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Does the CCAC Really Work for You?

22 Apr

If you live in Ontario and are responsible for overseeing the personal affairs of an aging relative, chances are you’re already familiar with the CCAC.

The CCAC received $2 billion from the province in 2012 which amounts to slightly less than 4.6 per cent of Ontario’s total health care spending. It is a centralized body created to connect individuals with health care services, some of which are subsidized and some of which are not.  The acronym stands for Community Care Access Centre.  Although CCAC exists to coordinate health-related services for all Ontarians, almost half of its clients are over 65.

If you were to read the CCAC website, you might think it is a wonderful organization staffed by highly qualified individuals who are committed to making the life of every Ontario citizen that much better.  I’m sure there are some excellent professionals employed by CCAC . I am just not convinced there are enough of them, or enough services, to properly meet the needs of an already increasingly aging population. Additionally, I find it alarming that postings for CCAC case managers ask for only one year of work experience.

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Fees for Long Term Care in Ontario

15 May

In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for the care an individual recieves while living in a long term care home. But residents are responsible for accommodation costs which are standard across the province. This means the cost of a bed in a well-run or newer home is exactly the same as the cost for a bed in a poorly run or delapadated older home.

As of  July 1, 2012 the rates for subidized beds in Ontario are:

Type of Accommodation Daily Rate Monthly Rate
Long-Stay Basic $55.04 $1,674.14
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$64.04 $1,947.89
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$63.04 $1,917.47
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$74.79 $2,274.86
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$73.04 $2,221.64
Short-Stay $35.63 N/A

If  the person you are concerned about is deemed eligible for a long-term care home, they can not be refused regardless of whether they can afford the fees. If you are considering long term care for a loved one and have not started the process already, you will need to start by contacting your local  CCAC.

Forget the Dress (and the Shoes), Say Yes to the Bed

10 May

I’ve been off-line for a while. Not because I haven’t had much to say, but because I’ve been overwhelmed. I had planned to spend this rainy day catching up on my writing and getting some posts ready for next week.  But my plans have changed and this is why:

It finally happened. The long-awaited phone call from CCAC. A room has become available for my mother in one of the three long term care facilities she has been wait-listed for since August, 2011. Now she has until Monday to decide. Or perhaps I should say my siblings and I will have until Monday to persuade her. Apparently the CCAC still deems my mother capable of making decisions, even if her children and her doctors do not.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

My brother and I will be taking our mother to see the home this afternoon. We expect the drive to be tense. If mom says “yes” she will need to be moved in within five days. If she says “no”, her name will be removed from all three waiting lists and her file with the CCAC will be closed (yes, that’s how it works for all long-term care applicants here in Ontario).  As far as nursing homes go, this one is really nice. It’s in Richmond Hill and not too far from where she lives now. It’s also fairly close to my brother’s home. It has 160 beds and is in a relatively new building.  Additionally, the overall resident population is Jewish, a significant issue for my mother.  She thinks it’s “too far” and she can be difficult, very difficult. So the next few days/weeks are going to be very interesting.

Gertie really needs to say YES. Can you feel my stress? Stay tuned, because I’m back.

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