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What is a residential centre?

Residential centres, or residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) care for adults whose decreased independence prevents them from continuing to live on their own. Most elderly people who are referred to a residential centre require more than 3 hours of care a day. 

There are 60 residential centres on the Island of Montréal, integrated in the five CIUSSS, and 35 private CHSLDs. 

CHSLDs provide:

  • accommodation, assistance, support and/or supervision;
  • psychosocial services (psychologists, community organizers); 
  • nursing care; 
  • drug administration, medical and rehabilitation services.

CHSLD services are not free of charge

Public and private CHSLDs apply similar terms and conditions and charge identical fees. Only private and unfunded CHSLDs* can set their own rules, provided they have a permit from the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux to take in residents.

The amount that the government requires as a contribution from people residing in a care facility in Québec is determined by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)*.

The amount of a resident's contribution is determined by the person's financial means i.e., assets, investments, pensions and other resources.

For more information on the financial contribution, visit the RAMQ website.

*In the case of private and unfunded CHSLDs, the monthly rent is set by the owner.

How to apply for a place in a CHSLD?

You will need to contact your health and social service centre (CSSS) to apply for a place in a CHSLD.

Also, if the state of health of the family member necessitates a hospital stay, following which the person needs to be looked after in a facility, caseworkers at your CSSS will look for a place in a CHSLD.

For more information on admittance to a private CHSLD, visit the website of the Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés.

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