Costs of Long-term Care
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Fees are based on your income

What is the daily rate to stay in a publicly subsidized long-term care facility?

The costs of living in a long-term care facility are very similar to the costs of living independently at home. The monthly cost for publicly subsidized long-term care is based on 80% of your after tax income, with set minimum and maximum rates. This rate schedule is determined by the province.

Typical additional costs not covered by the daily rate include:

  • Personal telephone, television cable or internet charges
  • Personal choice hygiene and grooming products
  • Medications not covered by PharmaCare’s Plan B
  • Personal needs such as dry cleaning, labelling, clothing repairs or alterations, newspapers and magazines
  • Hair dresssing, haircuts, special outings, social events or special therapies
  • Personal transportation
  • Health equipment (such as special wheel-chairs and walkers) and health supplies (such as complex wound care dressings) not covered by extended health benefits or Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Health services not covered by extended health benefits such as ambulance service, optometry, podiatry, massage therapy and basic dental care
  • Security items such as identification bracelets
  • Personal insurance for lost or damaged personal items such as hearing aids, dentures, glasses 
  • Physician charges for completion of medical forms

What if I can't afford to cover the costs of publicly subsidized long-term care?

Lower income individuals may request a financial assessment for temporary rate reduction or waiver if the charge represents a financial hardship. Occasionally costs may be covered by alternate payers:

Contact us

Contact your local Home Health and Community Care Case Manager for more information.


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