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Vancouver retirement home reviews

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With dozens of retirement homes across Greater Vancouver, how do you know which one is right for you? Below, Comfort Life gathers comments, ratings and reviews from seniors and families, as well as our own expert take, to create a comprehensive review of select retirement communities in Surrey, Burnaby and other Vancouver boroughs. We've worked with Vancouver and area seniors' homes as well as residences across Canada, since 2002. We've collected the opinion of senior care experts and worked closely with care staff in residences to assess and highlight where each home excels. Below, find a consolidation of all that information in a comprehensive review of each home.

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List of homes in Greater Vancouver

  CHART KEY:   Active adult living    Independent living    Assisted living    Long-term care    Dementia/Memory care
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village
3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk
2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Arbourside Court
13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Westerleigh PARC
725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Cedar Springs PARC
3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Mulberry PARC
7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Summerhill PARC
135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
OPAL by Element
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living Long-term Care Dementia & Memory Care
Courtyard Gardens
7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living Long-term Care ;
Gilmore Gardens
4088 Blundell Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7C 5V1
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Granville Gardens
1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Concorde Retirement Residence
3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6G5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Thornebridge Gardens
649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Oceana PARC
1575 George St, White Rock, British Columbia, V4B 0B6
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
The Village Langley
3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 1C8
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6

When you walk into a place like Tapestry at Wesbrook Village you instantly feel enthusiastic about the environment. After you move in, you'll feel rejuvenated and renewed. This residence is focused on your expanding your sense of independence and freedom of choice. Living here will give you opportunities to take part in a variety of activities, ranging from movie nights to an onsite pub, to a woodshop or library. There's a fitness center inside and walking trails outside, and there's always someone to share these activities with: someone your own age.

Wesbrook Village is conveniently located on the edge of UBC, with a busy shopping area nearby. Shaugnessy Golf and Country Club, beaches, and expansive waterfront are just a few other features that are very close. Care includes assisted living, for seniors with some physical or health limitations.


Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk offers uniquely expansive facilities. Inside, there are spacious interiors where you feel invited to grow and share your time with others, or take some time to yourself inside spacious suites that range from studio to 2 bedroom units. Exterior spaces include an arboretum, an outdoor pool with a poolside lounge, a golf green, and a courtyard with barbecue.

Located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, this Tapestry home is close to stores, restaurants, and other services including doctors, dentists and more health services. Group activities onsite include crocheting, exercise classes, cribbage, and a billiards room. On top of those daily activities, there is a lounge with piano where there are occasional sing-alongs, as well as shared events like an annual volunteering collaboration, "Be Santa to a Senior."


Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8

This is a Greater Vancouver gem, conveniently located just off King George Boulevard in Surrey. The food offered here is very high quality, combining equal parts of gourmet excellence and nutritional value. There are social gatherings for every meal of the day, and you may end up making new friends every time you eat. Nearby, you'll find lots of shopping and restaurants including drugstores and a number of coffee shops. But it's what's inside that counts.

Onsite pampering here includes a spa and beauty salon, and regular foot care. Entertainment includes a main floor movie theatre, card games and shuffleboard. There are also shopping trips and other outings. Care ranges from weekly housekeeping, to diabetic and low sodium diet meals, to bathing assistance (for an extra fee).


Westerleigh PARC

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3

A gorgeous, bright retirement home in one of the most desirable areas in the world, Westerleigh PARC was built in 2013 to meet the needs of seniors who appreciate the best in life. Offering breathtaking balcony vistas of English Bay and the shoreline on one side, and the mountains on the other, this elevates senior living to new heights. Aside from the beauty outside, there is a list of extraordinary features inside.

There are too many exceptional aspects of this retirement residence to highlight one, but a summary description of Westerleigh PARC would focus on the lifestyle you can live here. Onsite you'll find a movie theatre, greenhouse, wine room, a fitness studio, a bistro, and spa. Chef-prepared meals are a daily given, and there is also a private chauffeur service available. If you want to live well, this is the place to go.


Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9

Cedar Springs PARC is still very new, providing very modern, spacious suites and an impressive array of amenities. You will find a spa, a hairdresser, wellness centre, golf and a movie theatre, along with simpler pleasures like card games with friends, hiking trails and gardening. For all that, the care provided, from the emergency call system, to wheelchair accessibility throughout, to the nursing staff onsite make this an ideally safe home for seniors who are still very independent; staff here clearly demonstrate deep caring in everything they do.

