Residential Care Facilities

Similar to Assisted and Supportive Living Facilities, Residential Care Facilities (RCFs) are permanent housing communities for those who require some personal care and assistance in day-to-day life.  There are public, government-subsidized facilities that can only be accessed through a Continuing Care assessment, and others that are private and can be accessed at any time if there is the financial ability to pay.

RCFs can offer the resident a private bedroom and bathroom, or a shared a room with one other person.  Dining rooms and living rooms are shared spaces with other residents. Facilities may also offer programming such as fitness and recreation classes to help your loved one remain social and active.  RCF staff are on site at all times for support and care.  

RCFs are ideal if your loved one’s health is stable and they have minimal nursing care needs.  Residents must be able to complete most activities of daily living themselves and must be able to self-evacuate the facility in case of emergency.

Your loved one may benefit if their home is not age-friendly, if they are lonely or unsafe, or if their care needs exceed what is currently available or are expected to increase.

Fact sheets from Continuing Care on Long-Term Care and Paying for LTC as well as a complete Directory of LTC Facilities may be helpful in preparing for this change.

To determine what the current wait times are for Residential Care Facilities in your area, please see Residential Care Facility Placement from Home – Wait Times.