Toronto retirement home reviews

User comments and our expert take on seniors' care in the downtown core

With dozens of retirement homes throughout Toronto, how do you know which one is best for you? How do you know the one you've chosen is really going to improve your life based on your needs? Comfort Life has collected ratings and background information on retirement homes for over a dozen years; we're Toronto's respected authority on senior care, since 2002. With that in mind, we offer reviews of Toronto retirement residences, below.

As part of each review, we sample ratings and comments from seniors who live in each of the residences, along with comments that highlight what is really great about each residence, so you can have the best idea of how each home stacks up with your own needs and values. Every residence has its own strengths and limits. We focus on who the residence is best suited for. We discuss how retirement homes below will make your life better, how care there will improve your health, and how both seniors and their families will find relief. Check out how exceptional aspects of each home meet your needs and expectations. Find out what most impresses the people already living there. Learn what makes each residence distinct from your other options.

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Scarborough, Ontario
       

  • A very modern facility conveniently close enough to the heart of Toronto but situated most closely to Scarborough Bluffs. With a smaller number of suites than some other residences, it creates a close-knit community. The Bluffs are one of the best natural settings in the entire GTA, with spectacular views of Lake Ontario., and there's also Scarborough Heights Park and the spectacular flora of Rosetta McClain Park.
  • Beautiful & cozy home with lovely staff.
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Scarborough, Ontario
   

  • This seniors' residence is ideal if you want a wide variety of things to do and luxuries to indulge yourself in, perfect for those people who have given a lot and deserve to be pampered in their retirement. The staff here is exceptionally professional and caring.
  • My aunt lives there. She loves it. A very nice place to retire.
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Toronto, Ontario
   

  • The Dunfield is ideal for residents of the city who want to stay close to where the action is, or to family in the downtown core. You'll find happy new neighbours and friends at The Dunfield. In a city full of exceptional seniors' residences, the Dunfield rises higher. It remains a benchmark in high quality senior living in Downtown Toronto.
  • The staff [here] are second to none, and are always there to ensure that every resident has their ne
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Etobicoke, Ontario
     

  • You'll love this place if you enjoy being treated to luxury. Aside from the onsite amenities, the dining, crafted by a professional chef, is an exceptional aspect of daily life at this retirement residence. Families appreciate that residents are so well-treated, and that it's so easy to get to from anywhere in the GTA.
  • The daily brain workout [gives me] more focus and energy. That makes everything more fun.
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Whitby, Ontario
   

  • You'll love it at Taunton Mills if you miss that old small town feeling of yesteryear and the easy friendliness that fostered. There's also a wide variety of activities to choose from, including exercising with friends, reading in the library, horseshoes, movie nights, or just hanging out on the patio in the summer. Onsite pampering includes a beauty salon and barber shop.
  • When you have friends who you chat, laugh with, talk with... that is true happiness.
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Mississauga, Ontario
   

  • The Village of Erin Meadows continues Schlegel Villages progressive approach to senior care. Expect excellence in all aspects, from building design and layout, through care offered, to innovation in service. Flexibility is one of their touchstones. Living in My Today, Java Music Club and Wisdom of the Elder are three signature programs that exemplify their unique approach in creating care environments. Since 2009, Schlegel has driven its own culture change in senior care.
  • Everything worked out so well. The move-in went so smoothly, and I have to say we are exactly where
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Toronto, Ontario
     

  • Queens Estate is an exceptionally well-organized care community, given its newness. We think that comes from Metta Lifestyles’ decades of experience offering senior care. Here, you’ll find a cosy, familiar environment, comforting to those needing assistance or dealing with symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s unique among area retirement homes in offering of a range of care options. Aside from personal assistance and memory care, the variety of stay options includes convalescent and guest stays as well as the provision for hiring your own home care. The setting here is very inviting.
  • My husband was there [temporarily and] he got great care at Queens Estate. [I'm thankful to] staff t
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North York, Ontario
     

