24-Hour In-Home Care vs. Private Facilities and Public Facilities/Institutions
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.
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
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
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
Driving to and from all appointments and events
Encouraging mental and physical stimulation
Encouraging family and friends for coffee/tea
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
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.