Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care Service

Care and support for individuals needing invasive mechanical ventilation

Description:

Because of illness or injury, some individuals are unable to breathe on their own. West Park Healthcare Centre's Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care (CAVC) Service is an in-patient unit that provides care to people who need ongoing mechanical assistance to help them breathe for all or part of the day.

CAVC

We provide 24-hour residential care for these individuals, with a focus on improving their health, well-being and independence. In addition to meeting their physical needs, West Park staff members help residents develop the skills to plan and direct their own care and, in some cases, to explore independent living. The 22-bed CAVC Service offers long-term residential care as well as slow stream rehabilitation (twelve weeks to two years) for patients able to reintegrate into the community.

Type: Lungs and Breathing

Funding: The cost of the service is covered for patients with a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Eligibility: Adults (18 years of age and older) who require invasive ventilatory support due to chronic ventilatory failure.

Referral requirements:

Patients of West Park's CAVC Service are adults (18 years of age and older) who:

  • Require invasive ventilatory support due to chronic ventilatory failure
  • Are non-smokers
  • Are medically stable and no longer require continuous cardio-respiratory monitoring and/or central venous access

A physician referral is required. To find out more on how to refer, visit here. To access the relevant referral form, click here.

Contact Information:

For further information on this service or to make an appointment, please call a Respiratory Services Care Co-ordinator at 416-243-3600, ext. 2309.

Additional Information:

The cost of medical and professional care in standard ward accommodation (where four people share one room) is covered for patients with a valid Ontario Health Card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requires an additional daily complex continuing care co-payment, which is subject to change (a 30-day notice of increases will be provided).

Additional fees are charged for semi-private (two people per room) and private (one person per room) accommodation; details on preferred accommodation are available from West Park's Financial Services Department at 416-243-3600, ext. 2074.