HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOME CARE SERVICE
Your parent has previously been independent, but now they’ve been diagnosed with Dementia and are no longer safe to be on their own. Or perhaps your parent has had a stroke and is in the hospital but they’re about to be discharged – and they’ll need help at home. With over 50 senior care companies in Toronto and the GTA how do you decide who to call, and who to hire? There are two kinds of private home care services; • Non-medical care • Care that is actively case managed and supervised by a Registered Nurse. Choose non-medical PSW care ( most services in Toronto and the GTA are non-medical) if your elderly parent needs only: • Companionship • Meal preparation • Grocery shopping • Light housekeeping Choose PSW care that is actively case managed and supervised by a Registered Nurse if your parent: • Is in the hospital • Is being discharged from the hospital • Has Parkinson’s • Has dementia • Has had a stroke • Has Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) • Is taking medications • Is palliative If your elderly parent has a chronic disease like Dementia, Parkinson’s or CHF, or if they have been in the hospital recently, their health status can change quickly.
Having PSW care that is actively case managed and supervised by a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse means that your parent has qualified medical professionals overseeing their care, and a Registered Nurse on call 24/7. Which means fewer, if any, trips to the hospital and improved safety and quality of life.
Lisa Wiseman BIO Lisa Wiseman is the President and founder of Eldercare Home Health Inc. The team at Eldercare Home Health has been providing expert, PSW care that is actively case managed and supervised by Registered Nurses, for over 22 years. Care starts with a no-charge assessment by a Registered Nurse.