Suites feature spectacular views of the nearby natural areas. Inside, there are delicious meals all prepared for you; you'll also find fitness facilities and very active hobby rooms. Nearby is all the shopping you need, and slightly further afield there are a variety of spectacular natural areas. Maplewood Flats is an ideal day outing with family, as is Roche Point Park. Mount Seymour Park is both a skiing destination and a natural wonder.


Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9

This is a superb retirement community in the heart of Burnaby for independent seniors who want to feel rejuvenated and revitalized. PARC is the maker of numerous excellent retirement communities throughout the Greater Vancouver area, and Mulberry is a fine example of their work in a prime suburban location.

Interior amenities include a fireplace lounge, library and billiards room, along with a spa. There's an elegantly appointed main floor dining room, serving chef-prepared meals and desserts. You'll love the spacious patio on the outdoor terrace, ideal for summer visits with family, to play chess with the giant chess set, or to just sit out and bask in the sunshine. Suites are decorated in very tasteful colours and styles, with spectacular views of the city; included are spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and other modern features ideal for seniors.


Summerhill PARC

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7

Another fine example of how to make the very best of retirement living, from PARC, makers of a number of superior retirement homes throughout Greater Vancouver. You can forget all about housework and meals, and find happiness and contentment here, with as much activity and social life (or relaxation and privacy!) as you wish.

The outdoor patio is more like an outdoor playground for seniors, with luxurious comfy chairs; it's a perfectly peaceful place to relax, visit, whatever you want to do. Inside, the luxury-hotel-like suites offer space and impeccable cleanliness in a professional décor. The many features here include a library, a spacious billiards and games room, and superior chef-prepared meals that are both delectable and healthful, served every day in the elegant dining room.


OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4

This brand new building, opening in 2019, promises to incorporate all of the best elements of senior living. Amenities and services include chef-prepared meals, an onsite spa and beauty salon, an interior pub, rooftop patios, and an ongoing list of other features. The design includes 30,000 square feet of very unique innovations indoor and outdoor, like a rock salt wall for yoga exercises and tai chi, a full-service wellness spa for daily rejuvenation, and an interior IT centre. Versatile care staff and facilities will provide a complete continuum of care, from independent living to memory care and long term care. Construction begins in 2017, slated for completion in 2019.

Dining and culinary features promise to be a front and centre attraction. OPAL will offer an in-house program where residents can engage in cooking classes taught by the executive chef onsite. There will also be a communal table for dining with larger groups of friends, as well as private dining and living rooms. The variety of authentic cuisine will range from ethnic dishes like aburi sashimi and sushi, to a menu of locally supplied farm-to table foods. In addition to the promise of great food, there are wine tastings, a water bar with fruit and herb infusions, and a High Tea Service.


Courtyard Gardens

7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2

Just a few blocks south of the Fraser River in Richmond is an oasis of pleasant living called Courtyard Gardens. In this community, seniors find renewal thanks to the great food and care provided by staff. This community provides a variety of options that will feel customized for your needs. There are options in the assisted living level and in residential care; you can also select whatever care you require and pay only for the assistance you need.

Visit in the summer and you'll be very impressed by the outdoor patio. Courtyard Gardens lives up to its name with pleasant floral arrangements spread around the exterior. But, as Canadians, we know that you are going to have to spend time indoors during the year, too. Inside, there are resident art classes, movie nights, exercise programs and more. Take care of yourself better than you ever have before thanks to the in-house spa and beauty salon, and there are also scheduled outings for sopping and fun shared activities like golfing. The only thing that there is little of, here, is house cleaning, cooking and putting away dishes.


Gilmore Gardens

4088 Blundell Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7C 5V1

This brightly lit, homey Richmond retirement community offers a welcoming environment that gives new energy to the seniors who make this their new home. This is a Verve community, with that company's distinct take on combining exceptional environments with detailed care, in a vision that's intent on helping people live every moment to its fullest – no matter what your age.

You'll find pleasant spaces spread throughout this community. Established for nearly 20 years, this community is suited to offer a unique combination of modernity and coziness. The exterior is well-gardened and lush with greenery. Inside, every corner is well lit, with clean lines found in every interior. There's an outdoor patio enhanced by woodgrain furniture. Suites are brightly lit with walk-in closets and select suites featuring a balcony. You're blessed with beautiful views of the local mountains, and nearby there's plenty of parkland, shopping and much more to enjoy.


