The Convalescent Care program is primarily for older adults with a chronic illness who require more time to recover before returning home following a period of hospitalization. The publicly subsidized activation program is part of our short-term residential care services.
Following an acute illness, you may have lost much of your former mobility and functional independence. Our staff will assist you to regain your strength and mobility so you can safely carry out your daily living activities when you return home.
The average length of stay is seven weeks.
Visiting hours can be adjusted based on the needs of the client and the family.
What to bring with you
We suggest you bring:
- Washable clothes
- Walking shoes
- Personal items (e.g., hearing aids, dentures)
- Other items (e.g., books, calendar)
*Please label all items.
Preparing for discharge
During your stay, your convalescent care team will meet regularly to plan for your needs and progress. This team includes a variety of health care professionals and may include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants, social workers and nursing staff.
We encourage you and your family/caregivers to actively participate in your care and discharge planning.
Upon discharge, staff will assist in organizing any necessary equipment for home and community support as needed.
Although the program medical director will be the physician in charge of your medical care while you are in the program, your family physician is encouraged to visit you during your stay.
Is there a cost?
Clients receiving publicly subsidized convalescent care services must sign a consent for admission to the program and pay a daily or monthly charge. The current minimum client rate is $37.10 per day or $1,130.60 per month.
If you or your family believes you will experience serious financial hardship by paying this rate, you may apply for a temporary reduction.
Please advise your care team of your financial concerns; they will forward your request for consideration once you have been admitted to the program. If your application for hardship is approved, an adjusted daily rate will be charged.
If you would prefer not to pay these costs, please ask about our Home Support Services to support you in your discharge from acute care.