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Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5
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Lifestyle options:
Independent Living, Assisted Living
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Convalescent care
Cost (from):
94 suites (Studio, 1-bed, 1-bed + den, 2-bed)
100 residents

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About Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

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Dorchester Terrace is a 4-storey, fully accessible 94 suite Residence offering local and area seniors studios, one bedroom, one bedroom with den, and two bedroom accommodations with a full spectrum of wellness support services including a first-response emergency system. In addition to personalized health and wellness services, residents will enjoy housekeeping services, laundry facilities, and daily dining in an open restaurant-style dining room. Register on our website for more information.

Opened in: 2017
Ownership Type: private
Languages Spoken: English

Insider reviews & perspectives

Comfort Life Review


A brand new London-area retirement community, Dorchester Terrace offers lo-rise senior living suites in a perfectly-sized community. This is a full-service community with a number of unexpected luxury aspects, including an in-house movie theatre, spa, and hair salon. Living here, you can let someone else worry about the housekeeping and laundry, while you choose to either participate in many daily activities here, or just relax.

The variety of suite sizes, coupled with the many features and amenities, makes this an exceptional contemporary-minded retirement community. Everyday fun stuff includes a games room with billiards, a party room with its own kitchen, and outdoor courtyards where you can relax in the sun with friends. There are many regularly scheduled daily and monthly events on the rec calendar. For casual or quieter times, you can get books out of the in-house library or enjoy the greenspace of the Thames Valley. Dorchester on the Thames Golf Club is only a short hike away.

With its location on the outskirts of London (only minutes from the 401), you have pleasant farm country in one direction and the conveniences of London in the other. If you have family living in London or elsewhere throughout southwestern Ontario, you need to take a closer look at this community.

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Sales & Marketing Manager

  • In this Perspective:
  • 0:56 - What are three things you love about your job?
  • 1:50 - What drew you to this line of work?
  • 2:16 - What does a typical day look like for you in this role?
  • 3:11 - What is your approach to helping residents become comfortable at Dorchester Terrace?
  • 4:22 - How is communication between residents, families, and staff handled?
  • 5:11 - What differentiates Dorchester Terrace from other residents?
  • 6:40 - Will those who have been living in a small town feel at home at Dorchester Terrace?
  • 7:29 - Are there opportunities to explore the surrounding areas like London?
  • 8:35 - What are the levels of care that Dorchester Terrace provides?
  • 9:54 - How does Dorchester Terrace build its menu?
  • 11:01 - Do you have a favourite menu item?
  • 11:33 - What are some of the activities and programs that you offer on site?
  • 12:51 - How would you describe the culture at Dorchester Terrace?
  • 14:09 - How do you handle families who are hesitant about making the transition into a retirement residence?
  • 15:27 - How does Dorchester Terrace help residents transition into higher levels of care?
  • 16:24 - What misconceptions still exist about retirement residences and how do you counter them?
  • 17:45 - Can residents offer suggestions and requests for activities?
  • 18:27 - What advice do you have for families in their search now?
  • 19:23 - Does Dorchester Terrace offer a trial period?
  • 20:04 - Do you have any fond memories of a particular resident?
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Testimonials and Stories

  • Love the rural country feel.

    I have never regretted my decision to move here.  I love the rural country feel.  Dorchester Terrace is such a welcoming place of friendship and community.

  • So much to enjoy here

    Before calling Dorchester Terrace my home, I lived in Windsor Ontario. I’m 92 years old and had lost interest in being in my home – tired of cooking and baking and everything that went into being a homeowner. I looked for my new home for about two years! My son suggested I search closer to him and my daughter-in-law who live in Belmont. Being closer to them was extremely important to me.

    There were quite a few things that helped me make the decision to move to Dorchester Terrace, the first being that it feels like living at a 5-star hotel – I feel like I’m living at the Ritz! Being a brand new residence, everything is fresh and new. I love the layout of my suite, closets and French doors, the amenities, individual temperature control, air conditioned hallways and the brightness that shines through my windows. I wish I had made the move sooner; I should have been here four years ago! No more garden to care for, home repairs to be looked after or cooking to be done. 

    The entrance to Dorchester Terrace is beautiful and was such a lovely surprise. Chandeliers, lots of windows and bright open space, and then there’s the private dining room!  There is so much to enjoy here, including; crafts, euchre, coffee club, bingo and the fitness centre. One piece of advice I would give to others looking for a retirement option is to move while you can still participate! Be ready to get your legs and mind moving and enjoy your health.  When my family comes to visit I love to show off my new home and go to the Bistro for lunch.  

    The downsizing process was overwhelming. I had spent 62 years in my past home so my daughter helped me go room to room and decide what was important to me. From there I sent things home with my other family members. Dorchester Terrace gave me information about moving companies as well, but luckily I was prepared and ready to go thanks to my family.  My brand new suite is everything I could want, it’s close to everything but tucked out of site.  


Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,448

Dorchester Terrace offers a number of extra customizable care options delivered by our Nursing and Care Staff. Everything from Rise and Shine services to Rest and Restore and so much more.


  • Designated dining area
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy (Extra fee)
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 340 $3,448 (Rent) +$675 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed 470 $3,938 (Rent) +$675 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed + den 700 $4,629 (Rent) +$675 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
2-bed 850 $6,252 (Rent) N/A
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,448
  • Size: 340sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$675
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,938
  • Size: 470sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$675
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed + den
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,629
  • Size: 700sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$675
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $6,252
  • Size: 850sq/ft
  • Companion fee: N/A
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email


Simple Pleasures Life is more than preparing meals and doing chores. Dorchester Terrace offers a varied selection of dining experiences, social engagements, stimulating activities, excursions and more. Enjoy good friends, good food and good times. The Garden Terrace Dining Room offers home cooked, healthy daily features as well as a la carte menu selections in a formal dining room setting. Restaurant style seating allows you to enjoy good food and good times with friends. The Carlolinian offers a Private Dining experience for those special occasions. This inviting room offers an elegant space to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family that creates a sense of being right at home. The Twisted Lemon. Enjoy a fully licensed Pub which offers an informal opportunity to gather with friends for a glass of wine or beverage before dinner or while enjoying our vast array of entertainment. Sweet or savory snacks are always available! The Busy Bean is open for all day coffee and tea to enjoy while visiting friends and family. Snacks are always available to enjoy with your hot beverage. Gluten Free diet is available (may be extra charge)

Meal service : Bar, Bistro: (daytime), Pub, Room Service (extra fee), Table service, Tray service in suite (included)

Seating type : Open seating

Special diets : Diabetic, Gluten Free, Lactose free, Low sodium, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Hobby kitchen
Laundry machines
Mail box
Mail to concierge
Movie theatre
Newspaper delivery available to suite
Onsite foot care
Parking (outdoor)
Party room
Pet friendly
Private bus for outings, regular trips
Private dining room for family/friends
Putting Green
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Spa Services
Spa tub or shower room
Spa/Beauty Salon
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair (electric)
Wheelchair (scooter)
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Upcoming Events Each month, Dorchester Terrace Retirement Residence organizes several events and activities designed to encourage seniors and their family members to experience the Sifton Retirement Lifestyle. You are invited to join us at one of our upcoming events!

Arts and Crafts
Assisted Walks/Trails
Bible Classes
Billiards/Pool Tables
Bocce Ball
Brain Fitness
Card Games
Continued education
Day Trips
Exercise Program
Movie Nights
Religious & Holiday Services
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care

General Manager's Message
Danielle Nekoda

As the General Manager, I’m pleased to welcome you to Dorchester Terrace. Our beautiful retirement home is located in Dorchester, just north of the 401 between London and Woodstock.  With 94 elegantly appointed suites, you will be sure to find the right fit for you.  I encourage you to come for a tour and see our bright dining room and cheerful lobby where we host entertainment and social activities.  Speak with our residents while they’re playing cards or a game of pool and hear why they love living here.   After your tour, stay and enjoy a home cooked meal overlooking our patio gardens and meet our wonderful staff.   Come and see for yourself what retirement living really looks like.  Dorchester Terrace, where changing your address has never made you feel more at home.   


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses24 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctorvisiting 4x/month
Health & Wellness Teamon call
Massage Therapistvisiting 1x/week
Geriatric Pharmaciston call
Mobility Specialiston call
Foot care specialistvisiting 2x/month
Dentiston call
Physiotherapistvisiting 2x/week
Chiropodistvisiting 1x/month

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 4
  • Weekends: 4
  • Nights: 2

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available (cost from $100)
  • Respite care available (cost from $125)
  • Convalescent care

Health Services:

  • Medication charted by exception(with special assistance)
  • Oxygen assistance(with special assistance)
  • Physically challenged residents(with special assistance)
  • Vitals monitoring(with special assistance)

Move-in requirements

• Chest x-ray
• Medical form completed by family doctor
• Personal Interview
• TB test required

Accreditation & Associations

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Dorchester is a small town of approximately 10,000 people about 10 minutes east of London, Ontario. The town offers services, shopping, restaurants, and many services and activities for seniors. The Thames River flows through the town. The town has sports teams including recreation centre and sports fields.

Sifton - Dorchester Terrace is located at 143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5.

What's nearby:

St. Peter's Anglican Church
Dorchester Presbyterian Church
Dorchester Community Church
Dorchester United Church
Dorchester Family Christian Centre
Middlesex County Library, Dorchester Public Library
Dorchester Medical Clinic
Chiropractic Centre
Dorchester Dental
Dr. Lida Kiddie, Dentist
Dr. Tim Kiddie, Optometrist
Hearing Care Clinic
Dorchester Physiotherapy
Shopper's Drug Mart
Flight Executive Centre
Lion's Trail
Lion's Senior Centre

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