December 5, 2005

Newmarket Health Care Centre selected to provide the New Convalescent Care Program to York Region residents

NEWMARKET – York Region Health Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) have designated 11 of the 132 beds in the Newmarket Health Care Centre to be used for patients accepted into the New Convalescent Care Program (NCCP).  It is one of only 19 Long-Term Care facilities in Ontario offering this revised short-term recovery program.  Facilities were selected based on an application process and provincially mandated criteria. 

What is the NCCP?
The NCCP is a supportive care provincial program that provides quality, appropriate care in long-term care facilities to individuals who are gaining strength to return home as quickly as possible.  It replaces the current supportive care component of the short-stay program in long-term care homes.  However, it does not affect the second component/respite services of the program. 
The NCCP focuses on emphasizing self care, self efficiency, and helping the patient adapt to their current situation.  It draws on the patient’s strengths and abilities and develops measurable and realistic goals and timelines for quick, effective rehabilitation and release.  
A major benefit of this new program is that it is designed to maximize community resources and provide the best possible care to both successful NCCP applicants and other residents requiring hospitalization and acute care.

Who is eligible for this program?
This program is developed for individuals who need short-term care before returning to their home and community.  Surgery and cancer recovery patients, intensive wound care patients, individuals requiring
24-hour short-term professional care, or patients learning to adapt with a disability, impairment or handicap are examples of convalescent care patients.  It is not designed for patients requiring permanent palliative care or admission.  Convalescent care residents must also meet the regulatory requirements for short stay residents.

How long and how many times may an individual be admitted to the NCCP?
The average time spent in convalescent care is approximately 30-45 days.  However, short stay services regulations specify that a person, during a 12-period, may be admitted into this program for up to 90 days.  Therefore, patients can be admitted into this program more than once provided they do not exceed the 90 days in a 12-month period.

How much does this program cost?
The cost of the NCCP is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), however patients may be charged for additional services such as telephone and television.
How do I apply and where I can obtain more information?
The York Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) work closely with area hospitals to determine eligibility of the applicants.  They also manage the admission process for both individuals in the community and in the hospitals.   For more information on applying to this program, contact the local CCAC at 905-895-1240.

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