Long Term Care in Yukon

Residential Facilities

GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED NURSING HOMES

How Nursing Homes are organized and administered

Nursing homes (called Continuing Care Facilities) in Yukon are residential long term care facilities that provide accommodation, supervisory care, personal care and nursing and medical services on a 24-hour basis. There are 3 Nursing Homes in Yukon.

Assessment, waiting lists and admission into a nursing home are managed by the Admissions Coordinator at the Continuing Care branch of the Department of Health & Social Services.

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 Yukon for a minimum of 1 year,
  • have been assessed as needing a nursing home level of care.

Income/Asset Test

There is no income or asset test.

Costs

The daily government set rate is from $35. The daily rate is set by the facility and it varies within the government set fee range. The nursing home fee is not based on income or accommodation.

Home Care

GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED HOME CARE

How Government-subsidized home care is organized and administered

Home support services are designed to help clients remain independent and in their own home as long as possible. Home support provides personal assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming and light household tasks that help to maintain a safe and supportive home. Palliative care, respite care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy services are also provided by the Yukon Home Care program. Services are based on an individual's assessed need.

In Yukon, home care is managed by the local Regional Services Offices. The local Regional Services Office will conduct an assessment to determine needs and develop a care plan accordingly. There is no minimum number of hours for services such as homemaking, personal care and respite care. However, the maximum number of hours for these services is 35 hours per week. There is no set minimum or maximum number of hours for home nursing, physiotherapy or occupational therapy, but amounts of care are based on the client's assessed needs.

Eligibility/Requirements for Admission

To be eligible for subsidized home care, clients must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • have a valid Yukon Health Care Insurance number,
  • have been assessed as needing home care.

Income/Asset Test

There is no income or asset test.

Costs

There are no fees for home care. Home care services for all eligible Yukon residents such as homemaking, personal care, respite care, nursing care in the client's home, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are covered by the Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan.

PRIVATE HOME CARE

Research did not indicate any private agencies providing home care.

Adult Day Programs

How Adult Day Programs Work

How Adult Day Programs Work

Adult day programs are designed for dependent adults/seniors, physically located in the community, to provide a safe group setting during the day when family members are not available to care for them. These centres are usually open daily, Monday through Friday (some on Saturday as well). They provide a secure, caring and positive setting for those who are experiencing memory loss, communication disorders, social isolation or physical disabilities. Nutritious lunch meals are provided which usually accommodate any special diet, along with an afternoon snack. Participants need to be mobile, with the possible assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair. Adult day programs can be public or private, non-profit or for-profit.

Adult day programs in the Yukon are managed and operated by and accessed through the Department of Health and Social Services, Continuing Care branch. Seniors pay daily fees to cover part of meals & activities.

The purpose of an adult day program is:

  • to provide dependent adults/seniors time to enjoy a setting outside of their house where they can obtain both mental and social encouragement and stimulation and any required health care
  • to provide family caregivers with a much-needed break in order to focus on themselves, take time and relax or go to work

Candidates for adult day programs may be:

  • challenged either physically and/or cognitively, but do not require 24-hour supervision or,
  • in the early stages of dementia or,
  • in need of social contact and stimulation.

Costs

In the Yukon Adult day programs cost $5/day.

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