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Senior Living Experts - What is a Retirement Home

Senior Living Experts - What is a Retirement Home

There’s a need for straightforward, objective information about Ontario retirement homes. In the video below, learn about how the government issues licenses, the number of residents allowed in retirement home and the minimum number of care services that need to be offered to residents.

Start with Basics Video Series for Ontario Retirement Homes

What is a retirement home?

To operate a retirement home, the government of Ontario would have performed due diligence on the owner (or the licensee) before issuing a license. This license should be on display at the facility - ask to see it. Retirement Home is a residential facility that could be typical residence or home, apartment, condo or hospital-like complex.

The operator of the home makes at least two care services available, directly or indirectly, to the residents. These are services designed to help residents complete activities of daily living like dressing, support with ambulation, taking their medicine etc.

Are Long Term Care (“LTC”) homes in Ontario different from Retirement Homes?

Learn about these differences in this video. Here are the key differences:

  • Monthly retirement home rental rates are generally higher in retirement homes
  • Retirement homes charge for care services in addition to monthly rental rates.
  • Typically, less time to access retirement home units.
  • Province of Ontario’s Local Health Integration Network manages access to LTC homes using an application process with standard eligibility criteria.
  • Your choice of LTC homes limited to five.
  • LTC home admission may separate spouses and partners if they a require different levels of care.

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