What is the RHRA
(Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority)
“The RHRA regulates retirement homes in Ontario. The Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (the Act) defines what a “retirement home” is. A person who operates a retirement home in Ontario must have an RHRA licence.
The Act requires the RHRA to maintain a register with information about retirement homes. The Act also requires the RHRA to make the register available to the public. The RHRA strives to keep the register up to-date; however, there may be a delay of up to three business days when updating certain information. The register contains information about applications and licences from July 1, 2012 onwards.”
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Why is the RHRA Important
Up until 2010, retirement residences had no government regulation to insure that they were doing right by their clients and families. There was a private organization called ORCA (Ontario Retirement Communities Association) “who set standards for, inspected and accredited retirement homes.” Membership in ORCA was not required and therefore retirement residences could choose whether or not they were accredited. Today, the RHRA is required for any retirement residence over 10 people.
At Tea & Toast we feel it is our duty to our clients to monitor the RHRA for any red flags that might affect our clients experience or safety at a retirement residence.