As we enter our retirement years, our housing needs might change. Mobility issues, vision impairment or other factors may make it impractical or impossible to continue living on your own. Nearly 70,000 Ontario seniors live in one of the province’s more than 750+ retirement homes to satisfy their housing needs.
Retirement homes offer private accommodations combined with prepared meals, group activities, and assistance with personal hygiene and other care you might need. These homes can offer a sense of community while taking care of things that you or a loved one may not be able to manage.
Knowledge is power. If you or someone you care about is either in a retirement home or considering one, here’s what you need to know about living in a retirement home and where to turn for help if it’s needed.
Who oversees retirement homes
The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) is an independent, not-for-profit regulator mandated by the provincial government to protect and ensure the safety and well-being of seniors living in Ontario’s retirement homes. They ensure retirement homes follow the rules and share unbiased, transparent safety information with seniors and their loved ones.?
The rights of retirement home residents
The Retirement Homes Act is a law designed to protect the residents of Ontario’s retirement homes. This includes you or your loved one’s right to live with dignity in a safe and clean environment, to know what care services are provided and how much they cost, and to fully participate in care planning and decision-making.
Where to turn for help
If you see something, say something. If you ever have a complaint or concern about a retirement home in Ontario, contact the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and they will investigate.
Find more information at rhra.ca.