The purpose of Long-Term Care Homes is to meet the physical, emotional,
social, spiritual and personal needs of persons whose functional capabilities
are chronically impaired or at risk of impairment and who, because of age or
disability, can no longer be cared for in the community. The objective is to
increase or maintain the health and well-being of individuals to their maximum
Long-Term Care Homes include Nursing Homes and Homes for the Aged. Some
nursing homes operate on a profit basis, others on a not-for-profit basis. Homes
for the Aged, both charitable and municipal, operate on a not-for-profit basis.
All long-term care homes are licensed, regulated and funded through the Ontario
Ministry of Health.
In order to be placed in a Long-Term Care Home, you must first go through
your local Community Care
. Your care needs are first assessed and if you qualify, you
are certified as a potential long-term care home resident. You must then choose
3 long-term care homes in order of preference and whether you want a private,
semi-private or ward room. You are placed on a waiting list until a bed comes
available in one of your 3 choices of homes. Depending upon the community, you
can expect to wait from 2 to 3 months up to 1 to 2 years.
Care services are provided for elderly individuals who require care on a
regular basis in a facility setting, whose needs cannot be met through in-home
services or retirement care, but who are not in need of hospitalization.
Registered nurses, registered practical nurses and care attendants provide
personal care and assistance to residents. Other supportive services include
laundry, housekeeping, social activities and dietary services.
Accommodation in Long-Term Care Homes is usually simple but comfortable.
Rooms are private, semi-private or ward. Typically, resident rooms are
furnished, have tile flooring and a 2-piece washroom (toilet and basin). There
are generally common tub and shower rooms as most residents require assistance
In Long-Term Care Homes, the care services and social programs are paid for
through funding from the Ministry of Health. The resident is required to pay for
the accommodation, at rates set by the Ministry of Health, which currently are
|Semi-private (basic rate plus a maximum of $8.00)
|Private (basic rate plus a maximum of $18.00)
|Private (new resident after July 1, 2012 in new "A" home)
* Current rates as of July 1, 2012
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