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When faced with the decision once all home support and caregiver solutions have been exhausted for a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, families look for a Housing with Care solution. In Ontario, there are really four choices:

1) Long Term Care,
2) Assisted Living in a Retirement Home,
3) Memory Care in a Retirement Home, and
4) A Retirement Home completely designed for Memory Care occupancy.

There are vast differences between what is offered to residents in a traditional Long Term Care facility (LTC) or a non-specialized Retirement Residence, versus what is offered in a dedicated specially designed Memory Care Home like One Kenton Place.

Long Term Care facilities follow a traditional medical-based care model in which nursing and security are of primary concern. Dementia units in Long Term Care facilities are designed in the vein of the traditional nursing home. In a Long Term Care facility, residents with Dementia may be included in activities planned for the general population, at scheduled times. However, if these residents are somewhat disruptive to the activity program, they are quite often restricted from participation.

The price of a private room in a long-term care facility is approximately $2,500 per month but in some instances, families are encouraged to hire private duty caregivers in addition that may raise the cost by as much as $8,000 to $10,000 a month.

Assisted Living in a Retirement Home improves the quality of life for the resident, but usually compromises by delivering insufficient care. When the option for Memory Care is available, it is typically contained on one floor that is secure, but otherwise not specially designed nor adapted for residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The suites are generally larger, but the cost of the care component is usually tier based on care needs, and have many à la carte extras that can raise the overall price to a range of $7,000 – $12,000 a month.

At One Kenton Place, we offer personalized and innovative care for our residents with Alzheimer’s or Dementia by identifying a person’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs, and by providing care with the utmost dignity and respect. Our focus is on maintaining one’s independence by building upon current cognitive and physical skills and abilities, while working to strengthen and develop additional skills. The ultimate goal is to slow the decline of the resident’s capability by exercising the areas of the mind that are still intact.

When considering which option is best for you, consider the unique needs of your loved one and, more importantly, take the time to ask questions and look at different retirement homes or long term care facilities, so you can make an informed decision.


Ruth Dayan has almost two decades of experience working in the healthcare industry, with a special focus in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. Her experience spans across all sectors of healthcare, including the management and day-to-day operations of two large Long Term Care homes. Ruth is a certified Long Term Care Administrator. She also holds certifications in Quality Improvement Facilitation, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (Montessori, GPA, Hush no Rush) and Lean Principles.