Retirement Homes near Kitchener, ON

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When it’s time to find the right care for your loved one in Kitchener, ON, A Place for Mom is there to help. For almost 20 years, A Place for Mom has assisted families in navigating the many options available for assisted living at no cost.

Along with answering questions, providing personal support and advocating for quality older adult care, A Place for Mom has more than 20,000 trusted communities in its network. We understand that every family is unique, which is why our Senior Advisors guide you to the best one for your situation among the 50 facilities in our network in the Kitchener area.

Whether just beginning your journey or are in the midst of juggling options, you likely have many questions. What is assisted living? How much does it cost? Which one will provide the best care for my loved one? Our caring Advisors are there for every question along the way.

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Senior housing types near Kitchener, ON

  • Lanark Village

    Lanark Village

    44 Lanark Crescent, Kitchener, ON N2N 2Z8
    (4)
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    Lanark Place Lanark Village is located in Kitchener, a city in Southern Ontario. Kitchener is roughly about 100km west of Toronto. This town features many recreational programs and services geared towards seniors. There is a local woodworking and crafts centre, a golf course, several historic sites,...

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  • Conestoga Lodge

    55 Hugo Crescent, Kitchener, ON N2M 5J1
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  • Park Avenue Manor

    Park Avenue Manor

    924 Park Ave W, Burlington, ON L7T 1N7
    (3)
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    Located in the quiet residential area of Aldershot in Burlington, Park Avenue Manor offers all of the advantages and conveniences of an established retirement residence. Our residents enjoy a number of well appointed amenities in our single-story design such as an elegant dining room, library, hair...

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  • Cardinal Retirement Residence

    Cardinal Retirement Residence

    10 Herkimer Street, Hamilton, ON L8P 2G2
    (3)
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    Experience the warmth of the Cardinal Retirement Residence for yourself! The Cardinal Retirement Residence is a fabulous retirement community offering Independent and Assisted Living, located in the beautiful downtown community of Hamilton, Ontario. If you want to live in comfortable, secure place...

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  • Tara Retirement Home

    Tara Retirement Home

    843 Mohawk Road E, Hamilton, ON L8T 2R4
    (2)
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    Our mission is to make The Tara Retirement Home your preferred retirement care provider in your golden years. We will provide outstanding care, continuous love, and everlasting memories within our close-knit community. At The Tara Retirement Home, our vision is to be the leading private provider...

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  • Dayspring Residence

    332787 Plank Line, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4H1
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    Dayspring Residence is an intimate 13 bed senior home in Tillsonburg located in a peaceful country setting far enough from hustle and bustle of the city, yet close to all town amenities and conveniences. Our retirement home is easily accessible by car; we are just 5 minutes north of Tillsonburg on...

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  • Queens Avenue Retirement Residence

    Queens Avenue Retirement Residence

    1056 Queens Ave, Oakville, ON L6H 6R3
    (3)
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    Queens Avenue Retirement Residence, located in Oakville, Ontario provides a welcoming, modern assisted living community. Our residents have access to some of the best amenities and features around, while still be close to their family, several shopping areas, numerous entertainment options, and...

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  • Adam's Residence

    Adam's Residence

    372342 Quarter Town Line, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4H1
    (1)
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    This is "home away from home" we have a family oriented facility where you live peacefully in a quiet  environment that gives you access to quality care and support required for you to recover from illness and also gives you a perfect homely place to leave and enjoy your best days. Our goal is to...

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  • Queens Village for Seniors

    Queens Village for Seniors

    518 Queens Avenue, London, ON N6B 1Y7
    (18)
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    Queens Village is a residence for seniors providing a variety of care and services serving the communities of London since 2004. Nested in the prestigious community of Woodfield, we enjoy living in a We offer our residents an extension of their home by providing a personalized assistance program....

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  • Maple View Terrace

    Maple View Terrace

    279 Horton Street East, London, ON N6B 1L3
    (16)
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    Maple View Terrace is a welcoming and warm retirement community offering affordable, spacious suites and high standards for quality care and support. One of the highlights of this well-established community is the experienced and dedicated long tenured team, proudly serving the South London...

