Almost one in five Canadians are 65 and older, meaning seniors are the highest proportions of individuals in the country. In the coming years and decades there will be an increase in the number of long term care and retirement services in use. With that in mind, it is important for each individual to find the right type of care and lifestyle they need. Here are some of the differences between long term care and living in a retirement community. 

What is a Retirement Community?

A retirement community is a residence or home where a community of seniors live. Park Place Retirement communities are flexible and promote choice and independence for the seniors living within them. At a retirement residence, you have your own suite where you can create your own schedule, and come and leave the residence at any time you please. You can also choose your own meals and choose how you like to spend your time, whether that be taking part in activities, going on outings, or spending time with friends and family on or off-site of the residence. 

What is Long-term Care?

Long term care homes are focused on providing 24/7 care for their residents. Not everyone can qualify for long term care in Coquitlam, it is often for those who need a high level of care, require continuous supervision, or those who no longer have the ability to take care of themselves independently. Long-term care nurses can help residents with tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing, and much more. Long term care homes in Coquitlam have 24-hour monitoring, and around-the-clock nursing and staff within their residences as well. Meals are served in a central area and are prepared with specific dietary restrictions in mind, if necessary. Care in a Coquitlam long term care facility is more personalized and focuses on the physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual activities of each resident.

Other Factors to Consider


The costs of retirement homes are broken down into monthly payments. These payments are the responsibility of the individual or family member of the individual staying at the residence. Shaughnessy long term care facilities are completely private pay. There are still funding options available for our long term care homes if needed. Contact us for more information. 


Retirement home services can include services such as housekeeping, laundry, and full-service dining. In addition to this, retirement homes can aid in transportation services, modern amenities such as fitness centers, hair salons, and libraries, and access to care services.

In addition to the basic needs of meal services and recreational and spiritual programs, long term care homes offer more medical based care options as well. Some of the services consist of physiotherapy, emergency call systems, medication administration, and fall/injury management and reduction. 

If you’re looking for a long term care home in the Lower Mainland, Shaughnessy Seniors Community offers personalized and high-quality nursing care to support your parent or loved one. Located in Port Coquitlam, our boutique-style residence is warm, inviting, and can provide the resources required to keep your loved one comfortable and happy despite age-related health problems. If you’d like to learn more about our facilities and care plans, you can always visit our website or reach out to a member of our team and we’d be happy to help.