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Transition to an assisted living residence

CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

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When a senior experiences health problems that lead to a significant loss of autonomy, it is normal for them or someone close to them to question their ability to stay at home. At that point, they might begin thinking about moving to an assisted living residence.

Seniors make this move when:

  • They feel they can no longer live safely in their home. 
  • Their caregivers are exhausted or absent.
  • Services offered by home care and community organizations are no longer able to meet their needs.

Whether the senior feels relieved to be moving to a safer milieu or has anxiety or concerns about this change, he or she, will need appropriate information and emotional support. 


Information and support

Depending on where you live, the process for choosing and moving to an assisted living residence varies.

Your local health and community services and community organizations can provide you with information about:

  • Different types of resources available to you in the private sector and in the public sector.
    • Semi-autonomous
    • Intermediary resources
    • Long-term care facilities
  • Costs and services offered.
  • Available resources in your area that offer the required services.
  • Provincial registry for private assisted living residences that you can consult.


Preliminary steps before moving

  • Assess your health, your level of autonomy and your finances in order to determine the type of assisted living that would be the best for you.
  • If you are oriented to the public sector, accompany you and your loved ones throughout the process and offer emotional support.
  • Ensure that you receive the necessary services to maintain you safely in your home while you wait for your new accommodation.
  • Organize respite or an emergency placement when required.


Additional information and services

Health and social services in Québec
Establishments offering services to Autochtones and northern populations
Non-profit organisations
Health and social services in Canada
  • Government of Canada
  • Alberta
  • Colombie-Britannique
  • Manitoba
  • Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Terre-Neuve
  • Territoires du Nord-Ouest
  • Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Île-du-Prince-Édouard
  • Saskatchewan
  • Territoires du Yukon


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