Admission to a nursing home is coordinated through Eastern Health’s Single Entry program. If you live in the community, the application process includes a visit from a nurse or a social worker who completes a needs assessment to determine your care requirements, and discuss the best options for you. You must also have a medical form completed by your doctor, and have a chest X-ray taken. If you are in a hospital, a social worker will assist you with the application process.
It is always nice to tour a few homes before naming your preferred homes on your application. For a tour, please pre-arrange your visit by contacting the social worker at your chosen nursing home. When visiting, remember to ask lots of questions.
Often times, beds may not be immediately available in the home that can provide the care you need. When this happens, your name is added to a waitlist. Our waitlist is based on need rather than the length of time you are on the list. If a suitable bed for you becomes vacant and you are assessed as being in the greatest need, you will be offered placement.
Unfortunately you are not guaranteed a bed in your preferred nursing home. However, once you have been admitted to anursing home, you may request a transfer to your nursing home of choice. A social worker can assist you with the request for transfer.
If you are in hospital waiting for a bed in a nursing home, you will be expected to accept the first available bed offered to you, even though it may not be in your preferred home. This is also true if you are in a personal care home waiting for a bed in a nursing home. It is important for you to move to a home that can best meet your care needs as soon as possible. Remember once you are admitted to the home offered, you can request a transfer to your home of choice.