The Home Care Advantage: Explaining Care Homes

What are Care Homes

A care home is a rented home that provides care services. You may get meals, housekeeping, and recreational services where you live, but that is not enough to make it a care home. A care home must have at least one of the care services in the list below.

Care services include nursing care, supervision of prescription drugs, an emergency response system, transportation services, and incontinence care. As well as support with daily activities such as: eating, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene. You are considered a care home tenant only if getting care services was one of the reasons you moved into a care home.

Care home tenants are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and have many of the same rights to residence standards as other tenants. If you reside in a care home, you have the right to a safe, well-maintained home, like any other tenant. Your landlord cannot evict you without a valid reason. Your landlord cannot transfer you to another room, apartment, or long-term care home, without consent.

The following places offer care services are not care homes under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA):

  1. hospitals, and
  2. licensed long-term care homes, often called nursing homes, are covered by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, whether run by a private or not-for-profit corporation, a municipality, or a band council.

To learn more about your rights as a Care Home Tenant download this guide:

What are Your Care Home Options

Home care options can be confusing and challenging to navigate in terms of understanding the level of care. Offered. Below are the types of care homes in ascending order (increasing) in terms of level of care.

Retirement Homes Cater to seniors who are independent but may need some assistance or prefer community living. Varying levels of care focused on assistance with daily living activities and amenities. Regulated by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) in Ontario.

Group Homes are residential homes that aid with daily living activities for individuals with special needs. These homes typically have staff who provide meals, medication management, and other support services. Private group homes provide a safe and supportive living environment for individuals who may have difficulty living independently. Rooms are shared by two residents.

Hospice Palliative Care facilities are specialized forms of healthcare, which aim to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life. Hospice palliative care addresses the specific physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes, and fears individually.6Standards and accreditation are managed by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) in Ontario.

Private/semi-private Assisted Living Homes are typically designed for active, social seniors in good health who want to maintain a sense of independence. These communities foster an environment for senior wellness, consistent intellectual stimulation, and meaningful social connections. Regulated by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) in Ontario.

Long Term Care Homes offer independent living in an apartment or series of rooms, backed by a range of services to help manage day-to-day life. These facilities often have medical staff on hand, but they are not medical caregivers.5 Regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario.

Nursing Homes Provide 24-hour care for seniors with complex medical needs or requiring specialized care. High level of care, with medical support and assistance with daily living activities. Regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario.

Long-Term Care or RetirementHome?

Long-Term Care (LTC) homes and nursing homes in Ontario are partially funded by the Province of Ontario. A co-payment fee for accommodation is required by residents for costs such as room, board, and for the skilled nursing facility. These fees are standardized across the province and are updated periodically. The monthly co-payment fees for a long-term care home in Ontario were approximately:

  1. Basic or Wardroom (shared by 3 or 4 residents): $1,891+CAD
  2. Semi-Private Room (shared by 2 residents): $2,280+ CAD
  3. Private Room (single occupancy): $2,701+ CAD

Retirement Homes in Ontario can vary widely in price depending on factors such as location, type of accommodation, services, and amenities provided by the facility. Retirement homes are privately owned and operated, so there is no standardized fee structure across the province. The monthly cost for a retirement home in Ontario can range from around $1,500+ CAD for basic accommodations and services to over $6,000+ CAD for luxury suites and a comprehensive list of services and amenities. 

In Ontario, long-term care homes and retirement homes cater to different client needs and levels of care for seniors. LTC homes provide 24-hour medical care and support for seniors with complex needs. While retirement homes are suitable for independent seniors who may require minor assistance or prefer a community lifestyle. When choosing a home, it is essential to research the facility’s amenities. Visit a facility to find the one that best suits the individual’s specific needs, preferences, and budget. 

The Arcavia Home Care Advantage

Arcavia Home Care works with all types of organizations that serve and cater to our elderly population. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation centers, local clinics, pharmacies, geriatric centers, and a host of other companies, program providers, and service deliverers, to ensure no one is left unserved. We recognize the growing need for elderly immigrant home care and for temporary quality staff support for our partnering facilities. At Arcavia Home Care,Our primary goal is to extend the quality of life of our patients. We extend the quality of life of every patient by supplying tailored programs that ensure our patients receive the best level of care at the most affordable rates.


1 Thomas, Wil,Senior’s Bulletin, 2023. Retirement Homes vs. Nursing Homes in Ontario.Toronto, Ontario:

2Robinson-Walker, Dawnielle, Forbes: Health: Senior Living, 2023. Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes: What’s The Difference? Toronto,

3National Insitute on Health, National Insitute on Aging, 2023. What Are Palliative Care and Hospice Care? Toronto, Ontario:

4Community Legal Education Ontario, 2022. Care Homes. Toronto, Ontario:

5 Reed, Eric, Smart Asset: Financial Advisor, 2022. Long-Term Care Facility vs. Nursing Home. Toronto,

6 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, 2023. Hospice Palliative Care. Toronto, Ontario:

7 Ontario Shores: Center for Mental Health Sciences, 2023. Housing. Toronto,

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