Types of Retirement Living
Active Adult Lifestyle
Active adult lifestyle communities throughout Ontario offer ideal living in a community of people your own age. These communities suit the needs of healthy and active seniors and may include community amenities, recreational activities, social clubs, varied classes and other structured events. An active adult lifestyle may also refer to low-maintenance living, which might include lawn and landscaping services, snow removal and exterior home maintenance.
Continuum of Care
Residences that offer the availability and convenience of multiple levels of care options under one roof or in adjacent buildings so your changing needs can be met with minimal disruption.
Independent Living – Independent Older Adults
Ideal for seniors who want to live in a community of people their age with similar interests, and have all of their daily tasks taken care of. These residents are in good physical and cognitive health and need only some light assistance with tasks such as laundry, transportation and meals. Meals and housekeeping typically included with little to no health care.
Assisted Living – Seniors Needing a Little Assistance
Ideal for residents of all ages with some limitations in physical/cognitive health, assisted living communities are designed for residents requiring on-site assistance with personal care, mobility, medication management and support. This level of service is frequently offered in a separate wing, floor or designated area of the residence.
Long Term Care – Seniors Requiring 24 Hour Care
Intended for seniors requiring access to 24-hour care and daily support services for physical and/or cognitive conditions. A wide range of care and different levels of service, including for Alzheimer’s and dementia who require skilled nursing, make this an ideal community for a wide variety of people. Admission and funding is overseen by local government agencies in each province.
Home Care – Where Extra Care is Needed at Home or in a Retirement Community
Ideal for individuals who want to remain at home with assistance from a home care agency, including the chronically ill, or people recovering from illness or surgery. Agencies usually charge an hourly fee to provide a range of medical and non-medical services for personal care, homemaking, meal preparation, transportation and social support.
Short Stays or Respite Stays
Some senior residences offer short stays which are available to individuals requiring temporary accommodation for respite care or to convalesce following a hospital visit or health issue, subject to availability. Short stays are also offered as a trial stay to experience retirement living first hand.