Toronto is Canada's largest city. With hundreds of nursing homes, also known as long-term care facilities or personal care homes, the city is preparing for an influx of retiring Ontarians.
Ontario is the home to more than 600 long-term care facilities.
The average personal care resident is age 85 and older.
As of 2011, more than 200,000 residents across the country were using long-term care facilities.
If you cannot pay the accommodation fee, you may qualify for a government subsidy.
62 percent of personal care home residents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
The majority (97.4 percent) of personal care home residents in Ontario have two or more chronic conditions.
In the Short-Stay Program, also known as respite care, you or your loved one can stay for a few days to a few weeks. This type of care gives the regular caregiver time off or the ability to leave for vacation without worry. The Short-Stay Program can also be used when the resident requires a 24 hour assessment or to “try out” a particular personal care home before committing to long-term care.
The Long-Stay Program can last anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on the resident and the type of care required.
Whether you need a long-term care facility to recover from a stroke, recuperate from surgery, or to assist you with activities for daily living (ADLs), you will receive the standard care of service. Personal care homes must provide its residents with a safe place to live and meet the level of care you need.
The care services available in Toronto include:
Medical services Medical and clinical supplies (walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) ADLs assistance Nursing and personal care Health professional availability Common areas Meals Personal hygiene products Housekeeping and laundry Religious and spiritual services Social and recreational programs
Some personal care homes, like the Four Elms Retirement Residence, offer activities and games as well as musical entertainment weekly to keep your loved one engaged. Today’s long-term care facilities offer more than just medical care, but seek to maintain your loved one’s well-being.
Long-term care facilities charge accommodation fees and these are set in place by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario. The rates may change each year, but personal and nursing care is paid for by the government, which means you save in the long run.
As of 2015, the long-stay basic rate is $58.35 per day or $1,774.81 per month. A long-stay semi-private room is $70.35 per day or $2,139.81 per month. If you prefer a private room, the accommodation charge is $83.35 per day for long-stay or $2,535.23 per month.
If you plan to stay in a personal care home for respite care, the cost in Toronto is $37.77 per day. Optional services vary in price and include extras like cable television, salon services, telephone service, and transportation.
It is suggested to visit a facility before agreeing to stay. Consider making a list of facilities in your area that are recommended highly by your friends and family and approved through the Community Care Access Centre. You can find online reviews about personal care homes that are usually written by residents’ family members as well as an updated report from the ministry.
A tour gives you the chance to ask questions and observe the interaction between staff and residents. Regulations for personal care homes in Toronto must be followed as laid out in the 2007 Long-Term Care Homes Act and the Ontario Regulation 79/10. Check with the manager of the facility to confirm protocol is followed.
If you choose to eat in the community dining room, you will have the chance to speak to residents. Take note of how the residents appear and the cleanliness of the rooms. You may want to ask the staff about what the process is in case of an emergency. You should also find out about the process to choose your roommate, if staying in a semi-private room.
Make a list of questions you want to ask before your tour and if possible, bring your loved one with you to get their opinion about Toronto’s personal care homes.
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