The difference is in the ownership and the level of care available in the home. Publicly operated nursing homes provide on site professional health and nursing services; personal care homes are privately owned and operated facilities and provide assistance with personal care and activities of daily living and avail of visiting health professionals from the regional health authority.
Personal Care Homes are privately owned and operated residential homes for seniors and older adults who need assistance with daily living. Individuals who are admitted to personal care homes do not require on site health or nursing services but may require the service of a visiting professional. These homes are licensed by the regional health authorities.
Any individual wishing to reside in a personal care home must be assessed as appropriate by staff of the regional health authority. If a subsidy is requested, a financial assessment is completed to determine the amount of subsidy that may be available.