Safe, Caring, Secure
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.
Long-Term Care Homes?
Long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive:
- help with most or all daily activities
- access to 24-hour nursing and personal care
You can expect much more nursing and personal care here than you would typically receive in a retirement home or supportive housing.
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.
To live in a long-term care home, you must:
- be age 18 or older
- have a valid Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) card
- have care needs including:
- 24-hours nursing care and personal care
- frequent assistance with activities of daily living
- on-site supervision or monitoring to ensure your safety or well-being
- have care needs which cannot be safely met in the community through publicly-funded community-based services and other care-giving support
- have care needs which can be met in a long-term care home
All personal and nursing care provided by long-term care homes in Ontario are funded by the government. You must pay for accommodation charges such as room and board.
How to arrange care
All applications and admission to long-term care homes are arranged by Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). These services used to be provided through Community Care Access Centres – or CCACs.
To start this process:
1. Call your Local Health Integration Networks
Your local LHIN will help you every step of the way. LHIN staff will:
- determine your eligibility
- tell you about homes in your area
- tell you about costs
- help you apply
To contact your local LHIN:
- enter your postal code online
- call 310-2222
2. Choose a long-term home
To find a home that offers the care you are looking for, you should:
- visit more than one home
- ask the right questions when you visit
- read the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s report about each home
3. Apply for care
Once your LHIN has determined that you are eligible, you can apply to a maximum of 5 homes. Your local LHIN will coordinate your application for you.
4. Waiting for an offer
If your application is accepted by the home(s), you may have to wait until a bed becomes available. The time you wait depends on:
- the number of beds available in the home
- the type of bed you’ve requested
- whether the bed you’ve requested is in a private, semi-private or basic room
LHIN staff will contact you when a bed becomes available. You have 24 hours to accept or reject the offer.
If you accept the offer, you have up to five days to move in. If you refuse the offer, your application to all chosen homes will be cancelled. In this case, you cannot re-apply for 12 weeks after the day you were removed from the waiting list, unless there is a significant change in your condition or circumstances.
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 by using the link to each individual home’s website.
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:
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.