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Scarborough Retirement Residence

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8
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New renovation opened Oct, 2022

Lifestyle options:
Independent Living, Assisted Living
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Private home-care allowed, Palliative care available
Cost (from):
124 suites (Studio, 1-bed)
137 residents

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Scarborough Retirement Residence

Our Perspective


Scarborough Retirement Residence is close to the Beaches area and downtown Toronto, making it that much more appealing for family to visit. With its air purification indoors and fresh Lake air outside (among other factors!), this place is ideal for those who are focused on improving their health and living in a healthy environment. And the food is excellent!

This residence combines proximity to the heart of Toronto, with a down-home feel, due to its being family owned. This is a relatively small community where people care for each other; residents have the option of being as open or as private as they want to be. You can take retirement living for a test drive, thanks to short term and respite care stays. Security is provided through overnight staff.

Chef-prepared meals, physiotherapy and daily enrichment programs are just some of the home's features that make life here especially great. The community extends care holistically through onsite spiritual programming. The pet-friendly environment has also been shown to have benefits for psychological wellbeing. Group outings include movies and day visits to a variety of attractions.

Community’s Perspective

We asked Scarborough Retirement Residence to answer the following questions:

Who are you as a community?

Scarborough’s Premier Boutique Retirement Community is a family owned and managed residence that offers seniors the opportunity to maintain their independence. Enjoy healthy Chef-prepared meals, physiotherapy, fall prevention programs, air purification for optimal health, daily life enrichment programs as well as a Chapel with daily mass services. We pride ourselves on a level of excellence that comes from dedicated and caring staff. We also accommodate short-term trial or respite stays.

  • Opened in: 1989
  • Ownership: Private.
  • Languages Spoken: English

What do you do differently or uniquely well?

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What supports do you offer residents as they adjust to life there?

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Insider Perspectives

Reviews of Scarborough Retirement Residence

Karen Fraser, family member
"What I liked about Scarborough when I first sort of visited it was it's a smaller community and I felt that there was more of an opportunity for my mum to feel part of a family versus getting lost in the crowd... Scarborough Retirement Residence bills themselves as a boutique senior residence and I consider it as such. There's very much a family feel when you enter the residence. And in terms of the ownership and management team, I feel that they're really first class... Mom has a greater lev..."

Darryl Cooper, family member
"My mom has been a resident at SRR for close to 3 years. This place is extremely well run and puts the care and comfort of its residence first. The staff are very kind and empathetic and this approach is seen at every level of the organization. From the ownership to the facility support person the residents are the number one priority. This last year during the pandemic has been extremely difficult for all seniors homes but I’m happy to say my mom and her fellow residents have been kept safe an..."

Marion, resident
"I've made many friends here. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else."

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Interview videos

Daughter of Resident

  • In this Perspective:
  • 00:57 - What do you appreciate most about Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 02:51 - What would you highlight about the social life, staff, facilities, and amenities?
  • 09:51 - How has your parent's life improved since moving?
  • 11:18 - What are the unique values of Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 12:06 - How has your own life improved since your parent moved into Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 13:08 - What would you like to tell other families who are considering Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 16:05 - What made you choose Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 18:33 - What was your decision journey like?
  • 19:35 - What was the process like moving your parent into Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 22:17 - Would you do anything different if you were to go through the decision journey again?
  • show more

Owner / Operator, Scarborough Retirement Residence

  • In this Perspective:
  • At Scarborough Retirement Residence, owner Marie-Josee Lafontaine's deeply personal commitment to excellence finds new expression in advocating for deeper relations between the private and public health care sector. She sees this as having potential to transform the industry. Below, in the transcribed interview, Ms. Lafontaine shares some of her personal history, changes she’s seen, and those she’s currently pushing forward.

