Perhaps there have been telltale signs all along. Unopened medication blister packs, spoiled food in the fridge that has taken on a life of its own, withdrawal from activities once enjoyed and just last week you arrived at his home to discover he’d fallen and couldn’t get up – help!
This may describe where you are today. Your aging father, mother or close relative is in need of more support to continue living independently and you are uncertain what to do next.
Here are 3 things you can do now to obtain the support your loved one needs:
- Assess what they can still accomplish independently and the activities that they cannot
You don’t want to overlook this simple step. It helps both you and your loved one clarify their capabilities and areas where personal care support or homemaking services would be most beneficial. Having a good understanding of your needs upfront will facilitate better discussions with health care professionals going forward. We’ve created a free printable checklist in our Caregiver Resource Pack to get you started. You can never be too prepared!
- Contact your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to apply for government funded services
The Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) arrange all government funded services for people living at home in the province of Ontario. They determine who receives care, the amount of care and the length of time care will be provided. As a means to minimize the overall costs of home care, we encourage clients to secure support through government funded sources before contracting private services.
To contact your local LHIN call 310 – 2222 or use your postal code online at www.healthcareathome.ca
A Case Manager will be assigned to review your file, arrange for an in-home visit to assess your needs and determine whether you qualify for government funded services delivered by agencies under contract with the LHIN.
If you do not qualify for funded services or the level of support offered through the LHIN does not meet the level of care you require, private care is an option.
- Choosing private care to fill your care ‘gap’
There are a plethora of reputable agencies offering support within the home care landscape. Many could fulfill your list of care needs quite satisfactorily. Do your research.
Abounding Grace Home Care Services provides non-medical personal support and respite care to seniors, adults and children with disability, to persons with dementia and those at the end of life within their own home. We provide a range of Personal Care Services to support the essential activities of daily living, as well as Companionship and Homemaking Assistance. Our passion to serve comes from our desire to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35).