Barnswallow Place Community in Elmira

Welcome to Barnswallow Place

The picturesque community of Elmira is home to Barnswallow Place Community. Nestled in the horse-friendly heart of Mennonite country and just north of Waterloo, this warm, welcoming community of 96 people is known for its bright, close-knit atmosphere. During the warmer months, relax with family and friends in our enclosed courtyard which shows off our thriving gardens, or visit the nearby St. Jacob’s Farmers Market – the largest year-round farmer’s market in Canada. In colder weather, the focus turns indoors with plenty of opportunities to remain active with a variety of programs and events. 


You are at the centre of everything we do.

From the moment you move in with us, we surround you with the care and support you need. We call this our Circle approach to living – where you are at the centre of everything we do. Built on a strong foundation of service excellence and quality clinical care, Circle goes even further to elevate your quality of life. Whether it’s settling into your new home; savouring delicious meals; enjoying stimulating activities, or socializing with your neighbours, family, and friends, Circle delivers a person-centred experience for every member of our community. 

Our Circle approach is guided by our Purpose to cultivate happiness in daily life, and our programs and services reflect this. Our skilled and compassionate team is ready to help you settle into your new home where, before long, you and your loved ones will be a welcome part of a caring community full of friendly, familiar faces. 

We provide comprehensive care and services, including:
  • All meals and snacks
  • Onsite medical care and medication administration
  • Recreation and leisure programs
  • 24/7 nursing and personal care
  • Rehabilitation and exercise classes
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Physiotherapy and restorative care
  • Air-conditioning is available in common areas and all resident rooms
  • Housekeeping and laundry
Additional services are available at an extra cost, including foot care, hairdressing/barber, dental, hearing care, vision care, and more.
Executive Director
Techiya Loewen
519-669-5777 x1090
Director of Care
Julaine Elwin
519-669-5777 x3010
Infection Prevention & Control Lead
Sarah Hubbert
519-669-5777 x1014
If you have a concern or complaint about the health, safety, or wellbeing of a person living in long term care, we encourage you to bring it to the attention of the care community and its manager. You may also contact the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s toll-free telephone number for making complaints at 1-866-434-0144, with the hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Amenities and Services

  • Meals/Dining rooms
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24/7 Emergency Response
  • Parking
  • 24/7 nursing and personal care
  • On-site medical care
  • Exercise classes
  • Recreational programs

image of a group of smiling seniors exercising

Kind words from residents and families

  • “The Sienna Living nursing staff are conscientious, available to talk and very caring. I have heard many good stories about [Barnswallow Place Care Community] and they are proving correct. Not all LTC facilities show this way and I'm thankful that this facility was available when my Mom needed care.”

  • “My mom has been a resident [at Barnswallow Place Care Community] for almost 9 years… I have personally witnessed the caring, compassion and respect the staff provide to all residents. I will forever be grateful to this facility for the care my mom has and continues to receive. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this long-term care facility to anyone.”

  • “It was a very emotional thing to have to put my wife in a home. I was understandably worried about the care she would receive. In the short time she has been [at Barnswallow Place Care Community] the staff, from the front office to the staff working the floors, have been wonderful.”

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