Adult Lifestyle Communities

Many people live in a home they bought years ago under different circumstances than those they are now living in. Adult lifestyle communities are growing in popularity for those 55 and older and are expected to continue to grow in numbers over the upcoming years as the population continues to age.

These adult lifestyle communities are created for active seniors:

Life Lease
The phrase “life lease” means that once an initial lump sum is paid out as a deposit, there is little change in rates, and the purchaser will own the home for life. In recent years, these communities have become increasingly popular, since they meet the housing and support service challenges faced by Canada’s aging population.

Life Lease communities allow residents to take an active role in managing the property and organizing activities and programs to help seniors have a sense of purpose that may not be possible if they are isolated in a single family home.

Additionally, a Life Lease community is restricted to adults 55 or 60 and older.

Life Lease community

Garden Suite/Secondary Suites

Garden Suites are a pre-made residential structure installed on a one unit basis (up to 20 years) in the backyard of an existing home, where a secondary suite may be contained within the primary residential dwelling of a family member. Both Garden Suites and Secondary Suites allow for independent seniors living while still being close for family support.

The Ontario Government is attempting to make it easier to create secondary suites and garden suites as proposed in their Housing Supply Action Plan.

Wellness Support

Many seniors wish to stay in their home; however, they may need some additional support to remain at home. There are many home and community healthcare services in Ontario that will help seniors retain their independence, while still providing some assistance.

Many of home and community healthcare services offer:

  • Personal care services like companionship, meal prep, medication reminders, housekeeping, and fall prevention
  • Medical facilities like nursing, wound care, and therapy

This at-home wellness support is offered by: