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Frequently Questions Asked - FAQ on retirement home & assisted living 

When it comes to choose a retirement home for yourself or a loved one, several questions arise. To help you understand this, we have listed here the main questions related to the selection of a residence for the elderly.

What is the subsidy granted by the government?

The managers of un-sprayed retirement home received an increase of $ 67.4 million, which will be added to the initial $ 70-million subsidy to install sprinklers in seniors' residences. The RQRA accompanied Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette and Francine Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and the Fight against Bullying in the announcement of major changes to the subsidy program for the installation of sprinklers in private homes for Seniors (RPA), established in December 2015.

Thinking of moving to a retirement home?

Moving to an assisted living is a big step in a lifetime. To make sure the process goes well, you have to know how to plan your move and especially, do not rush anything. Discover the most efficient way to move in 6 steps.

What is the cost of accommodation in CHSLD?

The cost of living in CHSLDs depends on several factors, such as the type of institution, your income, your property and your family situation. If you get a place in a public or private CHSLD, the fees can not exceed the amount set by the government. If you live in a private CHSLD, the rents differ from place to place. See our article on CHSLD accommodation costs for more information.

What is an intermediate resource?

"Intermediary" accommodation resources have been created to provide an environment that is as close as possible to a natural environment while allowing seniors to receive the necessary services and assistance. They are particularly suitable for the elderly and retired people who are losing their mild or moderate autonomy.

An intermediate resource is made up of at least one person acting as intermediary between a public institution and the users. These establishments may be supervised apartments, rooming houses, reception houses or group residences. To find out more, visit this page of the Régie de l'assurance maladie and read our article on the types of accommodation.

What is a housing co-op?

A housing co-op is a not-for-profit organization whose objective is to facilitate access to a home or a dwelling. The group of residents operates in a community management mode in order to provide an affordable and quality living environment. Several benefits stem from the cooperative model, such as being able to take part in decisions and engage in the community.

For more details, read the description of a cooperative on the Confederation québécoise des coopératives d’habitation website. Also read our article on accommodation types.

Are there temporary accommodations for seniors?

Some residences offer the possibility of living there for short stays, for example during a convalescence. The elderly person can then benefit from the necessary care in a safe environment.

What is the difference between residences for non-autonomous, semi-autonomous and autonomous persons?

The difference lies in the type of services and care that are offered. Self-employed persons are able to prepare their meals, shop and take care of their personal care. They do not need medical services on a regular basis. This clientele may reside in a housing cooperative, an NPO or a private residence for seniors.

People with moderate or moderate loss of autonomy will turn to intermediate resources, which provide up to 3 hours of service and assistance per day.

Individuals whose loss of autonomy is significant will benefit from living in a CHSLD.

Read our article on types of accommodation to find out what type of accommodation is most suitable for each level of autonomy.

Who are caregivers?

Consult our article Caregivers or Retirement home? to discover the Portrait of caregivers from Canada

Are there any tax credits for residential expenses?

Government assistance exists to pay for residential accommodation. These programs change regularly, so it's a good idea to find out from the people most likely to advise you, such as accountants and tax professionals.

Some links of interest to consult:

How much does a home aid cost?

Several private or social economy companies offer services to enable seniors to stay as long as possible at home. The services are diversified: assistance with hygiene care, housekeeping, preparation of meals, accompaniment in travel, respite for relatives, etc. Pricing ranges from $ 20 to $ 25 an hour, according to companies.