The Throne Speech Has Got People Talking About the Future of Home Care

The pandemic has been difficult – to say the least – and especially so for seniors. The one good thing that has come from the COVID-19 crisis is that it has opened the conversation about aging in place.

More and more adults nearing retirement are reconsidering where and how they want to live and looking to home care to help them stay at home for as long as possible.

The conversation is also happening within our Government who are now shifting the focus to home as the first solution for keeping seniors safe and healthy.

Most Canadians prefer to age in place

Our oldest baby boomers are turning 75 this year and the number of Canadians aged 85+ will more than triple in the next three decades. Aging in place is no longer just what the majority of Canadians want – it’s necessary due to the number of people who will require long-term care in the coming years.

How the Canadian Government is making home care a priority

The Speech from the Throne highlighted the importance of improving senior care and announced that the Government will be taking action to support seniors and help people stay in their homes longer.

To help seniors stay safe at home, the Throne Speech said that Government is committed to:

  • Increasing Old Age Security once a senior turns 75
  • Boosting the CPP survivor’s benefit
  • Looking at targeted measures for PSWs who provide an essential service and invaluable contributions to our society in helping to care for older adults

While the plan was somewhat vague, increasing benefits for seniors will certainly make in-home care even more affordable for seniors and their families.

Making the case for aging in place

Given the current climate, a significantly lower risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other contagious illness is the most obvious benefit to home care over a long-term care family or retirement community.

Other benefits to aging in place and in-home care have been identified, however, including:

  • Personalized care. In-home care services can be catered to your unique needs with one-on-one care provided by a skilled and experienced caregiver.
  • Fewer hospitalizations. Research shows that home care reduces hospitals stays and improves health outcomes. For seniors who are hospitalized, home care during recovery results in faster healing.
  • Reduced stress for seniors and their families. In-home care services can help care recipients and their families avoid stressors. The care recipient is able to maintain their routines and remain in the comfort and familiarity of home and avoid change, which can be stressful, especially for those living with dementia and other health conditions. For families, a professional caregiver provides peace of mind and assurance that your loved one is receiving the care they need. It also provides family caregivers with a break from caregiving responsibilities, reducing stress and the risk of caregiver burnout.
  • Improved socialization and lower risk of loneliness. Isolation and loneliness have serious implications for health, especially in older adults. Aging in place makes it easier for seniors to continue with their social activities and caregiver can help you continue to get out by providing transportation and escorting you. That said, isolation in the home setting is still possible. Caregivers are able to provide companionship and can identify signs of loneliness and isolation, should it occur.
  • Improved quality of life and lifespan. According to reports, older adults who receive home care are more satisfied with their quality of life and have been shown to live longer. This isn’t all that surprising given that reduced stress, access to better care, and lower risk of isolation and loneliness have all been proven to benefit a person’s overall health.

 

Article sources

  • 2020 Speech from the Throne. Government of Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/privy-council/campaigns/speech-throne/2020/speech-from-the-throne.html
  • Effectiveness of home based support for older people: systematic review and meta-analysis. Elkan R, Kendrick D, Dewey M, et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC56889/

Long Term Care Homes Are Not Ready For a Second Wave of Covid-19

How we can help you stay safe at home

Ontario’s long-term care sector announced that it’s not equipped to handle a second wave of Covid-19.

This news comes as case counts are already starting to climb in the province and flu season is approaching.

More than 1,800 long-term care residents have died since the start of the pandemic. With facilities not prepared to handle the expected increase in cases, the death toll is expected to keep rising.

Top health officials warned months ago that long-term care homes lacked the basic resources needed to combat an outbreak of the virus that is especially dangerous for older adults.

Staffing shortages and infection prevention and control deficiencies have yet to be rectified, increasing the likelihood or more outbreaks in homes and subsequently, more resident deaths.

More Seniors are Staying Safe at Home

There is an increasing interest for in-home care solutions that allow our clients to stay safe at home while getting the assistance they need. In most cases, this can eliminate the need to move to a long-term care facility.

These services, like the ones offered to Living Assistance clients, range from help with non-medical needs to daily living tasks like grocery shopping and errands. Seniors in need can stay physically distanced and avoid exposure to others.

For families who are caring for an elderly parent or grandparent at home, a caregiver can help limit the number of family and friends coming into the home by taking on some or all of the caregiving duties. This can help protect everyone in the household!

Speaking of protecting the household, here are some other ways that a skilled caregiver can help reduce the risk of infection:

  • By helping to maintain a clean and sanitary environment.
  • Assisting with proper personal hygiene.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition through healthy meal planning and preparation, which boosts the immune system.
  • Picking up prescriptions to help you stay on top of your health.
  • Providing RN-supervised care for to manage other existing conditions.
  • Our caregivers also provide companionship, which has been shown to help boost immunity and mental health, and lower the risk of illness in seniors.

In-home care provides the personalized one-on-one care that isn’t possible in long-term care homes, many of which are understaffed.

To learn more about the services we provide, give us a call at 1.855.483.2273. We’re here for you.

Article sources

  • Ontario long-term care homes warn they are not equipped to handle second COVID-19 wave. Robyn Doolittle. Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-long-term-care-homes-warn-they-are-not-equipped-to-handle/
  • Ontario not acting on calls to improve infection control in long-term care facilities as COVID-19 second wave looms. Robyn Doolittle. Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-not-acting-on-calls-to-improve-infection-control-in-long-term/

Why do Retirement Community Residents Hire Caregivers?

Living in a retirement community certainly has its perks. You no longer have to deal with the hassles and costs of gardening and other home maintenance, and all the amenities you need are on site or easy to access.

As wonderful as this way of life is, like many other retirement community residents, you may find that you still need a bit of extra help.

Hiring a caregiver when living in a retirement community

Hiring a caregiver through an in-home care agency is a cost-effective way to get help with the things you need. The array of services a caregiver can perform can be tailored to suit your specific needs, even if you’re independent and only need a little bit of help.

Surprised? You’re not alone. It’s a common misconception that in-home care is for people who are unable to care for themselves or require round-the-clock assistance. That’s not the case!

As a matter of fact, many people who enlist the help of a caregiver do it to ensure their ability to live independently. Helping you live independently for as long as possible is precisely the point of in-home care and our primary goal.

A caregiver can help you with tasks like:

  • grocery shopping
  • pharmacy pick-ups
  • a variety of other errands

They can also drive you to appointments and social engagements outside of your community if you don’t drive or just don’t feel like driving. (Hello Canadian winters!)

Your caregiver can also take on some of the chores that you find difficult or just plain don’t enjoy, such as:

  • laundry and ironing
  • meal prep
  • help with unpacking if you’ve just moved in
  • walking or cleaning up after your pet

As you can see, a caregiver can take on as much or as little as you need help with so that you can really enjoy all that retirement community living has to offer.

We can help with your loved one’s care at home or in a retirement home.

Call us at 1.855.483.CARE (2273) or send us an email to info@LAServices.ca.