Assisted Living Residences in Manitoba, are also referred to as Supportive Housing and Companion Care.
They are licensed and are regulated under the Regional Health Authority for Supportive Housing and Companion Care and in the case of residential care, by Manitoba Family Services and Labour.
Assisted living refers to the provision of housing and services that allow residents to age in place a retirement home with light to medium supports before having to move to a nursing home or long term care home. In this way, services bridge the gap and are the in-between choice of independent supportive living and long term nursing care.
Individuals are able to direct their own care, in separate, self contained units. (They are cognitively capable and have the ability to make informed, voluntary decisions regarding their care needs and living arrangements or are living with a spouse / partner that is able to do so).
In addition to the basic security and safety, meals, social activities and housekeeping offered in an independent supportive living residence, assisted living services typically include personal assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, washing, hygiene, eating, gentle reminders, help with taking medication and wayfinding for those with mild Alzheimers disease or dementia. Nursing services are usually provided.
Care is often provided in a designated section of a Retirement Home.
Costs to residents are market driven although affordable options exist.
Assisted Living, also referred to as residential care combines independent living with a service package that may include meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation or other services. These are community based options that are privately owned and operated residences.
The government does not subsidize daily fees, but residents may qualify for the Manitoba Shelter Benefit Program or the RentAid Program. They may also access Home Care services.
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