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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

There are several key differences between retirement homes and nursing homes. The first that comes to mind has to do with levels of care. A retirement home tends to be for people who are fairly independent, though more of them these days are able to offer extra care for an extra cost. There is new legislation in the works but retirement homes are private and costs vary from one home to another. Applications are made directly to retirement homes and they determine if they are willing to accept you.

Nursing homes are for people who are medically stable but generally require a significant amount of care. Nursing homes are licensed, regulated and funded by the provincial government and subsidies are available. Rates are the same for all homes and are set by the government annually. Applications are made to the local Community Care Access Centre and they determine if someone is eligible for admission. For a chart listing the differences between all levels of care you can view the article at

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