Livita Barrington Retirement Residence Reviews

450 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4E2


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When you first pull into the Livita Barrington, it feels like a drive into a secluded, well-maintained estate. The setting is peaceful and calming, next to a private school, in an area populated by mature trees. For people making a move later in life, if that setting feels welcoming, it’s merely the basis for the warm, friendly community that you’ll find here. This is a move into a new home that truly feels homey.


The comforting environment, only blocks away from Minet’s Point and Barrie Harbour, is just the first of several outstanding, unique characteristics of this community. We’ve heard from a number of families that the move into Livita Barrington was as smooth as possible for older loved ones who needed a change of address and found that the move here improved their lives. Staff here are renowned for their caring attitude. They clearly love their work, and take pride in helping those in their care. Seniors will be reminded of the work ethic, dedication, and compassion of yesteryear when they witness the diligence and kindness in action here.

The food, spacious suites, and the remarkable cleanliness are all sources of further delight, for both people in the community and their family members. Activities are well-attended, with happy participation from those in the community. Thanks to the warm setting and the caring community, the comfort of the transition only increases over time, as seniors here quickly grow to love their new home. It’s the kind of place that brings out the best in people, creating a great place to live in your later years.

  • Independent living

  •   $3,165 per month

  •   72 suites

What people say about Livita Barrington Retirement Residence


On behalf of our Mother, Audrey Sanderson, we would like to thank all the staff at the Barrington for being so supportive to our Mom. It was a very trying time for her & us. All the staff went above & beyond helping her settle in. At times Mom could be challenging & even though she was confused, she was happy & you could hear her sing "The Old Gray Mare." The Barrington makes you feel at home & everyone does their part to see that you feel that way.... We would not hesitate to refer The Barringt
—Cathy Gilmore, family member

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Mom is happy

On behalf of our Mother, Audrey Sanderson, we would like to thank all the staff at the Barrington for being so supportive to our Mom. It was a very trying time for her & us. All the staff went above & beyond helping her settle in. At times Mom could be challenging & even though she was confused, she was happy & you could hear her sing "The Old Gray Mare." The Barrington makes you feel at home & everyone does their part to see that you feel that way.... We would not hesitate to refer The Barrington to anyone. Thanks to all of you.
—Cathy Gilmore, family member

... One last thank you to you and your staff for all the love and care you have provided mom in the past couple of years you are all true professionals!
—A. Carlisle, family member

Mom had an amazing seven years at the Barrington. It is hard to find words to express our gratitude in the care mom received and the love from her Barrington family. Our mom lived at the Barrington for seven years until her passing. The Livita Barrington is a lovely place to live. A community within a community. Their staff is kind, caring and compassionate. From Emily the G.M., whom is always open to talking to you. Joy and Christine meet you at the front desk and greet you like you are p
—Janine Hotham, family member

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I can't say enough about staff

Mom had an amazing seven years at the Barrington. It is hard to find words to express our gratitude in the care mom received and the love from her Barrington family.

Our mom lived at the Barrington for seven years until her passing. The Livita Barrington is a lovely place to live. A community within a community. Their staff is kind, caring and compassionate. From Emily the G.M., whom is always open to talking to you. Joy and Christine meet you at the front desk and greet you like you are part of their family. Amee who provides amazing programming, Brad who makes sure that everything is ok. Glenda and her amazing team who took wonderful care of mom and guided us through mom's end of life journey. I can't say enough about the staff. Mom was safe, content and we knew that she was loved. We were appreciative of the level of care shown by all staff. Our mom was part of an amazing Barrington family.

