Assisted Living in Ontario

As loved ones get older there may be a time that they need to move into a long-term care or assisted living community. These communities allow for seniors to live as independently as possible while relieving them of the burden of household chores. Things like housekeeping, cooking and yard maintenance are typical features of an assisted community but many offer things like medication management, or dressing and mobility assistance.

A Place for Mom can help you find the best assisted living in 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 long-term care solution for you or your elderly loved one.

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What is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care 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 long-term care communities include:

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

Ontario Long-Term Care 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 Long-Term Care Cost in Ontario?

There is a wide range of costs for living in a long-term care 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 long-term care is $3,204 per month.

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