RHRA can help inform your decision when choosing a retirement home. There are over 750 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. When you or a loved one is looking to move into a new home, how do you know which one is right for you?

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Choosing a home that is right for you

Types of homes in Ontario

If you’ve never lived in a retirement home or needed long-term care, you may not be aware of how different the two really are. If you are considering a retirement home, here is what you need to know:

The difference between retirement and long-term care homes:

  • People who live in retirement homes generally need less medical care than long-term care home residents;
  • Retirement homes do not receive government funding and residents pay the full cost of their accommodation and any care services they purchase;
  • Retirement homes decide what care services they will offer to their residents;
  • Residents may purchase any of the care services offered by the retirement home, or arrange for external care providers, including private-pay or publicly-funded; and
  • There is no specific criteria to be eligible to live in a retirement home and you may look into as many retirement homes as you wish.

 

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Do you think a long-term care home may be more suited to your needs?

View our infographic on the differences between a Retirement Home and a Long-Term Care Home: Differences between a Retirement & Long-Term Care Home

Learn more about long-term care homes:

> Ministry of Long-Term Care

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Four things to consider when conducting your research.

There are many important factors to consider when researching a home. Simplify your search in advance by breaking down the process into four key steps as follows:

PLAN – make a list of the care services you may need now or in future: anything from help with bathing to meal preparation and medical care.

CONSIDER – be sure to think about the community in which you would like to live, the size and type of building you want to live in, the accommodations you would prefer, and how far family or friends would be able to travel to visit you.​​​​​​

RESEARCH – find out about the safety records, services offered and more for Ontario’s 750+ licensed retirement homes through RHRA’s informative and easy-to-use Retirement Home Database. Look up homes by name, size, city or even postal code. Make note of any questions you would like to follow-up on with your preferred retirement homes or use our handy Questions to Ask document below.

TOUR – visit your top retirement home options in person. Many offer tours, meetings with staff, or an opportunity to enjoy an activity or a meal. This will give you a better idea of whether the home is the right fit for you. Be sure to bring along your list of questions to make the most of your time.

 

questions to ask potential retirement homes:

When you tour a retirement home, there are many things you’ll want to consider to decide if it’s the right fit for you or your loved one.

While you likely have questions about food, activities, amenities and accommodations, here are five important questions you may want to ask:

Is the home licensed?

All retirement homes in Ontario are required to be licensed by the RHRA. Check for a home’s licence on our Retirement Home Database.

When was the home’s last inspection and how did it perform?

RHRA conducts inspections for a variety of reasons. Find out how the home did on its most recent and past inspections. To learn more about the types of inspections performed, check out our Retirement Home Database.

Can you tell me about a resident complaint you’ve received, how it was handled, and what the outcome was?

How a retirement home works with its residents to resolve conflicts can provide helpful information about the home.

Can you describe the range of medical needs your staff are able to accommodate? Are there any common care services that you don’t provide?

When searching for a home, it’s important to think about current health needs as well as those that can come up down the road.

What is the base cost of room and board each month, and what is and is not included in this price?

When considering pricing, make sure you factor in the cost for the services needed now, and what will be needed in the future. Remember that fees may also change over time.

For more questions to ask when considering a retirement home, click on Questions to Ask Potential Retirement Homes below.

 

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Do you think a long-term care home may be more suited to your needs?

View our infographic on the differences between a Retirement Home and a Long-Term Care Home: Retirement Homes vs Long-Term Care Homes

Learn more about long-term care homes:

> Ministry of Long-Term Care

START YOUR RESEARCH

 

Get Started

Choosing a home that is right for you

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Support Tools

Tools to support you
through your research.

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Do you think a long-term care home may be more suited to your needs?

View our infographic on the differences between a Retirement Home and a Long-Term Care Home: Retirement Homes vs Long-Term Care Homes

Learn more about long-term care homes:

> Ministry of Long-Term Care

START YOUR RESEARCH

 

Get Started

Choosing a home that is right for you

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Tips for Finding a Home

Things to consider when conducting
your research.

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RHRA Retirement Home Database

The Retirement Home Database contains information on all 750+ licensed retirement homes in Ontario.

You will find information about:

  • Care services offered and inspection reports
  • Up-to-date and accurate facts about each home
  • Lookup by name, size, city, postal code and licence status on a searchable map.

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A retirement home

There are more than 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

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Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

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I'm not sure how to get started

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Steps to getting a licence

Get started on the licensing process and find out what you will need to submit an application.


Guidelines

As of July 1, 2012, homes that meet the definition of “retirement home” in the Act must have a licence from the RHRA to operate.

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Process

To assist you with the application process, the RHRA has put together an Applicant Guide. The Guide introduces you to the forms, supporting documents and fees that must be submitted.

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Fees

Review the 2018 Fee Schedule before submitting your application.

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Complaints & reporting harm

Reporting harm is a shared duty. Certain situations involving harm or risk of harm to any resident must be reported immediately by law. Here’s how to report harm or potential harm.


How to File a Report

Find out what constitutes harm and what you need to do if you see or suspect harm.

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RHRA Process

Find out what happens after the report has been made.

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Mandatory Reporting

What must you report and why.

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There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


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Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

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Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

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Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


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Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

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Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

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I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


#ICON

Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

Read More
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Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

Read More
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I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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A retirement home 1

There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


#ICON

Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

Read More
#ICON

Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

Read More
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I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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