Should we find a care facility for them?
Should we hire someone to go to their home and take care of them?
Each question has merit and poses a host of other questions with it. Knowing where to start is important, so listed below are some resources you can find on the internet that can provide some basic information and give you some ideas.
Elder Care Resources, Canada
Help for Mom – Canada’s Elder Care Advisor – Free Referrals
Guide to Seniors Housing in Canada/Retirement in Canada
This is a small sampling of what you will find. It may be difficult to be objective about what needs to be done and it is advisable to talk to the person directly and consult with their physician to determine what type of care they may need. Is this a temporary or more permanent decision? Your discussion with the senior person involved should include a talk about their finances. It is important to know what the cost will be, what services are included and so forth. Do they have insurance or medical coverage that can cover the cost? Will you need to contribute also?
After you have gathered some information about places that provide Home Health Care Toronto, you will want to contact them for informational materials such as pamphlets and handouts. Please take the time to check the reputation of any company before you agree to place anyone in their care.
If it is decided that in home health care is best, be sure to investigate the agency and make sure their employees are thoroughly screened, with no criminal offenses or complaints and are properly trained and licensed. You and your family member should establish guidelines to follow and it is advised that you check in regularly to see these are being met and that your senior person is happy and being well treated. The positive for having someone come to their home and provide care is that the person can remain in a familiar environment with all their own things, in their neighborhood with their friends and acquaintances and with access to shopping and other conveniences they are accustomed to.
If you choose the option of in home care, please go and visit periodically to see how things are going. You can stop by without notice if you are close enough to the person who needs home health care. It is also advised that you continue to include them in family gatherings and special days and that you have an opportunity to speak to them without the caregiver present. If they are happy and well cared for at home, they will thrive and appreciate the extra help while being able to maintain their independence. A care giver can provide services such as meal preparation, bathing and dressing assistance, housekeeping, transportation to shopping or medical appointments and companionship. Be sure to ask the care giver for their impressions of how things are progressing also.
If the decision is made to consider an assisted living community, please collect some literature and again, check their reputation and comment history. Make an appointment to go and tour the facility and view how the residents are treated and how they respond to each other and the staff.
If you would prefer to have your family member come to live with you, please bear in mind that this will put the responsibility of home care on the entire family. Make sure everyone understands that this may mean a change in some routines and considerations. Does someone have to give up their room for their Grandparent? Will it restrict friends from dropping by or the family from entertaining or even going on a vacation? Please ask yourself these types of questions and consider the extra work and time needed to provide proper care. It is important to remember that the role of a caregiver can be very emotional and tiring even while you are providing the love and nurturing that is needed. Be sure to take care of yourself also.
This introduction to home health care is provided to give you some basic information that you can build from. Making sure our beloved seniors get the best care possible is a big responsibility, so take the time to ask for information from the experts and medical personnel. You are just getting started.