In order to initiate an application to a Long Term Care Home the applicant’s local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) must be contacted in order to receive an application form. A physician will need to complete the medical and functional assessments and the CCAC nurse will visit with the applicant to determine if long term care placement is appropriate or if other home care supports need to be initiated. The applicant will be asked about their history, their support network, their ability to pay, where they would like to live and the type of accommodation they wish to apply to. The CCAC office can provide options, information and a list of Homes. If the applicant’s first or only choice for a long term care home is Kristus Darzs, because they are of Latvian heritage, it is very important to clearly indicate to CCAC the applicant’s ethnic origin and first language. Once the local CCAC approves the application, the Homes listed as choices and the respective CCACs will be notified.
When a bed becomes available, the applicant’s local CCAC case manager will call and make the bed offer. A decision to accept or decline must be made within 24 hours.
If an applicant refuses a bed offer, they will be removed from all waiting lists and will not be able to re-apply for 6 months unless there is a significant change in health status or circumstances. If a bed becomes available for a second or third choice Home and the applicant accepts placement in a 2nd or 3rd choice Home, they can remain on the wait list for a transfer to the preferred choice Homes, but this must be indicated at the time of acceptance.
Once the applicant accepts the bed offer, payment begins the next day and admission must be within the next 5 days.
Role of the CCAC Case Manager
Your CCAC is your single point of access to information about, and to apply for admission to, Long-Term Care Homes. You cannot apply directly to the Long-Term Care Home. Your CCAC Case Manager can:
- Provide information about Long-Term Care Homes.
- Provide information about financial options, if required.
- Carry out an assessment at your home or in hospital and determine your eligibility.
- Help you with the application forms and coordinate the application process to facilitate access to Long-Term Care.
- Provide information on alternatives to Long-Term Care Homes, such as supportive/assistive housing, retirement homes and senior’s apartments.
- Empower you or your decision-makers with the information you need to make an informed decision on a Long-Term Care Home that suits your needs and interests.
- Place you, if necessary, on the waiting lists of the Long-Term Care Homes you select.
- Offer you a bed in a chosen Long-Term Care Home when one becomes available.