Supportive Housing Program
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The Supportive Housing Services program operated by Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services is a community-based service promoting independent living to eligible residents in designated buildings.
The program offers the stability and safety of intermittent 24-hour support and an on-site Registered Practical Nurse. Services include personal care, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, security checks, light meal preparation, wellness and health promotion to allow clients to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
There is no service fee for eligible seniors. The program is funded by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
To be eligible you must be a tenant* in one of the designated buildings and:
- need assistance with personal support and/or homemaking services, or need the availability of 24-hour intermittent on-site assistance
- be 59 years of age or over
- be able to direct your own care and be medically stable
- be able to self-medicate (with or without reminders)
* To become a tenant, contact Housing Connections at 416-397-7400.
For an application, call or visit the Supportive Housing office in your building. After you complete and submit your application, the on-site Registered Practical Nurse will make an appointment with you to complete an assessment. Through an admission process, your eligibility for the Supportive Housing Program will be determined.
The Supportive Housing Services program can offer you help with the following:
- assistance with personal care
- light housekeeping and laundry
- medication reminders
- security checks
- light meal preparation
- wellness/health promotion activities and education
- referral to community resources and assistance navigating the health care system
Services are provided by Personal Support Workers (PSWs). Through an on-going assessment process, you and the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) mutually agree upon your service plan.
An important component of the program is the promotion of health and wellness to clients. The Registed Practical Nurse (RPN), through both group and one-to-one sessions, offers education, information and referrals to help clients maintain a safe, healthy and independent lifestyle.
Wellness topics commonly addressed include:
- falls prevention
- diabetes management
- heat/sun safety
- hand hygiene
- nutrition and diet
- personal safety
The RPN also provides information and referral for other community resources/health services that you may be in need of, and can assist you in navigating the health care system.
You have the right to appeal any decision about your eligibility for the Supportive Housing services, amount of service and quality of services. You can do this by contacting Community Programs at 416-392-8579.
You have the option to appeal the final decision about your Supportive Housing eligibility or services by contacting:
Health Services Appeal & Review Board
151 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2T5
Toll Free: 1-866-282-2179