Senior Retirement Homes & Assisted Living in Ottawa

Who needs assisted living?

Assisted Living Services in Supportive Housing helps people with special needs who require services at a greater frequency or intensity than home care but without the medical monitoring or supervision that would be provided in a long-term care home (LTCH).

Level of care provided by seniors supportive housing

Supportive housing is designed for people who only need minimal to moderate care - such as homemaking or personal care and support - to live independently. Accommodations usually consist of rental units within an apartment building, or sometimes in a small group residence.

Facility Types: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Retirement Homes, Senior Homes, Retirement Residences

Services at Ottawa Seniors Residences

The goal of assisted living

The program aims to promote wellness and improve the health of clients by providing a level of service that enables them, despite their illnesses or conditions, to live in the community with a high degree of independence, and to be integrated into community life as much as possible. It enables the individual to remain independent, and prevents or delays institutionalization.

What is the difference between Retirement Homes and Nursing Homes?

The terms Retirement Homes and Nursing Homes are used interchangeably many times. But in Ontario, they actually refer to very different senior living accommodations and requirement to obtain them. Retirement Homes in Ontario are private. Nursing Homes or Long Term Care Facilities in Ontario are government subsidized. Read below to understand the differences, and which is right for you.

Ottawa Retirement Homes or Residences

Under the Retirement Homes Act and its regulations, a retirement home is defined as a residential complex, with one or more rental units of living accommodation that:

  • are occupied primarily by persons 65 years of age or older;
  • are occupied, or intended to be occupied, by at least six people not related to the operator; and
  • makes at least two care services set out in the Act available, directly or indirectly, to residents.

Retirement homes are premises in which residents pay for accommodation and care services. A retirement home does not include buildings or parts of buildings that receive funding or are governed by certain other laws, for example the Homes for Special Care Act and the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.

  • In a retirement residence, the resident pays for accommodation, care and services without any subsidy or contribution from any government or non-governmental organization. The rates charged for accommodation and services are not fixed by the government, however, rental increases and care services are subject to limitations within the Residential Tenancies Act.
  • There is no medical benchmark that seniors must reach before they may reside in a retirement residence. A retirement residence administrator may assess a potential resident’s needs prior to entering into a tenancy agreement to ensure that the residence is able to provide sufficient care and support.

When to Consider retirement living?

Consider retirement living if you want:

  • Your own room or apartment near others who have similar lifestyles and interests
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Optional services such as meals, laundry, social activities
  • A setting that can adapt to changes in your personal care needs
  • A variety of active lifestyle choices

Consider supportive housing

Consider supportive housing if you want:

  • Your own apartment near others with similar lifestyles and interests
  • Rental housing with a possible government rent-geared-to-income subsidy
  • Government-funded personal care services
  • 24/7 personal care and support available as needed
  • Optional services such as meals, laundry, social activities

When to Consider a long-term home care?

Consider a long-term care home if you are looking for:

  • 24/7 availability of nursing care and high levels of personal care
  • A setting that will accommodate variable and changing health needs and will provide on-site safety supervision
  • Government funded nursing and personal care the possibility of subsidized accommodation

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