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Comprehensive Guide to Retirement LivingĀ® (Book)

Soft cover, printed version


The wonderful detailed information contained on this website is also available in its entirety in book* and CD-ROM format. In addition to the comprehensive information on many retirement residences and in Ontario, the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living® includes the following information:

  • What is a Retirement Residence and Who Needs One
  • Retirement Residence Visiting Tips – 250 Important Questions to Ask and Things to Look For when touring retirement residences
  • Emotional Aspects of Relocation
  • How to Make the Transition Easier
  • What if a Retirement Community is not the Right Option
  • What is Long-Term Care?
  • Community Care Access Centres
  • Supportive Housing
  • Life Lease/Life Equity Housing
  • Resource information on goods and services for seniors wishing to move or stay in their own homes

The over 300 page Guide is well organized & fact filled. The information in the Guide is concise, detailed and non-biased. It is written by an experienced hospital social worker and is updated annually. It is the most comprehensive publication of its kind and is widely recognized by professionals, consumers and those in the seniors housing and resource industries.

*Information on residences contained in the printed Guide was collected in the summer of 2017. Only homes that provided information about their residence/home are included in the Guide.

Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living


Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living (CD-Rom)


The Guide (Ontario Region) is also available in CD-ROM format. Great for professionals working with seniors. It contains an automatic link to our website for those with internet access. Only print out the pages you need.

Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living


2018 Guide in PDF Format

Download a PDF of the 2018 Guide! It is colourized and contains direct hyperlinks to all websites and email addresses. Cities are book marked and you can use the Find Feature in Adobe to search for various features within the document. Pages can be printed as needed. The cost is $15.00 CDN including HST.

Ontario Only 


You can also purchase:

  • At select hospital Gift Shops - call (416) 457-6554 for an up-to-date listing
  • By Mail Order by completing your information and sending a cheque to the address on the order form. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the form. Get it here.

Retirement Home & Long-Term Care Visiting Tips - download a PDF document that is an excerpt of the 2018 Guide to Retirement Living. This article details how to find "the best" home and contains 250 questions to consider and ask when touring retirement residences and 125 questions to ask when touring long-term care homes. Cost is $5.00 per download.

Emergency File & Information - Are you a caregiver for someone? In an emergency would you be able to access important health and financial information about them? Do you know the kind of information you might be required to have? If you aren't a caregiver, do your loved ones know where your important documents are in the event of an emergency? This useful document can assist individuals & caregivers organize important relevant health and financial information for you or someone you are caring for. A concise chart prepared by a long-time social worker, there is a place for all important information any caregivers might require.

Care Options for Seniors in Ontario - download a PDF document that is an excerpt of our annual Guide. The information in the PDF details the different care options available to seniors, how to discuss the need for care, and other important information for those beginning to search. It is a companion PDF to Visiting Tips. It does not contain information on specific homes or questions while touring homes (see Visiting Tips for a list of Questions to review while touring). Cost is $5.00 per download.



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