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I’m on a waiting list for a long-term care home but don’t want to move in during the COVID-19 crisis. What happens if I’m offered a space?

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I’m on a waiting list for a long-term care home but don’t want to move in during the COVID-19 crisis. What happens if I’m offered a space?

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I’m on a waiting list for a long-term care home but don’t want to move in during the COVID-19 crisis. What happens if I’m offered a space?
Reviewed: 
May 5, 2020
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The Ontario government made new rules for moving into long-term care homes because of COVID-19.

These rules:

  • protect your position on the waiting list if you or your substitute decision-maker wants to delay you moving in until there’s less risk from COVID-19, and
  • let you keep your position on the waiting list for the care home that’s your first choice if you have to go into a different care home because of COVID-19. This means that you can transfer to the care home you chose once they have a space.

A substitute decision-maker is a person who has the legal right to make decisions for you when you’re not mentally capable of making them yourself.

For information and help

If you don’t know what to do if you’re offered a long-term care space, you can contact the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly or your local community legal clinic.

You can also call your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). To get the contact information for the LHIN your area:

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