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Wait List

Healthcare provider helping a patient into bedThere are many factors to be considered when choosing a long-term care home. The size of the wait list (number of people on the wait list) in homes you are considering may be important to you.

While the length of the wait list may be a factor in how soon you may be able to move in, the length of the wait list is not necessarily an indication of how long you may have to wait.


When reviewing the information below, please keep in mind:

  • Each individual may chose up to five homes. People may also be interested in more than one type of bed or accommodation (i.e., basic, semi-private and/or private) in any given home. This means that one person may be represented on multiple wait lists.
  • The number of days waited are presented as the experience of nine out of 10 people. You may wait for a longer or shorter period of time, depending on your circumstances and the number of available beds.
  • The numbers below fluctuate based on a variety of factors; your Care Coordinator can provide you with information about the options that may best meet your individual needs.
  • Each person who applies for long-term care is assigned a priority category. The priority category of each person on the wait list also affects wait times.

We do quarterly reviews of Long-Term Care Home (LTCH) admissions in northeastern Ontario to ensure that the LTCH admission process is administered fairly.


Information on Long-Term Care homes

Making the decision to move to a long-term care home is a life changing step for you and your family. It's important that you have all the information you need to choose a home that is right for you. There are many things to consider, including the level of care you require, location, availability and cost. Your Care Coordinator will support you through these decisions and can assist with the application process. 

If you can, we recommend that you and your family visit the homes you are interested in, before making any final decision.

Each person who applies for long-term care may choose up to five (5) long-term care homes, in order of preference. These decisions will help determine the amount of time a person waits for long-term care. 

For example, did you know that:

  • 70% of people waiting for long-term care beds are waiting for lower-cost, basic accommodations that comprise only 40% of long-term care beds in the system.
  • Semi-private and private accommodations cost more, but have shorter wait times.
  • Newer homes have longer wait times.

For more information, or to determine more accurate wait times for you or your loved one, please consult with your Care Coordinator at 310-2222.