Your Local Health Integrated Network for Home and Community Care (LHIN) can assist you in accessing their services, as well as other community support services that may help you stay at home longer. They are also the point of contact to help you to find a place in a long-term care facility (formerly called a Home for the Aged or Nursing Home) that can provide the extra care and security that may better meet your needs The decision to move from your home is not an easy one. It is a time of many questions and emotions. LHIN is there to listen and give you the information you need to make important care decisions.
When you think the time has come to apply to a long-term care facility contact the LHIN in the community where you, or your family member lives or is hospitalized. Your local LHIN will arrange for a Care Coordinator/Case Manager to come to your home or the hospital to assess your health-care needs and determine if you are eligible for a long-term care facility. During the application process the following forms must be completed.
Mail the completed forms to your local LHIN. We advise you to make a copy of all forms before mailing.
Clearly indicate to LHIN your ethnic origin (first language). Position on the waiting list is dependent on ethnicity. An anglicized Lithuanian surname might get you on the wrong list.
Ensure that your application is reassessed every 6 months to ensure that your position on the waiting list is not lost.
Tip: Involve all key family members in the decision. You may have to make the ultimate choice yourself, but it is best to keep other family members informed. Ideally, you and/or a designate --someone you trust, should tour a number of facilities prior to making a final decision. It can help answer many questions. Phone and make an appointment to tour the facility to ensure there is someone to show you around and that they have set aside the time to answer your questions. Ask to see the most recent Facility Review Summary Report, which will tell you how well the facility is meeting the standards for long-term care.