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  • Delmanor Prince Edward

    Delmanor Prince Edward

    4180 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1X8
    (18)
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    Located in the prestigious Kingsway neighbourhood in Etobicoke, the newest Tridel-inspired retirement community backs directly onto the spectacular Humber River. Extensive amenities include a fitness centre, movie theatre, full-service spa and salon, bar, cafe, library, gourmet demo kitchen and a...

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  • Terrace Gardens

    Terrace Gardens

    3705 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2E8
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    Revera — Terrace Gardens offers a full continuum of care in Toronto, with COR kosher-certified dining in a warm, traditional environment. The retirement residence is centrally-located in the heart of the Bathurst and Wilson community. This well-established residential neighbourhood is...

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  • Sophia Senior Living

    Sophia Senior Living

    5930 18th Side Rd, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0
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    Sophia Assisted Living for Seniors Sophia’s assisted living facility is a privately owned senior group home that provides housing, hospitality services and personal care services for adults who can live independently or need some level of assistance. At Sophia’s Care Home for Seniors, residents are...

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  • Delmanor Elgin Mills

    Delmanor Elgin Mills

    80 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0L3
    (12)
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    Award winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, a proud member of the Tridel group. Established in 2002, Delmanor Elgin Mills is an intimate manor style residence that offers both independent and assisted living with attentive hotel style service. Beautifully appointed studio, one & two bedroom suites in a...

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  • Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

    Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

    70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0W7
    (7)
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    Richmond Hill Retirement Residence is an assisted living community in the upscale town of Richmond Hill, Ontario, in the Regional Municipality of York. Our modern, well-appointed community is located just off Yonge Street, providing excellent access to public transit, shopping and services. As part...

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  • Delmanor Wynford

    Delmanor Wynford

    187 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 0C7
    (9)
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    Delmanor Wynford is a Tridel-inspired retirement community located in the heart of Don Mills, conveniently situated off Eglinton and the DVP. Delmanor Wynford offers many large, one-of-a-kind suites with balconies, stainless-steel full size fridges and microwaves, granite countertops and in-suite...

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  • Atrium at Kew Beach

    Atrium at Kew Beach

    500 Kingston Road, Toronto, ON M4L 1V3
    (20)
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    Atrium at Kew Beach Atrium at Kew Beach is an assisted living community located in the heart of The Beaches in Toronto, ON. Our welcoming community is central to public transit, shopping, world-class medical services and safe city parks, providing our residents with easy access to the best...

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  • Loyalist Retirement Residence

    Loyalist Retirement Residence

    190 King Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3J7
    (2)
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    The Loyalist is located in down town St. Catharines, Ontario, the largest city in the Niagara Peninsula. In 1986, The Loyalist Retirement Residence was erected and now stands tall on the foundation of history that came before it. It was bought by Mundi Holdings Ltd. who own and manage 300 retirement...

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  • Villa Karuna Home For Seniors

    Villa Karuna Home For Seniors

    602 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1J 1B5
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    Villa Karuna Home for Seniors is a residential care home located in Scarborough, ON. Situated in the Greater Toronto Area, the city of Scarborough features a diverse cultural community. With its wide array of unique sites and points of interest, this city beloved by visitors and residents alike. It...

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  • Angel's Retirement Home

    Angel's Retirement Home

    417 Queeston St, St. Catharines, ON L2P 2Y3
    (4)
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    Angel's Retirement is a Place to Call Home! We offer Respite and Day Programs! Your loved one will feels like home because we offer bright, comfortable, spacious private bedrooms with hardwood floors, cheering fireplaces, a backyard garden and an outdoor porch. At Angels Retirement Home, residents...

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  • The Roxborough Retirement Residence

    The Roxborough Retirement Residence

    1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P8
    (7)
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    You will feel it as soon as you walk through the doors. The Roxborough is rich with the comforts of life as well as a warm and lighthearted ambiance that feels wonderful to come home to. The Roxborough is located only steps away from the state-of-the-art Southlake Regional Health Centre and is one...

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  • Blue Mountain Manor

    Blue Mountain Manor

    236 Weir Street, Stayner, ON L0M 1S0
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    Located in Stayner, Ontario, a retirement and tourist destination on the shores of Georgian Bay, Blue Mountain Manor offers a cozy family atmosphere for retirement living. Like small town Stayner, Blue Mountain Manor also features a close community connection. The focus is on wellness, safety and...

