Assisted Living at Home – Customized Care
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a term describing a type of help that is delivered in a residence or facility. Assisted Living residences offer housing, hospitality services and personal assistance to adults who can live independently, but require regular help with daily activities. By law, in order to carry the Assisted Living designation, these residences must be registered with the provincial government. There are over 80 assisted living residences in Etobicoke and Mississauga South.
Accommodation can range from private rooms with lockable doors in a home, to an apartment-style building with private self-contained suites, usually with their own bathrooms and cooking facilities. The residence provides a place where people can eat together and socialize.
What services does assisted living offer?
Assisted Living operators provide five hospitality services: meals, housekeeping, laundry, social and recreational opportunities and a 24 hour emergency response system. Residents also receive personal assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, grooming and mobility, and reminders or assistance with medications.
It is intended for people who are able to choose and direct the services they receive (often referred to as being able to make decisions on their own behalf or direct their own care). People with dementia will eventually not be able to direct their own care, or make decisions on their own behalf. A spouse of a loved one with dementia would have decision making capacity, and the services of assisted living would therefore be appropriate for the couple.
Assisted Living services are delivered in both publicly funded residences (subsidized by CCAC) and in non-publicly funded (private pay) residences, in which residents are responsible for all costs. Some residences have both publicly funded and non-publicly funded units.
Services in the comfort of your own home?
Senior Home Care companies like Retire-At-Home Services Etobicoke and Mississauga South also provide assisted living services in the comfort of one’s own home, where people have lived out their elder years for generations. Bringing in a company to help at home will allow you to “Age in Place”. Aging in place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able. More and more seniors are choosing to do this.
Making aging in place work for your home.
A common consideration with staying in your own home is making the home more comfortable and accessible. Bathrooms and doorway widths may need to be changed outright, but these changes need not prevent you from staying at home. Tax breaks can be found while doing home renovations. The Healthy Homes Renovation tax credit is one way of reclaiming some of the money spent on renovations. This Tax Credit is a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit for seniors and family members who live with them. If you qualify, you can claim up to $10,000 worth of eligible home improvements on your tax return. The amount of money you get back for these expenses is calculated as 15 per cent of the eligible expenses you claim. For example, if you spend and then claim $10,000 worth of eligible expenses, you could get $1,500 back. The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit can help with the costs of improving safety and accessibility in your home. For more information about the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit, call: 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297).
Or, you can include the reasonable cost of these renovations in full as medical expenses. Some examples include:
- Ramps outside the home
- Widening doorways or hallways
- Modifying kitchen cabinets
- Fixtures or outlets
- Installing lifts or otherwise modifying stairways
Services suited to you!
At Retire-At-Home Services Etobicoke and Mississauga South our care plan is designed with flexibility to suit the changing needs. As health conditions or family situations change, our services can be increased or decreased to suit your specific needs.
In terms of hours needed, we work with clients from as little as three hours per week to a maximum of 24 hours a day. Any days of the week can be serviced.
In terms of services, the list below is offered by Retire-At-Home Services Etobicoke and Mississauga South:
- Personal care assistance like bathing, toileting, grooming, incontinence
- Specialized Alzheimer’s and Dementia care
- Home support services like laundry, meal preparation and housekeeping
- Companionship, outings and activities
- Palliative care
- Nurse-managed care
- Foot care
- Hospital discharge
Consider working with a Home Care Company if the following appeals to you:
- One on one care for your loved one
- The ability to increase or decrease the level of care as required
- Remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings
- A close relationship with caregivers