How Much Does Retirement Care Cost?

The answer to 'How much does retirement care cost' depends on the area you live in, the amenities and services included, and the type and amount of care that is required. Most residents of retirement communities pay monthly rent for their accommodations. Sometimes this fee will include meals, phone, Internet, television, recreational activities and other amenities. In long-term care homes, most costs are included in one fee, however in more independent living retirement homes, extra care can be purchased as you need it.

Budget tips for retirement care

  • Ask the retirement community you are interested in for their rates
  • Personal support and health-care services are generally available for an additional fee
  • Ask about special discounts for couples
  • Investigate support services that may be available to you
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Active adult, independent and assisted living residences

Across Canada, monthly fees range from approximately $1,300 to $6,000 per month, depending on the size and location of the accommodations, the type of community, and the quality and number of amenities.

When planning for retirement, it’s important to research the costs of each residence thoroughly so that you are financially prepared when you make the move. Active adult, independent and assisted living communities are generally lower priced because residents require less intensive care. In these retirement communities, extra care can be brought in from home care agencies, or provided by the residence for an additional monthly cost. Approximate average monthly cost for low care communities varies by province:

British Columbia:
$1,500.00 to $6,000.00
$2,000.00 to $3,000.00
$1,500.00 to $3,500.00
$1,900.00 to $2,700.00
$1,500.00 to $6,000.00
$1,300.00 to $2,000.00
$1,600.00 to $2,300.00

Long-term care residences

The costs at retirement communities that provide more intensive care for residents, such as Alzheimer’s care and long-term care residences, tend to be higher. Approximate daily and monthly long-term care costs across Canada depend on the type of accommodation:

Daily Rate
Monthly Rate
Long-Stay Basic
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Long-Stay Private


Home care costs

Referrals for government-funded home care and support services may be made by a family doctor, the senior themselves or family and friends with the senior’s knowledge and consent. The initial contact will result in the assignment of a case manager or care coordinator. Privately funded home care costs can range from $15 to $75 per hour, depending on the type of service being provided. The senior or their family usually arranges these services privately.

Not sure if home care is the right option for you or your parents as you age? This article Is Home Care Right for You? will help you decide.

Support services

Support services for seniors include privately funded support from agencies and community funded support from provincial, municipal and non-profit organizations to help seniors stay as independent as possible. Services can be medical or non-medical and can range from physiotherapy to respite care and from home maintenance to hairdressing. Community-funded support fees are generally 50 per cent to 60 per cent less than privately funded agencies.


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