How Do I Know if I Need Residential Care?

Updated Friday, January 26th, 2024

What Are the Alternatives?

Most elderly persons want to be independent and remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. However, this fierce sense of independence sometimes gets in the way of asking family and friends for help and/or seeking help from agencies and organizations that provide services in a person’s home.

CANHR’s Home and Community Based Services Quick Guide and HCBS Fact Sheets provide information on several common services available, and how to find out about eligibility and where to apply for each type of service.

By acting early, an elderly person can engage community-based services and help prevent informal support system burnout and crisis situations (e.g., fall resulting in a broken hip) that can often lead to hospitalization and nursing home care.