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5 Nov 2015

Self-Directed Home Care: A New Government Approach On Providing Home Care To Families

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Ontario’s senior population is on the rise. With hospitals and long-term care facilities doing their best to accommodate the aging population, the provincial government has proposed a project to address this need. The government has come up with a strategy that will see funds given directly to patients to allow them to design their own program for self-directed home care. What is self-directed home care? Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health and Long-term Care for the province of Ontario, announced this past summer that a three-year plan was proposed to give patients and their caregivers more control over the home care services they can receive. Self-directed home care will allow patients to choose their own care provider and determine how and when they receive it. Hoskins stated that many patients actually prefer to get care in their own homes where they are comfortable. He further claimed that home-care patients…

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16 Oct 2015

Home Care or Assisted living: How to Choose

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You or your loved one may be facing the important decision of whether to move into an assisted living facility or receive care in the home. An assisted living facility is a residence that provides more intensive round-the-clock supervision and assistance. Under a home care arrangement, professionals attend the private home of the individual being cared for to provide supervision and assistance. Here are some criteria to consider when deciding between home care and assisted living: Your loved one’s level of independence Home care offers your loved-one greater independence, as they retain control over their schedule and routine. In an…

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27 Aug 2015

Pros And Cons Of Home Care VS Long Term Care

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As we age, certain everyday activities become difficult. We may not be able to perform easy tasks such as cooking, cleaning and even bathing. Safety also becomes a concern as we get older. Besides forgetting to take our daily cocktail of medications, we may have trouble getting out of bed, or we could slip and fall and become severely injured. If you or your loved one needs everyday assistance, you have many care options available. Do you hire a home care worker or do you opt for a residency in a long term care centre? Pros of using home care:…

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19 Aug 2015

What Home Care Services Are Covered Under Insurance?

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If you’re entering your golden age, it may be hard to navigate your everyday life. Your mind may be sharp as a tack, but mobility loss is natural and happens to the best of us. Will you remember to take your pills? What if you fall down the stairs? Luckily, help is available in the form of home care services. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents as long as they make their primary residence in Ontario. You may have and older, red and white version of the OHIP card (without a…

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13 Aug 2015

How To Get Free Home Care

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If you live in Ontario and are in need of home care, there are many resources available to you. Government assistance comes in many forms to help older people remain in their homes with proper care, although a majority of people in need of these services are simply unaware of what exactly is available to them. These are some of the services available in place by the provincial for senior home care: Vehicle and home modifications: If you have restricted mobility, you may be eligible for funding to help you get around better in your own home. This includes the…

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