Keeping Couples Together in Long-Term Care

Couples deserve to be able to stay together when they are in long-term care. That is why the new Life Partners in Long Term Care Act will protect a couple’s right to be placed together.

Currently, if spouses, common law and domestic partners need different levels of long-term care, placing them together often cannot be accommodated. The new act will allow couples to be placed together at the highest care level required. For example, if one spouse requires nursing home care and one requires residential care, the couple would be placed in a nursing home.

The province will also work with Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure this right applies to spouses of veterans.

This will apply to couples as defined in the act for admission to one of the 132 long-term care homes licensed and funded by the province.

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