Housing

At Ontario Shores our interprofessional team of clinicians work with each patient to match them with safe, supportive and affordable housing upon discharge from our hospital. There are a number of different types of housing facilities that patients may be discharged to, depending on their level of functioning. While some individuals may return to a family home or independent living, others may require extra supports. The current types of housing that are available to patients leaving the hospital are outlined below.

* It is important to note that Ontario Shores makes every attempt to assist patients in securing housing that best suits their interests and needs, subject to availability.

Types of housing available to patients leaving the hospital

1.    Residential

Licensed Community Residences provide supervision (24 hours a day, 7 days per week). Professional staff are also available to assist patients as needed. Staff manage the storing and dispensing of patients' medications.
Examples: Homes for Special Care, Domiciliary Hostels

Supported Living Homes offer support staff during certain daytime hours. Residents are responsible for taking their own medication.

Family Care Homes are privately owned and provide care and supervision to one or two individuals who wish to live in a family setting. These homes are uncommon.

2.    Supported Housing

Group Homes offer a regulated service through one or more Ministries and provide subsidized rent. Both the home and services of a support worker are shared among the tenants of the group home.

Boarding Homes are much like group homes with the exception that they are not usually subject to regulation.

Supported Apartments are designed specifically for people with mental illness. Subsidized rent and daytime support is provided to the tenants through individual self-sustaining units.

Satellite Apartments are leased in private market buildings for people with mental illness. Subsidized rent and outreach services are available for tenants.

Supportive Hostels are usually leased and managed by nonprofit agencies. Tenants usually acquire a single room and onsite staff assistance to support and provide services to adults living with mental illness.

3.    Emergency Housing

Emergency Shelters offer short-term accommodations with basic facilities for people who do not have other immediate housing options available to them. The length of stay is usually under 90 days and there is a maximum number of people who may enter per night.

Homes for Special Care (HSC)

Ontario Shores operates the Homes for Special Care (HSC) program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) by providing support for the residents and maintaining the annual licensing requirements under the HSC Act and Operating Guidelines. The program is a voluntary program where a home owner is responsible for providing the care and supervision of its residents.  Each of the homes are privately owned and operated. Homes for Special Care staff encourage clients to be as independent as possible but are available to provide meals, laundering, medication management and 24 hour support. HSC are available to persons who are 18 years of age or older, have a severe and persistent mental illness that is currently stable, need 24 hour supervision and agree to the terms of co-operative living. Admission into HSC is through the centralized referral and intake process conducted with Ontario Shores staff. Ontario Shores operates the HSC located in Durham, York, Scarborough, Toronto and Kawartha Lakes.

To read more about Homes for Special Care visit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/hsc/hsc_mn.html

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