Located in Toronto’s Davenport Neighbourhood, near Seaton Village and The Annex, Christie Gardens Apartments & Care has been serving elders in Toronto for over 30 years.
Christie Gardens is unlike any other retirement community in Toronto. Kings and Queens graciously visited the famed Christie Veteran’s Hospital formerly located on this site. Today, Christie Gardens is home to many who have discovered living here as a truly engaging experience.
Residents at Christie Gardens have access to additional on-site care and services and the assurance that if more care is required, a move away from home at Christie will not be necessary. Now that is a community you can have faith in!
The Christie Gardens Foundation December 2020 Newsletter is now online. Read about our Staff Care Fund, the future of Elder Care, and a touching testimonial from a frontline worker who was isolated from his family during the beginning of the pandemic.
Back in March 2020, we heard from friends and family who were looking for ways to help as we dealt with the challenges posed by COVID-19. We always want to assure our stakeholders that “we’ve got this”, but these were (and are!) extraordinary times.
In response to the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, The Christie Gardens Foundation established a Staff Care Fund to assist Christie Gardens staff with costs associated with living in isolation away from their families, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-related items.
When we established the fund initially we were overwhelmed by the response and we continue to be especially grateful for the notes and letters of support, which we share with the team.
At Christie Gardens one of our greatest commitments is that of improving the quality of life of our residents. Central to this is the Wellness Team – an amalgamation of fitness, physiotherapy and clinic-based offerings. Our primary goal is to serve you, the resident, as effectively as possible with regards to your health and fitness needs.
Communication and collaboration form the foundation in our efforts to assist you with your health concerns.
Our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you achieve your goals. We encourage all residents to stop by, even if it is only for a coffee and quick hello!
The Wellness Centre works with the Fitness and Physiotherapy departments, together we form a team committed to effective management of your overall well-being. Our goal is to provide you with onsite, personalized health management that is adaptable to your changing needs.
In addition to our onsite Doctors and Nurses, the following services are available by appointment through the Wellness Centre:
photo credit: Taku Kumabe
We have developed the following programs in order to meet our resident’s goals:
By means of therapeutic exercises and other modalities, our physiotherapy team will assist in restoring, improving, and maintaining physical function affected by injury, surgery, or disability.
Examples of treatment include:
Chef Stephane has been preparing delicious and nutritious meals at Christie Gardens for 30 years.
Stephane’s expertise, vision, and execution are second to none and he looks forward to many more years of presenting culinary delights to the Christie Gardens community.
From our fully enclosed Courtyard Garden to our public gardens, everyone enjoys the green spaces at Christie Gardens. We even have herb gardens whose bounty is used by our Chef and his talented team of cooks!
Our Courtyard Garden and Wychwood patios are the venue for various programmes and activities in the summer months.
Our grounds and public gardens feature benches and seating for all – they are enjoyed by residents whenever the weather permits.
Adjacent to our South Garden is the Frankel Lambert Community Garden, recently designated by the City of Toronto and enjoyed by our residents and nearby friends in the community.
Established in 1998, The Christie Gardens Foundation is the charity arm of Christie Gardens. Year round fundraising efforts raise money to support The Capital Campaign, our Benevolent Fund, and our Research and Education Opportunities.
In 2020, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a Staff Care Fund.
The Christie Gardens Foundation accepts donations by cash or cheque, or using a credit card or securities online through our partner, CanadaHelps.org.
You can read more about the Foundation and our priorities and programmes in our Newsletters below.
In 1984 Christie Gardens began its journey as a unique residential retirement community. Mr. David Alexander, Founding President and Chair of the Board until his retirement in 2012, and his friend and colleague the late Mr. William Wilkie, had been concerned for some time about the challenges faced by their elderly friends and family members.
Men of action and strong personal Christian faith, they developed their dream; a place where seniors could enjoy flexible accommodation and services for the rest of their lives: a continuing care community.
Identified 600/602 Melita Crescent as the site for the continuing care community
The CMHC Housing 56.1 funding project for not-for-profit seniors’ housing approved the plan and insured the mortgage
The Ministry of Health of Ontario approved the purchase and transfer of 88 nursing home licenses
Welcomed the first residents to Christie Gardens Apartments and Nursing Home
In August Christie Gardens opened its doors to 88 nursing home residents and staff
In October the 217 apartments were ready for residents. Its reputation as an excellent option for seniors emerged rapidly and the community was fully occupied within the first year
Established a small retirement home on Floor One as part of the community
Refined the services, selected and trained staff to meet high standards, establishing the culture of the community
The Ministry of Health introduced a government operated central placement service for access to nursing homes, now identified as Long Term Care
Renovated and revitalized the original building through the addition of 84 Life Lease Suites
Welcomed Life Lease residents to Christie Gardens
Faced ongoing challenges regarding access to the government regulated Long Term Care “beds” in our community
Undertook a major strategic analysis in order to determine the action needed to assure access to care, if and when needed thereby sustaining the original dream
Phased out the Long Term Care beds and established a self-funded Care Home, “The Courtyard Community”
Identified the critical need for a new model of service for our Elders Launched a Capital Campaign to support a major physical plant renovation and culture change initiative
Celebrated our 30th Anniversary!
In 1919 the site was converted to become the Toronto Military Orthopedic Hospital (also known as the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital). With 875 beds for Veterans returning from foreign wars and named by patients as The Christie Street Hospital, the hospital became known for its Limb Factory, providing free prosthetic limbs to veterans.
In 1936 the hospital was formally renamed The Christie Street Veterans Hospital and in 1939 was the location of a Royal Visit by King George VI and the Royal Family.
Under pressure from families of veterans and acknowledging that the cavernous factory was not suitable as a hospital, the War Department agreed to close Christie Street in favour of a new Veterans hospital that was to be purpose-built.
In 1943 construction began on Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, and by September 1946 patients began to transfer from Christie Street to Sunnybrook, which had its grand opening in June 1948.
In 1948, with all patients having transferred to Sunnybrook, The Christie Street Veterans Hospital closed and the site was used as a seniors’ home called Lambert Lodge. Lambert Lodge was named for Lt. Col. Sidney E. Lambert SM OBE who was a survivor of Vimy Ridge and later injured at the Battle of the Somme in WWI. Padre Lambert had served as Chaplain for Christie Street and Sunnybrook and later went on to found what became the War Amps of Canada.
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