Your first step is to carefully consider you or your loved one’s particular needs. Long-term care homes care for people who don’t need to be in hospital but can’t be cared for at home or in a retirement or assisted living facility due to illness, injury, frailty or cognitive limitations. Clearly identifying these needs will assist you in determining what services you or your loved one will require while in long-term care
Contact your local Health Authority Home and Community Care Office (HCC) to determine if you may be eligible for publicly subsidized services. Once you locate your local HCC, they will put you in contact with a Community Access Coordinator or another staff member who will help you through the steps.
Find the long term care homes located in your area. Research the different services they offer and determine which ones you might be interested in.
Take a tour of the homes you are interested in to see how suitable each home is. During the tour, discuss you or your loved one’s particular needs with the home’s representative, and ask residents and staff what they think of the home. Consider using the Home Tour Checklist.
Select your top 3 choices of homes, which you will provide to the HCC. HCC will work with you to plan the placement that is best for you or the person you care for. If your first choice is not available, HCC will help you find an appropriate alternative.
When suitable accommodation becomes available, you will be contacted by HCC for publicly subsidized care or by the care home for private pay services. In the meantime, you should begin making preparations for moving. Click here for ideas on how to begin.
If you accept the accommodation offer, HCC will coordinate the details of move in with the long-term care home.