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When comparing senior accommodations, assisted living communities fall between retirement homes and long-term care homes. Residing at an assisted-living community in Toronto allows you to enjoy levels of independence and privacy that are similar to those experienced at a retirement home. The main difference is in the presence of aides to help you in certain daily tasks. The help provided will depend on both the individual community and your own needs. For example, you may need help taking a bath, help with medication management, using the bathroom or dressing yourself. There is an important element of customization available that can be adjusted as your circumstances change.

Assistance Provided

Assisted living is an ideal option for those who are experiencing age- or medical-related difficulties in their lives but do not require the constant supervision provided in a long-term care home. If you find yourself experiencing difficulties with any of the following, an assisted living community may be in your best interest:

  • Personal grooming or hygiene (showering/bathing, brushing teeth, etc.)
  • Getting dressed or undressed
  • Eating
  • Using the bathroom
  • Keeping track of medications

Pricing

The cost of assisted living communities bears special mention since it works slightly differently from other senior living options. Most assisted living communities divide their fees between accommodations and services. Accommodations are the different types of accommodations and services provided, which may include meals, housekeeping and assisted living care services. These must be clearly set out in a Care Home Information Package.

Service costs are slightly more complicated. A growing trend in senior housing has been what is known as "unbundling," which turns what used to be collections of services and amenities into à la carte purchases. This has the advantage of allowing you to only pay for the additional services you want but the disadvantage of possibly being more confusing when trying to compare options.

It is hard to generalize how services will be priced or bundled across an entire industry, but broadly speaking they are likely to be priced in multiples of $250.00, with each higher level resulting in more dedicated service and care.

TheCareGuide.com has been an online repository of information and guidance source for seniors and their families that has been providing insights into elder care and housing solutions since 1996. Our guide can be used to help determine the best assisted living community options for you or your loved ones. More information and advice on senior living solutions can be found by contacting us at 1-800-311-CARE (2273) or info@thecareguide.com for additional help.