Choosing to Age at Home Your Guide to Senior Home Healthcare

When the time comes to decide how to support a Senior family member or friend through the challenging days when they’re unable to care for themselves, the decision can be difficult. What is the best healthcare option for your loved one? Are there specific supportive services he or she will need to stay healthy?

Today, more and more Seniors are choosing to age at home instead of moving into an assisted living facility or long-term care home. Ageing at home provides independence, privacy, and familiarity. The right home healthcare company will bring essential services right to your loved one’s doorstep. For nearly 30 years, Integracare has provided senior care in Toronto and the surrounding area. We visit Clients wherever they call home, from private residences to hospitals.

Are you and your family thinking about long-term healthcare for a loved one? You might be wondering about the benefits of home healthcare and whether or not your loved one would be happier ageing at home. We understand how hard this is. We’ve been in your shoes and know that it takes a lot of consideration and research. To give you a clearer picture of what home healthcare is, we’ve outlined a few key items to consider. 

What Exactly is Home Healthcare?

Essentially, home healthcare is based on trust. It’s feeling comfortable with a compassionate Caregiver coming into a private space to assist your loved one with, sometimes, personal care. 

Your friend or family member goes about his or her day in a familiar environment, surrounded by cherished items, and interacting with the people they love. The idea of inviting an unfamiliar face into the home might seem less than ideal, but we can assure you that all of our Caregivers have received extensive healthcare training, and are licensed, bonded, and insured. 

Integracare also has an excellent team of Registered Practicing Nurses (RPNs) and Registered Nurses who are available to supervise Caregivers 24-7. Our goal is to improve the life of all of our Clients by not only providing necessary healthcare initiatives and support but also with friendship, compassion, and sensitivity.

Essential Home Healthcare Services

The services that home healthcare provides are extensive and varied, depending on your loved one’s needs and wants. A Caregiver can visit once a week, once a month, or every single day. Discuss this with your friend or family member, as well as his or her doctor to figure out what kind of plan to put in place. Services include:

  • Light housework
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship
  • Assistance with bathing and toileting 
  • Wound care
  • And much more

Home care meets your loved one’s most essential needs, from a friendly, smiling face dropping by for a cup of tea and a chat to something as poignant and intimate as palliative care services in Toronto and the GTA. 

Are you a family member serving as a Caregiver? Asking for help means that you recognize your limits. Looking after a loved one can be challenging work, and it’s a healthy decision to identify what you can and cannot do. It will help you to reduce your stress levels and to maintain strong physical and emotional health. Perhaps your friend or family member lives alone, and you’re concerned about his or her wellbeing or safety, and you would feel better knowing there is at-home support available. 

In either situation, securing the services of home healthcare allows you to spend quality time with your loved one while leaving the personalised support to someone else.

Let’s take a look at what other services Integracare offers as a home healthcare provider.

What are Customized Home Healthcare Services?

What are Customized Home Healthcare Services

Integracare provides necessities such as companionship and meal preparation. We also offer massage therapy and physiotherapy. Both activities offer healing that we believe are crucial to bringing joy to Clients and an integral component to healthy ageing at home.

We also offer a selection of services for Clients requiring customized healthcare plans. Let’s look at what a couple of those are.

Dementia Care

It would be complicated to support an individual living with Dementia on your own. Dementia is a cognitive disease that affects at least 44 million people worldwide, and it’s challenging to face head-on without professional support. Integracare offers specialized Dementia Care for Clients who need it. Many people are unaware that reliable home care services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of Dementia are available from educated at-home Caregivers.

Education is what many Canadian and Mississauga dementia care experts believe to be the first step in understanding the complexities of the disease. Our Caregivers and Nursing staff receive exclusive educational and training sessions from The Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. All staff members are highly trained and know how to handle behavioural and personality changes in Clients living with Dementia. We’re here to help you and your family through thick and thin. 

Many Seniors with Dementia prefer to age in the familiarity of home, rather than an unknown place. Early symptoms of the disease include memory problems, changes in personality, social withdrawal, and decreased concentration. Remaining in the place that they know and love might reduce any unnecessary confusion or pain.

Currently, there isn’t a cure for Dementia. The sad reality is that as the illness progresses, the worse it becomes. Your loved one might require support and care more than just a few days a week — at some point, he or she may need full-time, live-in support.