  • Greenview Seniors Residence is a welcome addition to Comfort Life, given its unique combination of an established setting with innovation in care. Those two factors work together to create an ideally comfortable environment. Be assured that care here is both experienced and contemporary-minded. Among Don Mills’ seniors’ homes, it’s unique in offering a continuum of care that includes independent living to memory care.
  • This is five star retirement.
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Toronto, Ontario
   

  • Baycrest Terraces is ideal for people who love people. As part of the Baycrest Campus, you’ll be part of a dynamic community of people 55 and older. It’s a setting that fosters new friendships and a new perspective on aging well. Prices are reasonable, and you’ll enjoy interacting with the sparkling, standout personalities this community attracts.
  • Nice staff, very clean and organized place.
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Toronto, Ontario
   

  • The Briton House generates exceptional loyalty among seniors and family members they serve. We see few communities with residents who have stayed in one place for longer than ten years but there are a number of such long-term residents here. We believe that stems from the unique vision at work here, starting from a foundation of looking at senior care and lifestyle holistically.
  • I am entering the 11th year of my stay at The Briton House and I cannot believe how well we are trea
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Oshawa, Ontario
     

  • From LEV Senior Living, creators of superior retirement communities around the Golden Horseshoe, Winchester Glen brings their expertise and experience in senior care to this North Oshawa neighbourhood. This is the right lifestyle change for seniors in the area. It will also appeal to both history and equestrian buffs with nods to the Windfields Farms legacy.
  • My Mom just moved in and loves it. The staff is friendly and helpful. She is looking forward to the
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North York, Ontario
       

  • Sagecare 147 Elder Street brings to bear all the latest innovations and approaches in memory care building design and compassionate care, in a setting focused solely on dementia care. It’s a beautiful building both inside and out, and there’s also delicacy in the care given to residents here, administered by devoted staff, specially prepared and trained to help them. Over 20 years of experience is brought to bear in every nuance of living here.
  • Excellent, personal care for elderly residents with dementia. Wonderful staff, constant attention an
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Toronto, Ontario
       

  • Belmont House is unique for being a non-profit community that offers an impressively luxurious lifestyle. It also boasts excellence in care and amenities, on a beautiful park-like property in the heart of the prestigious Rosedale neighbourhood. With its community of cheerful peers and a friendly building rife with things to do, it’s a seniors’ garden of delights in the middle of Toronto.
  • Staff did a really remarkable job of keeping our family close while we have to stay physically apart
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Toronto, Ontario
       

  • The Sumach by Chartwell is a spectacular, still-very-new retirement destination close to the heart of Toronto. It’s an ideal place for people who love to be where the fun and excitement is. That can be found both inside the community—really all you need—and in the nearby area, where there’s all the best that Toronto has to offer.
  • Thank you to the staff at The Sumach for an easy transition of moving my parent in. It's been really
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Toronto, Ontario
   

  • Aspira Kensington Place is a welcoming kosher community characterized by brightly lit spacious interiors and kind staff. The beautifully designed, elegant retirement residence implicitly provides seniors with the respectful setting they deserve. Families will be well-pleased with how loved ones live and get treated here, and they’ll enjoy visiting downtown and all that it offers.
  • Mom has been a resident for over 5 years. Wonderful care and kindness from the majority of staff. Fo
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Burlington, Ontario
   

  • Tansley Woods is ideal for a variety of people. Older adults who currently live alone love that they can have all their housework and meals taken care of, and can find friends to talk to just outside the door. For seniors who are advancing in age, there are customized levels of care focused exactly on their needs. The community here is warm and inviting.
  • The facility is beautiful. The staff is outstanding. The food is wonderful. There is no better place
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Etobicoke, Ontario
 

  • The availability of a full continuum of care in this community makes it unique. With everything from independent and assisted living through dementia care and long-term care, through palliation, you never need to move again. Perhaps a standout in this is the availability of a memory care neighbourhood, where residents with dementia receive the best care possible thanks to Schlegel's partnership with the Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo.
  • Every time I come to the town square there're always groups of people here and there. I never knew a
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
   

