Long-term facilities-based care
What is long-term facilities-based care?
In general, long-term care facilities provide living accommodation for people who require on-site delivery of 24 hour, 7 days a week supervised care, including professional health services, personal care and services such as meals, laundry and housekeeping.
Long-term facilities-based care is not publicly insured under the Canada Health Act. It is governed by provincial and territorial legislation. Across the country, jurisdictions offer a different range of services and cost coverage. Consequently, there is little consistency across Canada in:
- what facilities are called (e.g. nursing home, personal care facility, residential continuing care facility, etc.);
- the level or type of care offered and how it is measured; and
- how facilities are governed or who owns them.
Health Canada's role
Health Canada is engaged in research and policy analysis on long-term facilities-based care issues including:
- population aging;
- models of facilities-based care;
- quality of care and quality of life;
- changing complex care needs of residents;
- access and affordability; and
- human resource issues.
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