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Home Care vs Residential Care

September 13, 2012 by CalaCare

You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the type of care that is best for you or your loved one. Here are a few facts about Home Care vs Residential Care (Assisted Living Long Term Care facilities such as Nursing Homes) in Ontario:

Assisted Living and Retirement Residence Facts

  • Assisted Living is not government funded, and private citizens cover the costs. The price varies significantly depending on the facility you choose.
  • For a private room in an Assisted Living/ Retirement Residence the cost is between approximately $1250-$6,000 per month.
  • For a One Bedroom Suite in the same type of facility the cost is approximately $1900-$8,000 per month.
  • What the price includes varies significantly between residences, but most have a health care professional available on site, and a dining facility.

Long Term Care Facility Facts

  • Long Term Care Facilities are partially funded by the government, and what the individual pays is termed “co-payment”.
  • Eligibility for Long Term Care placement is determined by the CCAC. You can apply to up to three facilities at once, and the wait times vary, but can be up to two years. When a bed becomes available a decision to accept must be made within 24 hours or the bed is offered to someone else.
  • The average cost for a private room in a LTC facility in Ontario is approximately $2200 per month. The prices are consistent across the province.
  • The cost includes all of your basic needs (food, room, care), but does not include extras such as entertainment, cable, aesthetics, transportation, etc.

Home Care Facts

  • Home Care services through the CCAC are free of charge to individuals, and are completely subsidized by the government. Eligibility for services is determined based on the provincially approved assessment criteria conducted by your case manager.
  • The resources of the CCAC are not infinite; so many Ontarians rely on private home care services such as CalaCare Ltd to provide the required in-home supports to allow them to remain independent and safe.

According to an article from the Ontario Home Care Association entitled Home Care in Ontario Facts Figures. “Investing in home-based care can save money, improve care and improve quality of life for people who would otherwise be hospitalized or institutionalized

  • 88% of Ontarians surveyed indicate a preference for home care for themselves.
  • The majority of clients are satisfied with their home care services.
  • An estimated 150,000 Ontarians purchase 20 million visits/hours of home care services annually.
  • There is no evidence to support the superiority of either the for-profit or not-for-profit agencies in delivering service to clients.

The average annual cost per home-care client, according to the provincial Health Minister, is $3,956.76. That amount covers less than a week of chronic in-patient care in a hospital, and less than a month for the average patient in a long-term care facility.” A move to an Assisted Living or Long Term Care facility is a significant step that can have high personal and financial costs. Before making that change we encourage our clients to look at the other options available to them through in-home support.

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