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My mother is applying for basic care in a nursing home. Will the goverment take her small bank account before giving her assistance?
Ivy C Toronto

Long-term care homes (or nursing homes) in Ontario are liscensed, regulated, inspected and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The provincial government sets the cost of all long-term care homes. The government pays the 'care portion' which goes directly to the home and the resident pays the 'room and board' cost which is called the 'co-payment' and is based on government pension rates. The home is entitled to charge the resident for some extra services (e.g. cable tv, telephone, hairdresser). Subsides are available for those who apply for basic/ward accommodation who and are on a limited income. In this situation, the cost would be reduced so the individual would have a remaining 'comfort allowance' of $134/month. Nursing home rates for all homes in Ontario are the same and usually go up slightly every July. The current cost of basic accommodation in an Ontario long-term care home is $1,707.59/month (as of July 2013). For information on applying for a long-term care home or a subsidy for one, contact your local Community Care Access Centre.
Esther
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