Following surgery or serious illness, you may not require hospital-level care, but you may not yet be ready to safely return home. In this instance, the Case Manager may refer you to a convalescent care program in the region.
The Convalescent Care Program is offered in some long-term care homes in Northeastern Ontario. To find out if the program is offered in your area, contact your CCAC.
The program provides 24-hour care to people who require specific medical and therapeutic services in a supportive environment. The program will help you recover your strength, endurance and functioning before returning home.
Convalescent care provides the care you need, when you need it, including:
Depending on your needs, you will receive care from a specialized team led by doctors and nurses with support from professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers.
The Convalescent Care Program is not intended to serve individuals waiting for long-stay admission to a long-term care home, or those needing complex continuing care or palliative care. Most convalescent care residents remain in the program for no more than 30 to 45 days.
Referrals to the program are coordinated through your CCAC.
There is no client fee. The Convalescent Care Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. However, you will be charged for some additional services, such as telephone and television. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from medical appointments