What Is Private Home Care?
If your loved one has a chronic illness, disability, injury, or is simply just getting older, they may require additional care and assistance that you might be unable to safely provide them. However, turning to an assisted living facility isn’t always the ideal or most affordable choice for everyone. If your loved one lives with you, you may want to keep them close by. Meanwhile, if they are your parents or grandparents, they may still desire to remain in their own home, worried about relinquishing their independence and safe space. However, continuing on as before, without additional help, may simply not be an option. Fortunately, you can turn to the services that private home care can provide.
The world of health care can be overwhelming, so determining whether private home care is the right move for you can be confusing. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at private home care in Canada, how it differs from public health care, and how it can benefit your loved ones.
What Is Private Home Care?
Private home care is a subset of home care that focuses on long-term at-home care. Generally, this involves health care aide or hourly nursing care that focuses on adults with a chronic illness, injury, or disability. This allows your loved one to continue to age at home while still receiving the support they need. While medical assistance can be areas of focus, such as helping with feeding tubes or catheters, private home care workers primarily work toward creating a more fulfilling daily life. Such tasks that they help with include:
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Assisting those with mobility issues to move around
- Nursing services
How Do Private and Public Home Care Differ?
Canada is fortunate to have a wonderful public health care system. This ensures that everyone can access the services they need. However, the system is limited in the amount and frequency of care it can provide. Whether that be long wait times or fewer opportunities for daily house calls, the public home care system can only do so much.
For those who need a level of care that surpasses what the public system can provide, opting to go with private home care can be an excellent choice. Additionally, your medical coverage can sometimes work to cover a portion of your private home care, making it a more affordable and worthwhile option.
Private home care comes with additional benefits, with perhaps the most notable one being the consistency of staff. Rather than dealing with a rotating and never ending list of new faces coming in and out of your home, private home care can assign specific people to your loved one. This allows them to count on the same workers showing up each day and begin to build a trusting and meaningful relationship with them. Given that private home care focuses on long-term care, it’s important that the duration of your experience is comfortable and pleasant.
Private home care also works around your loved one’s schedule, rather than the schedule of the worker. At times, in the public sector, workers spend their day moving from one patient to the next. While they are undoubtedly trying their best, it leaves the patient waiting for whenever the worker is able to arrive. This could limit your loved one’s daily life, as they may not be able to get out of bed until the worker arrives or can only shower on days when they are guaranteed assistance. Private home care, however, allows for a collaborative schedule building, tailoring a care plan and routine that fits their needs. This allows the patient to do all the things they wish to do on their own time, knowing that help will be waiting when they need it. Additionally, interacting with the same workers every day allows for a routine and an understanding to be created.
By choosing private home care, you will be ensuring that dignity and independence continue to remain in your loved one’s life as they receive that additional assistance.
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