No matter how wonderful one’s life has been, aging is a complicated and often challenging process. In addition to major lifestyle changes—the end of your working years, becoming a grandparent or perhaps downsizing to a smaller living space—there are plenty of changes to your physical and/or cognitive health. These changes can happen fairly quickly or sneak up on you—and in many cases, we end up supporting our parents or other loved ones through this chapter of life before getting there ourselves. (Consider it good practice!)
A lot of families gathered together over the holiday season, and it may have become clear that some older family members now require more support than they used to. If you’re considering in-home caregiving services for your aging loved one, please reach out to our team—we’d be pleased to answer your questions and offer a complimentary consultation. In the meantime, here are three reasons to choose homecare from Living Assistance Services in Toronto.
Our services are personalized to reflect each client’s needs
Our homecare services stand above the rest because they’re incredibly personalized. Rather than offering assistance with a small list of specific tasks (bathing, for example) our caregivers provide a wide range of services that reflect each client’s needs and preferences. This may involve personal care (bathing, dressing, dental hygiene, etc) as well as meal preparation and light housekeeping. Our caregivers can accompany clients to appointments or help them run errands, often driving them or accompanying them in a taxi. They are dedicated to providing joyful companionship throughout each shift, whether that means playing a game of cards or simply being a kind, compassionate presence. Simply put, our caregivers spend time getting to know each client and their needs so they can make life easier!
It’s high quality and comprehensive
Because our homecare services are offered one-on-one, our clients don’t have to wait their turn for personal care or feel rushed—instead, our caregivers take the time to assist them with care, respect and attention to their needs. They get to know each client, asking questions and taking cues, and develop genuine relationships based on trust. After a while, they’ll know that your grandfather enjoys doing a crossword puzzle at breakfast, your great-aunt takes a nap each day after lunch, or your elderly mom likes to watch the news after dinner. Our caregivers not only learn these routines but help facilitate them so your loved one feels content and at ease.
The care our Personal Support Workers (PSWs) provide is comprehensive—for example, helping a senior bathe, brush their teeth, get dressed for the day, eat a healthy meal and attend an appointment—and often involves light housekeeping tasks such as doing a load of laundry, changing the bed sheets or cleaning up after a meal. While our caregivers cannot administer medication, they will remind seniors to take their pills as scheduled, bringing them the correct dosage and a glass of water. Our caregivers also strive to help clients feel their best each day, which may mean combing their hair, helping them put on jewellery or even helping them apply makeup. After all, it’s the little things that make a difference in our clients’ lives—this is a level of support you only get with homecare!
Most seniors want to age in place
Finally, homecare services are ideal because they reflect what seniors really want—to live safely and independently in their own homes. There is plenty of research to show that seniors overwhelmingly want to age in place—living in familiar surroundings, in the community they love and in the comfort of their own home—and our PSWs are here to support those goals while reducing the burden of care on family caregivers. We know that even the most loving families cannot provide constant support to an aging loved one—most younger family members have careers or children to consider—but with personalized homecare in place, seniors can receive reliable, high quality support. Even better, that means family members can focus on spending quality time together instead of managing personal care responsibilities during each visit! Everyone benefits from homecare, from the client themself to their family.
Whether you need part-time assistance, daily support or 24 hour care, Living Assistance Services in Toronto is here with exceptional in-home caregiver services. Thanks for reading and please contact us to learn more—we look forward to hearing from you.