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How does your nursing home or hospital compare?

Do you ever wonder how your local hospital or nursing home, compares to others in your province or even in Canada? When people complain about our health care system, whether it's a hospital or other institution, do you wonder if their experience is the norm or a unique incident? The Canadian Institute for Health Information  has launched an online tool allowing people to type in a nursing home name or hospital and see how it compares in terms of safety and the quality of care to others (currently, not all provinces have nursing homes listed). Read Esther's blog entry here, or view the new tools at the links below.

To find how your hospital or nursing home rates visit:

To view inspection reports of Ontario nursing homes visit:


About Long-Term Care and Nursing Homes

Long-Term Care homes (also called Nursing Homes) are for medically stable people who need 24/7 nursing care, support or supervision. In general, they provide more care & supervision than one would find in a retirement residence. The type of care they provide can include personal care, feeding, bathing, medication administration and attending to medical/nursing needs.

Long-Term Care Homes usually provide basic room furniture (i.e. bed, side table, dressing table), linens, meals, hygiene & medical supplies and laundry services. Accommodation depends on when the home was built and/or renovated and ranges from basic/ward (which usually means 3 to 4 people per room) to semi (2 people per room) to private accommodation. Long-term care homes usually have a dining room where meals are served, common areas and scheduled activities for residents.

The cost of a Long-Term Care home varies depending on the province you are in (see article below “Nursing Home Rates Across Canada”) and generally the province pays a portion of the monthly rate. There is often a doctor available with regular on-site hours. Application to enter a Long-Term Care home is usually through your Local Health Integration Network (in Ontario), or local Health Authority. They would likely be your first point of contact for information, applications and a list of local homes in your area.

Our website is meant to be an information source to begin your search – feel free to browse our options, click on our links, and email homes you are interested through the forms on the active home pages we have within it. As with any situation where you are seeking out a new living situation for yourself or a loved one, you are strongly encouraged to investigate your options carefully before making a decision.

Visit places, speak to residents & their families of homes you are interested in, view the reports online and talk to others going through the process. Please take some time to review the articles linked on this page as well. And visit us often for updates and added information as we continue to build this ever expanding information source for seniors in Canada -

Long-Term Care Articles

Long-Term Care Homes - Ontario by Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
Long-term care homes (which include Nursing Homes, Charitable Homes and Municipal Homes) are licensed, regulated and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). If retirement homes do not appear to be able to meet your care needs, you may require a long-term care home.

Long-Term Care in Alberta by Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
Long-Term Care in Alberta (nursing homes) is governed through the provincial government (shared responsibility between Alberta Seniors and Community Supports and Alberta Health and Wellness).

Other Retirement Living Options by Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
If retirement homes don't seem to be the right option for you at this time, there are other types of housing that might meet your needs.

Comparing Retirement Living Options by Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
What are the differences between retirement living options such as Independant Seniors Apartments, Supportive Housing, Retirement Homes or Continuing & Chronic Care facilities.

Nursing Home Rates Across Canada by Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
Nursing home/Long-Term Care across Canada varies in terms of terminology and cost factors. Long-term care is regulated & monthly rates are determined by each provinces’ Ministry of Health. Every province determines what their rates are, when they are increased and by how much and what subsidies are available for those below the income level of the minimum accommodation rates.

What is the OLTCA? by Michelle Gradini, Communications Coordinator, OLTCA
The Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) represents 70 per cent of Ontario’s long-term care homes. Our 430 homes come from the not-for-profit, charitable, hospital, municipal and private sectors. Together they provide quality care to more than 50,000 Ontario residents and employ almost 50,000 people.


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