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Wait Times

​​There are many factors to be considered when choosing a Long-Term Care Home. The size of the wait list (number of people on the wait list) in homes you are considering may be important to you.

While the length of the wait list may be a factor in how soon you may be able to move in, the length of the wait list is not necessarily an indication of how long you may have to wait.


When reviewing the information below, please keep in mind:

  • Each individual may chose up to five homes. People may also be interested in more than one type of bed or accommodation (i.e., basic, semi-private and/or private) in any given home. This means that one person may be represented on multiple wait lists.
  • The number of days waited are presented as the experience of nine out of 10 people. You may wait for a longer or shorter period of time, depending on your circumstances and the number of available beds.
  • The numbers below fluctuate based on a variety of factors; your Care Coordinator can provide you with information about the options that may best meet your individual needs.
  • Each person who applies for long-term care is assigned a priority category. The priority category of each person on the wait list also affects wait times.

The Long-Term Care Home Wait Time Report for North Simcoe Muskoka is updated monthly (to report on the previous month) and provides a variety of information about each Long-Term Care Home in North Simcoe Muskoka including the number of beds in each home, the number of people on the waiting list, as well as the average wait time (in days) for each type of accommodation in the home (basic, semi-private, and private).

Many long-term care homes also offer short term respite or convalescent care.​

NOTE: Directive 3 for Long-Term Care Homes under Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 stipulates that facilities can no longer have more than two people in a room to minimize spread. This direction has resulted in LTC capacity loss.

All applications to long-term care homes are coordinated by Home and Community Care Support Services North Simcoe Muskoka. 

To access more information including a video on the differences between retirement homes and long-term care homes and a listing of long-term care home profiles in North Simcoe Muskoka, please click here​.