Community Relations Manager

  • In this Perspective:
  • Maureen Scordamaglia is the community relations manager for Scarborough Retirement Residence, a retirement community in Scarborough, Ontario offering independent living and assisted living services.
  • 0:44 - What are three things you love about your job?
  • 1:04 - What drew you to this field and ultimately to Scarborough Retirement Residence?
  • 1:48 - What first struck you about the residence when you first joined?
  • 2:25 - What makes Scarborough Retirement Residence unique in the area?
  • 3:28 - What does being an independently owned residence allow you to do?
  • 5:22 - How do you keep families informed about what’s going on inside the residence, and with their loved one?
  • 7:00 - What are some unique programs and features you offer?
  • 8:07 - How do you build your menus?
  • 9:38 - Do you have a favourite menu item?
  • 9:55 - Is there an event or occasion you look forward to every year?
  • 10:39 - What’s the relationship between the residence and the larger community of Scarborough and the GTA?
  • 11:31 - How would you describe the lifestyle at the residence?
  • 12:46 - What level of care do you provide?
  • 14:34 - What’s your advice for families who disagree about making this move?
  • 15:52 - Is there a memory of a resident that stands out in your mind?
  • 16:49 - What changes do you see coming for the residence in the next 5 or 10 years?
  • 17:58 - What’s your advice for those in their search now?
  • show more


Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,260


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

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)

Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $3,288


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

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)
  • Dressing (Extra fee)
  • Transfers (Extra fee)


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 264 - 510 $3,288 - $4,572 (Rent) +$900 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed 480 - 620 $4,659 - $5,407 (Rent) +$900 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Full size fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,288 - $4,572
  • Size: 264sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$900
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,659 - $5,407
  • Size: 480sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$900
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
    • Call Bell System
    • Full size fridge
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchenette
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email


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

Seating type : Assigned seating , Two Seatings

Special diets : Celiac Diet, Diabetic, Ethnic, Gluten Free, Lactose free, Low sodium, Puree foods, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Gift Shop
Hobby kitchen
Laundry machines
Mail box
Newspaper delivery available to suite
On-site General Store
Onsite foot care
Parking (outdoor)
Party room
Pet friendly
Private dining room for family/friends
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Spa Services
Spa/Beauty Salon
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair (electric)
Wheelchair (scooter)
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

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

Staff & Care


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses24 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctoron call & visiting 1x/week
Health & Wellness Teamon call
Massage Therapistvisiting 1x/week
Foot care specialistvisiting 1x/week
Physiotherapistvisiting 1x/week

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 3
  • Weekends: 4
  • Nights: 2

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available (cost from $135)
  • Respite care available (cost from $135)
  • Private home-care allowed
  • Palliative care available

Health Services:

  • Cognitively impaired residents(with no special assistance)
  • Oxygen assistance(with special assistance)
  • Physically challenged residents(with no special assistance)
  • Vitals monitoring(with special assistance)

Move-in requirements

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

COVID-19 Information

Scarborough Retirement Residence has always had robust infection control protocols. At the beginning of the pandemic, our team came together to look at areas where we could enhance our safety measure in compliance with the provincial and local health authorities. With clear and attainable protocols in place, we are able to help protect our residents and staff and immediately address any COVID-19 outbreaks.

Some of the enhanced safety measures include:

* Active screening and surveillance of resident health daily
* PPE on hand and required for residents and staff
* Essential worker and designated caregiver (DCG) training
* Active screening of visitors and staff
* Enhanced infection control protocols
* Promote hand-washing and good hygiene by increasing our hand sanitization stations and audits
* Increased sanitation and disinfection of high-touch surfaces
* Physical distancing in common areas, dining rooms and elevators
* Routine PCR swabbing and Rapid Antigen Testing for all staff, Agency Workers and DCGs
* Pandemic Free Family Visitation Our commitment to you. Scarborough Retirement Residence has implemented many
initiatives to support our residents, staff and our community during the pandemic:
* Rapidly sourced PPE for staff, residents and visitors
* Ongoing recruitment to ensure consistent staffing
* Our Community Relations Team is available 7 days a week to answer your calls and respond to your emails
* Host regular scheduled virtual town hall meetings and provide email updates to keep our residents, their families and our staff
informed and connected
* Medical Virtual Care available in our Community Clinic’s Family Lounge
* Sourced and maintain the Family Visitation Centre our safe and innovative approach to keeping residents connected to their
* Enhanced virtual Life Enrichment Programs such as Virtual-Visits, Dedicated Community CATIE TV, Radio &
Web Communication directly to resident suites.

Read the most recent COVID-19 updates from Scarborough Retirement Residence

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Accreditation & Associations



Scarborough Retirement Residence is just steps away from the Scarborough Village Seniors' Centre, churches, shopping, banks, convenience stores, and public transit is at our doorstep.

Scarborough Residence is located at 148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8.

What's nearby:

St. Boniface Catholic Church
Pharmasave Pharmacy
Scarborough Village Seniors' Centre

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