Retirement Homes 

vary by definition but are typically unregulated residential complexes where seniors reside.  Food, lodging, entertainment and laundry services are frequently provided and there are common dining areas.

Though the average amount of care in Ontario is about a half-hour a day, residents can always purchase more care.  Retirement-home residents are healthier and more mobile than those who live in assisted-living or long-term care.  In some homes for seniors the fees are partly subsidized by government.


Assisted Living -


a very broad moniker, but for seniors, it is typically a housing and health-care alternative for those who need help with daily activities, but do not necessarily require the medical care provided in a nursing home.  Usually, residents can live independently, but may need help with bathing, grooming or medication.  With very few exceptions, seniors who move into such homes pay the cost.

Nursing Homes -


    also known as long-term care homes, can be private or not-for-profit, but all are licensed, regulated and inspected by government.  They provide 24-hour supervision, medical and routine care and recreational programs.  Typically the resident pays room and board while the government picks up the tab for care.