nursing homes

The cost for nursing homes in Ontario is regulated. A basic room in a ward costs almost $1,800.00 per month or $60.00 per day. Semi-private and private rooms cost well over $2,000.00 per month. What is included in these costs? First, you have to be eligible for nursing home care. Eligibility requirements are standard in Ontario.  You must be over 18 years of age. A valid Ontario health card is also required. Your needs must also be those that can’t be met with community based programs.

Accommodation fees and government subsidies will cover the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Meals and snacks, including any special diet items you need
  • Furnishings for your room – bed, nightstand, dresser and easy chair
  • Laundry services
  • Linens
  • Activities and social programs
  • Physician care and administering your medications
  • Occasional mobility aids such as a walker
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • 24/7 nursing care

 

 

 

 

 

 

You must pay for your own cable tv, hairdressing, transportation, newspaper delivery, ironing and personal phone among other things.

However, in Ontario, nursing home residents are being fed on $8.33 a day with the odd top up to just over $9.00. This means that they don’t receive enough vegetables, fruit and other nutritious foods that will keep them healthy. Prisoners meals in Ontario are allotted more funding than senior meals.

A healthy meal for anyone, particularly seniors should include:

  • A lean protein such as seafood, beans, eggs or lean meat
  • Low fat dairy milk or an alternative
  • Fruits and vegetables, the more variety in color, the healthier it is for you
  • Whole grains, including brown rice or whole wheat pasta

Healthy foods are whole foods. Processed, pre-made or canned foods are not considered healthy foods. Serving sizes of fruit and vegetables should also be enough for a healthy diet. At this time, seniors are not receiving a complete, healthy diet in most nursing homes. Click here to read an article on Ontario nursing home diets.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. $2000 CAD a month vs. many nursing homes over $8000 USD a month in the US to address the same struggling people? Something doesn’t make sense. I understand the Canadian government is regulating the costs but do those costs cover the operating expenses of the facility? If a person is “private pay” in the same facility what is the monthly rate?

    • Hi Joe,
      Private homes certainly cost a great deal more then $2000 a month CAD, you are correct. But most Canadians can’t afford those so opt for the government managed homes. Also, that amount typically doesn’t cover a semi-private or private room so if one wants a semi-private or private room, they certainly have to pay a more. Private retirement homes vary based on where they are and the facilities they offer anywhere from 3.5K to 10K per month. Another point is the wait list for some Ontario long term homes can be up to 5 years, forcing people to age in place or family to help pay & fund a private home while they wait, or go into one that may be less than desirable. Your product is a great solution to help those who want to or are forced to age in place. And we thank you!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! I never mentioned my “Friendly Beds” in my post but they are the only reason some people can remain at home at all (and in some cases our product is their ticket out of a nursing home). Our calls from Canada are increasing and from what you said above I can see why. A five year wait? In most cases that would essentially be a race to see who gets injured first- the person or the caregiver. Thanks for the kind words.

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