Finding a Retirement Home

Finding a retirement home suited to your needs requires a lot of research and careful consideration. Here are some tips to help you get started, some important questions you need to ask, as well as some useful websites and books. We hope these resources will help you find the information you need to choose the right home.

  • How close is the nearest hospital? Medical clinic? Dentist office?
  • Are there churches, parks, shops and community centres nearby?
  • Is public transportation accessible?
  • Are wheelchairs, walkers or scooters accommodated?
  • What happens if my health deteriorates while I’m living here?
  • What is the daily/monthly rate?
  • Is phone or cable service included in the package?
  • How often are rates for accommodation and/or services increased? What is the average increase?
  • What is included in the basic rate? Meals? Programs? Other?
  • Is it possible to have a trial stay?
  • Are there charges for additional services I may want or need?
  • What is the rate for couples or semi-private accommodations?
  • How much notice is required if I decide to move?
  • Do I need contents insurance?
  • Can Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) staff come into the building to provide care?
  • If I am away for any reason, will my rent be prorated to reflect my absence?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • What are the times for meals?
  • Can my family and friends eat with me? Is there a charge, and if so, what is it?
  • Are my family and friends welcome to visit?
  • Welcome to attend events at the residence?

Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) has additional information you may find helpful when choosing a new home.