How to find the right senior home for your retirement ?

How to choose a retirement home ?


Looking for a retirement home for yourself or a loved one and wondering how to make the best choice? To better equip you with this selection, the new Bonjour Résidences platform informs you of the 9 must-haves to consider in choosing an accommodation. With these tips , you can find the right place with confidence.


How to find the ideal residence for retirees ?

  1. Analyze your needs : Making a good choice involves thinking first and foremost. Ask yourself about your needs or those of your loved one. Do you need adapted services, proximity to family members, a specific budget or frequent activities? Try to find out what matters to you and what is secondary. Then, stay true to your criteria during the search. With more than 2,000 seniors' residences in Quebec, it can be complex to make the best decision without having defined criteria.
  2. Target the location : Once you have established your criteria, select your preferred neighborhood. If it's important for you to be close to your family and friends, or a shopping center, include these elements in your choice. This will save you a lot of hassle once you've settled in the seniors' residence and will encourage family gatherings or social activities.

  3. Use technology or Web tools: Today you can find everything on the Internet. Simpler, more precise and faster, Web tools accelerate research of all kinds. Finding a retirement home is no exception. So if you want to find a quality home, use a search platform such as ours. You can also visit the residence's page and learn more about units and services. However, know that Bonjour Residences will find you the residences that have met your criteria. You will save a lot of time and visit residences that really suit your needs. Fill out an accommodation request here.

  4. Possible activities and atmosphere: Who said that retirement homes do not rhyme with pleasure? Now, there are plenty of places to offer activities and events to promote active living and interaction among residents.

  5. Ask about the cleanliness of the premises and safety : Hygiene and safety are essential to consider in choosing your home. When selecting a location that is of interest to you, find out about cleanliness and the security measures that are in place. You can request this information from the Residency Manager or include it in the search tools. The Bonjour Résidences platform includes these criteria in its detailed and modern research tool.

  6. Look for reviews or comments: The reputation of a residence speaks volumes about its quality. Seeking advice on the experience, atmosphere, cleanliness and quality of services is an important step. With this information, you will be better equipped to make the right decision and above all, to avoid unpleasant surprises once the lease is signed. If you find several negative comments about a home, it may be wiser to continue your search. On the other hand, if you find that a seniors' residence has many positive opinions, you are surely on the right track.

    To know the reviews, know that the Bonjour Résidences platform is the place to be. Residents, family members can leave comments and note their appreciation.

  7. Know the rules: Before signing a lease, it is best to understand the rules and conditions of the facility. Take and read all the necessary documentation to be well informed about life in residence and rules to follow. The code of ethics, additional costs, the reception procedure, the filing, the handling of complaints and the related services must be taken into consideration. If all of this suits you, continue your process.

  8. Make an appointment: Once your residence has been selected, contact the manager to make an appointment. To simplify making appointments and talking quickly to the right person, use the Bonjour Résidences platform. It will give you contact information for the resource person and will speed up the appointment process.

    Once there, visit the premises, the dining room, the common areas and talk to the staff. Find out if you feel comfortable in the residence and in the unit. Above all, do not hesitate to ask questions that you will have previously defined on a list. This meeting is the perfect moment to look for answers. However, if you are looking for accommodation for a loved one, bring it with you if possible. After the visit, discuss together and measure the pros and cons to find out if this retirement home is ideal.

  9. Sign the lease: Before signing your lease, review the rent inclusions and especially the services that will require additional costs. The goal is to be well informed and especially to avoid gray areas. If necessary, review the rules and operation of the seniors' residence. If all is right for you, sign the lease with complete peace of mind. Your research will have paid off and you will enjoy your new home.


With this guide to find senior's residences , you will know how to find your ideal home. It's a safe bet that this process will seem easier with these tips and tools. And if you hesitate, continue your search on Bonjour Résidences to discover authentic reviews. You will certainly find the ideal place among those proposed there.

Want to get help in your research? Our team of experts is available at all times to assist you in your research. You know your needs and we know the residences, use our free services .