Long Term Care homes are home based health care facilities designed for adults (18 years-of-age and over), licensed and regulated by the Government of Ontario, who also provides a portion of the funding focused on resident care. In long-term care, a wide range of services are available for people who can no longer live independently. These include:
- Daily nursing and personal care
- Treatment and medication administration
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- 24-hour supervision
- Social and recreational programs
- Room and board, including laundry services (special diets are also accommodated)
- Regular and emergency medical care by the on-call physician
Long Term Care Homes are also known as nursing homes, charitable homes, or municipal homes for the aged. All long-term care homes are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long -Term Care and must meet standards established by the Ministry. The rates for Long-Term Care homes are set by the Ministry and are the same in all homes in Ontario.
In addition to the traditional long stay, long term care, many long term care homes provide short stay care programs. Many long term care homes also provide short stay respite or convalescent care programs designed to help seniors and their families who are still living at home but need enriched care for a certain period of time.
All long term care homes provide nursing and personal support services, restorative and life enrichment programs, dietary and nutritional care and access to medical, pharmacy, diagnostic and therapy services.
All long term care homes including those formerly known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged, and charitable homes are licensed or approved and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA). Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care inspectors ensure compliance through unannounced inspections and legislated authority.
Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) assess all applicants for long term care homes to determine eligibility for admission and will assist in selecting a long term care home of choice. The CCAC co-ordinates the application and manages all wait lists for long term care homes.
There are 14 CCACs throughout Ontario, who are separately regulated and funded through Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).