These days, more and more Seniors are choosing to age at home rather than move into a nursing facility. It used to be common practice to abandon cherished homes in order to move into assisted living or nursing homes where people often feel anonymous and isolated from their outside lives.
For countless reasons, staying at home is a preferred option among Seniors. This option is now made easier because of the excellent in-home care services that are widely available.
Integracare is a Toronto home health care provider, and we have been serving Seniors for nearly 30 years.
We offer a myriad of crucial services such as personal support, home nursing, in-home Dementia care, in-home Palliative care and live-in care that improve your loved one’s quality of life. We ensure that your family and friends are taken care of by the most outstanding professionals in the industry. All of our Caregivers are registered or certified, carefully selected, screened and have extensive background checks.
If someone you love is reaching an age that requires monitored support and regular health care services, consider the following reasons why in-home health care might be the best option for them.
Seniors Keep Their Independence
According to a 2013 Royal Bank of Canada survey, 90% of Seniors stated they would prefer to age-in-place. A big reason for this is because Seniors want to maintain their independence.
To remain in a home that offers love and familiarity is important to maintaining a sense of dignity — particularly for Seniors, who take pride in their homes after years of creating a life for themselves in these very places.
Living at home allows Seniors to maintain their sense of independence longer with greater flexibility. There are no designated meal times or mandatory activities to participate in, as there would be in a nursing facility. Instead, remaining at home allows Seniors the opportunity to continue and stay engaged with their normal activities, including regular interaction with friends, family, and their community at times that work for them.
Integracare Caregivers are trained to engage with Clients in an empathetic and friendly manner. Many of our Clients suffer from illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, and Dementia. Sometimes, due to physical constraints, our Clients’ ambulation is a concern. Our Caregivers are patient and compassionate and will work with our Clients at their pace.
We conduct consistent professional development sessions for our Caregivers throughout the year, including Dementia care education and how to keep Clients’ engaged, happy and comfortable. We connect Clients with Caregivers who are highly qualified, well-trained, and supervised on a 24/7 basis by Registered Nursing and Dementia Care Specialists.
Your loved one will feel comfortable in their own home, and you can feel relaxed knowing that there is always someone there providing loving support and care.
Seniors Quality of Life Increases
While at home, your loved one can enjoy all that life has to offer without having to move into a supervised, clinical assisted living program. Aging in place postpones institutionalization and it helps to prevent premature decline. Encouraging Seniors to stay independent and to promote self-care is beneficial because they stay in charge of their own lives for as long as possible.
In-home health care also brings valuable services directly to your friend or family member’s doorstep. We believe that it’s important for Seniors to experience health services of all sorts to improve quality of life.
In addition to Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) our Caregivers are comprised of a team of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and Registered Physiotherapists (RPTs) who offer integral services that benefit Seniors.
In-home Massage Therapy
Massage therapy for Seniors offers an effective and non-evasive treatment to help reduce or alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of many age-related illnesses and conditions. With regular visits from an RMT, Seniors experience a heightened quality of life, increased energy levels, and a significant decrease in pain from sore muscles and joints.
Some of the benefits of regular massage therapy for Seniors include:
- Enhanced quality of sleep. Seniors who receive a weekly massage, report that their quality of sleep increases, which results in overall better health.
- Decrease in pain due to arthritis. Studies have shown that Seniors who receive regular massage experience less pain and stiffness over the course of several months.
- Positive effect on agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease. When Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease receive gentle weekly massages, symptoms such as pacing, wandering, and resisting tend to lessen. There have been many studies conducted over the last couple of decades, and the main reason why people believe massage is so helpful for those living with Alzheimer’s is that it provides human contact and palpable compassion.
- Alleviates depression. The healing power of touch provides comfort to Seniors who might experience loneliness or isolation. As well, gentle massage strokes stimulate blood circulation, helping to ease tension all over the body.
Planning and arranging transportation as well as physically travelling to appointments can be challenging for Seniors, especially if wheelchairs or other medical devices are involved. Integracare RMTs bring their services directly to your loved one’s front door, so all they have to do is sit back and relax.
Physiotherapy offers similar crucial benefits for Seniors and is particularly rewarding to those who have experienced surgery, an accident, or a fall.
One of the greatest benefits of in-home physiotherapy for Seniors is that it provides an accessible and considerate exercise routine. It’s important for Seniors to remain as physically active as possible. Physical exercise maintains both physical and emotional health, and it should be a part of every Senior’s daily routine.
Our professional physiotherapists are registered health professionals and they treat injuries, pain, and chronic illness. Home is often the best place to recover after a traumatizing event; it’s comfortable and familiar, and there is no hassle in organizing transportation to appointments.
Integracare physiotherapists provide guided fitness routines to enhance Clients’ quality of life through movements such as chair yoga, gentle stretches, and light cardio. These exercises help to improve posture, heart rate, and overall wellbeing.
They work in conjunction with Registered Practical Nurses and/or Personal Support Workers in Toronto and Mississauga to provide specialized assistance.
Seniors Receive Individualized and Personalized Care
With one-on-one support, our Clients receive the highest quality home health care available. There is an opportunity for Clients to develop deep and trusting relationships with our Caregivers. Our Registered Nursing Coordinators and Caregivers are able to personalize health care plans to cater to your loved one’s personal preferences and unique needs.
At Integracare, we provide support of all kinds and work with your friend or family member’s health care team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and more to ensure they receive the support they need.
We also offer customized professional services such as in-home Wound Care and Dressing Care. It is absolutely vital to treat a surgical wound correctly after being discharged from the hospital.
Integracare RNs and RPNs have specialized training and knowledge in Wound Care, and this enables us to deliver exceptional care using the best and most up-to-date treatments and products. A Wound Care Nurse facilitates the assessment, treatment, and care for the wound. A care plan is set into place, and we work with your loved one to ensure a healthy and speedy recovery.
Our Wound Care Nurses assess and measure the wound and area around it, choose the right dressing or treatment, and change dressings as required. Wound Care Nurses also remove clips or sutures after surgery in the privacy and comfort of our Client’s homes.
In-home wound care is an important measure to prevent infections and for wounds to heal properly. Before or after a surgery or an injury get in touch for more info and ask about private nursing care in Toronto or Mississauga. We can get your loved one on the road to recovery conveniently and with comfort and dignity.
Aging is not always an easy process. At Integracare, we want to make aging as enjoyable as possible. If you think someone you love might benefit from professional and compassionate support, call us today. Aging might not always be easy, but we believe it can be done comfortably and with respect.