Working in long-term care (LTC) lets you pursue a career that lines up with your interests and skills! Explore the different roles you could take on throughout this page. There is a high demand for skilled workers – could you meet this need and find a great career? We think so!
What is LTC?
LTC homes are residences for adults who rely on 24-hour nursing, personal care and other help because their care needs cannot be safely met in their communities or at their homes. Anyone aged 18 or older who needs help with everyday activities like eating and getting around can live in an LTC home. These “residents” are more often 75 years or older and have gone through changes in their minds and bodies that can affect how they think, feel and act.
Learn more by reading ‘What is LTC Summary (.pdf)’
Choose from diverse career paths
Every role in LTC gives you a chance to grow and move into leadership roles. Explore career pathways for the LTC careers featured below!
Make an impact on a daily basis
A career in LTC is rewarding because the care and friendship you give can make a difference in residents’ lives EVERY day!
Be in high demand
Careers in LTC are often in high demand! No matter which career path you choose, you will find job openings for caring people like you!
Create meaningful relationships
Working in LTC lets you build meaningful relationships with residents and share common interests.
Meet people from diverse backgrounds
You will have the chance to meet residents from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of experiences and stories to share!
PSWs care for residents and make their lives better by helping them to live with comfort, safety and dignity. They use a person-centred approach to help residents with everyday needs, such as dressing, bathing, eating, and getting around.
FSAs help residents with their nutrition and dining experience. Responsibilities may include meal planning and preparation, serving, food safety and sanitation, dining room atmosphere, catering, and keeping track of nutrition intake.
Recreation professionals increase the quality of life of residents by planning, leading and testing out meaningful activities and programs based on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual strengths of residents they work with.
Nurses give curative, supportive, rehabilitative and palliative clinical care using a person-centred approach. Nurses plan and provide health promotion and prevention services, document and assess changes in health, work with residents and their loved ones to create personal care plans.
Other careers in long-term care include:
- Social Worker
- Environmental Services – such as maintenance and laundry
- Administrative – such as office support, financial roles, etc.
- Kinesiology and Physiotherapy
The Accelerated PSW Training Program is a tuition-free opportunity for 6,000 new students and is expected to take only six months to complete, rather than the typical eight months. After three months of coursework, and experiential learning in a clinical setting, students will complete the final three months in paid onsite training in a long-term care home or in a home and community care environment. Registration for the program will be available through the Ontario College Application Service and is expected to open in early March.
Ontario Colleges offers a page listing all colleges in Ontario with the PSW program. Check out the listings here. This map also shows the location of Ontario secondary schools that offer PSW programs.
The Healthcare (PSW, RPN, RN) Virtual Career Fair is a recruitment event, open to all local and provincial Organizations and Visitors in Canada.
If you are a secondary school student interested in volunteering or doing a co-op placement in LTC, speak to your school’s co-op teachers or guidance counsellors to arrange a placement. Watch students share their experiences on placements in LTC homes!