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  • Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

    Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

    40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, ON L4A 0P5
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    Quality, variety and elegance define the living experience provided at Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence. You will have a feeling of comfort and warmth, a feeling of belonging the moment you step through the doors. Our residence combines a luxurious, yet relaxed setting with the security that...

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  • Country Manor Estates Ltd

    Country Manor Estates Ltd

    66 Victoria Street, Thedford, ON N0M 2N0
    (3)
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    Country Manor Estates Retirement Residence offers both independent and Assisted Living for our residents. We have been in business for over 32 years and have grown a reputation for our beautiful grounds, amazing care and nursing, delicious meals and for being friendly. If you want to live in a...

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  • River Road Retirement Residence

    River Road Retirement Residence

    4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
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    River Road Retirement Residence is an assisted living community located in beautiful Niagara Falls, ON. Our warm, welcoming community overlooks the stunning Niagara River Gorge, next to paved walking trails and lush, flower-filled parks. Niagara Falls is a compact, friendly city with modern...

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  • Tiverton Park Manor

    Tiverton Park Manor

    24 King Street Box 250, Tiverton, ON N0G 2T0
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    Clean, modern facilities with colorful gardens and a front door view of bustling King Street beckon when you visit us, near the shores at Inverhuron in the century old village of Tiverton. Life at The Manor is a rich mix of engaging activity, lively entertainment, community events, friendly...

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  • Elderwood Assisted Living at Wheatfield

    Elderwood Assisted Living at Wheatfield

    2600 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
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    Elderwood Assisted Living at Wheatfield is a assisted living community located in the tranquil town of Wheatfield, NY. Wheatfield is located in Niagara County, about 20-minutes from Niagara Falls, and home to about 18,000 people. Wheatfield is home to a local museum, shops and area stores, where...

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  • Brookdale Niagara (AL)

    Brookdale Niagara (AL)

    6741 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
    (29)
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    Need a little extra help so you can host a princess tea party with the grandkids? No problem. Here at our enhanced assisted living community, we can help you with the little things—like simple housekeeping and meals—and with bathing, getting dressed and managing medications, too. You can go focus on...

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  • Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda

    Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda

    111 Ensminger Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    (7)
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    While we may be new to the Elderwood family, our facility has been located in Tonawanda for over 20 years. Formally Tonawanda Manor, Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda prides itself on the staff that have worked here for decades. Our administrator, Ann Marie, has been a part of our community for...

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  • Brookdale Kenmore

    Brookdale Kenmore

    2971 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217
    (32)
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    Here you’ll get to redefine your independence, pursue new hobbies and live your life your way. At our enhanced assisted living community, you’ll have choices for how to spend your time. With enhanced assisted living, you’ll have assistance with medications, dressing and bathing, as well as services...

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  • The Bristol Home

    The Bristol Home

    1500 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
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    The Bristol Home is a non-profit assisted living facility located in the theatre district of Downtown Buffalo. The Bristol Home has served the needs of the area's elderly women for more than one hundred and thirty-five years. Our mission is to continue providing exceptional care and services to the...

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  • White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence

    White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence

    1460 Highway #2, Courtice, ON L1E 3C4
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    Located in a beautiful setting, White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence is located in the growing community of Courtice. With its blend of farmland, charming neighborhoods, business, shopping districts and parks, all within an easy commute of the GTA, it is the ideal place for inspired senior...

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  • Parkside North East

    Parkside North East

    2 Gibson St, North East, PA 16428
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    Parkside at North East is located right on Gibson Park, in the heart of the historic town of North East. Our Community is within walking distance of churches, banks, the McCord Public Library, post office and a variety of shops and eateries. Offering fifty one, beautifully styled one and two bedroom...

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  • Bickford of Presque Isle Bay

    Bickford of Presque Isle Bay

    1012 W Bayfront Pkwy, Erie, PA 16507
    (22)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized personal care services...

