Retirement homes can provide supportive services to residents with varying health care needs. These could include housekeeping, meals, and laundry services. Some retirement homes also provide assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, general support, nursing, wound care, supervision and other services.
Retirement homes are privately owned and operated. They are regulated and licensed, but they do not receive funding from the government. People reside in retirement homes as tenants under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, and residents pay directly for the supportive services of their choice.
Each retirement home offers different services at different costs. You can apply directly to a retirement home for admission. We encourage you to discuss your specific needs with a representative from each of the homes in your desired community.
Where can I find more information?
The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority maintains a searchable registry of all licensed retirement homes in Ontario under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. This website can help you identify the retirement homes in your community, learn about the services they have available and read the reports of any inspections that have been carried out.
You can also contact the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) directly at
1-800-361-7254 for a copy of their handbook; you can also visit their website.
Your Care Coordinator can provide you with information about retirement homes in your area, help you assess your options and help you determine the most appropriate housing option. For a listing of retirement homes in Toronto, you can also visit torontocentralhealthline.ca - retirment residences .