October 2022


4 tips to help you find a retirement home that’s right for you

(NC)Making the transition to a retirement home doesn’t have to be stressful. While everyone has different reasons for considering a retirement home, most will have similar questions as they search for a place that’s right for them. 

To assist you in your search, here are some tips to keep in mind and some tools to guide you. 

Make a list of the care services you may need now or in the future: anything from help with bathing to meal preparation and medical care.

Be sure to think about the community in which you would like to live, the size and type of building you want to live in, the accommodations you would prefer, and how far family or friends would be able to travel to visit you.

You can investigate the safety records, services offered and other details about Ontario’s more than 750 licensed retirement homes through the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s (RHRA) Retirement Home Database. You can look up homes by name, size, city or even postal code. Make note of any questions you would like to ask the home about. 

Visit your top retirement home options in person to get a first-hand look at the facility, onsite amenities and services offered. Many offer tours, meetings with staff, or an opportunity to enjoy an activity or a meal during your visit. This will give you a better idea of whether the home is the right fit for you. Be sure to bring along your list of questions to make the most of your time.

You can learn more about retirement homes in Ontario, explore the database, and find a checklist of questions to ask a home at

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