An oil painting of two elderly women, friends. The chinese woman stands smiling, her hands on her friend's shoulders. Her friend is seated, also smiling and staring towards the viewer.

As someone caring for an elderly relative, the artist wanted to create a piece that showcases the connection and autonomy of seniors. This artistic rendering captures the essence of the journey we all must inevitably embark upon, as we seek the best place to spend our final days. More than just a visual display, this artwork represents community, support, and joy. The image is a digitally painted cutout of the subjects overlayed on a painted background.

Original artwork by Surface Impression (Aedán Crooke) for the Information Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. The artwork was done using Stock images courtesy of  Eberhard Grossgasteiger (Unsplash).

Ministry of Long-Term Care & the Ontario Digital Service

Long-Term Care Homefinder makes it much easier for people to find, apply and move in to the right long-term care home

The Long-Term Care Homefinder, developed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ontario Digital Service, is a one-stop resource to help people find key information about all long-term care homes in Ontario.

The Long-Term Care Homefinder, a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ontario Digital Service, is a one-stop resource that helps people make informed choices when considering long-term care in the province.

This unique search tool was launched in February 2022 as part of a new website. It brings together data that was previously scattered over multiple sites, making it difficult to find, understand, and use. Users of the Long-Term Care Homefinder can now search for information about long-term care by home name, address, city or postal code, or by choosing from homes displayed on a map. Selecting a home brings up a detailed profile page with clear and easy-to-understand information that responds to what people have said is important to them. This includes the number of beds, average wait times, inspection dates, and access to inspection reports for each long-term home in Ontario.

Navigating the long-term care sector often comes at a difficult time in people’s lives. The complexity and diversity of choice among homes can be stressful. Consolidating information in the Long-Term Care Homefinder helps make it easier for individuals and their families to decide whether long-term care is the best option for them, as well as how to choose a home, apply, and move in. The tool is growing in popularity and new data and features are being added on a regular basis. Since its launch, there have been more than 68,000 unique searches and more than 340,000 unique page views of detailed home pages.

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