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  • Elderwood Village at Williamsville

    Elderwood Village at Williamsville

    5271 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
    (8)
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    Elderwood Village at Williamsville offers an independent lifestyle with a caring, personal touch. Our community, located close to the Village of Williamsville, features studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Our experienced and attentive staff handles cooking , housekeeping and...

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  • Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

    Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

    245 Bassett Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
    (60)
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    Elderwood Village at Bassett Park offers exceptional assisted living and memory care services in the historic village of Williamsville, New York. As part of the Buffalo Metro Region, Williamsville is a great place to call home offering all the charm of small town living and the conveniences that...

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  • Heritage Manor of Lockport

    Heritage Manor of Lockport

    41 Lexington Court, Lockport, NY 14094
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    Established in 1989, Heritage Manor of Lockport has been providing residents of Niagara County two types of exceptional senior living. Our 64 bed adult home is available to seniors who may no longer be able to live at home independently and would benefit from the many assisted living services...

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  • Elderwood Village at St. Gregory Court

    Elderwood Village at St. Gregory Court

    111 Saint Gregory Ct, Williamsville, NY 14221
    (6)
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    Elderwood St. Gregory Court offers a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you every day. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence. Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities, and beautiful...

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  • The Amberleigh

    The Amberleigh

    2330 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
    (52)
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    Explore new interests at The Amberleigh, where our blend of desired amenities and convenient services offers residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Our Williamsville, New York, Independent...

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  • Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga

    Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga

    575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
    (28)
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    At Peregrine's Landing Senior Community, every day you will be greeted by members of our friendly, caring staff who will offer freshly prepared, restaurant-style meals in our elegant dining room. Participate in exciting, fulfilling daily activities. Or, visit with friends and family, enjoy a quiet...

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  • Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga

    Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga

    229 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
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    Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga is a assisted living community located in the growing town of Cheektowaga, NY. Cheektowaga is located in Erie County, close to Buffalo, and home to just over 88,000 people. Cheektowaga has a lot of great stores, shopping, and restaurants giving residents the...

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  • Tennyson Court

    Tennyson Court

    49 Tennyson Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
    (14)
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    Tennyson Court Assisted Living and Memory Care has been in the caring business for almost 19 years. Our reputation for care, cleanliness, and attention to detail has made us a top choice in the WNY area. Our household design helps promote independence while allowing a more intimate setting for care...

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  • Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca

    Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca

    580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
    (13)
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    Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca offers an independent lifestyle with caring personal attention. The community in West Seneca, New York, features comfortable common spaces and private studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The backyard patio features a lovely koi pond and overlooks a lawn,...

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  • Independence Court of Erie

    Independence Court of Erie

    41 W Gore Rd, Erie, PA 16509
    (3)
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    Independence Court - The Experienced Choice Independence Court of Erie At Independence Court of Erie, we believe enhanced personal care should enhance your lifestyle. Located in a peaceful suburban wooded area, our residents enjoy elegant settings, a wide variety of social activities and programs,...

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  • King Place

    King Place

    750 King Street, Midland, ON L4R 0B8
    (1)
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    Trillium Retirement Living — King Place is a convenient bungalow-style retirement residence, well-established for 28 years in the picturesque resort town of Midland, Ontario. This is the heart of cottage country, and King Place features a beautifully landscaped garden, expansive green space...

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  • Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg

    Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg

    76 Buffalo Street, Hamburg, NY 14075
    (9)
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    Located in the Village of Hamburg, New York, Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg offers an independent lifestyle, with caring personal attention. Special features include comfortably furnished living areas set in a historic Masonic temple. Enjoy peace of mind as you relax in your private one or two...

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  • Eden Heights of Eden

    Eden Heights of Eden

    4071 Hardt Rd, Eden, NY 14057
    (10)
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    The Eden Heights community offers assisted living services in charming Eden, New York. With the beautiful scenery from the mountains to Lake Erie that surround Eden, our residents always have a view to enjoy. Our residents can enjoy the views of Lake Erie from our front porch, or from the walking...

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  • Vila Nova Place

    611 Dunbar Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 2T4
    (13)
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    Vila Nova Place provides seniors with assisted living in Cambridge, ON. This community offers the memory care that seniors are looking for in an area that is beautiful. Cambridge provides guests of our community's residents with things to do and see, including the Charles River. Vila Nova Place...

