Retirement Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Long-Term Care Homes are residence communities designed for seniors, with a staff of medical professionals  and Personal Care Workers (PSW’s), a community dining room, regular group activities, etc. Some facilities offer special care for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

In a Retirement Home a person is as independent, or as involved in their residence community as they wish. They require little, if any assistance.

An Assisted Living Facility is equipped to offer more care and personal assistance. Independent living is encouraged, with assistance in showering, dressing, dining, drug dispensing, etc.

Long-Term Care Homes offer complete care while encouraging independence and participation in the many resident activities.

Helpful Hint
• All Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario are now governed by one piece of legislation: the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007. The LTCHA is designed to help ensure that residents of Long-Term Care Homes receive safe, consistent, high-quality, resident-centred care. In accordance with the LTCHA, all Long-Term Care Homes must be licensed or approved.

There are Private and Public Care Facilities.

There is also the Veterans Wing (K Wing) at Sunnybrook Hospital, for those who qualify.

NEW Memory Company Respite Care Provides the VIP treatment for people living with memory loss, and provides a guilt-free option for their Care Partners. Short and long term stays are available.

A personalized service with face-to-face visits, Lianas provides professional guidance, customized solutions, and then implementation, to families with a loved with Alzheimer’s or Dementia through the entire transition process.

With their extensive network of professional and experienced partners, Lianas helps you navigate the search for Assisted Living or Memory Care Residences. Their Authorized Senior Advisors visit your home to help determine the best solution for you and your loved one. They recommend the best residences to meet your needs, arrange appointments and accompany you to the recommended residences, bringing a check list of things to consider in your loved one’s new home.

Lianas helps eliminate stress and bears the brunt of the burden of the transition process, saving you time and effort.

Helpful Hint
• You can set up appointments to visit as many care facilities as you wish to better assess what each offers and at what cost.
• A staff member will take you on a tour and tell you what their facility has to offer. Facilities vary in price. Find out specifically what the price includes.
• It also gives you the opportunity to ask them all your questions:
• What is the ratio of caregivers to residents?
• How many meals and snacks/day?
• How frequently is a doctor on the premises?
• Are there other specialists on staff, such as a physio-therapist, occupational therapist, dietician, nutritionist, therapist, counsellor, etc
• How many showers will your loved one be given each week?
• How frequently do they offer physical and social activities, and what are they?…etc.

Public Care Facilities are government subsidized, and the accommodation and price vary. Some offer shared rooms and bathrooms and some offer private rooms with private bathrooms.

Helpful Hint
• The waiting period to get into a facility varies considerably, however, individuals in a crisis situation can sometimes be fast-tracked.

To get into a Long-Term Care Home, you must begin by contacting the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network). They will assess your loved one to determine if they qualify to be in a Long-Term Care Facility. Upon qualifying, they will provide you with a Choice Sheet with names and addresses of Long-Term Care Facilities.

The Process:

  • Select up to 5 Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Your loved one’s name is then officially placed on the waiting list of each one.
  • When your loved one’s name reaches the top of the list, the family has 24 hours to respond.
  • If you decline the available bed, you have to begin the process all over again and reapply through the LHIN. It is, therefore, not recommended to turn down a bed.
  • It is unlikely your loved one is given their first choice the first time their name reaches the top of one of their selected care facilities, so their name remains on the other lists.
  • Notify the LHIN that you continue to be interested in another facility.

Toronto Central Health Line A list of Long-Term Care Homes that are subsidized, providing nursing and personal care to individuals who are no longer able to live independently. Many long-term Care Homes also offer short term respite care.

Private Long-Term Care Facilities

The facility may assess your loved one. Based on their assessment, they determine any additional care requirements for your loved one, over and above what they include in their monthly price. You then have the option of hiring someone; Consultants, Companions, Helpers & Live-Ins.

Comfort Life Your guide to Toronto’s senior communities, which covers downtown, East York/York City, Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough.

Seniors Zen Provides information on Senior Housing in Canada – Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Care, and Home Care in all provinces.

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