Long Term Care
Long term care (LTC) homes in Ontario are regulated under the Long-Term Care Homes Act and are fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide health care (nursing and personal support workers - PSWs). They are often referred to as Nursing Homes. Unlike Retirement communities, residents living in LTC homes pay only for their accommodation and food and subsidies may be available to those who can demonstrate need. Long term care homes provide care for people who require a level of support beyond what is possible in their home or in a retirement community.
To move into a LTC home, residents must meet a set of requirements established by the government. Admission for LTC in general, requires a resident to have high or very high physical and/or cognitive challenges, and/or progression of chronic health conditions that have seriously compromised their health.
LTC waitlists are lengthy and are managed by the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN). Given the concerns that arose during the pandemic, wait lists have grown due to the reduced number of beds available in each home. Pre-pandemic, LTC homes could accommodate up to 4 residents per room. Now, homes have reduced their beds by up to 50% which has resulted in longer wait times.
It is important to us that individual’s move to the right accommodation to best suit their needs. We are always happy to help guide individuals and their families as they explore all options. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience supporting individuals and their families navigating all living options.
Please call us for more information or if you have any questions. We are always happy to help!
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