There may come a time when your health has improved to a point that you no longer need to be in an acute care hospital but you may require another program before returning home, such as a rehabilitation program or a different level of care such as a retirement home or nursing home. This is referred to as waiting for an Alternate Level of Care (ALC). If you become an ALC patient, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care supports hospitals charging ALC patients a daily fee while waiting in hospital to leave. The fee helps cover the cost of your accommodation and meals and is based on your monthly income. For more information, please ask to speak with a social worker or your Resource Nurse.