Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes in Canada

March 13th, 2023 by dayat No comments »

t is still customary for many people to think of “nursing homes” when they are considering care for aging loved ones. However, in Canada’s senior care industry, you will not hear many staff refer to “nursing homes.” The traditional “nursing home” in Canada is referred to as a long term care home, where patients will receive medical care and attention as warranted – perhaps from nurses on call around the clock.

The term “nursing home” also carries some negative connotations certainly and as a generic catchall term it is simply not fitting as a description of the many retirement living options available. In Canada today, senior care is increasingly adaptable and flexible, with a spectrum of options from complete independence to thorough care.

Some options you can find in retirement home living today include the following:

Active Adult Communities allow you to live in community with other people your own age with access to often-luxurious amenities such as a golf course, swimming pool, etc. These communities are usually age exclusive and the age of exclusion may be as low as 50 years. That doesn’t mean your grandkids can’t visit! They just can’t live with you.

Independent Living also allows you to live in an exclusive community but in this, you might also participate in communal meals and other activities. You may be protected by security and you may even want to hire your own home health care if needed.

Congregate Living may mix together people requiring various degrees of care, including (for example) independent seniors along with those who require help with house cleaning or other regular daily activities.

Long-term care homes offer residents care as required. Many people still think of these as “nursing homes.” These may be well-staffed with nurses and other medical staff and there may be many residents who require consistent care.

It’s important to note that the retirement home industry is responding to senior’s changing needs. The vast majority of retirement homes in Canada seek to treat residents with the very highest levels of respect, befitting those who have contributed so much to society in their lives. As the baby boomer generation puts their aging parents into retirement homes, they are demanding increased options and more re

Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes

February 13th, 2023 by dayat No comments »

Today, you can still hear many people refer to and many people searching for “nursing homes” as well as other colloquialisms like “old folks home.” “Nursing homes” are largely a thing of the past, especially in Canada’s senior housing industry. In fact, the phrase evokes notions of people alone, badly neglected or under-served by staff that treats residents like numbers… or worse. In today’s culture of retirement care, as with education and many other institutions, neglect and abuse are zealously being put in the past. On the other hand, residents often receive pampering like never before.

In today’s retirement homes, there are a wealth of amenities and services available to residents who expect to be treated well. Many retirement homes are built with seniors’ needs in mind. There are a wealth of ownership options, everything from full ownership to life leases, an option created specifically with seniors and their families in mind, to rental of units, condos or houses. In some high-end luxury retirement homes, residents may be treated to indoor golf greens, exercise classes, indoor swimming pools, spas and much more. All of this is with caring staff, ready at hand, should any assistance or care be needed.

Of course, nursing is not a thing of the past. There are many people who require assistance or daily care with activities such as bathing or cooking. In turn, today’s retirement residences offer a wide variety of services that are tailored to elderly residents who have various levels of ability. The model of care offered in most long-term care homes today (the closest thing in the retirement industry to what might be called “nursing homes”) goes far beyond a one-size-fits-all blanket treatment of elderly residents.

Today’s retirement homes smartly offer residents a variety of care options and many homes include the availability of nursing staff, assistance to long term care and Alzheimer’s patient care. Of course, that does not make these places “nursing homes.” This is simply a way of accounting for people with a wide variety of needs.

Jim Huinink is the editor of If you are lo