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Mississauga Cooksville, Erindale, Streetsville, Brampton South

When deciding the best type of care for you or a loved-one, we understand that each care option comes with its own features and benefits. Costs for home care, nursing homes, and retirement homes vary not just from province to province, but also from city to city within each province.

Here are some of the options available in Mississauga and surrounding areas.

  2. Home care offers personalized, one-to-one social, physical, and cognitive support care and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) such as ambulation, transportation, bathing, grooming, companionship and light housekeeping. Services are available at either clients’ homes or in hospitals, retirement homes and other facilities where clients need supplemental care. Private home care companies either operate independently or are part of national or international franchises. They take responsibility for care giver hiring, background checks, caregiver insurance, training and scheduling and provide care plans tailored to clients’ needs.

    Pros of Private Home Care:

    • Clients maintain their independence and stay in their own homes and communities
    • No restriction on family visits
    • Personalized care plans with flexible scheduling
    • Trained caregivers (usually certified personal support workers or nursing students)
    • Hiring, background checks, training and scheduling of caregivers taken care of by the Home Care company

    Cons of Private Home Care:

    • Clients may need to invest in making their homes safe for elderly or assisted living
    • Less social interactions compared to live-in facilities
    • Household expenses (property tax, maintenance etc.) still need to be taken care of

    Cost of Private Home Care:

    The median rate for non-specialist home care in Toronto is $25/hour, and can be as high as $ 35/hour depending on the complexity of the needs. Typically, the hourly costs go down with the number of hours and they go up with the complexity of needs.
    These exclude specialized services such as nursing, physiotherapy and palliative care which cost more.

  4. Nursing homes, also known as long-term care homes in Ontario, are residential facilities which provide 24-hour skilled nursing and supervision. They usually cater to seniors who have serious long-term health care needs that cannot be fulfilled at home or retirement homes. The fees for nursing homes are set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and eligibility is decided by CCAC.

    Pros of Nursing Homes:

    • 24/7 access to skilled nursing care, physicians and supervision
    • Access to social activities and facilities such as gift shops, beauty salons, chapels and gardens
    • Suitable for complicated 24 hour care needs

    Cons of Nursing Homes:

    • Strict eligibility criteria – limited spacing
    • Loss of independence
    • Subsidies only available for basic services.
    • Limited flexibility on menus and other services.
    • Additional charges for grooming, media, telephony, transportation etc.

    Cost of Nursing Homes:

    Median charges for long-term stay in a nursing home  range from $1,794/month for a shared ward to $2,563/month for private rooms. There are additional charges for add on services or clients can hire private home care agencies. Government subsidies are available to basic service subject to certain conditions.

  6. Retirement homes are multi-residence facilities which provide accommodation and services such as meal preparation, cleaning, basic health care and recreation for the elderly. Retirement homes are privately owned and operated and not administered by the government. Units can be paid for on a monthly basis or in some cases bought like a condominium. Government subsidies are not available.

    Pros of Retirement Homes:

    • 24/7 on-call staff including nurses and tailored packages
    • Access to social activities, events and facilities for seniors such as gift shops, beauty salons, chapels and gardens
    • Elimination of hassle of maintaining own property/residence

    Cons of Retirement Homes:

    • Clients need to leave their homes and communities
    • Multiple clients/staff
    • Additional charges for personal and complex care services

    Cost of Retirement Homes:

    The median cost of a retirement home is $3,350 / month for a private room with basic service but can go as high as $13,000 / month for private suites with premium services.


    Many criteria need to be considered with each care option, including the level of independence for the person receiving the care, how this matches with his or her personality, the caregiver to client ratio, flexibility and degree of personalization, security and the type and level of support required.
    If you are considering care for yourself or a loved-one, we’d like to get to know you better so we can provide more specific costs for the care you need here in Mississauga and Brampton. Call us today at 1-888-701-0536 to assess any of these options.

    Disclaimer : the costs for various care options above are high level estimates based on online research and reports published by third parties. Homewatch CareGivers of Mississauga cannot guarantee the accuracy of these figures and encourages the clients to do independent research.