It all began with Mr. George Elliott, a resident of the City of Guelph who died in 1893 and left most of his estate to be used to construct the Guelph Home of the Friendless beside Guelph General Hospital. This home for the aged was built in 1903 and was incorporated by special legislation in 1907.

On March 18, 1963, Royal Assent was received to change the name to “The Elliott.” We are a not-for-profit, registered charitable corporation with our Board of Trustees appointed by Guelph City Council.

Detailed planning for our Life Lease Suites project began in 1985 after our Board determined there was a community need for this new style of retirement living. Construction was completed in 1989 and the units were quickly filled. In 1993, we added retirement suites thereby making us Guelph’s only not-for-profit organization to offer four lifestyle choices for seniors; independent living in our life-lease suites, supported living in our retirement suites; retirement plus care; and full nursing care in our long-term care residence.

Every effort is made to make sure our care and services is sensitive, personalized and consistent with resident needs. We are committed to making sure our residents have the opportunity to live life to their fullest. We believe each resident is unique and should be treated with respect and consideration in a caring and inclusive, home-like community. We encourage residents to maintain as much independence as possible and support their fundamental right to self-determination.