Introduction to Nursing Homes
Nursing homes, also known as long term care facilities are designed for people who can’t live independently. Residents typically have difficulty with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, bathing, dressing, grooming and eating.
Nursing homes provide room and board and a range of care services, from personal care with nursing supervision, to skilled medical and nursing care for those with complex medical needs.
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Eligibility for placement in a nursing home is governed by provincial legislation.
Nursing Homes in Alberta
Long term care facilities include buildings designated as nursing homes and governed by the Nursing Home Act and auxiliary hospitals, governed by the Hospitals Act.
To secure long term care, you’ll need an assessment from the Home Care program. Working with input from you, your family and family doctor, Home Care will design a program specially designed to meet your needs.
To find out more, call HEALTHLinkAlberta toll free at: 1.866.408.5465.
Nursing Homes in British Columbia
Private and public nursing homes are available in British Columbia. In public nursing homes, the government pays for a portion of the accommodation cost. In private nursing homes, residents pay for the full cost of accommodation.
For full details on how to access home and community care services, visit the Ministry of Health at www.gov.bc.ca/health/
Nursing Homes in Ontario
Eligibility for nursing home placement is based on a person's care needs and is determined and arranged for by Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) or Home Care through Regional Health Authorities.
The CCAC will provide information on homes and help you with the application.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for the care you receive; you pay for the cost of accommodation.
Visit http://www.ccac-ont.ca for directions on how to contact your local CCAC office.
Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia
Access to nursing homes in Nova Scotia is controlled by Continuing Care – a program of the Department of Health and Wellness.
Once it’s been confirmed that you need nursing home care, you are put on a wait list that includes all nursing homes in the province.
Nursing homes are strictly regulated by legislation. For more information on Continuing Care, visit http://gov.ns.ca/health/ccs.
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