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  • Hillside Residence

    44 St. Charles Street E., Maryhill, ON N0B 2B0
    (4)
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    Hillside Residence is a 13 bed, Assisted Living Retirement Home. Situated on 20 scenic acres in the center of the village of Maryhill, it is midway between Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo. This offers the convenience of nearby municipalities and village life, as well as the atmosphere of a more rural...

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  • Yorkville Residence

    211 York Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 1M9
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    Yorkville Residence is an assisted living community located in the scenic town of Dundas, ON. Our inviting community is nestled in a quiet residential neighbourhood surrounded by the world-famous natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. Dundas is a friendly, quaint place to live, making it the...

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Assisted Living in Kitchener, ON

What Is Assisted Living?

Unlike a nursing home, designed to provide 24/7 medical care for older adults with complex medical situations, assisted living is a long-term care option focused on encouraging independence while providing assistance with daily living activities. Along with being a housing option, these communities typically offer social activities, meals and local transportation, as well as can accommodate changing levels of need.

What Services Are Available?

Like every family is unique, so is each assisted living community. The level of care and services may vary, but most are designed to keep residents engaged, comfortable and independent. When finding the perfect place for your loved one, services to look for may include:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Private rooms
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Educational and enrichment activities
  • Offsite outings
  • Commons areas, indoor and outdoor
  • Wheel-chair accessibility
  • Onsite beautician
  • Visiting medical professionals
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

ADLs and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are an important tool in assessing a person’s physical and mental ability to perform tasks necessary for self-care in their daily lives. If a person needs assistance with an ADL, it often is a sign that a long-term care option may be needed. ADLs are categorized into six essential skills.

  1. Bathing and showering
  2. Complete bowel and bladder control
  3. Dressing oneself with appropriate clothes
  4. Functional mobility, including walking and get out of a bed or chair
  5. Self-feeding, including moving food from plate to mouth and chewing and swallowing
  6. Getting on and off a toilet, as well as being able to clean oneself after

IADLs are considered more complex activities that are still a necessary part of independent living, such as housekeeping, laundry, money management, medication management, food preparation, shopping, transportation and use of communication tools. The inability to perform an IADL may not be an instant sign for added care. If a loved one lives alone, it is important to address these to ensure safe, comfortable living arrangements.

What Are the Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living?

Assessing self-care abilities using ADLs and IADLs are only part of deciding if it’s time your loved ones need extra care. You know and understand the person you care about. As you spend time with them, it’s important to take note when obvious changes in how they act or care for themselves. While subtle changes may just be simple snippets of aging, continued changes are important to reflect on.

  • Medical Issues – Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies are more prone to illness and injury. Chronic medical issues can easily become difficult to manage. Even if your loved one seems healthy, a frequent fall or minor injury can become more serious.
  • Behavioral Changes – As much as you may care about someone, depression can affect anyone. Many older adults may begin to have cognitive or physical issues that can lead to isolation and depression can begin to affect one’s health. Staying active is a key element of staying healthy. Assisted living provides a social network and activities, no matter the level of participation, to keep people engaged.
  • Household and Personal Care – Daily life requires a surprisingly huge amount tasks. Though many are small and often not even considered, they are all necessary to maintaining a happy life. If bills begin to go unpaid or laundry starts piling up, your loved one may be starting to have difficulty handling some of the nuances of complete independent leaving. A sudden change in personal care or eating habits may also be indicators that extra care is needed.

What Is Assisted Living Like in Kitchener, ON?

Only 62 miles from the bustling city of Toronto, Kitchener provides big-city living with small-town charm. Along with neighboring towns of Waterloo and Cambridge, the Kitchener metropolitan area has approximately 523, 894 people.

