When seniors require support for activities of daily living beyond the support available through provincial health authorities, non-medical home support services can offer personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and shopping, companionship and respite relief. These services have many benefits some of which can include:
Help with meal preparation to ensure your loved one continues to meet their need for proper nutrition. Proper nutrition is essential for healthy aging and may lower the risks and complications of many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Assistance with mobility and monitoring of the environment can lessen the risks of falls and provide a stronger sense of safety and security. Falls continue to be the leading cause of serious injury for seniors and the fear of falling can have a negative impact on physical activity and social engagement. Medication reminders help keep chronic conditions properly managed and help avoid adverse reactions to over/under medication use.
Companionship stimulates social interaction and caregivers often build lasting relationships with clients. Caregivers may also escort clients for social outings, appointments and errands. Formal caregivers also provide caregiver relief for informal or family caregivers. This enables them to spend time nurturing their own well being and may help relieve the stress accrued in balancing care giving with other family roles. Your local provincial health authority will be able to provide you with a list of service providers in your area.Back To Top
John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.