The community residential care sector encompasses a range of living options for people, primarily seniors, with different support needs. With varying terminology across the country, residential care facilities can include lodges, assisted living, supportive housing and long-term care homes. Other terms across Canada are nursing and personal care homes.
These facilities offer different levels of care and may be free-standing or co-located with other types of care or hospitals.
CIHI collects and reports on clinical, administrative and resource utilization data from long-term care homes in Canada. These facilities serve diverse populations who need access to 24-hour nursing care, personal care and other therapeutic and support services.
We also collect information on transitions of long-term care home residents to and from hospitals or emergency rooms.
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Continuing Care Reporting System
The Continuing Care Reporting System (CCRS) contains demographic, clinical, functional and utilization information. This data refers to individuals receiving continuing care services in hospitals or long-term care homes in Canada. Participating organizations also provide information on facility characteristics to support comparative reporting and benchmarking.
The clinical data standard for CCRS was developed by interRAI, an international research network. It was modified with permission by CIHI for Canadian use. Clinicians assess their residents using interRAI’s Resident Assessment Instrument–Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS 2.0)©.
The information is entered into a computer at the point of care. Real-time reports flag resident risks and inform care planning. The information then flows to CIHI. With no additional collection effort, evidence is available to guide care and system-wide planning as well as quality improvement.
Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.
Find out more about metadata in the following data source:
Continuing and residential care information sheets
Continuing and residential care user manuals
Continuing and residential care specifications manuals
Continuing and residential care quality indicators
Continuing and residential care education