How do I know if a loved one or I could benefit from services offered by Global Health Care?

As we get older we become more set in our ways and strongly desire to stay at home. For those in need of long term care, it is important to see if this is an option. When life takes such a turn many individuals make the hasty decision to move their loved ones or themselves out of their home. This can make the situation that much more difficult to accept. It is important to consider all your options, your available funds, and available alternatives before making any decisions.

How can my loved one or I remain in the home?

As human beings we are accustomed to taking care of ourselves. We may depend upon our family or spouses to help us out on occasion, but we still like our independence. As life happens and things change it is important to know about the services that can help you even more. Your needs or the needs of your loved ones is dependent on the amount of support already in place, the health conditions, and budgetary needs.

Household Maintenance

Houses require a great deal of work to keep them in order. If it is difficult for you or your loved one to keep up with the various needs of the household, then it may be important to get services for those needs that cannot be taken care of otherwise. If there are difficulties keeping up with schedules and paying bills on time, then it may be prudent to acquire healthcare and budgetary assistance as well.

Home Modifications

Mobility could be a problem for you or your loved one. If that is the case, it may be time to look at making changes to the home. Simple additions such as grab bars and ramps can make moving around the house much easier. Here are some additions that may prove helpful depending on the situation:

  • Making adjustments for wheelchair access
  • Chair lifts for the stairs
  • Grab bars
  • More lighting indoors and outdoors
  • Remodeling various rooms in the house
  • Showers and baths with seats
  • Elevators
  • Larger doors and passageways
  • Remote control for as many things as possible

Personal Care

There may come a time when everyday activities become more problematic. You or loved one may require aid with taking baths, getting dressed, or preparing meals. Personal or custodial care can be provided on a part-time to full-time basis. Providers that offer this kind of care are personal care services, home care services, home health services. In the case of home health services, they also help with some health needs such as medication reminders, taking blood pressure, and so on.

Health Care

Educated individuals that work as social workers, occupational therapists, and home health care workers generally will be willing to offer their services in the comfort of your home. If you are worried about what level of coverage you have, you should check with your insurance. Chances are there will be some part of the cost that will need to be covered by you. In addition to home health care it is possible to receive hospice care as well.

Day Programs

There are programs which care for the elderly throughout the day by keeping them busy with various activities. This gives them a chance to socialize, and gives caregivers a chance to rest. Many of the programs focus on the socialization, and others offer services for health or special disorders.

Global health services and the family support

Each individual has their own special family structure and support system. When making decisions that will affect both the individual and their support system, it is important to consider a few things such as: family structure, culture, and expectation of services. While decisions may have been made with effort to involve the family as little as possible or have the family as the main caregivers, it is important to consider all options. The jobs of the family, distance, or the ties between them may not allow for certain options. The level of care needed also affects these decisions. That is why it is so important to have a discussion with the family so that the decision made is the best one for everyone. Having the discussion before issues arise gives people the ability to be aware of what to do when the time comes. If there are questions as to what should be done, there are individuals such as geriatric case managers that will provide home assessments and then give their own opinion for the family to consider. Knowing and understanding the concerns of everyone gives one an ability to make the best choice possible.

While the family support system may be strong it is a good idea to consider outside help. It may feel uncomfortable at first having strange people in the home, but having a family member that is a caregiver can be both emotionally and physically tiring. It may be more helpful to an individual’s personal relationships if they receive care from more than just one person.

Getting services that are right for you

If you or your loved one are concerned about what level of care you need, Global Health Care can go over that with you to help you make the right choice.

I am concerned about the welfare of my loved one, is there something I can do?

It is possible that you have begun to notice some things that have caused you to be concerned about your loved one, such as dirty clothes, a messy home, poor hygiene, or other basic necessities being neglected. There may have also been an incident where they fell or forgot something that could have turned into a dangerous situation.

It is scary and often difficult to watch a loved one lose the ability to care for themselves. Whether the change comes about slowly or suddenly it is hard to see a loved one suffer. Whatever the reason for the change, it is important to talk with them if you are concerned about them and try to work together to find the best solution.