People who appreciate the beauty of every season will find Kitchener a comforting locale. Warm, humid summers and a pleasant spring and autumn make enjoying the numerous scenic outdoor activities easy. Whether visiting Huron Natural area, a nature preserve with trails, or strolling around downtown’s Victoria Park — which features a lake, playground and pavilion—outdoor enthusiasts will have no trouble finding something to do. Even when cold winter hits, Kitchener doesn’t lack in things to do. From the science-themed THEMUSEUM to art galleries and historical sites, including Joseph Schneider Haus built in the 1850s and the former home of a 1900s prime minister, the culture scene offers an extensive list of to-dos.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Kitchener, ON

Placing the care of your loved one in the hands of others requires having peace of mind. In Canada, The Retirement Act was established in 2010 to protect residents in assisted living communities. This act created the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority, which oversees licensing, inspections, investigations and enforcement. The act also established care and safety standards that require emergency plans, assessments, background checks and staff training. The RHRA website includes a searchable public register to gain the complete history of a facility’s record and compliance.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Kitchener, ON?

Costs for assisted living varying across Canada vary. Typically, the amounts go up when closer to larger cities. Although each facility sets its own pricing and offers different services, the average cost around the Kitchener areas is approximately $3,500 a month. If more services are needed, you can expect that cost to go up.

How Can I Understand Assisted Living Costs?

The cost of assisted living includes various components that may affect the price. Different communities may have different methods they use to determine pricing. Many of them offer an a la carte model. This tiered pricing breaks down the costs and provides flexibility in regards to what services are paid for. It includes a base fee that covers utilities, housekeeping, maintenance and meals. A care fee is determined by the type and number of services required. If a loved one has a complex medication regimen, a medication management fee may also be included, as well as other ancillary services such as parking, physical therapy or extra outings.

Other facilities charge a flat rate. Regardless of which services are used, every resident pays the same amount. For people who know that additional services will eventually be needed, this type of payment option can make long-term budgeting a little easier. It is important to discuss which method is used when researching a potential community. Our Advisors can provide assistance in understanding how it works or which one might be a good option for your unique situation.

No matter which facility you choose, you can expect to pay a one-time upfront fee, which reserves a spot in the community. This amount will also vary among communities.

What to Look For When Touring Assisted Living Facilities

During your journey to find the best care possible for your loved one, a physical visit to a community provides a clearer picture of what to expect. Since every facility is different, it is important to visit several of them before making a decision. Along with cost and services offered, each will have its own feel and culture, one of which may be a better option for your family. These facilities understand this important stage and encourage potential residents and their families to take a tour. If you are unsure of the best way to make arrangements, A Place for Mom can help you set up a tour.

Your senses are the best resource for gauging the essence of a community. Surprisingly, taste is also on the list. Coordinating a tour during a meal can be a great way to not only judge the food your loved one will be given, it provides an opportunity to experience the daily environment. In addition to looking and listening, come prepared to ask questions. Everyone you have is important and should be easily addressed by the tour guide.

While on the tour, maintain focus and be observant. Along with trusting your own gut feeling, some things to look for are listed below.

  • Staff Friendliness – Is the staff kind and considerate to residents? Are they quick to address needs and do so with a happy, helpful demeanor?
  • Engaged Residents – Are the residents engaged in activity? Do they appear neglected? Do they seem happy and content?
  • Cleanliness – Inside and out, a facility should not have noticeable signs of deterioration, foul odors or stains. The grounds should be well-manicured and restrooms, dining hall and commons areas should be clean and welcoming.
  • Safety Measures – If an emergency were to happen, are exits clearly marked? Do you see safety features like Look grip bars, call buttons or overhead sprinklers.

How Do I Make the Right Choice?

A lot goes into deciding what is best for your loved one. With so many questions to consider and to-dos to check off, A Place for Mom Advisors strive to alleviate some of that stress so you can focus on ensuring you and your family find the perfect long-term care option.

Making the right choice means letting go of your preferences and truly understanding what your loved one desires. If a community has activities you would enjoy but your parent has no interest in, it may not be the right place. With many choices in our network, you don’t have to worry about settling between limited options. Understanding what a loved one’s current and future needs is also an important factor. Signs of cognitive issues or additional medication may mean additional care is needed down the road. Our Advisors can help you find the right facility for those changing needs.

Whether you are bringing your loved to you near Kitchener or they live in the area and want to stay, it’s important to have a discussion to ensure they live where they are most comfortable. While you may want to have a loved one close, their comfort and happiness needs to be considered first. Our local Advisors have area expertise to make navigating the Kitchener options easier.