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Independent Living is designed for seniors who would like to make a “lifestyle choice” to move into their own private suite within a socially-active retirement community with access to supportive services.

As the “entry-level” into facility-based services, Independent Living residents continue to live independently. Residents are not eligible for government subsidization.

Independent Living Locations


Overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes, MacLeod House Baddeck is an easy walk from everything you need to enjoy active retirement living in this beautiful Cape Breton town.

Baddeck Details


MacLeod House Windsor is a MacLeod Cares retirement home offering you your own private suite in a warm and inviting community with a feeling of home.

Windsor Details

Good to Know

Consider the benefits of an Independent Living residence.

MacLeod Cares Independent Living lets you enjoy an active, happy and fulfilling lifestyle. Socialize a lot or simply relax in the comfort your own suite — it’s your choice with Independent Living. Both you and your family can rest easy knowing that there is 24/7 oversight by our caring staff.

Making the move to an Independent Living residence can be an exciting new chapter in your life. MacLeod Cares will help you make sure that the next stage of your life is the best it can be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I ready for Independent Living?

If you’re wondering whether an Independent Living lifestyle is the best option for you at this stage of your life, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you sometimes feel unsafe, isolated or lonely living on your own?
  • Have tasks like lawn mowing and snow shovelling become burdensome?
  • How often do you really get to participate in hobbies/activities that you love?
  • Are you concerned about your overall health and well-being?
  • Is having the option to “age-in-place” and have access to care services in the future important to you?
How do I find the right retirement residence?

After deciding to move to a retirement residence, your next step is to find the one that best fits your wants and needs. You’ll want the right mix of amenities and services along with an overall “good feeling” about the residence. Here are a few tips:

  1. Decide where you want to live

    Do you want to be located close to family? Do you want to live near your hometown? Or do you want to take on a new adventure in a different town?

  2. Determine your priorities

    What is most important to you? Consider your needs and wants before choosing a senior living community. One residence might offer an amenity you desire, like a view or a walking trail, while another may not. Does the home offer the type of room or suite that you’re interested in, or the services you require?

  3. Contact the residence and schedule a visit

    Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few options, then schedule visits to the homes that meet your criteria. Touring them will give you a first-hand look and a feeling for the residence’s character. This checklist may be useful on your tours:

    • View living spaces and common areas
    • Explore what type of lifestyle programs are offered
    • Talk with a current resident about his/her experience
    • Observe how staff members interact with residents
    • Ask about nearby amenities like churches, hospitals, shops and parks
    • Check what types of transportation services are available
  4. Ask for more information

    It’s hard to cover everything on a tour. You may have other questions afterward. Ask for a brochure and make a note of our website, as well as our contact person’s phone number and/or e-mail address, so you can follow up.

Who owns MacLeod Cares?

MacLeod Cares homes are owned by MacLeod Group. Founded in 1984 by Brian MacLeod and his family, our founders’ vision is to provide the highest standard of care with the feeling of home. We now own and operate homes in 12 communities located throughout the Maritimes and care for over 600 seniors with a dedicated staff of over 1,000 people.

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