At High-Crest Enterprises, we understand that choosing the right home for you or your loved one can be a difficult decision with many factors. The first step to this process is understanding how to apply for LTC.
The Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) manages the application process.
For those interested in long term care they can inquire by contacting Continuing Care toll-free at 1-800-225-7225 to learn more.
The Department of Health and Wellness also provides an online fact sheet about entering long term care which includes the associated costs. As of March 1, 2021, the application now includes assessment for a life partner.
The below information has been provided from the Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Long Term Care information page found here.
Long Term Care
Long-term care facilities licensed and funded by the Department of Health and Wellness provide services for people who need ongoing care; either on a long-term basis (permanent placement) or short-term basis (respite care).
There are two types of long-term care facilities available, nursing homes and residential care facilities.
What are nursing homes?
Nursing homes are important options for people who have difficulty performing everyday tasks such as, dressing, bathing and toileting. Nursing home placement is appropriate for people who are medically stable but have nursing needs that cannot be met through home care.
What are residential care facilities?
When Home Care does not meet the needs of a person and nursing home care is not required, a residential care facility may be the solution. Residential care facilities provide people with personal care, supervision and accommodation in a safe and supportive environment. (People living in residential care facilities must have the ability to self-evacuate in the event of an emergency.)
What services do nursing homes and residential care facilities provide?
Nursing homes provide nursing and personal care on a 24-hour basis including care given under the supervision of a nurse, administration of medication and assistance with daily living. Other services may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, recreation, and those provided by a Social Worker.
Residential care facilities provide assistance with personal care such as, bathing and dressing, and reminders about daily routines. Personal care and supervision are provided by Residential Care Workers who are available on site at all times.
For both nursing homes and residential care facilities, staff administer all medications for residents. The facilities have medical advisors but residents may continue to visit their family doctor. Residents usually have private bedrooms or share with one other person but common spaces include dining and living areas, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. Residents are served three meals per day and snacks. Menus consider residents’ preferences, accommodate special diets, and follow Canada’s Food Guide.