Maisons des aînés

The project

The reconstruction of two CHSLDs within our territory is inspired by the maison des aînés (MDA) model and is part of a major transformation of residential and long-term care facilities taking place across Québec.

The Centre d’hébergement Denis-Benjamin-Viger and the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre are the two facilities whose outdated infrastructures will be replaced.

In time, these two new facilities will allow us to integrate a new concept in long-term residential care. The aim is to create residential settings that feel more like home, to the benefit of both the residents and their loved ones.

Location of future facilities

  4601, boulevard Des Sources, Pierrefonds-Roxboro (Québec) H8Y 3C5

Number of Residents : 192


  575, boulevard Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire (Québec) H9R 3K1                     

Number of Residents : 204 

The clientele

The two facilities to be built will be home to individuals with a significant loss of autonomy, of whom approximately 80% have significant neurocognitive disorders.

The concept

  • The facilities will provide caring living environment that resembles living at home to the greatest extent possible, centred on the relationships between residents, their loved ones, informal caregivers, the staff, and the community;
  • This new model for residential facilities is a welcoming place where care and services are centred on the needs, preferences, and rhythms of the residents and their loved ones;
  • Architecturally, the facilities will consist of air-conditioned units with private, air-conditioned rooms with their own bathroom, equipped with an adapted shower;
  • Each unit will have plenty of windows, common areas, and access to landscaped outdoor areas. Each unit will also have access to a balcony.
View the video from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) to learn more about the maisons des aînés concept :


Senior and alternative housing, for the well-being of the residents

The personalized approach

The maison des aînés concept focuses on the needs of the individual residents by:

  • Adapting care and services to their needs;
  • Ensuring the resident’s free and informed consent in accordance with their values and preferences, while also ensuring their safety, quality of life, and independence;
  • Respecting their pace, choices, and preferences;
  • Making their personal history and life’s pursuits central to the decision-making process;
  • Allowing residents to decorate and configure their living environment to their own tastes;
  • Respecting their privacy;
  • Respecting their lifestyle and sleep habits, as well as their preferences for mealtimes and recreational activities.

Photo Gallery

Facility in Pierrefonds-Roxboro/Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Exterior concept

Image provided by the MSSS for illustration purposes

Examples - Interior design

KitchenDining room

Overall timeline

Facility in Pierrefonds-Roxboro/Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Preparatory work :

Deconstruction of the existing building (former Adonis supermarket)

  • Start date : October 2022
  • End date : January 2023

Construction work :

Construction of the new facility

  • Start date : Summer 2023
  • End date : Winter 2025-2026
  • First residents move in : Winter 2025-2026
Facility in Pointe-Claire

Construction timeline : To be determined.

Project currently in the planning phase.                                                            

Project-related communications

The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, in collaboration with the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) and the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), wants to keep its partners and the community informed throughout the project.

This page will be updated regularly to show the evolution of the project. Check back regularly!

Contact the team

  • For any questions or comments concerning this project;
  • You can register to receive information concerning the construction work.

For the Pierrefonds-Roxboro/Dollard-des-Ormeaux project

For the Pointe-Claire project

Citizen Information Session

On May 24 2023, the Montréal West Island CIUSSS and the SQI, in collaboration with the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough and the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, held a citizen information session. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Grouped by theme, this FAQ aims to answer general questions about MDAs. For further information, please contact the team at the above address.


What is the difference between a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) and a maison des aînés (MDA)?

  • Both of these facilities are home to seniors with a significant loss of autonomy, of whom approximately 80% have significant neurocognitive disorders.
  • The biggest difference is the design of the residential units within MDAs, which feel more like home. 
  • The design of CHSLDs is more institutional, with large corridors.
  • The design of MDAs ensures each unit has plenty of windows, common areas, and access to landscaped outdoor areas. All units will also have access to a balcony.
  • All rooms will be air-conditioned and include a private bathroom with an adapted shower. 
  • The delivery of care and services will also change, with a very human approach that is adapted to the individual and a focus on community integration.
  • It is Québec’s new model for residential care.

How to request a placement in an MDA?

  • The MDA admission process is identical to the CHSLD admission process.
  • These facilities are designed to accommodate the same type of clientele, i.e. seniors with a significant loss of autonomy.
  • To begin an admission process, residents must contact their local CLSC and ask for the Home Care Services Department, so that a caregiver can assess the user's abilities.
  • The results of this assessment will determine whether a need for a residential ressource has been identified, or whether another solution would better meet the user's needs.
  • It should be noted that if the need for a residential ressource is not indicated, it is not possible to put a user's name on a waiting list, whether in a CHSLD or an MDA.
  • Citizens are invited to visit our website to consult the full range of care and services for seniors in our territory.

What are the expected benefits for the residents?

  • The new facilities will provide residents with a welcoming place where care and services are centred on individual needs, preferences, and rhythms. As a result, work organization will be flexible to better meet the needs of the residents and their loved ones.
  • This is a significant change in the way we design infrastructures and provide care and services to residents. This new vision for residential care in Québec strengthens the human aspects of the relationships between the residents, their loved ones, the staff, and the community.


What is the approach to community relations?

  • The Maisons des aînés and Alternative homes are integral components of their community. They are centrally located to encourage contact and a sense of belonging. Residents are strongly encouraged to take part in community activities. The relationships the residents have with their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the community are essential.
  • Being open to the community makes it possible to create relationships with community, education, and recreational organizations. These relationships allow the residents to take part in activities within the community. Furthermore, the future facilities will include spaces reserved for community activities, which will also serve to promote closer relationships with the seniors. The exterior spaces are also carefully planned, including a courtyard that is intended to serve as a space where the residents and the larger community can interact.

Will there be volunteering opportunities at the MDA?

  • Absolutely! Volunteers and informal caregivers are strongly encouraged at the MDA. It encourages active participation in community life and prevents the seniors from becoming isolated. The setting of the MDA is also designed to support an optimal integration of the residents into the community.

How to become a volunteer

Would you like to volunteer with us? You can do so at a number of our facilities.

 Click here to find out how to get involved.

Sustainable development

Will the MDAs on the West Island territory be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)?

  • Yes, the projects are aiming for LEED certification with regard to energy and water consumption, conservation of green spaces, promotion of sustainable development, and so on.

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