Common Personal Care Terms

Outside the Home

Special Care Home / Long Term Care

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 your health region or operated by a provider that has a contract with your health region. Eligibility for access to Special Care Homes is based on assessed need.

Long Term Care are facilities that provide care to the most frail in our society. They typically refer to Long Term Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Extended Care Homes, Intermediate Care Homes, Homes for the Aged, Old Age Homes, Special Care Homes, Residential Care Homes, Continuing Care Homes.

Long Term Care is for individuals who have high physical and memory care needs that exceed what can be managed in an alternate setting.


Understanding the Differences in Care Homes

With so many terms out there, what's the easiest way to understand the difference?


Planned/Unplanned Respite Care

Respite Care is offered in several Special Care Homes as well as Personal Care Homes in Saskatoon and area. Respite care may be used to provide temporary relief to caregivers or for convalescent care.

To access designated (planned) respite beds or unplanned respite beds in Special Care Homes in Saskatoon Health Region contact CPAS for an assessment.

Respite in a Personal Care Home is arranged through direct contact with the PCH operator. For patients in acute care needing respite or permanent admission to a PCH, the SHR acute care social worker on the ward may be able to assist with the process.


Staying at Home

Home Care

Assistant Living. Home cooked meals, baking, morning and afternoon coffee/tea or juice with healthy snacks; administer medication, assist with bathing, personal hygiene, shaving, dressing, daily hair styling, laundry, and room cleaning. Complimentary manicure, pedicure, light massaging of feet, and haircuts. Encourage daily activities and take residence out for a walk and/or wheelchair stroll when time permits.Come sit on the large deck to enjoy the fresh air, flowers, view of the beautiful golf course.


Personal Care Home

Personal care homes provide lodging, meals, and assistance with or supervision of activities of daily living. They are privately owned and operated businesses, licensed and monitored by the Ministry of Health.