Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Long Term Care and what are the costs?
Long term care (LTC) includes a variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with chronic illness or disabilities who can no longer care for themselves. LTC is regulated by the provincial government (including the accommodation rates) and is intended to be all-inclusive (providing room, meals, primary medical care, housekeeping, social activities, etc.), and we are happy to provide enhanced services for an additional fee. The current rates are as follows:
What type of rooms do you offer?
We have four different sizes of rooms available and a mixture of semi-private and private rooms (54 semi-private rooms and 42 private rooms). The rooms in the original section of the facility are smaller (approximately 155 square feet); 30 of these rooms are shared between 2 residents and 26 are private rooms. The rooms in the newer section of the facility are slightly larger; 24 of these rooms (approximately 216 square feet) are shared between 2 residents and 16 of these rooms (approximately 180 square feet) are private rooms. All new admissions are admitted into a smaller semi-private room and are placed on an internal waitlist to transfer into a larger semi-private room or a private room. Wait times to be offered a room change will vary and are difficult to predict.
What items should I bring when I move in?
The smaller semi-private rooms have limited space so you will be restricted as to what items and the number of items you can bring initially. Generally, the most common items to bring include:
- TV (no larger than a 42 inch screen)
- Own pillow or blanket
- Personal effects (small objects that remind you of home or family)
- Toiletries (including toothbrush, hairbrush, large and small nail clippers, etc.)
- Clothing (enough daywear and nightwear for 7 days) and appropriate footwear
Please make sure all items are clearly labelled, except the clothing which we will label for you on the day of admission.
Generally, when starting out in your first room, you would want to look at bringing small things from home that make your loved one’s room more comfortable and familiar. Due to the size of admission rooms, you will be unable to bring in large items such as large dressers. Once you are offered a larger room or a private room, you will have more space to bring in larger items such as a dresser, mini fridge, etc.
For safety and infection control reasons, the following items are not permitted to be used by residents at any time: electric (heating) blankets, space heaters (including electric fireplaces), air conditioners, and humidifiers.
The use of hot water bottles and / or microwaveable hot packs are strongly discouraged unless under the supervision of staff at specific times. Please speak with the rehab department if a hot pack is required.
Fans are permitted and encouraged to help residents stay cool during the summer months.
What can I expect in the first few days after admission?
Moving into a long term care facility can take time to adjust to. The day of admission is usually very busy with completing forms, meeting different staff and being introduced into a new environment with unfamiliar routines. In the days that follow, the staff will do their best to help new residents get familiar with their new environment. It can take several weeks for a new resident to get used to the routines of a long term care facility; and it takes that same amount of time for our staff to learn the preferences of each new person. New residents will be greeted by different team members to introduce a variety of options such as exercise, recreation activities, etc. It is not unusual for new residents to be sad and refuse to participate at first. Adjustment takes time, and a concerted team effort by both the family and our interdisciplinary team is required to make the experience positive for any new resident.
Who will be involved in my care?
We have an interdisciplinary team made up of a variety of different disciplines. Each discipline will be involved in your care at some point in time. These disciplines include the following: Physicians, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker, RN/LPN’s, Health Care Aides, Dietitian, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, rehab assistants, general services staff (housekeeping, dietary, laundry), maintenance staff, recreation staff, and unit clerks.
Who do I talk to if I have a concern?
If you have a concern, please try to speak directly to the staff involved when your concern arises. Many concerns can be resolved quickly and satisfactorily this way. If the staff member is unable to resolve your concern to your satisfaction, you can contact the department supervisor (i.e. General Services Supervisor, Nursing Supervisor, Occupational Therapist, Recreation Therapist, etc.). Our Care Manager is also available to help resolve concerns that department supervisors are unable to resolve. If you are unsure of the appropriate person to speak to you can contact our Social Worker for clarification and direction.
What happens if I need to see a dentist, eye doctor or a specialist?
Some basic services can be arranged onsite such as having a regular eye exam, seeing a denturist, or being seen by a mobile dental hygienist. Specialized services such as needing to see a dentist, an ophthalmologist, or a specialist will require that you go out for appointments. Families are responsible for arranging these appointments, for arranging for transportation to and from appointments, and for accompanying you to the appointments. Always keep the facility updated about upcoming appointments. For transportation options, please speak to a staff member. If a resident needs to be transported by stretcher for a non-medical appointment, transportation options are available. All transportation costs for non-medically required appointments are the responsibility of the family and/or the resident. If a specialist provides you with a prescription for a medication, please give it to your nurse once you return so we can get it approved by your physician and supplied by our pharmacy.
Can I take my loved one out of the facility?
