Long term care facilities provide 24-hour professional care and supervision in a protective, supportive environment for people who have complex care needs and can no longer be cared for in their own homes.
- Assisted meal service
- Medication supervision
- Personal assistance with daily activities (such as bathing, dressing or grooming)
- Planned program of social and recreational activities
- 24-hour nursing care.
When does a person move into long term care?
When health care needs become more complex, moving to a facility that provides a higher level of care than is possible to provide in the home. Home Health professionals are responsible for determining whether the individual requires, and is eligible to move to, either a publicly subsidized assisted living residence or a long term care facility.
Moving to Long Term Care
Long term care services are for adults who can no longer live safely or independently at home or in assisted living because of their complex health care needs. Long term care facilities provide 24-hour nursing care by registered nurses, personal care assistants, and other support.
The individual will be assessed for long term care by a case manager, either in the client’s home or in the hospital, depending on the situation. Assessments include a review of financial information to determine costs.
If eligible they will be offered placement in a long term care facility in their community when a vacancy is available. If a bed is not immediately available in the facility, they will be placed on a wait list.
Short Term Stay Options
Long term care also offers short term placements to offer a short period of rest or relief to primary caregivers, or to provide specialized services not readily provided in the home. You must have a referral from your family doctor or nurse practitioner to access these services. Short term stays in residential care are generally for respite care, convalescent care or hospice or palliative care.
Respite care can give the caregiver temporary relief from the emotional and physical demands of caring for a friend or family member. Respite may take the form of a service in the individuals home, or admission, on a short term basis, to a long term facility, hospice or other community setting. Your case manager will work with you and your family to determine your needs and eligibility. Respite care is done only in facilities where there are respite beds.
Convalescent care is a short term care service primarily for older adults with a chronic illness who require more time to recover following a stay in the hospital, before returning home. During your stay, our staff will assist you to regain your strength and mobility so you can safely carry out your activities of daily living when you return home.
Palliative or hospice care in a long term care setting provides care and comfort for clients who are at the end stages of life. Short stay admissions are for control of symptoms such as pain or nausea, transition from hospital to home and for caregiver rest. Not all facilities do short stay admissions, it depends on availability in the facility.