to see it - Lisha

Sue, family member

My parents have just finished a 2 week trial and have decided to stay! The staff are wonderful, and residents are very welcoming. It is like living in a resort - Sue

Maddi, resident

Harmony Hill is a beautiful home, I love how the sun shines through the building , all the wonderful amenities. It is a well thought out community , what an incredible place to live and enjoy a rich quality of life!

Rachel, family member

Harmony Hill is a fantastic retirement community with top notch staff and the best in services and accommodations! Their knowledge and expertise allow for seniors to enjoy their retirement years and families to have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are being well cared for.

Neila, family member

A great concept in retirement living, with so many lifestyle options. For those seniors who are completely independent to those requiring more assistance, Harmony Hill has it all. I fully recommend this beautiful home, to anybody wanting the very best - Neila

Michael, family member

Amazing staff to start with . Our mom, has been here a month and really enjoys it . It's nice to come and enjoy some of the things she likes to do as it helps to settle in . We checked out 12 different places and it was an easy choice for Mom picking Harmony hill . It has put our family at ease knowing mom is happy and safe . Thank you to all - Michael, Nov 2017

Carla, family member

Well, mom has been here about 3 months and loves Harmony Hill. Very nice and accommodating staff. Always something fun to do too and they sure make this place feel like home for sure to the residents by opening up things to the resident's family members as well! No regrets.

Theresa, family member

After having the privilege of working with the amazing team at Harmony, I can honestly say they are the very best at providing their residents with the very best of care and service. Harmony, truly is the place to call home - Theresa

Kathy, family member

A wonderful place where the staff is fun and caring. My Dad moved here in January and has had many major life changes in the past 6 months. The staff have been excellent with him and with me as well. Food is delicious and there are plenty of activities and resources for their residents - Kathy

Jeanette, family member

My mother loved every minute at Harmony Hills. Her place was sunny, bright and the perfect size for her; the social events varied and interesting and the residents warm and friendly. The staff are fantastic; they were exceptionally helpful and caring during my mother's last months of life - always available when she needed medical attention or help, willing to go the extra mile to ensure she was comfortable and safe. I can't praise them enough for providing a warm, caring environment for my mom....and for myself and our family. We felt a part of the community, warmly welcomed and as at-home there as my mother. Thank you Harmony Hill

Richie, family member

Awesome place and management is above all, very dedicated to making sure they treat every resident and staff like it is their own family.They truly believe in best care no matter what. Andrea Raaymakers, the Executive Director is very kind hearted. Thanks for being so Awesome!!!! -

Donna, family member

Went for a tour for my parents and this residence is absolutely stunning, nothing like I ever imagined a seniors home to be. It's like a resort with all of the amenities of one. The decor is beautiful and the staff are so polite and accommodating.The suites are lovely and so many choices in size. The cost was below the other residences that I toured and so much nicer and larger. Take a tour of Harmony Hill and you won't look anywhere else!

Susan, family member

A beautiful place with wonderful staff and residents, our Mum loved it.

Ann, family member

We had a wonderful time staying with my sister, everyone was so friendly and the staff amazing. We made some wonderful memories, thank you

Tanya, family member

This residence is absolutely stunning, nothing like I ever thought a seniors' home would be. It's like a resort, the decor is beautiful, the staff are so polite and accommodating... The cost was below [that of] other residences [in the area].

Ruth, resident

Exceptional place ... . exceptional
people ... Can't say enough good things about Harmony

Simon Robinson, family member

the best. The staff are an amazing team, the food is great, spotlessly
clean. The residents are so welcoming and there is a feeling of home.
Would I recommend this place to a retiree, you bet !

Todd Finlayson, family member

environment is beautiful. Staff obviously really love their jobs.
Without exception, the staff in every department (service, maintenance,
PSWs, front desk, social team etc.) is outstanding. The meals are first
class. Residents are as vital and friendly as any one can imagine and
wish for. This place is fabulous!

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