GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movemen… read more about #GivingTuesday
I’m thankful for: a caring community in my senior years. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary and my early years of childhood were as idyllic as anyone could hop… read more about Andrews-story
Thompson House HVAC System Upgrade
Better Living at Thompson House will be undergoing government funded HVAC system renovations to improve the indoor air quality! These exciting renovations will:… read more about Thompson House HVAC System Upgrade
Are you looking to see the world right from the comfort of your own home? Have you been waiting to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt? What about the beautiful… read more about
Despite the hardship of the past year, the joys we’ve had with Uldis would not have happened without the understanding and efforts of everyone at Thompson H… read more about Aija’s story
GiveShop @ Better Living
GiveShop is a marketplace app that allows you to buy and sell items in your community, with the proceeds going towards the charity of your choice. We are exc… read more about GiveShop @ Better Living
Better Living Golf Classic
Thank you to the generous support of our community, we are pleased to announce that a total of $20,000 has been raised so far from Better Living Golf Classic 20… read more about Better Living Golf Classic
It’s OK to ask me if I have cleaned my hands
At Better Living we want to do everything possible to ensure you receive safe and exceptional service. As the pandemic continues on, clean hands have never matt… read more about It’s OK to ask me if I have cleaned my hands
Seniors COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
Bookings are currently available for individuals aged 60 and older (born in or before 1961). Provided below is information on how to book a vaccine appointmen… read more about Seniors COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
Stroll for Seniors
Thank you to the generous support of our community, we are pleased to announce that a total of $36,588 has been raised for Stroll for Seniors 2021. The f… read more about Stroll for Seniors
Bake for Better Living
We have a series of fun and tasty events coming up in 2021, the first ever #BakeforBetterLiving in support of Better Living Health and Community Services and Be… read more about Bake for Better Living
Become a Member of Better Living Health and Community Services
Better Living Health and Community Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. As part… read more about Become a Member of Better Living Health and Community Services
It’s Time to Register for Lawn Care
Our Home Maintenance team is planning for the lawn and garden care season. We are able to assist with both indoor and outdoor service requests for yard and ga… read more about It’s Time to Register for Lawn Care
Better Living earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation
CARF International announced that Better Living Health and Community Services has been accredited for a period of three years for its community support service … read more about Better Living earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation
Virtual Active Living Programs
Our Active Living Team has been working hard to curate Virtual Active Living Programs to ensure our current members can stay in touch with their friends and eng… read more about Virtual Active Living Programs
My name is Madeline. I am 88 years young and until six months ago, was very active. Before COVID-19 arrived, I drove myself to the mall all the time and vis… read more about Madeline’s story
Bridging the Digital Divide
In November a team of Better Living volunteers had the unique and powerful opportunity to participate in an international virtual conference focused on innovati… read more about Bridging the Digital Divide
We are proud to announce that Better Living Health and Community Services received a $20,000 grant from Food Rescue.ca the purpose of the gift is to suppo… read more about Grant Announcements
We Wear Because We Care About You
As positive cases continue to rise in Toronto and York region, Better Living has responded with the launch of the "Why I Wear" social campaign. It is imperative… read more about We Wear Because We Care About You
Client and caregiver information your guide to understanding your role in keeping us all safe during COVID-19 Thompson House visitors guidelines … read more about COVID-19 UPDATES
Thompson House Visitors Guidelines
Welcome back to Thompson House! Over the past several months our residents have been enjoying visits from friends and family both outdoors and inside our home… read more about Thompson House Visitors Guidelines
Self Care Resources During COVID-19
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone, and want to encourage you all to practice self-care and stimulating activities which can help your mental… read more about Self Care Resources During COVID-19
Heroes Work Here!
Better Living has more than 350 front line workers that are tirelessly working through the COVID-19 pandemic by caring for Residents in Thompson House and Marga… read more about Heroes Work Here!
Call for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations
Now more than ever our Community Support Services, Long Term Care Home and Residential Hospice services need support from the community. The COVID-19 pandemic h… read more about Call for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations
Temporary Closure of Facilities and Program Changes
We made the decision to temporarily close our community centres on March 14, 2020. This included programs at 1 Overland Drive and 5 Deauville Lane. This dec… read more about Temporary Closure of Facilities and Program Changes
COVID-19 Resource Page
Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect myself? Only refer to reputable information sources to learn more about COVID-19, we've prov… read more about COVID-19 Resource Page
Volunteer Stories – Heather Graeme
Volunteering is something I experienced as a child without realising what I was doing. My parents gave so much of their time and I just went along with them, wh… read more about Volunteer Stories – Heather Graeme
Advertise with us!
