There may come a time when it becomes too much of a challenge to stay in your own home. However, before you think of leaving your home for a long-term care destination, explore the care in your home
services that are available through your CCAC. If you only need help with specific day-to-day tasks, such as bathing and cooking, you may be able to stay in your home with the support of in-home services and with care in your community
. But, if you do determine that you need more comprehensive support, two choices you may consider are:
- Retirement Homes
- Long-Term Care Homes
A CCAC Care Coordinator can help you with these options and assess your specific needs and provide more information.
If you think it would be safer for you to live in an environment that enables you to maintain your independence and provide you with light assistance with services such as meals, laundry and housekeeping, a Retirement Home may be the right choice.
Retirement Homes are now licensed by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA). Visit the RHRA website at www.rhra.ca
for information on which homes are registered, and standards for all retirement homes in Ontario. When it comes to resident care and safety you can speak to someone at RHRA by calling 855 275 7472.
Retirement Homes do not receive funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Each Retirement Home offers different services, so you will need to discuss what you need and the costs with the home’s administrator. Ask the Retirement Home Administrator for the “Care Home Information” package, which you are entitled to receive in accordance with the Tenant Protection Act. You can also contact the Ontario Residential Care Association (ORCA) directly at 800 361 7254 for a copy of their handbook or visit their website at www.orcaretirement.com
Your CCAC can provide you with information about the Retirement Homes in your area, and help you decide if you need the higher level of support offered by Long-term Care Homes.
Long-term Care Homes
Long-term Care Homes provide a wide range of services for people who can no longer live independently. These include:
- Nursing and personal care
- Regular and emergency medical care by the on-call physician
- Treatment and medication administration
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- 24-hour supervision
- Room and board, including laundry services (special diets are also accommodated)
- Pastoral services
- Social and recreational programs
All Long-term Care Homes are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and governed by legislated standards. Click here
to view the results of the Ministry’s most recent annual review of each Long-term Care Home – called the “Facility Review Summary Report”.
Sometimes, all you need is a brief stay in a Long-term Care Home while your caregiver is on vacation or taking a rest, or while you are recovering from an illness or surgery (this is also referred to as respite care). Long-term Care Homes have short-stay programs for up to 30 days at a time, to a maximum of 90 days during the calendar year.
If you or a loved one needs the services of a Long-term Care Home – long-term or short-term – contact your CCAC to find out more about Eligibility and Admission.