When you think the time has come to apply to a long-term care facility contact the LHIN in the community where you, or your family member lives or is hospitalized. Your local LHIN will arrange for a Care Coordinator/Case Manager to come to your home or the hospital to assess your health-care needs and determine if you are eligible for a long-term care facility. During the application process the following forms must be completed.
Mail the completed forms to your local LHIN. We advise you to make a copy of all forms before mailing.
It is important for the Local Health Integrated Network for Home and Community Care (LHIN) to have the most up-to-date medical information (as well as financial and social information) to make sure that you are eligible for admission to your chosen facilities. We want to make sure that when we offer you accommodation, it will be a good fit with your personal care needs. You do not have to pay for your Health Report to be completed.
A person who holds a Power of Attorney has legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapable of doing so yourself. There are two forms of Power of Attorney: Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care. The first acts for you with respect to finances, the second with respect to your medical and housing needs. If you haven't already assigned someone as your Power of Attorney, it is probably the right time to do so. You can assign each Power of Attorney to the same individual or to different people. Those you appoint should be individuals you trust and who know your preferences and will act upon them, even in stressful situations. You can obtain a copy of the Power of Attorney kit by contacting:
Ministry of the Attorney General Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
595 Bay Street, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5G 2M6
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee is also available to advise you if you do not have a designated Power of Attorney.
The publication A Guide to the Substitute Decisions Act will give you a good description as to how a decision-maker may be appointed for a mentally incapable person.