Long Term Care

What is Long Term Care?

Long term care residences - historically referred to as nursing homes - are licensed and authorized as government-regulated and funded homes. They are designed for individuals who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care or advanced dementia support within a secure setting.

Unlike retirement residences, you cannot directly move into a long term care residence. Local health authorities coordinate LTC applications and admissions and perform assessments to determine eligibility.


If you are in your own home, LTC admissions are managed by local Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) who will match you with a placement coordinator who will help you with your application.

If you are in hospital, the hospital will have a care coordinator (employed through HCCSS) who can help you. To learn more about long term care coordination in your Ontario community, please visit ontario.ca/page/long-term-care-ontario.