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Retirement Communities

Generally, retirement communities are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities. These settings enable residents to live as independently as possible, while providing certain services and social activities. Retirement communities provide apartment-like suites that are rented on a monthly basis with meals and service packages included. Retirement communities are not licensed by the provincial or federal government, but Chartwell adheres to all regulations that are applicable to retirement and rental housing residences as well as public health.

Within the broad retirement community category, there are two types of residences known as Independent Living and Assisted Living which each offer a range of care and services. While Independent Living programs offer a supportive environment, Assisted Living programs offer additional nursing care for those who may require more assistance or supervision in a controlled and supportive environment.  

Anyone can apply to live in a retirement setting though the retirement community may assess your needs to ensure that it can provide you with appropriate support or suggest that you need more support than it can provide.

For more information on how to select a Retirement Community, please click here.


Long Term Care Residences (Nursing Homes/Complex Care)

Click here for information on Long Term Care Residences in Ontario.

Click here for information on Long Term Care Residences in British Columbia.

Click here for information on Long Term Care Residences in Alberta


Long Term Care Residences in Ontario

Ontario long term care residences (LTC) or nursing homes are licensed and authorized as government regulated and  funded residences. They are designed for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision within a secure setting. In general, long-term care homes offer higher levels of nursing and personal care and support than those typically offered by retirement communities.  

LTC residences have controlled admission policies and programs and must meet government design standards.  The Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC) sets standards for care and inspects long term care homes annually.  It also sets rules governing eligibility and waiting lists.  MOHLTC encourages homes to be accredited.  Chartwell takes pride in ensuring that all LTC homes are accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) an international organization supporting autonomy, diversity and individual choice for LTC residents. The MOHLTC conducts compliance reviews and homes are required to post this report and make it available to residents, families and prospective residents.  To obtain a home’s compliance report you can ask the home directly or contact the MOHLTC regional office.

Unlike retirement communities, The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides funding for long term care homes.  In addition to the government funding, residents pay for their accommodation or room and board expenses through a co-payment.   The MOHLTC sets accommodation co-payment rates.  At a minimum, the co-payment rates may change on an annual basis.  

For more information on Long Term Care residence in Ontario, please click here.

For more general information on Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), please click here.


Long Term Care Residences in British Columbia

In British Columbia, long term care residences have also been commonly referred to as intermediate care or extended care homes.  These communities are licensed and regulated by the provincial government with care and services offered in government funded settings, private pay residences or a combination of both.  Many communities provide a “campus of care” model that offers retirement, assisted living and care services in one setting allowing residents to move within the community as their care needs progress.  

Care residences provide a higher level of care and supervision than assisted living communities and are designed for people who require ongoing 24-hour supervision  personal nursing care and/or treatment by skilled nursing staff.  Various levels of care are defined to differentiate between the degree of dependency or supervision and services required; some communities are specifically designed with “secure” units for those residents that need this specialized oversight.   

Long term care residences have controlled admission policies and programs and must meet government design standards.  The provincial Health Ministry and Regional Health Authorities set standards for care and inspect long term care homes regularly.  These governing bodies also sets rules regulating admission eligibility and waiting lists.  

For more information on care residences in BC, please click here.

For more information on CARF(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), through which our facilities in BC are accredited, please click here.


Long Term Care in Alberta

Long term care settings provide both accommodation and health services. Care is provided for people with complex health needs who are unable to remain at home or in supportive living. Clients are provided a broad range of health and personal care, accommodation and hospitality services.

Residents pay a co-payment  fee to cover the costs of providing accommodations and services like meals, housekeeping and building maintenance. Health services in long-term care are publicly-funded and provided through the Alberta Health Services.

New continuing care standards have been introduced to help improve Alberta’s system and ensure quality accommodation and health services are provided consistently across the province.

All continuing care operators, including long-term care facilities and supportive living facilities are expected to comply with the standards.  

The long term care and supportive living standards address accommodation services. These services include building cleanliness and maintenance, safety and security, food preparation and laundry. Alberta Seniors and Community Supports is responsible for these standards.

The health standards address the publicly-funded basic health care and personal care services that are provided to continuing care clients. This includes assessed health and personal care services provided by nurses, therapists, health care aides and other health care professionals. Alberta Health and Wellness is responsible for these standards

More information on having your care needs assessed and moving into a long-term care facility is available by contacting Alberta Health Services.


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