Know­ing more about re­tire­ment homes

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - bches­sell@postmedia.com BRUCE CHESSELL

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.

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