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Esther Goldstein is the author of the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living® and is a renowned expert on Retirement Living. She has counselled seniors and their families for many years and assisted them with the placement process. Esther's expertise is often requested at lectures and workshops at various venues.

If you have a Question for Esther, you can submit it here. Your question may be added to the permanent list on this site or possibly be included in one of our annual publications.

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Featured Questions


My mother is going into a care home. She owns a home and will have to sell it. She other assests as well. We are wondering what we can do to protect her assets and ensure that her rates at the care home will not be astronomical. Can we legally transfer some assets to family with no repercussions?

Janet P Winnipeg, MB

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Discussing Options

My mom is in the hospital and she might need to go to a nursing home. Can we fill out the forms and arrange it without bothering her with the information or does she have to be involved in the planning?

Stan G Ottawa, ON

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I live in Ontario. How do I know if I should go to a nursing home or a retirement home?

Agnes F Mississauga, ON

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Nursing Homes/Long-Term Care

I have to choose nursing homes for my father. Can you advise which ones to choose?

Anne T. Renfrew, ON

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Is there any long-term care facility in Calgary, Ab. that accepts a small dog if the long-term care individual hires someone to care for the dog?

Jane K. Calgary

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My mother is applying for basic care in a nursing home. Will the goverment take her small bank account before giving her assistance?

Ivy C Toronto

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Retirement Homes

My mother loves getting her hair done once a month. Is there a hairdresser on site in all retirement homes?

Roger D Burlington, ON

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When going to a retirement home, can we bring our own furniture?

Sam K Vancouver, BC

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Are retirement homes in Ontario regulated?

Sam P Bowmanville, ON

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As Seen on TV

Video Excerpts from an interview with Esther on “Seniors Talk with Sgt. John” – originally aired July 4. 2012 on Rogers Durham TV.

Esther discusses Visiting Tips

Esther discusses Care Options & Relocation


Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living in Canada

Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®
(FREE PDF Download)

Canada-wide – 22nd Edition

  • What is a Retirement Residence? and Who Needs One?
  • Retirement Residence & Long-Term Care Visiting Tips –Important Questions to Ask and Things to Look For when touring
  • Emotional Aspects of Relocation
  • How to Make the Transition Easier
  • What if a Retirement Community is not the Right Option?
  • What is Long-Term Care?
  • Community Resources
  • Housing Options
  • Resource information on goods and services for seniors
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