Long-term care homes


A long-term care home is also known as a nursing home. These are places that provide 24 hour care or supervision to those who are eligible for and require it. The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and its regulations govern long-term care homes in Ontario.

  • To be eligible for admission as a long-stay resident in a long-term care home, you must: be at least 18 years old; qualify to receive OHIP; require that nursing care be available 24 hours/day OR require assistance with activities of daily living at frequent intervals throughout the day OR require supervision at frequent intervals to ensure your safety or well-being; show that other publicly-funded community-based services are insufficient to meet your needs.
  • To apply to be admitted to a long-term care home, you have to consult with a Community Care Access Centre case manager.
  • Residents of long-term care homes have rights that are part of the law, such as the right to not be neglected by staff, the right to receive care and assistance that maximized independence and the right to meet privately with a spouse or another person. When a resident moves into a home, he or she must be provided with the Residents' Bill of Rights.
  • If your rights are being violated, you can bring a complaint within the home and to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Although the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for the care you receive in a long-term care home, you must still pay for accommodation costs. These costs vary according to your status as long-stay or short-stay and how private your room is. If you do not have enough income to pay the basic rate, the government can provide a subsidy to assist you.

Learn more

  1. Decide if your legal problem relates to long-term care homes.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about long-term care homes.
  3. Follow the Steps for instructions on how to apply for admission, how to choose a home and how to make a complaint.
  4. Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about long-term care home issues.
  5. See the Links for news and other helpful websites.

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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009