Aging in Place in Toronto

Age-in-Place Design for Downsizers in the GTA or Southern Ontario

According to recent studies by organizations like the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, an overwhelming majority of older Canadians want to age in place. Are you one of them? And what is “aging in place”?

At Transitions, we prefer to say “living in place.” We believe the third-age home you choose should have the potential to be your forever home—a space built for comfort, safety, and accessibility for many years to come.

A home with living-in-place design incorporates accessibility features—like wider doorways or entrances without stairs. As licensed Realtors® and downsizing experts, we believe third-age homes should be accessible, and we keep up with the latest design recommendations for aging in place.

When you go through the Transitions Downsizing Done Right program, in our exclusive 3-step process we’ll ensure you understand the benefits of aging-in-place design. We’ll work with you to find a third-age home that can adapt to your needs as they change.

Living in Place Done Right: 8 EXAMPLES of Ageless Design


  1. Good lighting
  2. Anti-slip surfaces


  1. Open-concept floor plan with few obstructions
  2. Lever-style door handles


  1. Reinforced walls for grab-bar installment
  2. Zero-threshold walk-in showers or tubs


  1. Tiered counter height with rounded corners
  2. Microwave oven at counter height

For more examples

aging in place features in bathroom

Age in Place, from Now Until Your Twilight Years

No one likes to think about getting older and losing some of the abilities we have now, while we’re still relatively young. In your current stage of life, maybe accessibility is important to you, or maybe it isn’t.

But think about the future. If you choose a third-age home with the right living-in-place design features, you won’t be forced to move if you eventually develop mobility, vision, or hearing problems that affect your day-to-day living.

These conditions may creep up gradually. There’s also the possibility of sudden injury. Either way, aging-in-place features help you continue to live independently and enjoy a high quality of life.

At Transitions, we believe that age-friendly design makes a forever home possible. Once you’ve decluttered and sold your current home in Toronto or the GTA, you may be ready to rightsize to a new third-age home and lifestyle. That’s when we’ll show you properties with the appropriate structure to support your need for aging in place.

The Right Structure Matters

We can’t promise to find you a home that already has living-in-place design features installed. We may be able to. It depends what’s available on the market in the community you choose to live in.

However, we’ll send you listings of places that are built to accommodate accessibility modifications. The right kind of house matters as well. For example, for stair-free living, you may want a condo unit or a one-storey bungalow or bungaloft.

Aging-in-place design—it’s an important consideration in your downsizing journey!

If you’re thinking of using your home’s equity to fund your active, healthy third age, let’s book a time for a friendly conversation

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