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Convalescent care

Convalescent care is short-term residential service that is available for people who have been in hospital and no longer require acute hospital care but who need a little more time to recover. It is provided through our Transitional Care Units (TCU). The length of stay depends on your needs, but usually ranges from one to seven weeks. This service is one of the many Home and Community Care services available.

Convalescent care services available

A team of health care professionals work together to help you regain your strength and mobility so that you can safely return to your community. To help you transition back to your home or to an alternate home environment, you will be expected to actively participate in recovery including goal setting, personal care and mobility. Your care team will work with you to develop a plan that will help you achieve your recovery goals.

Are you eligible for convalescent care?

Convalescent care is for people being discharged (sent home) from the hospital, or acute care. Their health care team will determine if they are eligible for convalescent care.

Access and costs for convalescent care

If you are eligible, you will be referred to this service by your health care provider in the hospital. Visit the Costs page for more information about home and community care services.

What to expect in convalescent care

To help you transition back to your home or to an alternate home environment, you will be expected to actively participate in recovery including goal setting, personal care, and mobility.

Develop a recovery plan

Your care team will work with you to develop a plan that will help you achieve your recovery goals.

Participate in rehabilitation

You will participate in individual or group rehabilitation sessions.

Bring personal items (no valuables)

  • Comfortable street clothing, not pyjamas
  • Functional shoes
  • Other personal items, such as hearing aids, dentures and books
  • A small amount of money for items such as newspapers. Leave your valuables at home.
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