Long term care homes 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.
The Residents’ Bill of Rights serves as the foundation for all aspects of our care and operations. Northern Health and each of our staff members are committed to protecting individuals’ rights. As a team, we recognize that every resident is entitled to individualized, quality person-centered care.
All Northern Health owned and operated care homes provide:
- Standard accommodation
- Medication assistance
- Free prescription medication if covered by Pharmacare/PlanB
- Help with daily activities (such as bathing, dressing or grooming)
- Planned programs for social and recreational activities
- 24-hour care from nurses, personal care assistants and other supports
- Routine laundry services (e.g., bed linens, towels, clothing)
- General hygiene and medical supplies (e.g., oral care products, incontinence supplies)
- Basic wheelchairs including basic cleaning and maintenance
- End-of-life and palliative care services including assessment and provision of MaiD services (Medical Assistance in Dying)
- Client centered care planning that involve the client/substitute decision maker and family
For more information, please refer to Northern Health Long Term Care Home Resident and Family Handbook
Deciding to move into a long term care home
When health care needs become more complex, a person can move to a care home that provides a higher level of care than is possible to provide at home. Home health professionals are responsible for helping to determine whether it’s the right time to move to a long term care home. This decision is supported by a comprehensive assessment and exploration of all care options. For more information contact you local Home Health/Community Services Office.
Choosing the right care home
If moving into a care home is the best choice, the individual can choose up to three preferred homes, anywhere in the province, as long as those homes can meet their needs.
To find out more specific information on a particular care home see our Long Term Care Locations. An offer of an interim care home may happen while waiting for your preferred care home. A home health professional will explain the options to help the individual make their decision.
All Northern Health long term care homes provide the standard benefits listed above. Additional information about what is provided by the care home, and what the individual moving in needs to provide, can be found in the Long Term Care Home Resident and Family Handbook.
The cost for the long term care home services are all included in the income based monthly charge which is determined at the time of wait listing, and reviewed annually. The monthly cost for publicly subsidized long-term care is based on 80% of after tax income, with set minimum and maximum rates. The rate schedule is determined by the province. There are some services that may have an additional charge.
For more detailed information see the Long Term Care Home Resident and Family Handbook.
Short Term Stay Options
Long term care homes also offer short term stays to provide a period of rest or relief to primary caregivers, or to provide specialized services not readily provided in the home. An individual must have a referral from the family doctor or nurse practitioner, and an assessment by a Community Services professional, to access these services. Short -term stays in long term care homes 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.