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Special care homes – also called nursing homes – provide care when your needs can no longer be met in the community. Special care homes are run by the Saskatchewan Health Authority or operated by a provider that has a contract with the health authority.
There are a variety of care options available, and the assessment process can assist you in making the best decisions.
There are a number of options available to meet the needs of you or your family member:
For more information about the special care home that is right for you or your loved one, contact the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
All special care homes and other designated facilities that provide this type of care must operate in accordance with the standards set out in the Program Guidelines for Special Care Homes.
To apply for admission to a special care home, contact the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The health authority contact in your community will assign you an Assessor Coordinator/Client Care Coordinator who will review, determine the type of care you require, and approve admission to a special care home. Assessments ensure that available beds go to individuals with the highest need and living at the greatest risk.
An assessment looks at several factors, such as:
If a bed is not immediately available, you will be placed on a wait list. While waiting, you will be offered support, such as home care.
Your care needs will also be reviewed regularly while waiting, so it is important to let your Assessor Coordinator/Client Care Coordinator know of any significant changes to your health that could affect your admission to a special care home.
You will be contacted by the health authority as soon as accommodation is available.
Residents of special care homes pay a fee – a resident charge – based on their personal income. This charge is based on your annual reported income from Line 15000 of your Income Tax Return.
The Ministry of Health continues to subsidize approximately 80% of the overall provincewide cost of long-term care.
The resident and spouse (if applicable) are required to provide:
If income information is not provided, the resident charge will be assessed at the maximum rate.
A resident admitted for temporary care must pay the income-tested resident charge if their stay is more than 60 consecutive days.
|Monthly Income||Monthly Resident Charge|
|$ 1,759||$ 1,293 (minimum)|
|$ 2,000||$ 1,431|
|$ 2,500||$ 1,719|
|$ 3,500||$ 2,294|
|$ 5,108||$ 3,218 (maximum)|
Married residents who live in separate dwellings for reasons beyond their control may choose to complete an Optional Designation Form.
In addition to the resident charge, there is an additional cost for prescriptions, medications, incontinence supplies, and certain medical and personal supplies and services.
There is also a $23.75 monthly supply charge for personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, denture cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. This charge is adjusted annually based on increases to Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits.
Individual resident charges are adjusted annually on January 1 to take into account any changes in income of the resident and spouse (if applicable) from the previous year.
Resident charges effective January 1, 2023 are calculated using the 2021 tax return(s).
Special care home resident charges are adjusted quarterly in keeping with any changes to Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits that affect the figures in the above formula.
A request for recalculation of the resident charge may be made at any time by submitting a written request to the Ministry of Health along with supporting documentation to the Income Assessment Unit.
If there were to be a change in the resident charge as a result of the recalculation, the revised charge would become effective the first day of the month for which the resident's income changed but not beyond the most recent annual review period.
There are other housing options that might be right for you:
These options provide you with a variety of living arrangements with a range of services and programs.
These privately run businesses set their own rates.
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