With a readership of over 8000 people, My BetterLiving is the perfect magazine for your next advertisement! Published twice a year, this unique and compellin… read more about Advertise with us!
Are you a Hospice Volunteer?
I value life. I want to help people live their fullest possible life. I believe that people with life-limiting illnesses are not defined by their illness. Every… read more about Are you a Hospice Volunteer?
Volunteer Stories – Akemi
She just smiles when she sees me! That is the greatest thing. When I arrive for a visit with my Client and she greets me with a smile from ear to ear, that is m… read more about Volunteer Stories – Akemi
We’re proud to be part of North York Toronto Health Partners
We’re proud to be part of North York Toronto Health Partners #OHT. Congrats to the core team for the impressive amount of work that went into submitting our f… read more about We’re proud to be part of North York Toronto Health Partners
Alan Marrison & Virginia Hurst know and love Thompson House
Alan’s wife and Virginia’s sister Patricia had been a resident until her passing this past year. Patricia & Virginia’s Mom had been a Thompson House r… read more about Alan Marrison & Virginia Hurst know and love Thompson House
Volunteer Stories – Arpie
In 2006 I became a cancer patient at North York General Hospital. I spent five weeks at NYGH including two weeks in the intensive care unit. The hope was very s… read more about Volunteer Stories – Arpie
Volunteer Stories – Kitty
I have been a member of Better Living for over 20 years. My first foray was in the computer club and then I joined Tai Chi, and the financial investment group. … read more about Volunteer Stories – Kitty
Volunteer Stories – Jennifer
I’ve always thought of volunteering in general as good thing to do and a good thing to fit into a balanced schedule. I have volunteered in the school classroo… read more about Volunteer Stories – Jennifer
Volunteer Stories – Ian
There is no such thing as a problem, there is only opportunity! When I moved to Toronto from Montreal in 1966, my employer was involved with United Way and l… read more about Volunteer Stories – Ian
Volunteer Stories – Rose Marie
I have been given so much. I enjoy giving back. I have been a giving person, in my professional career and in my personal life, so it has been a lifestyle fo… read more about Volunteer Stories – Rose Marie
Volunteer Stories – Semhar
You know, a lot of people don’t know what a volunteer is. I grew up in Eritrea where I was very involved with my Church, with young people, in the hospital an… read more about Volunteer Stories – Semhar
Volunteer Stories – Lisa
“I began to feel that my life was frivolous, but then I found a sense of purpose.” I was widowed when I was 50, and my two children were grown. I had alway… read more about Volunteer Stories – Lisa
Volunteer Stories – Helen
My life, starting with having both my kids to dealing with aging parents, has prompted me to volunteer. As a result, my volunteer experiences have been so enhan… read more about Volunteer Stories – Helen
Creative Ways of caring!
Adult Day Program volunteer Jo-Anne Forkes creates colourful times for Clients. I grew up with an extended family - 3 generations in one large house; so we wer… read more about Creative Ways of caring!
Enjoy a hot meal today!
Enjoy a hot meal today delivered to your door with a smile, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. 7 Days a week! Have a nutritious meal in the comfort of your own ho… read more about Enjoy a hot meal today!
Volunteer Stories – Anne
ANNE GRANT has donated a lifetime of service and touched thousands of lives. “I just turned 84 and am older now than many of the residents at Thompson Hous… read more about Volunteer Stories – Anne
Volunteer Stories – Simone
“My introduction to volunteering was that the age of 19. I had just finished university and my parents had been posted to Bombay, India. Upon arriving there… read more about Volunteer Stories – Simone
Volunteer Stories – Karen
“I began volunteering many years ago escorting residents from Thompson to the Church of the Ascension, next door. These new friends needed a little help to … read more about Volunteer Stories – Karen
Volunteer Stories – Shahnaz
“You give with one hand, you receive with the other,” says Better Living Hospice, Outreach and Adult Day Program volunteer Shahnaz. “Visiting is not just … read more about Volunteer Stories – Shahnaz
Volunteer Stories – Hester
“Emergency neurosurgery, a few years back, gave me a dramatic preview of what it’s like to feel alone, frail and unable to get out-and-about. During months … read more about Volunteer Stories – Hester
Register as a Brokerage Worker Today
Register as a Brokerage Worker with the Four Seasons Connections Program at Better Living Health and Community Services today and play an integral role in assis… read more about Register as a Brokerage Worker Today
Be a donor – we can’t do this without you!
$5000 - Provides an individual and their family with 24-hour end-of-life support at the Margareth Bahen Hospice. $1000 – Gives 10 individuals the opportuni… read more about Be a donor – we can’t do this without you!