Eligibility for Admissions & Choosing a Long-term Care Home
In order to be eligible to apply for a long-term care home in Ontario, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- have a valid Ontario Health Card
- have healthcare needs that cannot be met with any combination of caregiving in the home or community
- have healthcare needs that can be met in a long-term care home
Once you have decided to apply to long-term care, you will need to reach out and contact a Care Coordinator from Home and Community Care Support Services who will discuss your options, including your ability to have your application sent to as many as five homes. If you have a spouse and are wanting to remain with your partner through their long-term care journey, there are provisions in the eligibility criteria to support spousal or partner reunification, your Care Coordinator can provide you with further details. The HCCSS Care Coordinator will guide you along your journey up to and including support services while you wait for placement, your status on waitlists and an offer of placement into the long-term care home of your choice. Your HCCSS Care Coordinator will also provide you with information about a resident’s responsibility for payment for charges for accommodation and the maximum amounts that may be charged by a licensee long-term care home.
Long-Term Care Accommodation Fees and Application for Rate Reduction
The Ministry of Long-Term Care provides funding to Long-term care homes (LTCH) to cover the cost of care, nutrition, services, and programming. In addition to this provincial funding, the resident/family is responsible for an accommodation fee called a co-payment. The monthly co-payment rates are reviewed annually by the Ministry of Long-Term Care and are standardized to provide a consistent market rate for each room type across all long-term care homes in the province of Ontario.
Rates can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-help-paying-long-term-care
If you have applied for basic accommodation and do not have enough income to pay for the basic room, you may be eligible for a subsidy through the Long-Term Care Home Rate Reduction Program. If you qualify, you or a lawful representative must complete an application form and submit it, along with your most recent Revenue Canada Notice of Assessment, to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake (SJGHEL) Finance Department. At St. Joseph’s Manor, 40% of our rooms are designated eligible for rate reductions based on income and each application is reviewed annually.
Wait List Information
Long-Term care homes are licenced and regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and there are specific laws and regulations for admissions, to ensure fairness and equity in the application process. Home and Community Care Support Services Care Coordinators (HCCSS) are your first contact for information on wait lists and vacancies in homes. Care Coordinators can give you information about your ranking on a wait list, and the approximate average time to admission to the bed type you have applied for. Priority ranking for admissions is not a chronological numbering system and is dependent upon several factors and assessments outlined by the province; therefore, wait times may vary according to need, so it is important to speak to your HCCSS Care Coordinator about how your position on a wait list effects you.
Considering St. Joseph’s Manor as a Long-Term Care Choice
St. Joseph’s Manor is a 64-bed facility divided into two floors that overlook beautiful Elliot Lake. We offer fully air-conditioned, private, semi-private, and basic occupancy rooms. Rooms are furnished with a bed, a beside table, a chair, and built-in wardrobe. Each bed and every washroom has a call bell for you to contact staff for assistance. Our home has both indoor and outdoor spaces for our residents to enjoy, and each floor has a living space and dining space, as well as a designated servery and spa room. Our facility has a central courtyard with gardens, a covered outdoor patio area, an open-air patio with gazebo, and a hair salon.