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Long Term Care

What is long term care? 

Long term care homes, sometimes referred to as nursing homes, offer a safe, secure and specialized care environment. Long term care facilities welcome people who can no longer live independently because of the high level of care or supervision they require and/or because they need significant support with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or eating.

The population within long term care is primarily comprised of seniors with multiple complex chronic conditions, and a significant proportion of the people in long term care homes live with cognitive challenges such as dementia. Sometimes, the journey to long term care is a quick one, precipitated by a major health event; more often it is longer, and something a senior and their family come to gradually as health conditions worsen. Whatever the path taken, we at Revera are here to help.

Our goal is to help residents live their lives to the fullest extent possible; we also believe that every individual is unique and has their own needs and preferences. That’s why we embrace the philosophy of person-centred care in our long term care homes. Each resident receives an individualized assessment and care plan with our highly trained team, whose focus is on delivering care while supporting the comfort, dignity and safety of each resident.

What programs and services do long term care homes offer?

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Revera’s long term care facilities offer a number of signature care programs to support the needs of residents, including Falls Management, Dementia Care, Wound Care, Rehab and Restorative Care, Continence Care and more. Revera is also committed to enabling a “least restraint” environment, in which each resident has the right to make informed choices.

Food is a big part of life, including in long term care. The menus in our long term care homes are developed by a team of registered dietitians and nutrition managers. We provide healthy meals that meet the nutritional needs and dietary requirements of residents. Our homes also strive to meet cultural needs and preferences.

There is also a lot to do in our long term care homes, with programs and activities aimed at supporting residents’ minds, bodies and spirits. Popular recreation programs include art and creative classes, music therapy, fitness classes, intergenerational activities, and gardening and horticultural initiatives. Many homes also have on-site personal services, such as hair salons. And each home has a Resident Council, a Family Council and a Resident Food Council, as well as a dedicated team of volunteers, so there are many ways to become involved.

Life in long term care is not just about care; it’s also about a strong sense of community. Our dedicated, compassionate staff – our doctors and nurses, our personal support workers and healthcare aides, our chefs and recreation professionals, our administrators and the people who make sure our homes are clean and safe – are all committed to creating a positive, welcoming home environment. With numerous activities, outings, spiritual services, special events and celebrations, life in long term care is meaningful and can also be bustling.

What is the cost of long term care?

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Long term care costs are very different from costs associated with retirement homes. In the provinces in which Revera operates, long term care residents generally pay for their accommodations, while the government covers the costs of things like care, food, programming and certain medications.

Accommodation costs are established by the provincial governments. The resident accommodation portion typically ranges between $1,000 to $3,000 per month, depending on factors such as the province, the resident’s income, the type of room chosen (private or semi-private), and the age of the home. In some provinces, lower-income residents may be eligible for additional financial support.

Long term care offers a safe, secure environment for people who can no longer live independently and who require care and support for their complex chronic conditions and/or cognitive challenges such as dementia.

Long term care homes in Ontario

Getting started

The first step to moving into a long term care facility is a referral by the appropriate government agency. Here is a list of agencies in the provinces where Revera operates:

British Columbia
(Vancouver Island)

Vancouver Island Health Authority (Home and Community Care Enquiries and Intake), 250-388-2273 or 1-888-533-2273 or check out islandheath.ca. Ask for a case manager.

British Columbia
(Fraser Valley)

Fraser Health (Home Health), 604-476-7100 or check out fraserhealth.ca. Ask for a case manager.

British Columbia
(Vancouver area)

Vancouver Coastal Health (Home and Community Care Access Line), 604-263-7377 or check out vch.ca.

Alberta

Alberta Health Services. For information, call 1-866-408-5465 or view Alberta Health Services.

Manitoba

The local Home Care Program office. For information, call 1-866-626-4862 or check out Manitoba Health and Seniors Care.
Revera operates in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).

Ontario

The Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). For information, call 310-2222 (no area code required) or check out healthcareathome.ca.