Safe, Caring, Secure
Long-Term Care

Since 1967, we’ve been building a foundation of innovation and success for operating and redeveloping long-term care homes. To ensure the care we provide is of the highest standard, we’ve chosen Extendicare Assist – a recognized leader in quality, clinically-based services – to manage the day-to-day operations of our homes.

WHAT ARE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES?

Long-term care homes are places where seniors can live and receive support services. They are often the right choice for seniors who need help with the activities of daily living, access to 24-hour nursing care or supervision in a secure setting. In general, long-term care homes offer higher levels of personal care and support than those typically offered by either retirement homes or supportive housing. Long-term care homes are licensed or approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

All Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario (including those formerly known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged, and charitable homes) are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA). The requirements in the LTCHA ensure that residents of these homes receive safe, consistent, and high-quality, resident-centred care in settings where residents feel at home, are treated with respect, and have the supports and services they need for their health and well-being.

Am I Ready For Long-Term Care?

If you are wondering if long-term care is an option for a loved one living at home, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I provide the safety, medical attention and around-the-clock supervision that could be required?
  • Will living with me in my home, or on their own, meet my relative’s companionship and care needs?
  • Will I be able to provide a relatively safe and secure environment?
  • If my relative lives with me, or on their own, how will that affect my life and the other relationships important to me?
  • How do my spouse, my children and my siblings feel about the impact it will have on my time and attention?
  • Have I considered the financial and emotional means needed to be responsible for my relative’s care on a constant basis?

If you answered “No” or “Not Sure” to any of these, you might consider a long-term care home.

All long-term care homes in Ontario are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA). The requirements in the LTCHA ensure that residents of these homes receive safe, consistent, and high-quality resident-centred care in settings where residents feel at home, are treated with respect, and have the support and services they need for their health and well-being.

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) provides funding for residents for basic accommodation in long-term care homes. Residents are expected to pay for upgrades to semi-private and private accommodations through a co-payment program. The MOHLTC sets accommodation co-payment rates.

How to Select a Long-Term Care Home

All Southbridge Care Homes, as all long-term care homes in Ontario, have controlled admission policies and programs and must meet government design standards. The MOHLTC sets standards for care and inspects long term care homes annually. It also sets rules governing eligibility and waiting lists.

Contact your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for more information about eligibility for admission and choosing a long-term care home.

We suggest you visit a number of homes in order to determine, first-hand, which one is best suited to meet the needs and lifestyle for you or your loved one. This gives you an opportunity to discuss any questions about the home, including any information you may have found on this website.

Home Visit Checklist

  • Is the home clean? Does it smell fresh?
  • Do you feel welcome and is your relative treated with respect? Are staff compassionate and do they take as much time as you need to answer all your questions?
  • How do staff interact with the people who live in the home?
  • How will staff come to understand the unique needs of your relative? Will your relative be involved in making decisions about medical treatment and diet choices, for example?
  • Will the menu appeal to your loved one?
  • What can friends, family and others tell you about the home’s reputation? Is the home accredited?
  • Can residents make choices about the programs they participate in?
  • Does the home offer activities and therapies your loved one will enjoy, such as art, horticulture, aromatherapy, massage, or pet therapy? What about foot care or physiotherapy?
  • Are there spiritual programs? Are there social, recreational, and cultural resources available, such as movies, games, books and music?
  • What role can you play in caring for your loved one? How will you have an ongoing opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions that will improve your relative’s care?
  • How will your concerns be dealt with? Can you join a Family Council or Advisory Board? Are there support programs for family caregivers?
  • Under what circumstances will your family member be sent to hospital?
  • How do home management and staff make sure that residents’ rights and choices are respected, as laid out in the Resident’s Bill of Rights?

Our Long-Term Care Homes

Southbridge Care Homes strives to create environments where our residents feel connected to their community and experience individualized, quality care in a home they can truly call their own. All of the long-term care residences Southbridge owns in Ontario are proud members of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA).

This is where our Care Homes are located. Click on a map marker to find out which home is in that location, then read more about it on our Long-Term Care Homes listings page by clicking on the big blue bar below the map.