Understanding Private Home Care in Canada

What is Private Home Care?

Private home care is based upon the principle that older adults should remain as independent as possible and be in a safe and healthy environment. To that end, most home care agencies work hard to ensure that their clients are able to live as much of their life independently as possible with the appropriate level of care to maintain a high quality of life. An estimated 4.3 million Canadians – more than 13% of the population—are aged 65 and older and the number of seniors is expected to double by 2026. With an aging population comes an increased need for different care options, particularly when 9 out of 10 older adults have expressed a strong preference to “age in place” or stay in their own homes. In its simplest terms, home care means receiving services at home. Ideally, it also means meaningful companionship and reliable support for daily activities and respite for family caregivers.

How Does Private Home Care Differ from Government Care?

While government care provides a valuable resource to many older adults, it does not provide the level of personalized care and service that private home care is able to provide. With government care:

  • It typically takes 2-4 weeks before a government worker (case manager) can come out to do an assessment
  • The type of care that is provided may not be enough for a client’s needs; government home care only provides the minimum number of hours based on their assessment with services limited to personal care and medication reminders
  • There is less of an opportunity for consistency of care; government caregivers are switched often and are sent to homes based solely on

Private home care, however, provides support in all activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, including meal preparation, grooming, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, appointment accompaniment and companionship. Private home care enables older adults and adults living with chronic frailty and illness to enjoy the comfort, dignity and independence of living at home with personalized one-on-one attention and care from expertly matched caregivers.

Home Care Assistance

At Home Care Assistance, our mission is to change the way the world ages, and our number one priority is our quality of care. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Hourly and Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.

Website: www.homecareassistance-calgary.com Ph: 403.452.4446