What about 24-7 Home HealthCare?

Your friend or relative might have a serious illness, mobility issues, or a life-limiting condition — a couple of visits a week from a Caregiver might not be enough when you’re unable to be there. You’ll want to know that they’re in good hands 24-7. 

Our Live-in Caregivers provide the professional healthcare and support Clients need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. All of our Live-in Caregivers are extensively screened through background checks and references to ensure that they can provide high-quality personalized care and form meaningful relationships with Clients.  

Matching Clients with the right Live-in Caregiver is a meticulous procedure because we want to ensure that your loved one receives the best resources and support possible. For example, if a Client has arthritis, we’ll make sure to pair that individual with a Caregiver who specializes in mobility issues. They’ll escort your loved one to medical appointments and carefully assist them around the house and with toileting and bathing.

We’ll also suggest that one of our registered Physiotherapists or Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) make regular visits to enhance the experience and get all that home healthcare has to offer.

The Benefits of Live-in Home Care

The Benefits of Live-in Home Care

A Live-in Caregiver offers you and your family peace of mind. Does the beloved Senior in your life live alone? You can’t always be present — you may not even live in the same town. With 24-hour care and support, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one is with his or her Caregiver.

Live-in care allows Seniors the dignity to live independently in their own homes. A Caregiver provides support in many ways, yet your loved one still has the freedom to enjoy life. They can take walks whenever they like or visit neighbours; there is no strict schedule. Moving into a long-term home or assisted living facility can take away this flexibility. Many Seniors prefer to live life on their own terms, and a live-in support system offers precisely that.

What is the Cost of Live-in Care?

Live-in care is an economical option for Seniors with long-term care requirements. For a similar cost as one bed within a long-term care home, your loved one could receive bespoke services in the comfort of home. At-home support addresses Clients’ healthcare needs and mental, emotional, and social needs.

How to Choose the Right Caregiver

Once you have a solid understanding of what kind of care and support your family member or friend needs, you can begin the search for the ideal Caregiver — whether it’s for live-in support or a few days a week. Always ensure to keep your loved one involved in the process so you can select someone he or she will be comfortable with.

We’ve compiled a list for you to consider when searching for the right Caregiver.

Ask to See Credentials

A certified Caregiver has received the training necessary to provide high quality at-home care. 

At Integracare, we only hire certified or registered individuals with compassion and engaging qualities, as well as outstanding experience and qualifications. 

Watch for Flexibility 

You never know when an emergency will occur. You might require assistance with your loved one outside of the agreed-upon caregiving schedule. It’s crucial to hire a home healthcare company who is flexible and can meet even your most urgent needs.

We always try to match Clients and Caregivers with similar schedules. It’s our job to ensure that your loved one is always safe. If for whatever reason, your Caregiver is unavailable, we will make sure to give you the necessary support with another qualified and compassionate Caregiver.

Observe the Level of Patience 

The job of a Caregiver isn’t always an easy one. It requires a lot of training, education, and patience. There might be times when a Caregiver feels like quitting or throwing in the towel — but a well-trained, empathetic Caregiver shouldn’t show these feelings to the Senior he or she cares for.

It’s natural for the health of Seniors to decline over time, mainly if there is a severe or life-limiting illness involved. Ask your potential Caregiver what he or she would do in a challenging situation when your loved one becomes sad, confused, angry, or irritated. 

We’re advocates for meeting confusion with compassion at Integracare. In addition to practical education, all of our staff members are equipped to handle situations with empathy and warmth. 

During our Caregiver hiring process, we look for personality traits such as patience and kindness. Working with Seniors is an extremely specialized field. Although training and education are vital to the job, we also think that Caregivers must exhibit a genuine understanding of the complexities involved.  

Specialized Care

Is your loved one recovering from a stroke? Or have they recently been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or another serious health condition? If an individual has health issues to think about, it can be challenging to live life to the fullest without the right support system at home. Request a Caregiver who has specialized training in the type of care your loved one will need. 

Your friend or family member can happily age in place with a Caregiver that he or she can trust with confidence. We customize all of our Clients’ healthcare plans to ensure that they receive the best care that suits their individual needs. 

Home healthcare reassures individuals that their lives are meaningful. It was once a com