Home Care for Canada’s Elderly

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Care Team and System |

What is Home Care?

Home care helps elderly people remain in their own homes, helps reduce hospital admissions, and may allow earlier discharge from hospitals.

Home care is appropriate if you need help from registered nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, or if you need personal care provided by home health aides.  

Who provides Home Care?

Both public and private sectors offer home and community care services. 

Public services are funded and managed by the local health authority. Eligibility depends on a professional’s assessment of your specific needs, your existing supports, and local community resources. Many people are surprised when they learn that public funding for home care is available for limited hours and only for very specific types of support. 

That’s where private home care providers can help, with a variety of services, from personal care to visiting and companionship, from housekeeping to help with transportation.  Some are non-profit organizations; others are businesses. Expect variety in types of services offered, staff qualifications, and costs. 

Seniors who want to stay in their home often mix different types of services, both public and private.

When home care is no longer a viable option, you need to understand higher levels of care available for the elderly. Care homes, including assisted living and long term care, exist to serve different levels of care.

Further reading:

Long Term Care Planning

Long Term Care Terminology 

Understanding “Assisted Living”

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