The Department of Health has implemented significant changes to the way long term care is funded and how residents pay for long term care. These and other program changes were launched on January 1, 2005 to promote independence, fairness, equity, and choice for people who require long term care.
Residents who live in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and community-based options under the Department of Health's mandate are no longer required to pay for their health care costs. As well, residents no longer have to use their assets to pay for their long term care accommodation costs.
A full list of legislation, policies and guidelines for long-term care facilities is available below. The complete Long-term Care Policy Manual and individual policies are available to download.
The following legislation, policies and guidelines are standards in the long-term care sector. The Department of Health, Continuing Care Division supports owners and operators of long-term care facilities by creating policies and monitoring standards in the sector to ensure that there is a consistent quality of care provided to long-term care residents. Owners, operators and staff of long-term care facilities must be in compliance with the following legislation, policies and standards.
The following legislation informs owners, operators and long-term care staff and clients of their obligations and rights by law. Legislation includes:
The following policies and procedures outline program policies that affect owners, operators and long-term care staff and clients.
Note: These policies only apply to:
The following standards and guidelines inform owners, operators and staff of long-term care facilities of their responsibility to provide a safe environment for long-term care residents.
The following links will inform employers in the long-term care sector about the scopes of practice for Continuing Care Assistants (CCA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN).
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Page last updated 2013-05-02.