Seniors’ Housing

There are multiple different categories of housing that are available for seniors. This includes but is not limited to:

1.Independent Living

Independent living communities are designed for healthy, active seniors who are 55+ and do not need assistance with daily activities such as eating and personal care. Independent living accommodations can range from apartments, to cottages, houses and other luxury communities. Seniors who reside in independent living benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly surroundings and senior events held within the community. These communities are typically private pay and offer optional services such as housekeeping, meals and laundry.

2. Assisted Living

Assisted living communities provide supportive housing and care to seniors who need some assistance with daily tasks. Assisted living is a viable option for adults who are mostly independent, but who require some assistance with day-to-day living, or anticipate needing assistance in the near future. Assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes. They can be towering apartment buildings in urban centers, sprawling complexes in the suburbs or more intimate communities catering to a relatively small number of residents, and can be found in most Canadian cities. Residents live in private one-to-two-bedroom apartments, studios or “bachelors units.” Meal-service is included, so kitchenettes are more typical in assisted living units than full kitchens. Some of the services include:

  • Access to visiting or on-staff health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses and physicians
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and mobility
  • Health and exercise programs
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Meal service
  • Medication management
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Transportation to appointments and events

3. Residential Care

Residential care homes offer a level of care that varies widely from home to home, but in general, live-in caretakers prepare meals and provide assistance with activities of daily living. Some residential care homes employ, or are operated by, nurses, and can offer care comparable to that in a nursing home, often filling the gap between independent living and nursing homes There are also residential care homes that specialize in memory care. Typical residential care home services include:

  • Access to visiting or on-staff health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses and physicians
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and mobility
  • Health and exercise programs
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Meal service
  • Medication management
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Transportation to appointments and events

All information was taken from the website aPlaceforMomFor more information on other services available to seniors, please visit their website here. 

 

In-Home Care and Services

The Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) provides services that help seniors stay in your own home by connecting them with in-home care and support services, as well as services within the community. For those who cannot live independently at home, they provide help with long-term care options. Applications can be made by calling the Local Health Integration Network or by visiting their website.

Contact
Peterborough Branch: 705-743-2212  
Website: Community Care Access Centre  

Here are a few more options if you are a low income senior that does not require supports or services in your home to live independently:

  1. You can apply for rent geared to income housing/subsidized housing.  Please visit our Affordable Rental Housing section for more information. Please note there is a wait list.
  2. For rental housing provided by private landlords, please visit our Vacancy Listings Page, and our Property Management Company List for information to help with a housing search.
  3. For housing information or support services please contact the Housing Resource Centre at 705-743-2272.
  4. To apply for one time financial assistance to find or keep housing.  Please visit our Emergency Funds page for more details.