Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care - What To Expect

What is long-term care?

Those in need of long-term care, whether they reside in a facility or in the community, need some nursing care on an ongoing or daily basis. Long term care populations include technologically-dependent individuals, mentally or physically-challenged adults, and the elderly

The most common diagnoses affecting residents in long-term care facilities include:

  • Circulatory and respiratory diseases and conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disabilities such as arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Neurological motor dysfunctioning such as multiple sclerosis
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders such as diabetes and hypothyroidism
  • Stroke

Mount Hope also provides the following programs for individuals with special needs:

Special care

Two Special care units  are dedicated to the care of residents with special care requirements, such as dementia, cognitive impairment, a potential to wander, and/or other challenging needs.

Short-term care

Three beds at Mount Hope are available for short-stay individuals requiring respite or supportive care.

Respite care is available for individuals living in the community whose the caregiver requires a period of relief or vacation. Each admission may be up to 60 days with a maximum of 90 days per year. Supportive care is available for individuals recovering from surgery, to recover strength, endurance and functioning.

Accommodation and amenities

Mount Hope is comprised of two buildings joined by an above-ground, indoor ramp. The St. Mary's building opened in 1997. The Marian Villa building underwent renovations which were completed in March 2000. These renovations enhanced the environment, and focused on lounges, bathing areas, dining rooms and bedrooms.

Accommodation rates are adjusted yearly (July 1) to reflect changes in the payment entitlements from the Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS). The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care determines accommodation rates for all long term care homes in Ontario.  

The rooms:

Rooms at Mount Hope have a home-like atmosphere with large windows and coordinated décor. Residents are encouraged to bring a few personal items from home to personalize their rooms. There are 3 accommodation types: private, semi-private and basic. All rooms have call bells to ensure that residents may always be able to alert staff when assistance is needed.

The meals:

Meals are served in bright, spacious dining rooms on each unit.  Residents are offered meal choices by dietary aides and served accordingly. Residents are also offered 3 snacks per day.

Lounge and Activity Rooms:

Each floor has an activity lounge room where residents can relax companionably or socialize with each other and their family and friends. Lounges and activity rooms are also used by therapeutic recreation specialists for formal programs.

Gardens and Courtyard:

The protected courtyard is a focal point of the Mount Hope community. Its meandering paths, benches and flower beds provide a wonderful view from inside the building. It provides an opportunity for residents to experience the outdoors—an important part of the philosophy for long term care. In season these areas are accessible to residents of Mount Hope and are an excellent place to relax and visit. Residents are also encouraged to help tend the gardens through the horticultural therapy program.

The Town Square:

The Town Square is a large, bright and open gathering place for residents, family and friends. It has become the central meeting space as well as a favorite spot to relax in the company of others.

  • The Courtyard Cafe serves coffee, soup, sandwiches and desserts
  • The Village Shoppe, operated by the Auxiliary, sells gifts, candy, toiletries, cards and stamps
  • The Treasure Chest showcases unique gifts handcrafted by residents and volunteers
  • The Library offers books, audio books, CDs, videos, and a computer with e-mail and the internet
  • The Rec Hall is used for large social events and can be booked for special occasions and social gatherings of family and friends.
  • The Chapel offers a variety of services for residents of many faiths
  • Hair Trends Beauty Shop offers a range of hair services
  • The Wellness Centre is a large multipurpose area designed to allow residents to take advantage of our many recreational and restorative opportunities. Included in this area are exercise and therapy equipment, the music therapy area, the art studio, and the Snoezelin Room