Is it true that retirement homes have long waiting lists?

There is a huge variation in the wait times for seniors housing.  It depends on whether they are publicly  or privately funded, which province they are in, an where in the province, and the type of housing your are looking at. 

For instance, if you are looking for publicly funded, subsidized homes there is generally a wait list.  Depending on the urgency and the availability of all  housing,  you could be admitted within a few weeks or it could take up to a couple years or more.    Privately  funded housing  depending on where you live can be available within a month or two. If you are in a rural area and there is only one type of facility that fits your needs, it could take a lot longer.

The first thing to do is contact your local health provider in your province.  The second thing is to determine what  type of housing you are looking for--independent (or supportive) housing, assisted living, or a nursing home?  Some provinces have smaller group homes and other options available.

Peter Silin, MSW, RSW, CCC