Moving from your family home to a long-term care setting can be a challenging transition for everyone. We ease this process by helping you and your family understand the available options and by supporting you to make the right decisions.
Wherever possible, we start by getting people the care and support they need to stay in their homes.
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When it becomes necessary to consider alternative living arrangements, we help you and your family understand your options, including:
If you require additional support, and you are concerned that staying at home is no longer possible, we recommend you explore all of your options. Long-term care homes can be an appropriate option for you if you require ongoing health care in a residential setting.
What is a long-term care home?
Long-term care homes are residential homes that provide ongoing care to patients whose care needs cannot be met in the community. People may require this level of support due to advancing age, disability or declining health.
Services provided in long-term care homes:
- Nursing and personal care
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Treatment and medication administration
- Laundry services
- Social/recreational programs
People whose health-care needs can be managed at home, or who need help with specific day-to-day tasks, like bathing, dressing or cooking, may be able to receive support at home through our home care services.
If you are a senior and require only occasional health-care support and can live in a relatively independent fashion, a retirement home may be a more appropriate option.
What do I do next?
Long-term care patients are often referred by concerned family members who are mindful of a person's ongoing health and safety (click here for information on Substitute Decision Making for Long-Term Care Admission). Whether you are contacting us on behalf of yourself or a family member, your Care Coordinator will help you through the process of applying for admission to any long-term care home in Ontario.
There are several options available to people who need supportive services. If you decide you would like to inquire further about long-term care, contact your local office. Once you are assigned a Care Coordinator, you can discuss these options together and see which ones are right for you or your family member.
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