Any person who meets the eligibility can receive homecare services. In Ontario, publicly funded homecare falls under MOHLTC (Ministry of Health & Long Term Care). Local health care is funded by LHIN’s (Local Health Integration Network). Fourteen CCAC’s (Community Care Access Centres) are accountable to LHIN’s and provide care to long term homes, community services and government funded homes.
Some statistics regarding CCAC’s taken in 2015:
713,493 clients received services
74% of care was personal support/homemaking
22% of care was nursing
4% of care was therapy (OT, Physio, Speech, Social Work, & Dietician)
Some things to help you find the right home care services for your family member are:
Some tips to remember when hiring a home care provider are:
Most home healthcare providers offer services such as:
Accompanied Visits – transportation and support for personal engagements, doctor’s appointments, religious events, shopping, and everyday outings.
Caregiver Relief – whether it’s a few hours a day or around the clock care, the caregivers are trained to care for your family members needs for personal care, nursing, pediatric or live-in care.
Companion Services – is when care staff come for social visiting, playing cards, games, reading, watching movies, pet care, walks, medication reminder, and grocery shopping.
Foot Care Services – such as foot assessments, nail cutting & filing, ingrown toe care, corn & callus care, and diabetic foot care education.
Home Making Services – offer cleaning such as floors, vacuuming, laundry, dish washing, dusting, bed washing, bed making, bathroom cleaning, kitchen cleaning, and overall tidying of the home.
Nursing Services – include RN’s, RPN’s, and PSW’s. Help is available for administering meds, changing dressings, intravenous therapy, pain and symptom management, chronic disease management and therapy, ventilator care, and serious injury care.
Personal Care Services – provide help with getting in and out of bed, bathing and personal cleanliness, dressing, dental hygiene, personal grooming, and meal preparation.
Remote Health Monitoring – there are a number of different companies that offer this type of service. It connects seniors with a Registered nurse who will monitor their vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose, weight, blood oxygen) remotely. This allows seniors to remain at home and manage their health properly.