Knowing more about retirement homes
It’s important to know about the retirement homes your parents or grandparents could be in before they go there.
The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) met with MPP Ernie Hardeman and visited local retirement homes in an effort to raise awareness.
Nancy Webb, the agency’s communications director, described what the authority does for retirement homes in Ontario.
“We are fundamentally consumer protection,” she said. “We protect residents that live in retirement homes. We do it through a variety of means: we license homes through the provincial standard, we inspect them to ensure that they continue to or meet the standards and if they don’t, we work with the homes to ensure they get up to those standards in terms of level of care.
“If they don’t (get up to those standards), we have enforcement provisions that we will take advantage of,” she added.
There are 11 retirement homes in Oxford County and Webb said it’s important for the authority to ensure residents know who they are.
RHRA was established in 2010 after the province passed the Retirement Homes Act, and from there they began licensing homes in 2012.
“We do inspect homes at least every three years,” Webb said. “If we’re worried about a home, we’ll inspect it more frequently . . . All of the homes in this area have been inspected and if they didn’t meet the standards, we would revoke a licence.”
The RHRA also offers a public register on its website, which lets people look at retirement homes before making a decision, so they can be informed and know if it is licensed.
“Anybody can call themselves a retirement home,” the director said. “We really want to ensure that people are looking for licensed retirement homes.”
For more about the authority. visit www.rhra.ca.