Answers to your questions about retirement homes (FAQ)

FAQ retirement homes

When it comes to choosing a seniors' residence for ourself or a loved one, several questions arise. In order to help you see clearly, we have listed the main questions related to the selection of a residence for seniors. 


1- How to write a review on a residence for seniors?

Nothing's easier. Click write a review, in the navigation bar . Choose the residence you wish to evaluate from the drop-down list. Give it a general rating ranging from 1 star to 5 stars out of 5 stars and describe your experience as a visitor, professional, resident or other. Your opinion will then be published on the page of the residence for seniors within 24 hours of its writing.


2- Can I publish my opinion on a residence anonymously?

Of course! You only have to select the box "I would like my opinion to be published anonymously" at the bottom of the form. In this way, your opinion will be published anonymously. Now that you are reassured, give your opinion .


3- What is Urgent Placement?

The " Urgent Relocation " service has been specially designed to quickly find a retirement home that meets your needs. This tool is 100% free and does not commit you to anything.


4- How to send an Urgent Request?

1. Go to:

2. Click on the " Urgent Relocation " icon

(You can also click on the round icon on the right of your screen or on the banner at the top of your mobile.)

3. Fill out the form accurately. The details you add will help the residences to you
to propose solutions adapted to your needs.

4. You will then receive a confirmation email. Residences matching your criteria will contact you
in the next hours.

5. Follow the evolution of your request.


5- What is the benefits granted by the government?

Retirement home with no sprinklers received an increase of $ 67.4 million, in addition to the initial $ 70 million grant 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.


6- What is the cost of an accommodation in a CHSLD?

The cost of living in a CHSLD depends on several factors, such as the type of residence, 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 are different from one place to another. See our article on the cost of accommodation in CHSLD to find out more.


7- Thinking of moving to a seniors' residence?

Moving to a seniors' residence is a big step in a lifetime. So that the process goes well, you have to know how to plan your move and above all, do not rush anything. Discover the most efficient way to move in 6 steps . To get help in your search, complete an online accommodation request .


8- What is an intermediate resource?

Accommodation resources qualified as "intermediaries" or IRs were created to provide an environment that is as close as possible to a natural living environment, while allowing seniors to receive the necessary services and assistance. They are particularly suitable for seniors and retirees who are in the light or medium loss of autonomy .


An intermediate resource consists of at least one person acting as an intermediary between a public institution and the users. These institutions may be supervised apartments, rooming houses, foster homes or group residences. For more information, visit this page of the Régie de l'assurance maladie and read our article on types of accommodation .


9- What is a housing cooperative?

A housing co-op is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to make it easier for members to access a home. The group of residents operates in a community management mode in order to provide an affordable and quality living environment. Several benefits arise from the cooperative model, such as the ability to participate in decisions and to engage in one's community.


For more details, read the description of a cooperative on the website of the Quebec Confederation of Housing Cooperatives. Read also our article on types of accommodation .


10- Are there temporary accommodation for the elderly?

Some residences offer the possibility to live there for short stays, for example during a convalescence . The person can then receive the necessary care in a safe environment.


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

The difference is the type of services and care that are offered. Autonomous seniors are able to prepare meals, shop and care for themselves. They do not need medical services on a regular basis. This clientele may reside in a housing cooperative, a housing NPO or a private residence for seniors .


People with mild or moderate loss of autonomy will turn to intermediate resources because they provide up to 3 hours of daily services and assistance.


People whose loss of autonomy is important will benefit from living in a CHSLD.


Read our article on accommodation types to find out which type of accommodation is best for each level of autonomy.


12- Who are the caregivers?

Discover the Portrait of Caregivers of Canada by reading our article Caregivers or Residences for Seniors? .


13- Are there any tax credits for expenses in residence?

Government assistance exists to pay for accommodation fees. These programs change regularly, so it's a good idea to check with the best people to advise you, such as accountants and tax specialists.


Some links of interest to consult:


14- How much does home support cost?

Many private or social economy businesses provide services to allow seniors to stay as long as possible at home. The services are diversified: assistance for hygiene care, housekeeping, meal preparation, accompaniment for travel, respite for loved ones, etc. Pricing is around $ 20 to $ 25 an hour, according to the companies.


15- What is a caregiver?

Caregivers, also known as family caregivers, are people who provide care, over the course of one or more years, to a family member or friend with a chronic condition, such as Alzheimer's , a disability or problems related to aging.


The care is provided to allow that person to stay in his home and maintain his independence for as long as possible, thus delaying the introduction of the seniors' residence .


Check out the Portrait of Caregivers in Canada to get started.


Other questions


If you have any further questions, we invite you to contact us at 1-844-918-1020.