• A complex long-term care patient is a long-term care patient who, in addition to being unable to perform daily functions, requires constant supervision by a doctor due to:
    • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
    • Prolonged intravenous infusion
    • Dialysis
    • Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
  • As of 2009, a patient fed through a feeding tube is no longer considered to be a complex long-term care patient; but rather, simply a long-term care patient. (Click here to see a Ministry of Health director circular for more information.)
An 81 year old woman who was considered to be a long-term care patient developed stage 4 bedsores and was thereafter defined as a complex long-term care patient by a geriatric doctor.

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