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Assisted Living in Ontario

Assisted Living is available throughout Ontario, from the large metro areas of Toronto and Ottawa, to the smaller suburban and rural cities and towns. No matter where your search for care is focused in the province, we will work to help you find the assisted living community for you or your elderly loved one.

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What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities in Ontario are regulated buildings that are occupied primarily by persons who are 65 or older, are occupied by at least six people not related to the operator and make available at least two of the thirteen care services set out in The Retirement Act, 2010.

These include meals, assistance with bathing, dressing, administering medicine, providing incontinence care or making available the services of a doctor. Some of the benefits of living in assisted living communities include:

  • Not having to worry about house maintenance
  • Not having to prepare meals
  • Knowing that if needed, help is nearby
  • Social interaction

Ontario Assisted Living Laws and Regulations

The Retirement Act, 2010 was created to protect Ontario's senior who are in assisted living communities. The act helps ensure that seniors and their families have peace of mind at a vulnerable stage of life. Some of the things that the act does is:

  • Creates the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority external link (RHRA) with the power to license homes and conduct inspections, investigations and enforcement, including issuing financial penalties or revoking licenses if necessary.
  • Establishes mandatory care and safety standards, and requires emergency plans, infection control and prevention programs, assessment of care needs and care planning, police background checks and training for staff.
  • Establishes residents’ rights that include the right to know the true cost of care and accommodation and the right to live in an environment that promotes zero tolerance of abuse or neglect.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Ontario?

There is a wide range of costs for living in a assisted living in Ontario, some facilities are extremely affordable and some are the most expensive in Canada. The costs are based on things like amenities, location and room size but the average cost for assisted living is $3,204 per month.

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