Home Instead Senior Care provides in-home care for residents in Cliffcrest.
It is a neighbourhood in the east end of Toronto in Scarborough. Cliffcrest's boundaries are Midland Avenue to the west, Bellamy Road to the east, the CN railtracks to the north and Scarborough Bluffs of Lake Ontario to the south.
The name Cliffcrest is in reference to the Scarborough Bluffs, which are sandy cliffs along the lake's edge. The neighborhood of single, detached houses feels much more like being at a cottage than being in Canada's largest and most densely populated city.
Kingston Road divides Cliffcrest and offers just about every big-box store one could need, plus many unique ethnic restaurants. To the north, apartment buildings and subsidized housing keep the population mixed.
Non-Medical transportation for Seniors to important appointments can also be arranged with accompaniment through your local Home Instead office.
Victoria Park and Warden are the nearest TTC stations to Birchcrest but only Victoria Park is wheelchair accessible.
Buses run south from Warden Station (routes 9, 102 and 12) and from Victoria Park Station along Kingston Road (route12c).
Scarborough GO Station, south of St. Clair Avenue and Midland Avenue, at the end of Reeve Avenue) is on the Lakeshore East line and travels east to Bowmanville and west to Toronto and beyond. The station is fully wheelchair accessible.
Wheel-Trans provides door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities using accessible buses, contracted accessible and sedan taxis. Their strict eligibility guidelines can be discussed via appointment by calling 416-393-4111. Once eligibility is confirmed, reservations are at 416-393-4222.
Toronto Ride provides door-to-door, assisted transportation to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans. This partnership of 14 not-for-profit agencies in Toronto can be reached at 416-481-5250.
Seniors may be eligible for an Accessibility Parking Permit through the City of Toronto. Inquire at 416 235-2999.
Variety Village (at 3701 Danforth Avenue) has an Active Aging Club for Adults 55+ by membership only. They have a huge facility with classes in Yoga, Aquafit, Weight Training, Beginners Pilates and several Chair-based Exercise Programs. Their Adult Day Program offers lessons and activities like Science, Geography, Math, Communications, Swimming, Yoga, Photography, Drama, Sports, Gardening, Book Club, St John's Therapy Dogs and on-site Physiotherapy. 416-699-7167.
Scarborough Bluffs Park (at 61 Undercliff Drive) offers panoramic views, a picnic area, tennis courts and a children's playground. The Bluffs stretch for about 15 km along the Lake Ontario from the Eastern Beaches to East Point Park in the east.
Rosetta McClain Gardens (at 5 Glen Everest Rd) are formal gardens with specially designed braille signage, raised planters, varied texture pathways and ramps to accommodate visitors of varied abilities. Filled with rose gardens and a rock fountain, it also offers spectacular lake views from the Scarborough Bluffs , making it a popular place in autumn to watch migrating birds.
Birchmount Park (at 93 Birchmount Rd and Kingston Road) is one of Toronto's largest multi-purpose recreational facilities with baseball diamonds, sports fields, and an arena. 416 396-4311.
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (also at 93 Birchmount Road) offers many Older Adult Programs like Qi Gong, Older Adult Fitness, Healthy Bones and Osteoporosis Class, Aquafitness, Tai Chi and Functional Fitness, Social and Recreational Programs like Line Dancing, Cooking Club, Creative Café and Intro To Acrylic Painting Workshop and a new Bengali Seniors Recreation Program in English and Belgali with Yoga, Walking, Table Games, Badminton, Table Tennis, Computer Class, and Arts, Bengali Singing, Health Education Workshops and Community Trips while celebrating cultural and religious festivals like Eid, Puja, Bengali New Year, Mother Language Day and Victory Day). 416-396-4310.
Warden Woods Community Centre (74 Firvalley Court) offers a number of Seniors programs like a Friendship Club (wellness and recreational activities to connect to community, stay active and increase social network while promoting optimal cognitive functioning, confidence & overall spirit); I.R.I.E. Club (lively social program connecting older adults from Caribbean communities for wellness workshops & seminars, arts and crafts and organized trips); Tai Chi Class; Congregate Dining) and Tamil and Bengali Seniors Recreation (culturally specific recreational programming); Free Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics (monthly community clinics offer preventative approach to proper maintenance); Assisted living and home help; Crisis intervention; Caregiver Support; Homelessness Prevention and HIV Outreach Programs; Meals on Wheels; Outings and Transportation Services. They also offer an Adult Day Program at their 63 Mack Ave location for older adults with Alzheimer's or related Dementia). 416 694-1138.
Taylor Memorial (at 1440 Kingston Road) 416 396-8939, Cliff Crest (at 2977 Kingston Rd) 416 396-8916 and Albert Campbell (at 496 Birchmount Rd) 416 396-8890 branches are wheelchair accessible and offer books, films, internet access and community-based programs.
The Scarborough Hospital is the nearest hospital and it operates two campuses, the General Campus (at 3050 Lawrence Ave. E) 416 438-2911 and the Birchmount Campus (at 3030 Birchmount Rd) 416 495-2400. Both have emergency rooms. Patient Programs for seniors include Acute Care for the Elderly, Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network Clinic, Psycho-geriatric Outreach Program and Stroke Care.
Dawes Family Practice And Walk-In (at 2772 Danforth Ave) is part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Network. 416 690-1042.
Cliffside Medical Centre (at 2346 Kingston Road) is in the neighbourhood. 416 264-3268
Family Medical Walk-in Clinic (at 3155 Eglinton Ave E) is nearby. 416-640-4644
The Cliffcrest neighbourhood was named in the 1960's by city planners, referencing the Scarborough Bluffs.
Archaeological evidence gathered shows that the First Nations people established settlements along the Scarborough Bluffs dating back 10,000 years, making this one of the oldest inhabited sites in Toronto.
The Toronto and York Radial Railway established the sixty acre Scarborough Heights Park on the crest of the Bluffs in 1912.
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