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June 2, 2008
Media Advisory: Toronto Homes for the Aged changes its name, offers same excellent care
On June 1, Toronto Homes for the Aged officially changed its name to Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

When the name “Homes for the Aged” was created, the City was involved in operating seven homes, with a client-base of seniors. Today, the division has evolved into a community hub for long-term care, providing a number of programs and services that extend far beyond the doors of the homes, including Meals-on-Wheels, Homemakers and Nurses Services, adult day programs and supportive housing. In addition, today’s residents and clients include both seniors and younger adults with long-term care needs. When consulted, residents and clients said they prefer the name Long-Term Care Homes and Services as it “includes everything offered to people,” and that it is “a real positive change.”

Helping to drive the name change, the Government of Ontario is expected to proclaim the Long-Term Care Homes Act in 2008. The Act notes that “long-term care home” means a place that is licensed as a long-term care home under the Act and includes nursing homes, charitable homes, municipal homes, joint homes and First Nations homes.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, 416-392-8907,



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