The Health Care System can be confusing and difficult to navigate. When you suddenly find yourself or someone you know needing care, you may become flooded with questions and concerns about what should you do, what is available, what is the cost and what does it all mean? Should you move to an assisted living residence or stay to receive home care assistance where you are and get help in-home? In this two-part series, we will describe the various options available to you so you can review them and discuss with your loved ones to find which option is the best fit for you.
Option 2 of 2
Staying In The Comforts of Home
If you decide to stay in your own home, these are the options available to you;
1. Subsidized Home Care – Provides support for you and your caregivers in your daily living activities including bathing, dressing, exercising, medication administration and more. The goal of publicly subsidized home support services is to help you remain independent and safe in your own home as long as possible. As with all home and community care services, the services you receive are based on your personal care needs. You must meet eligibility requirements for subsidized home support. These include;
- Be 19 years of age and over
- Have lived in British Columbia for three months
- Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status
- Be unable to function independently because of chronic, health-related problems or have been diagnosed by a doctor with an end-stage illness
- Be a landed immigrant, or are on a Minister’s permit approved by the Ministry of Health Services
You must be assessed by Home and Community Care, usually in your home, to determine your eligibility and the services needed. There are clear guidelines and restrictions on the services provided by Home and Community Care. You will need to discuss these specifics with your case manager. Also, there is a cost for this service which is income-based.
2. Private Home Support – There are many private agencies and individuals that provide private care in your home. Private home support provides the same type of services as the subsidized system but has more flexibility and a much wider range of services they can provide and assist you with including transportation, shopping, errands, medical appointments – just to name a few. Also, you can request a consistent worker visit each day rather than a different worker each time service is provided as what occurs with the subsidized system. This consistency aids in the acceptance of the service and reduces the stress to the client and/or caregivers.
These agencies can be found in the yellow pages, newspaper, internet or through your local health unit. There are many individuals that can take advantage of a senior and prey on their trust, therefore it is imperative you find an agency, and or individual, that is reputable and reliable with bonded employees.
The cost of this service varies with each agency and is billed directly to the client and/or caregiver.
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