—Janine Hotham, family member

My mother has been at the Barrington for almost 4 years ! She just loves it! I (we) family couldn’t be happier to know how well looked after she is. Emily the General Manger is top notch and has a wonderful team. Glenda the Nursing Manager goes above and beyond with her PSW team (glue to keeping all healthy ) the meals are healthy and and always a variety. Joy and Christine at the desk are always so happy and to assist in ANY issue. Amee the Activities Director is super, the energy and love sh
—Linda Bodrug, family member

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testimonial from Linda

My mother has been at the Barrington for almost 4 years ! She just loves it! I (we) family couldn’t be happier to know how well looked after she is. Emily the General Manger is top notch and has a wonderful team. Glenda the Nursing Manager goes above and beyond with her PSW team (glue to keeping all healthy ) the meals are healthy and and always a variety. Joy and Christine at the desk are always so happy and to assist in ANY issue. Amee the Activities Director is super, the energy and love she shares is unbelievable! The variety of entertainment and outings and crafts is super. She treats all the residents like there her own parents. I can’t say enough about the Barrington and the wonderful team!! Thank you!

—Linda Bodrug, family member

At this time with COVID I would like to express how much gratitude for the admirable way you all “stepped up to the plate” to make a tough situation workable. You all put a smile on your face and yes I even heard a giggle here and there from the back of my room. So there will be no golden Emmys for you , only cheers and applause for such a job well done and let you know how glad I am I’ve chosen to live here.
—Frances Barker , resident

Great place for seniors to call home. Very happy with our choice and highly recommend it.
—Leslie Gateau, family member

Livita Barrington Barrie is a beautiful location and has by far the best staff you could ask for. My father only got to experience the Barrington for 7 days before he went into the hospital and passed shortly afterwards. However, in those 7 days, the staff not only cared and loved my father but my family as well. If it wasn't for the staff at Barrington advocating for my father while he was in the hospital, we never would have gotten my father into hospice so quickly where we could visit him o
—Christine Misener, family member

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Truly are the cream of the crop!!

Livita Barrington Barrie is a beautiful location and has by far the best staff you could ask for. My father only got to experience the Barrington for 7 days before he went into the hospital and passed shortly afterwards. However, in those 7 days, the staff not only cared and loved my father but my family as well. If it wasn't for the staff at Barrington advocating for my father while he was in the hospital, we never would have gotten my father into hospice so quickly where we could visit him on his final day. The staff [here] made his short transition so comfortable and smooth that my father was happy in his new home... I will forever be grateful to the staff at Barrington for their kind words, their care and genuine love they quickly grew for my father. This is the only place I would ever send an aging loved one.
—Christine Misener, family member

The onboarding was fantastic. Such a caring team of professionals... The communications manager even came in on a Sunday to spend a few hours "bonding" with our Mom. The facility is spotless and the commitment from every team member to make the residents feel welcomed and at home is outstanding. A huge bonus was no 2 week lock-down was required because Mom has been given both [COVID-19] vaccines. Such a relief to know she is in the best possible hands.
—Sylvia Meadows, family member

Livita Barrington has been a lifesaver for our family. We moved our mom to Livita back in 2020 after a hospitalization. She was unable to return home and Livita became her new HOME. It is truly a warm, comfortable place to live! She was treated with kindness and respect. She loved it! She sang praises about the staff, the food, and the accommodations. We lost mom earlier this year, but my dad has moved in now! He constantly talks about the staff at the Livita (kitchen, cleaning, maintenance
—J. Benjamin, family member

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This place is a gem

Livita Barrington has been a lifesaver for our family. We moved our mom to Livita back in 2020 after a hospitalization. She was unable to return home and Livita became her new HOME. It is truly a warm, comfortable place to live! She was treated with kindness and respect. She loved it! She sang praises about the staff, the food, and the accommodations.

We lost mom earlier this year, but my dad has moved in now! He constantly talks about the staff at the Livita (kitchen, cleaning, maintenance, nursing, administration - EVERYONE!). He is treated with respect and kindness, is served great meals and his room is beautiful! ALL of his needs are being met! Livita has become a part of our family. We don’t have to worry about him living alone. There is always staff available if needed. During these crazy covid times our family feels blessed to know dad is living the best life he can and is happy! Thank you!!
—J. Benjamin, family member

More about this community

  • amenities include a movie theatre, salon and barber shop, library, wellness centre, dining room and bistro, spa, and more.
  • Care available includes help with activities of daily living like bathing, incontinence, and more.
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