  • Delmanor Elgin Mills is an ideal choice if you want to live in community with friendly peers who have given a lot in life, like you, and still feel they have a lot to share with each other. The location of the Delmanor Elgin Mills in the heart of Richmond Hill means you're situated close to a wide collection of services and activities, from banks and shopping to medical services and recreational facilities. It's also the perfect solution for those who want the very best in memory care.
  • I did not like living alone. Six months after I came here, I felt like a million!
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Scarborough, Ontario
     

  • Shepherd Terrace is ideal for senior Scarborough (and area) Christians who want to have everything at hand in a loving community. The village-style atmosphere here creates a safe oasis for seniors, where they truly have everything they need or can imagine all in one place. There's a wellness clinic, the swimming pool, a pharmacy, a hair salon, and so much more. With care on hand and conveniences both inside and just outside Shepherd Village, you truly have everything you need here.
  • An actual happy retirement home ... I personally know a bunch of [residents, and] they love the plac
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Scarborough, Ontario
     

  • Scarborough Retirement Residence combines proximity to the heart of Toronto with a down-home, family-owned feeling. It’s a relatively small community, where staff can tailor care to individual’s needs. There’s a genuine sense of compassion that comes through in everything they do here. Management is sincere, caring, detail-oriented, and focused on the comfort of seniors. Senior living is truly their life's passion as you’ll discover.
  • My grandfather lives here and we love to visit him here.
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Toronto, Ontario
     

  • One of the most notable features of this residence is the spaciousness of the lounges and three dining rooms. Hazelton Place focuses on offering a variety of activities and attractions to bring residents together and facilitate a lifestyle that is as active (or as quiet) as you might want. The area is rife with history including U of T buildings, and it has been recently reinvigorated, with many new shops and outdoor cafes, etc.
  • This place isn't like any other retirement home. There's always something going on!
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North York, Ontario
       

  • This is a first rate Toronto retirement home. Aside from the exceptional facilities, the care staff on hand is highly professional and sociable. Families of seniors who move here feel great relief at having found such well-rounded care.
  • Delmanor fit the bill, to a T. It was close, the appearance is wonderful, it's clean. My mom is happ
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Etobicoke, Ontario
     

  • Delmanor Prince Edward is well-appointed, prestigious senior living. This mid-rise tower on Dundas West creates a singularly vibrant community where residents can pamper themselves in the salon weekly, sit in on movie events in the main floor theatre, or keep up health in the fitness centre. People who move here find revival in the spectacular environs.
  • I am totally relieved that my mom is here. And I'm totally happy that she's here.
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North York, Ontario
       

  • This place is perfect for mature adults who want a fresh start or a new beginning, (even if you don't realize that's what you want). If you've ever dreamed of living in a luxurious hotel year round, this is the place for you. Stepping into this residence will instantly dispel any notions you may have about seniors' communities. Progressive-minded senior living is exemplified by the fact that it was one of the first GTA retirement homes to follow the green rating system Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
  • [So many great people] live here. It's a very interesting group.
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Mississauga, Ontario
     

  • This is an excellent example of superior contemporary senior living, in the heart of one of the most family-oriented, populous GTA suburbs. Here, family from Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Vaughan (or anywhere in the west end, or even further out) can easily drop in and visit. And you'll love to do so, thanks to the attention to detail in both the building and the loving, compassionate care given to seniors here.
  • [I was never interested in moving] into a retirement community until I went for a tour at V!VA. [Wha
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Pickering, Ontario
     

  • This residence is ideal for Durham Region seniors who want to improve their lives by enjoying the best that life has to give, in a full-fledged care facility easily accessible to families from throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Two exceptional features of this home are the large suites and the superb dining room that combines a cozy interior with delicious food. You'll look and feel so much better, with the onsite beauty salon and spa, the exercise room, and the in-house wellness centre.
  • The culinary and dining room staff have been very receptive to [my] requests and concerns. Healthy o
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Vaughan, Ontario
     

