Ontario Protecting Quality In Long-Term Care Homes
McGuinty Government Updates Co-Payment Rates and Improves Rate Reduction Program
Ontario is maintaining quality service for long-term care home residents by updating the co-payment rates residents contribute towards the cost of meals and accommodation.
This annual increase reflects recent inflation and will help to ensure the rates more accurately represent the current cost of these services.
Effective July 1, 2012:
- The basic co-payment rate for all residents will increase by $1.81 per day, from $53.23 to $55.04.
- Residents admitted to a newer long-term care home who are moving into preferred accommodations will also pay an updated premium rate - an increase from $8 to $9 per day for semi-private, and $18 to $19.75 per day for a private room.
These changes will not affect low-income seniors who will continue to pay what they can afford, based on their income, by applying annually for a rate reduction.
The government is improving the Rate Reduction Program by clarifying the rules for calculating resident income. The changes provide a more accurate assessment of a resident's ability to pay and will ensure residents are able to retain their full comfort allowance of $132.
These updates will ensure high quality long-term care is maintained and are part of the government's plan to encourage the redevelopment of long-term care homes.
- Ontario provides $152.94 in funding per day for a long-term care bed - representing costs for food and accommodation, nursing and personal care, and programming and support services.
- Ontario's funding for long-term care homes has increased by 77 per cent since 2003.
- Ontario has lower co-payment rates than British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Manitoba.
- Residents who are receiving the comfort allowance of $132 a month will continue to do so - the comfort allowance represents the money they can keep each month for discretionary spending.
- Approximately 6,000 long-term care home residents are expected to benefit from the proposed changes to the income calculation by being able to retain more income.
“Once again, we're ensuring that access and affordability are maintained for long-term care home residents while continuing to provide high quality care. We're also making changes to the process to apply for a rate reduction so Ontarians can be assured that income will not be a barrier to accessing long-term care.”