You are welcome to take your loved one out of the building for appointments, social outings or even just for a walk. Please ensure you let the nurse or unit clerk know in advance so that we can make sure your loved one is ready to go and has anything they might need to take with them (i.e. medication list, medications, Goals of Care, etc.). Transportation can be booked by family using a wheelchair taxi, DATS, a private company (i.e. Driving Miss Daisy), or in your personal vehicle if the resident is able to safely transfer with your assistance.
How do I get a phone or cable hooked up?
Hooking up cable for your TV must be through Shaw Cable, while your phone can be hooked up through Telus or Shaw. Cell phones are also welcome. Once you have brought a phone and/or TV into your loved one’s room, you then will need to call the provider (Shaw or Telus) to send a technician for installation. Please schedule installation Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. while our maintenance staff are onsite to assist. Shaw and Telus will invoice you directly each month; we are not involved in their pricing or billing.
Is laundry done onsite?
Families have the option of having laundry done onsite by the facility (for an additional charge) or doing the laundry themselves at home. All clothing will be labelled with the resident’s name (for a onetime fee) and returned to the resident’s room within the first 48 hours, regardless of who does the laundry. Large commercial washers and dryers are used to do the laundry so delicate materials are not able to be washed by our laundry team. If you decide that you want to do your loved one’s laundry yourself, please speak to the staff about what is required.
Do you segregate residents or have a dementia unit?
No, we do not segregate our residents based on diagnoses or medical conditions. We do not have a dementia and/or secure unit. All residents of all ages and conditions live together on the units and attend all meals and activities together.
Are you a privately owned facility?
We are a privately owned and publicly funded facility. This means that we are accountable to Alberta Health Services for all of the care that we provide and are monitored and audited regularly by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. We are required to meet all Continuing Care Health Service Standards and Long Term Care Accommodation Standards set by the Alberta Government.
Do you provide hospice care?
No, we do not have hospice care rooms, however, our staff are trained to provide end-of-life care for our residents, with the primary focus being to keep the resident comfortable at their end-of-life. For any resident that is in the end stage of life, and currently resides in a small semi-private room, a palliative room can be offered. This room provides more space and privacy for families and their loved one during this difficult time.
What type of recreation programs do you have and will someone bring my loved one to programs?
We have a variety of recreation programming including bingo, card and board games, Happy Hour, reminiscing programs, chair dancing, sing-a-longs, crafts, and sporty games like floor hockey, bowling, balloon volleyball and shuffleboard. The recreation team will go to each unit to ask residents if they would like to participate and will porter them to the activity if assistance is required. We also host many bigger events such as the Olympics, our Summer Carnival, Remembrance Day services, and our Hallowe’en party. Visitors are welcome to attend any program with the resident.
Are there church services available and/or can my minister or priest visit me?
Our recreation team arranges a number of services each month with churches in the community. The team also offers Fellowship hours and gospel sing-a-longs in their monthly programming. Your own minister or priest is welcome to visit the facility. If communion is going to be provided, please ensure that he/she is aware of any diet restrictions for the resident. This would be important for any resident on a minced or pureed diet and/or for those that require thickened fluid consistencies.
Are there currently visiting restrictions?
At this present time, there are no visiting restrictions. There are currently no limitations with regards to how many family members can visit at a time, as long as you’re being mindful and respectful to your loved one’s roommate.
Is the food prepared onsite?
Our food, which is delivered by Sysco, is prepared onsite by qualified staff. There is a Spring/Summer menu and a Fall/Winter menu. Each menu is comprised of a four-week rotation, which is reviewed and updated by the General Services Supervisor and Dietitian. The kitchen is able to prepare food for special diets such as vegetarian, gluten-free, low potassium, lactose-restricted, etc. Also, the kitchen adheres to the Alberta Health Services texture modified guidelines to prepare meal consistencies such as: regular, easy to chew, dysphagia soft, minced, and pureed. Fluids can be thickened to a safe consistency dependent on each resident’s individual needs. We serve three meals per day. At every meal, Susy Q carts are used to keep food warm for tableside service to each resident at their designated dining room table. For all meals, a variety of drink options and two protein choices are provided. Snacks are offered three times per day and available on each unit 24/7 upon request.
Can visitors join the residents for meals?
Family members may sit with a resident during mealtimes, however we ask that only one person at a time be at the resident’s dining room table. This is to ensure that all residents seated at that table have sufficient space to eat comfortably. If more than one person wants to sit with and/or eat a meal with their loved one, please phone the Front Office or Kitchen Office at least three hours prior to mealtime. We can accommodate a maximum of three guests per resident. Space is limited, however, and bookings may be denied if the available space has already been booked.
Meal vouchers can be purchased at the Front Office and are to be presented to the Kitchen Staff prior to receiving your meal. The cost of the meal voucher is $7.00 (subject to change with thirty days’ notice).
