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Building A Seniors’ Campus – Age-Friendly Housing Practice

Building A Seniors’ Campus –  Age-Friendly Housing Practice

Status: Ongoing


Simcoe County Age-Friendly Community Canada
Print this page City population: 47952024.6% over 60Practice started in 2013


County of Simcoe’s vision was to build a state-of-the-art, “60+” adult lifestyle community compatible with an “aging at home” philosophy to meet the increasing need for varied older adult housing options. Georgian Village is a campus that features an entire continuum of housing alternatives to support varied socio-economic needs offering many levels of care ‘under one roof.’ The unique design is set up in a ‘community within a community’ style featuring 5 diverse housing structures offering 8 different choices of accommodation. At the heart of this community, Georgian Rendezvous Village stands as the gathering spot for the residents to come together to enjoy a variety of social amenities, Bistro and Village Pub with fireplace lounge/piano bar, fitness centre, spa facilities with therapeutic pool, sauna, medical and hearing aid clinics, hair salon, bus transportation, community greenhouse, woodworking shop, event rooms, a formal library branch and computer room. The level of success for any campus development is dependent on the establishment of strong partnerships and collaboration. From the inception of this model, fostering and strengthening partnerships across a broad stakeholder group was a formative part of this process. Considering all levels of government, vital funding, required approvals, partnered services and relationship building undoubtedly led to the immense success of this campus development. Building on the work involved with the development of Georgian Village Senior Campus model, the County has printed a paper entitled Building a Seniors Campus that aims to engage municipalities and not-for-profit providers to become leaders in campus development; and ultimately foster the advancement of age-friendly communities.

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Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): People reported being limited in their daily activities due to disability

Sector(s): Education, Health, Housing, Information and communication, Labor, Long-term care, Social protection, Transportation

Other sector(s): First Nations and Francophones

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Dementia
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inequities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Technologies
  • Other

Other Issues: Relieves the stresses of lengthy waitlists, brings the right care to the right location, addresses rapidly aging population demographic, access to affordable housing, person centred, coordinated and seamless access to services, rural socio-economic challenges

Contact details

Name: Sinclair, Jane

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Preferred language(s): English

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