When the time come to choosing a residence for a retiree or an elderly person, it is rather easy to get lost. Indeed, the types of accommodation offered are numerous and each of them has its peculiarities. Finding the right facility for your needs can quickly become a real headache. To help you in your search, Bonjour Résidences has prepared this article. It will probably allow you to demystify the different types of accommodation for the elderly and retired.
What types of accommodation for seniors and retirees?
Above all, it is important to know that the degree of autonomy of the person who will live in the residence will influence your selection. For your convenience, we have graded accommodation types; Firstly the institutions for the more autonomous until the accommodation for the people needing care and which are less autonomous:
The housing cooperative
The cooperative (or co-op) housing is a bit like an apartment, but in a community-run community. In this type of accommodation, the building belongs jointly to all the residents and it is the latter who administers it. Thus, each of them participates in the decisions and organizing committees of the cooperative. This is why this accommodation is intended for the elderly or retired who are autonomous. You should also be aware that in a cooperative, residents are tenants of their own housing, which is generally of high quality and below market prices.
The OBSL (non-profit organization) resembles the cooperative and is also aimed at self-employed seniors. But in this case, the building is managed by a corporation administered in part by local stakeholders. The latter are generally volunteers and manage the OBSL in partnership with the elderly and pensioners who live in the residence. This reduces the workload for residents while providing affordable housing that meets their needs. Although the administration of the building is community-based, this type of accommodation is usually created through government subsidies.
The private senior’s residence (RPA)
The private residence is a type of accommodation where accommodations and rooms are offered only to the age group of retirees and seniors. It can therefore be a residential complex or a simple building, but in any case management belongs to the owner. Although this accommodation is not subsidized by the government, in Quebec, private residences must have a certificate of compliance issued by the ministry.
However, when choosing your type of accommodation, pay attention to the various services that are offered in the private residence you are interested in. Some institutions offer more or less extensive ranges of services related to domestic life, which can be very useful for a person with a slight loss of autonomy. These may include, for example, hygiene, medication or food aid. Other residences offer no services. Thus, the latter are more suited to the elderly or the fully autonomous retired.
The Intermediate Resource (IR)
An intermediate resource is well named because it is midway between public and private management. It is actually a type of private accommodation, but affiliated with a public institution (usually a health and social services center: CSSS) by a service contract. Thus, the public institution recruits the IR itself, refers the persons to be housed and remains responsible for the quality of the care and services that are offered.
An intermediate resource is particularly suitable for the elderly and retired people who are losing their autonomy . Indeed, this type of accommodation promotes the maintenance of integration in the community while offering a living environment adapted to the needs. The IR provides support and support services up to 3 hours per day.
The private CHSLD (not contracted and contracted)
A private residential and long-term care center (CHSLD) is a type of accommodation reserved for seniors and retirees whose loss of autonomy is important. These people can no longer stay in their living environment because of the increased support they need, for example in cases where constant supervision or nursing care is required.
In the case of a private CHSLD, the institution is fully subsidized by the government, even if the administration of the building is carried out by a private owner. However, The Québec Pension Plan (RAMQ). In order to obtain a place, an application must be placed in the CSSS of your area.
In a type of accommodation not agreed, however, there is no government subsidy and prices are set by the owners of the place. Generally, the monthly rent varies according to the needs and services that are required. For an elderly person to be admitted, you must contact the administration yourself. In all cases, whether the accommodation is contracted or not, the establishment must hold a permit issued by the Ministry. Public CHSLD The CHSLD public and the private CHSLD are two types of accommodation that are very similar. In both cases, the institution is fully subsidized by the government and the financial contribution of the resident is established by the RAMQ. In the case of a public CHSLD, however, the building is owned and managed by the state. Again, seniors admitted to a public CHSLD are in great loss of autonomy and require special care. An application must be sent to the CSSS in your region to obtain a place.
The public CHSLD
The public CHSLD and the private CHSLD are two types of accommodation that are very similar. In both cases, the institution is fully subsidized by the government and the financial contribution of the resident is established by the RAMQ. In the case of a public CHSLD, however, the property is owned and managed by Government of Québec.
Again, seniors admitted to a public CHSLD are in great loss of autonomy and require special care. An application must be sent to the CSSS in your region to obtain a place.
Facilitate your search to find the right type of accommodation for retirees
Finding the right type of accommodation for an elderly person or retiree is never obvious. However, we hope that this article has enlightened you on the different types of accommodation that are offered in Quebec and that your decision will be easier to make.
If you think that a private residence is right for you, know that Bonjour Résidences can help you in your search. Indeed, remember that residences each have their own particularities and that the services offered there can vary enormously. For this reason, we have created an online search platform that allows you to select your criteria from the 1848 listed residences. With a few simple clicks, you will undoubtedly find your accommodation: the one that will become a real home!