What services does home care provide?
Home care is normally provided when spouses, parents, grandparents, or other close relatives age or become sick and unable to adequately care for themselves.
It is very varied and ranges from skilled nursing and medical assistance to help around the home and meal preparation.
That’s why it’s usually provided by organizations that specialize in this area of care, like All About Seniors.
Specifically, it usually covers services such as:
Yes, Alberta Health Services does provide free access to home care services, regardless of age, diagnosis or the length of time that support is required by the patient.
This is provided through the Alberta Health Services Continuing Care program to anyone with a valid health care card.
If you’re a resident in Alberta and meet the guidelines, you may qualify for home care with state assistance.
Many services are publicly funded and are free to eligible Albertans under the Home Care Program. Others, like homemaking assistance, may be available but there is usually a co-payment fee for these services.
Obtaining free home care from the state via the Home Care Program is not an automatic process. Understanding the guidelines helps.
The program provides personal and health care services for Albertans of all ages and is designed to “supplement, not replace, the help and support received from family, friends, and another community supports.”
This can be short-term or long-term care, depending on your needs.
The program covers people who want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, as well as those who choose to live in private residential settings, such as in a supportive living facility.
To be eligible for home care, you must satisfy a professional assessment that you have an “unmet need for care”.
This usually means meeting some of the following criteria:
Your income status and whether or not you smoke will also be taken into account, in most cases.
To find out whether you qualify for home care in Alberta, you will need to contact Alberta Health Services via their Health Link line at 811.
You can arrange an assessment by an AHS professional, who will check whether you have unmet care needs.
Doing this as early as possible in the process will help ensure that you won’t be disappointed or left without care at a time when it’s really needed.
The team at All About Seniors’ key mission is to match your loved one with someone who will become a friend and confidant, as well as a caregiver.
Would you like more information about how All About Seniors can help care for your loved one? Ask us about our home care services today.