Publicly funded Assisted Living units are in high demand. Placement is based on the urgency of the individual’s care needs.
To be considered for Assisted Living, clients:
- are at risk if they remain in their current environment
- have difficulty with meal preparation and housework
- require daily assistance with personal care such as
medications, bathing and dressing
- are capable of making decisions safely (for example,
finding their way around the building, participating in
care planning, asking for help if they need it and taking
direction in an emergency)
- are able to communicate with staff and others
- are able to make their way around in familiar places on
- are willing to accept assistance with personal care and
attend meals in the dining room
- do not show any behaviors that could affect the health
and safety of others.
People who are able to make decisions on their own behalf can:
- function safely with the supports available in the residence
- recognize the consequences of taking risks
- find their way within the residence
- find their way back to the residence
- communicate effectively (verbally or non-verbally) so they are understood by others
- participate in the development and regular review of their care plan, or make their needs known to the person they live with who then participates in the development of the care plan
- recognize an emergency, use an emergency response system or summon help, and take direction in an emergency situation.
If you are not eligible for Assisted Living, you may wish to speak to your Case Manager about Residential Care options.
What if my health changes?
You may continue to live in an Assisted Living residence as long as:
- your health condition is stable
- you can make decisions on your own behalf (or live with a spouse who is willing and able to make decisions on your behalf)
- your care needs, including end-of-life care, can be met in Assisted Living.
You will need to move to a more appropriate setting if:
- your health condition declines permanently
- your care needs increase significantly
- you are no longer able to make decisions on your own behalf.
If that happens, your case manager will be able to help you through the process.
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