Retirement Homes

There are many retirement homes in Muskoka, each with its own unique set of services and programs.  One of the ways to do some research on various home is to utilize the services offered through ORCA (see below.)

Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA)

Established in 1977, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) is a non-profit, voluntary professional association that represents more than 350 retirement residences province-wide.  
 
ORCA sets professional operating standards, inspects and accredits Ontario-based retirement residences, and has accredited homes in other provinces that do not yet have their own accrediting bodies.
 
There are three residential care options ranging from retirement residence, supportive housing, and long-term care homes. For more information, click here.
 
In a retirement residence, the resident pays for accommodation, care and services without any subsidy or contribution from any government or non-governmental organization.  The rates charged for accommodation and services are not fixed by the government, however, rental increases and care services are subject to limitations within the Residential Tenancies Act.
 
Retirement residences are designed for seniors who may need minimal to moderate support with their daily living activities but who generally want to live a somewhat independent lifestyle.  These communities allow for independence while providing an array of services and social activities.  Retirement residences provide apartment-like suites that are rented on a monthly basis with meals and service packages included.
 
Benefits to having a retirement residence include, freedom from maintaining a home and preparing meals, enjoying privacy while knowing someone is aware of your well-being, belonging to a community of peers and participating in that community at whatever level is desired, living in an environment that accommodates varying levels of physical mobility, privacy – as little or as much as you desire, and in most cases your family pet will be welcome.
 
Services that are included in the rent will often include meal preparation, housekeeping/laundry, recreation and social activities, and assistance with daily living, as well as medication distribution. Supportive housing is designed for people who require minimal-to-moderate levels of personal care in order to live independently within an apartment-like setting.  This type of accommodation usually consists of rental units within a building or may consist of small group residences.
 
Long-term care homes (such as homes for the aged and nursing homes) are designed for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision, sometimes within a secure setting.  In general, long-term care homes offer more personal care and support than that offered by retirement residences or supportive housing.