Criteria and Eligibility for Admission to Nikkei Home

Who is eligible for admission to Nikkei Home

Nikkei Home is an assisted living facility. Those persons who are considering living at Nikkei Home need to fall in the Assisted Living policy guidelines set by the Assisted Living Registrar of the Ministry of Health. This also applies to any subsidized assisted living facility in B.C. The policy are guidelines implemented by the Health Authority in the region where the assisted living facility is located . The Nikkei Home is located in the Fraser Health Authority, the Community Health Professional (formerly known as the case manager) from the Fraser Health will be involved with implementing the Assisted Living guidelines.

Personal care needs required for Assisted Living eligibility are as follows:

  • Needing medication management, residents need to be reminded and/or be supervised to take their medication in an appropriate manner as prescribed.
  • Supervision/assistance with dressing,
  • Residents to take clothes on and off.
  • Supervision with bathing or assistance getting in or out of the tub.
  • Hygiene supervision/assistance with washing bodily areas, brushing teeth, cleaning dentures, and general grooming such as washing and combing/brushing hair.
  • Supervision with walking independently or using mobility devices to walk safely and independently using a cane, walker or crutches. Residents needing must be able to use it independently.

To be deemed assisted living, the resident is not required to need help with all of the personal care activities listed above.

In addition to activities of daily living needs, the potential resident is required to be 55 years of age or older, be a Canadian citizen or a landedimmigrant, and have lived in B.C. for one year. One does not have to be of Japanese decent to live at Nikkei Home as it is a publicly funded facility.

The monthly rental fee for Nikkei Home is calculated on the resident’s income and assets which would generate personal income. As the Nikkei Home is subsidized from the Fraser Health Authority funding for providing funding for care staff for the residents . The monthly fee for living at Nikkei Home is calculated on a sliding scale based on the resident’s income. The Residents who are on a limited fixed income, consisting of Old Age Pension, Canada Pension Plan and Guaranteed income Supplement will need to pay.

The minimum fee which is $921.48 for single occupancy and $1485.40 per couple occupancy.

The Assisted Living Guidelines require that assisted living residents must be able to direct informed decisions concerning their own activities of daily living needs, and be able to take direction in case of an emergency, and use response system such as the personal emergency call system at Nikkei home.

The process for admission to Nikkei Home

  • The potential resident needs to be assessed by the Community Health Professional in your local community health office in the area where you live. If you are deemed eligible for Assisted Living, the assessment will be passed along to the Community Health Professional who is designated by Fraser Health to look after the Nikkei Home.
  • When a vacancy becomes available at Nikkei Home the Community health Professional will choose and provide the name of the senior for admission for residency at Nikkei Home to the Manager of Resident Care of Nikkei Home.
  • Persons who live in the Fraser Health Region will be given preference for living at Nikkei Home as it is located in the Fraser Health Region. If there isn’t any persons waiting for Nikkei Home in the Fraser Health Region, the Community Health Professional will choose a person waiting for Nikkei Home in another health region.

A Nikkei Home question and answer and a group tour is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 pm. If you are interested in living at Nikkei Home it is recommended to sign up for the tour as soon as possible before the tour date.

Written by Tom Teranishi

Japanese translation by Toshiko Oshima

This article was originally published in February 2016 issue of the Bulletin.

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