  • Here are some suggestions for talking with your loved one:


  • If they are resistant, try to find the reason why.

    It is possible that they are simply afraid. After all, they have been caring for themselves for a number of years. It may be difficult for them to acknowledge or accept that they are in need of assistance. They may be lonely due to the loss of a loved one or the inability to get out and about. If that is the case, it is possible that they are suffering from depression as well.


  • Don’t accuse them, just address your concerns calmly.

    It may make them less defensive and more open to the suggestion of getting some help. It would sound better if you were to say ‘I’m concerned that all your needs are not being met. Do you think we should try to work on taking care of you?’, instead of, ‘You obviously cannot care for your own needs anymore. So I’m going to get you help.’


  • Allow your loved one to participate in decisions so that they can maintain their independence.

    There is no reason not to include your loved one in making decisions about their care unless they are mentally or physically unable to participate. Ask them what services they feel they need the most and what services would make them feel most comfortable. If you believe that home care wouldn’t be sufficient, try considering all options available to you. It may help if you make it more of a temporary solution as opposed to a permanent one.


  • Get help from others.

    If your loved one has friends or family that have gone through the same situation, it may help to have them come and help you talk to your loved one. Hearing people they know give positive reports could encourage them to take that first step. It may also help if you get their doctor to have a meeting with all of you or to engage the services of a geriatric care manager. Hearing the facts from a person with no vested interest in the situation may allow your loved one to see things in a different light.

Is your loved one unable to make decisions?

If you are concerned that your loved one is endangering themselves or others due to memory problems or frequent accidents, then it is important to take that into consideration. This behavior may be due to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, etc...

If possible, you should have this conversation before your loved one reaches a point where they cannot participate. You should also see about getting them to make a power of attorney of their care with someone they trust, then your loved one can rest easy knowing that their voice will still be heard even when they themselves are unable to do so. Without a power of attorney, you may be able to put in a request for guardianship or conservatorship. If you are confused about your options or about what is the best course of action you should meet with an advocacy group and an attorney that practices elder law.

Costs of Home Care with Global Health Care

Determining the best course of action for you or your loved one is a big decision not to be taken lightly. It can cause emotional and financial stress. Thankfully, the advances in healthcare gives more options to choose from beyond residential nursing homes. Home care services are gradually becoming a more viable option for many families. Global Health Care offers specialized in-home care and it doesn’t matter where the client calls home. Our home care program permits our clients to stay where they feel comfortable while getting the care that they need.

Home Care Benefits

Many seniors prefer to maintain their independence and not have to move in with a relative or into a residential nursing home. When it comes to the point when living independently is not safe anymore, it is important that there is a service that can satisfy both the need for aid and the need for independence. In-home care can span from a few hours to a 24/7 live-in care situation. At Global Health Care, we thoroughly vet and insure our providers, and train them to help with baths, exercise, medication, cooking, light cleaning, and transportation.

Not only does Global Health Care provide a helper that can be trusted, but also flexible care which can be adjusted to the needs of the client. By doing this, the client gets the care they need in the comfort of their own home. Clients can select the kind of help they need as well as the amount of time they need it. Best of all, the clients save money compared to the costs of a nurse or a nursing home.

Insurance

Advances in healthcare technology have greatly increased the probabilities of living to the age of 100 or more.

The Ontario government provides different healthcare options. Although they provide support in a great deal of areas, they may not fully cover healthcare services.Truth is that the government does not have to pay for assisted living costs. They may help struggling families pay a part of the costs, but the rest of it is covered by the family.

We offer a wide range of In-Home Health Care Services in Ottawa. All of our services can be customized for your needs and budget. Whether it’s someone to spend time with you or your loved one or to provide you or them with around the clock care, we will tailor our home care service for you. For more information please give us a call today at (613) 230-4104 or email us at globalhealthcare@bellnet.ca
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