What type of care is available to seniors in need through the D.O.H &W’s Continuing Care?

As of February 2012, the Department of Health  and Wellness has two  types of  care facilities in their Continuing Care sector;

with three levels of care for residents living in these facilities.

1)              A  Residential Care Facility-   there are  now a  few small facilities with a ratio of 3 residents  to 1 staff

but most R.C.F.’s  are home  with  up to  8 residents per staff. Serenity Lodge is lucky enough to have a maximum

                  ratio of  6  residents to 1 staff, but 8 hours of the day we have a ratio of 6 residents with two staff.

2)             Nursing Homes- where the ratios are higher, but  nursing homes have at least one  Registered Nurses 24/7 on site.;

there is always two staff able to move a resident that requires that  support and a

Doctor for on call support 24/7


The lowest level of care is called –Residential Care – where  a   senior needs daily  assistance, but is mobile with or without an aid and  understands  what an emergency evacuation is. (Placement  for these seniors is in R.C.F.’s or some N.H.’s   that hace R.C.F. beds)

Level One care- where the resident needs full supervisory care;dementia is likely present. (placement in R.C.F.’s or N.H.’s)

Level Two care – where the resident requires heavier  care in a facility that has 24 / 7  for R.N. Nursing Care plus 2 staff min. 24/7 (placement in N.H.’s only)

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