Nurse handing over snacks to an elderly asian during tea time

Introduction to Nursing Homes

A nursing home is for the long term. Choose one carefully as the senior will be uprooting from his home and moving into a new place.

Related: Nursing Home Respite Care

Services Provided

A nursing home provides the following services:

  • Nursing Care
  • Help With Activities Of Daily Living. This includes going to the toilet, showering and eating.

Related: Centre-Based Care And Home Care Guidelines to Provide Better Care for Seniors

How to Apply

An elderly person applying to stay in a nursing home must:

  • Be physically or mentally disabled because of illness.
  • Be semi-mobile, use a wheelchair or is bedbound, and needs daily care and help with activities like going to the toilet or walking.
  • Have tried all other care options, such as hiring a domestic worker, or using day care, home care and other services.
  • Be unable to be cared for at home by family or service providers.
  • Pass means-test for long-term subsidies.

It costs between $1,200 and $3,500 a month to stay in a nursing home(before means-testing).

If you need more information or want help paying for the service, please speak to your service provider or the Medical Social Worker.

You can find nursing homes using the E-care Locator.

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