Facts You Should Know before Hiring a Live-In Companion in Duncan, BC & Cowichan Valley

24-Hour In-Home Care vs. Private Facilities and Public Facilities/Institutions

Private Facilities

Private facilities are all about “show” but not “care.” When placed, the client, of course, has to follow the rules of the home. There is very little mental and physical stimulation. Outings have to be arranged by family and friends. Meals and bedtime are set. There is little or no flexibility. Private facilities do not have to be inspected or certified by the health authority if kept under nine occupants.

If the client deteriorates, either mentally or physically, to the point of being disruptive or needing personal care, the private facility home will not provide personal care. The family is then faced with hiring an agency to come in and provide the necessary care, or the facility will tell the family to find alternative accommodation. Generally, the latter happens as all seniors eventually mentally or physically deteriorate. Unfortunately by that time, the client’s home has been sold, and the family is left with no accommodation other than with a family member. Private facilities can be very costly.

Public Facilities/Institutions

The only alternative left is a public facility/institution, for which the wait list is generally 6 to 9 months. Unfortunately in Canada, public facilities/institutions are no more than “warehouses” for seniors where they are simply processed and drugged daily. These facilities shamefully strip individuality and over-medicate to the point of turning residents into zombies. Life expectancy is greatly decreased.

World-wide statistics encourage seniors staying in their homes for as long as possible. They live happier, longer, more productive lives and take far less medication. If at all possible, remaining at home should always be the choice of priority.

When a family starts to get concerned about a loved one’s ability to live alone, the first alternative should be live-in care.

When Is It Time to Consider a Live-In Companion?

  • Forgetting to take medications (number-one reason the elderly end up in hospital emergency)

  • Forgetting appointments and events

  • Leaving stove elements and appliances on

  • Not eating properly

  • Not changing clothes

  • Deteriorating personal hygiene

  • Homemaking deteriorating

  • Sleeping a lot

  • Loss of driver’s licence

  • Loss of family and friends interaction

  • Loss of mental and physical stimulation

  • Lack of interpersonal communication (phone calls, etc.)

  • Family overall concern for personal safety

  • Potential for falls increasing

  • Mobility issues

  • Overnight safety concerns

  • Overall safety and well-being concerns

  • Increase in short-term memory loss

  • Increase in confusion and anxiety

Services Provided with Live-In Care

  • Medication reminder and administration

  • Appointment and events reminding

  • Meal preparation

  • Overnight presence

  • Grocery purchasing

  • Housekeeping

  • Bathing reminding

  • Bathing assistance

  • Pet care

  • Mobility assistance

  • Driving to and from all appointments and events

  • Outings

  • Stimulating conversations

  • Encouraging mental and physical stimulation

  • Encouraging family and friends for coffee/tea

  • Social outings

  • Calling 911 for any emergency

  • Keeping family regularly updated

  • Staying with client and providing companionship during a hospital stay

  • Accompanying and staying with client at all times in admitting and staying in emergency

  • Notifying family of any emergency

  • Addressing overall safety and well-being concerns

Coverage

Unique Home Health Care provides two consistent live-in care aides. The client has the same two care aides on an on-going basis. Two care aides also provides for sick time and vacation coverage.

Coverage for a twenty-hour shift, allowing for a four-hour break during the day, is $130 per 20 hour shift or $3,900 per 30-day month.

Coverage for a twenty-four hour shift is $180 per 24-hour shift or $5,400 per 30-day month.

Safety and Peace of Mind

Unique Home Health Care’s 24-hour in-home care offers the family and concerned friends the assurance their loved one has a capable care aide with a watchful eye.


This wonderful service is a caring, compassionate alternative to a facility or institutional placement.

Things You Should Know

There are many misconceptions about the private home care industry in BC, which is largely unregulated.

Professional Affiliations

Unique Home Health Care

121 Station St

Duncan, BC V9L 1M8


Email

uniquehomehealthcare@telus.net

Telephone

250-715-1094


Fax

250-715-1098

Service Area

  • Duncan
  • Cowichan Valley

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