GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED NURSING HOMES
How Nursing Homes are organized and administered
Nursing homes in the Northwest Territories are residential long term care facilities that provide accommodation, supervisory care, personal care and nursing and medical services on a 24-hour basis.
Assessment, waiting lists and admission into a nursing home are managed by the Health and Social Services Authority who are regulated by the department of Health and Social Services, and reviewed by TAC (Territorial Admissions Committee). A client must contact his/her local Health and Social Services Authority to arrange for an assessment. Placement is based on needs of client and available facilities. Generally, clients must be 60 years of age or older, but if the application/assessment indicates a high need based on the client's mental/physical condition, or if the level of available care in home or the community are inadequate, an age exemption may be made.
Eligibility/Requirements for Admission
To be eligible for admission into nursing homes a client must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
- be a resident of the Northwest Territories for a minimum of 6 months,
- have a valid Northwest Territories health card, and
- have been assessed as needing a nursing home level of care.
There is no income or asset test.
Costs for Nursing Homes
The cost for nursing homes is $850.00/month. This covers room and board and medical services. Personal items and additional services are the responsibility of the client. Nursing homes fees are covered by pensions given for seniors and no government subsidy is needed. Every client receives a pension that is sufficiently large enough to cover nursing home fees. The cost for a respite care bed is $27.95/day.