Parking lot for visitors and handicap parking?
We have a parking lot located on the North side of the facility with parking spaces for both staff and visitors. There are two handicap parking spaces in this parking lot close to the North entrance. This entrance is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair ramp to provide easier access to the sidewalk for our residents and visitors. There is a code lock at this entrance; please ask a staff member for the code if you are unfamiliar with it. Street parking is also an option, however, please be aware of your surroundings as there is a fire hydrant and neighboring driveways which cannot be blocked. Parking in the South parking lot is reserved for staff and is used primarily by delivery trucks to deliver supplies through our service entrance.
Does your facility use physical restraints?
Physical restraints can cause increased anxiety, aggression, and injuries in residents. The Jubilee Lodge supports a least restraints philosophy, following Alberta Health Services guidelines. We look at alternative options to restraints which are less invasive and support resident safety. Please speak with staff for more information about our Least Restraint policy.
Is there space for visits?
The Jubilee Lodge has several common spaces available for our residents and visitors to access and utilize. There are common areas and TV rooms on all three floors, the main atrium has seating available, and the activity center provides space for visits. We have three outdoor patios located on the West side of the building with sitting areas for our residents and visitors. We also have a deck located on the North side of the facility with more space to be utilized.
Space may be reserved by families for small gatherings (with two weeks’ notice). Limited spaces are available and are booked on a first come, first served basis. Families are required to supply their own food and beverages (if applicable) and will be responsible for cleaning up the area before leaving. Due to space limitations, a maximum of ten guests can be accommodated at one time. Please contact the General Services Supervisor to make arrangements.
Is there an exercise program?
Currently, we have an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and a rehab team. Group exercise is offered to each resident weekly, in addition to up to two individual sessions with our rehab team, which could include walking, standing, or range of motion exercises. The rehab team will come to your loved one and offer these services. If residents would like additional physio, they are welcome to hire an outside service provider to come into the facility. Please discuss these options with our rehab team.
Is equipment provided?
On admission our rehab team meets with each resident to determine their individual equipment needs, including wheelchairs and walking aides. The facility has a variety of loaner equipment available for temporary use (for free or on a rental basis) and will provide the best match available. The Occupational Therapist will then work with you on ordering the resident specific equipment through Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) that is appropriate for your loved one, based on their individual needs and requirements. If you have your own walker and/or wheelchair, you are encouraged to discuss with our rehab team what equipment you have available and to determine if it will be appropriate for your loved one to continue to use.
How is your staffing managed?
At the Jubilee Lodge, we are appropriately staffed based on the Alberta Government funding models. We have 5 units in our facility; each unit has between 20 – 33 residents when we are at full capacity (150 beds). Our units are staffed with a mixture of Health Care Aides (HCA’s), Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). There is an RN onsite 24 hours per day in alignment with the Nursing Home Act. Typically, the HCA staff to resident ratio is 1 HCA to 9 residents during the day and evening shifts; and 1 HCA to 26 residents during the night shift. Our staff work together as a team to provide safe and competent care. All new admissions will be assigned a physician that will be responsible for managing their medical needs. The majority of our physicians visit the site every 1-2 weeks.
How often do the residents get a bath?
All residents are offered up to two baths per week. The decision about how many baths and what type of bath each resident has is one that is made by each individual resident. Bathing can be done by either tub bath, shower, or bed bath. We utilize communal tub/shower rooms on each resident unit, ensuring appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of equipment occurs after each resident use. As a facility we support the preferences of each resident in determining how often they want a full bath, shower or bed bath, keeping their overall wellness at the forefront of this decision.
Do you have a hairdresser?
We have a hairdresser (Darlene) who works Monday – Friday each week; her salon is located on the first floor off the dining room. All residents (men and women) can have their hair cut and styled (for an additional charge). If you are wanting to book an appointment, please contact Darlene by phone or stop by her salon. The hair salon is closed periodically throughout the year for vacations and statutory holidays.
Hours of operation:
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Do you allow pets in the facility?
We encourage families to bring familiar pets to visit their loved ones. All visiting pets must:
- Have current vaccinations on file (please provide recreation with an updated copy each year);
- Be potty trained;
- Be well behaved (no uncontrolled barking, jumping, growling, scratching, etc.), and be on a leash at all times.
No pets are allowed in the dining area during mealtimes. Please remember to always watch your pet and clean up after them.
Do I still need to complete my taxes when I move into LTC?
Yearly income tax returns must continue to be completed. It is beneficial for you to complete your taxes in a timely manner each year to ensure you receive the maximum benefits you are eligible for. You and your family are responsible for completing your tax return each year.
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