Granville Gardens

1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3

This is another exceptional senior care community from Verve, a company that brings more than 40 years' experience to every property they offer. Granville Gardens exhibits Verve's penchant for creating a variety of welcoming spaces throughout the community. We particularly love the main foyer, which is spacious and immediately presents different settings where you can take a quiet moment by yourself and look forward to times in the future when you will sit with friends to enjoy a chat. There's a capacious dining room with tables spread generously around the room, featuring daffodil-coloured carpeting. Seniors' rooms are bright, spacious and comfortable.

The best thing about Granville Gardens is the care you'll find here. Having regular, chef-prepared meals offered daily is just the start of the life enhancement you'll take part in here. The group activities – including games, exercise, outings and in-house entertainment make life as sociable as you want it. There's round the clock watchful security provided by professional staff. Staff has been characterized by one family member as "a wonderful, caring group who [has] patiently held our hands" through the decision process.


The Concorde Retirement Residence

3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6G5

Penticton, BC residents have an elite quality retirement destination in the Concorde. People seeking supportive services, get assistance with dignity, here. But you also get so much more than care. Every community is shaped by individual involvement and personal attitudes. By optimizing every individual's personal wellness and happiness, the Concorde creates and daily renews a uniquely happy community. Community staff are focused on offering vibrant social outlets and creating fulfilling days for residents in their care.

While there are social outlets, life at the Concorde is, as one family member has put it, "perfect" as is. Fine dining here uses locally sourced food in meals crafted expertly. Then this is presented to you in a spacious, comfortable setting where you sit with good friends. You can also gather in the café. There's even a hair salon where ladies can get their hair done weekly if they want. This is top shelf senior living right in the Okanagan Valley!


Thornebridge Gardens

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2

Thornebridge Gardens in downtown New Westminster is the place to go for seniors who want to continue all the best things in life while leaving behind cooking, taking out the garbage, cutting the grass and other pesky household tasks you'd rather do without. Thornebridge's independent living lifestyle encourages renewal through a lifestyle focusing on the things you want to do.

In the décor throughout this community there's an emphasis on coziness. The dining room features four chairs per table, creating intimate conversations over dinner. This coziness and closeness is also seen in the Social House Pub and the fireplace lounge. That coziness translates well for the activities going on here, too, which – depending on the time of day – may include people taking an art class, small groups in Bible study or people chatting over a cold beer in the pub. On the exterior, there's a wonderfully sunny patio populated with bright flowers in the summer. Seniors also keep their own private gardens on their balcony or in the courtyard.


Oceana PARC

1575 George St, White Rock, British Columbia, V4B 0B6

PARC Retirement Living continues to boost its reputation for providing superior senior living throughout Greater Vancouver. They already offer several stellar retirement homes that rejuvenate lives. This community, just opening, promises to continue PARC’s redefinition of great living in our senior years.

Oceana PARC might be their most impressive work to date, if only for the location, a short few blocks from the shoreline, with clear views of Semiahmoo Bay. A noteworthy aspect of the interior here is the use of a bolder colour palette, with lots of deep blues most noticeably, to match the name and ethos of the community.


The Village Langley

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 1C8

At Comfort Life, we’ve been excited about the Village ever since it was first announced in 2017. In Canada, it’s the best innovation yet, in design for memory care. The Village is built from the ground up with the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers top of mind. We love how this both implements and adds to innovations in memory care.

Prominent effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are memory loss, disorientation and elopement, so the best environment for sufferers is one that mitigates these issues safely and effectively, yet non-intrusively. We see this ideally manifest in the Village in Langley, a setting that’s familiar and friendly, while smartly incorporating needed safety features. These include a fence around the perimeter and a blu-tooth-enabled security system that lets community staff know the whereabouts of any resident in real time, at any time. An important aspect of design for memory care is de-institutionalization and de-clinicalization of the care environment, inherent in the village layout that includes a general store, doctor’s office, hair salon, workshop, and more.

People live in colourful cottages here, attended by staff who are also suitably expert in their training and approach. The Village’s staff to resident ratio of 1:1 exceeds standards and is unheard of elsewhere in the industry. On top of all the above, it’s set in a quiet neighbourhood in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. We’ve certainly never seen anything like it before.


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