  • Thornhill Woods is ideal for seniors who have family in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham, and who want to improve their health and their happiness by living in a high quality environment, with excellent care. The hallmark of life here is the spacious suites and excellent dining, but the good living goes well beyond those features. There are movie nights in the onsite theatre, and an onsite pub, as well as a café.
  • I don't have to worry about doing housework every day, I have more time to enjoy myself, be with fri
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Toronto, Ontario
   

  • This place is optimal for seniors in the heart of Toronto who want to enjoy the finest senior living in a friendly, happy community. Since New Horizons is a charitable organization, costs are reasonable in spite of its premium location, the beautiful building, and the exemplary care given. Built over 40 years ago, it has undergone several recent renewals and improvements. It's the best of all possible worlds, combining rich experience in senior living and care with contemporary accessibility design and building amenities, in the heart of this world-class city.
  • We couldn't have asked for more in terms of professionalism, helpfulness, and positive outlook of al
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Brampton, Ontario
     

  • Southbrook is the right place for seniors who want to live in an active, involved community of peers. This home is exceptionally good at welcoming those who are skeptical about moving into seniors' care (trial stays are welcome, and staff is very warm). If making your own meals and doing your own housework has become tiresome, take Southbrook for a test.
  • My mother has been [here] for four years. It was a big change for her ... but with the warm welcome
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Mississauga, Ontario
     

  • This building has it all for Toronto seniors. Condo ownership is available for those looking to invest. Rental suites offer exceptional retirement features, with some assistance available. This results in an integrated community, where seniors can decide to switch from condo ownership to care, in a community they're already familiar with. The best thing about the Parkland, though, is the unique combination of in-building luxuries and abundant conveniences just outside the door.
  • My 99 year old grandmother lives here. Very friendly staff and nice common areas.
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Oshawa, Ontario
       

  • Royal Heights Oshawa is ideal for seniors who want to move out of an older home and have the very best. It's also a smart move for those thinking ahead to changing care needs. If you are feeling some of the early effects of aging and want to move into a vibrant community of peers, this is the ideal situation for you. Look closely at this unique Oshawa opportunity.
  • Beautiful building with high end finishes. [There are] lots of amenities, and the staff are amazin
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Oakville, Ontario
     

  • The best and brightest of senior living goes into this community. The amenities here are dazzling, including an onsite café, pub, and other five-star features. There’s also a hairdresser and manicurist, along with a concierge to make sure all your needs are met. People who participate in brain gym really enjoy the benefits of this program. If you’re going to move somewhere new, why not make it brand new? If you're looking for the best in the GTA, imagine life in one of these bright suites with wide windows, and a completely new bath and kitchen.
  • I highly recommend VIVA … The care and understanding provided by VIVA has been outstanding. My mom
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Whitby, Ontario
     

  • Expect top of the line luxury and comfort here, from spectacular external scenery to the spaciousness of your suite. Over its history, V!VA has been redefining what senior living means. This promises to be another step forward. People in V!VA Communities expect — and receive — the very best, and that’s what you can expect at Whitby Shores as well.
  • How wonderful lifestyles services are at Viva Whitby Shores, as I live here with my husband Art.
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Mississauga, Ontario
   

  • This newly-opened community benefits from the experience and expertise of one of the leading senior care companies in Canada, Verve Senior Living. You can expect the very best in senior living here, in a cozy community on the shores of Lake Ontario, nestled in Mississauga. A full continuum of care, from independent living to memory care makes it a worthy destination for senior couples with different care needs, from throughout the Peel Region and the western GTA.
  • I am looking forward to moving from the Verve Residence in Port Credit to their new community ,The S
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Etobicoke, Ontario
   

  • Parkland on Eglinton offers luxurious elegance for seniors who want to leave behind all the pesky annoyances of home ownership and step into a lifestyle that encourages a renewed, deepened love of life. Find contentment and happiness in a setting that’s made just for people like you who want to remain as independent as possible and still feel vital and vibrant. Inside the building alone there’s enough to make every day a rich experience, and on top of that, you’re in the heart of a great city.
  • My 93 year old aunt recently moved into Parkland and she is "over the moon" excited. The facility is
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