ONTARIO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE ANNOUNCED FOR HOME CARE - MAY 19, 2022
Thinking about care for your aging family members? Recently there has been much discussion in the news about congregant (group living) settings for the seniors , mostly related to pandemic issues involving Long Term Care LTC and Retirement home residences. At the core of some of the issues has been and continues to be, a shortage of health care workers, especially Nurses and Personal Support Workers - PSWs. The Ontario Government recently issued a press release, announcing they are making more funds available for #homecare in an effort to address the ongoing problems in LTC and Retirement homes.
On April 1, 2021, the Local Health Integration Networks LHINs transferred into Ontario Health and are now operating under a new business name, 'Home and Community Care Support Services', HCCSS. Their function is to help ease the flow of patients across the health care system and improve their access to services in their community, including long term senior care.
What is the difference between LTC Homes and Retirement Homes? And what options best meet yours or your family members need?
Retirement Homes are classified as ‘independent living’ even though they are in a congregant setting. They provide rental accommodation and meals with additional care and services, such as medication administration, meal delivery and laundry services, available to residents at an extra cost. The monthly fees can be $3000-$6000 or more and families typically source placement and availability on their own. The HCCSS is not usually involved in placement, and a family can take a tour and decide if a particular residence fits their unique needs and budget.
Long Term Care Facilities are subsidized and regulated by the government, LTC placements are managed by the HCCSS. An HCCSS case manager determines if an individuals unique care and medical requirements qualifies them to access a residential placement. The monthly fees include nursing and medical management, meals, accommodation, and a variety of recreational activities. Depending on the reputation of the facility, there can be lengthy wait lists of up to 2 years for rooms, either private, semi private or wards. Fees can vary based on’ ability to pay’ up to approximately 2500.00 monthly.
The pandemic revealed the vulnerability of our Retirement Home and LTC residence system. Staff providing support to residents became unwitting carriers of the virus to the residents, and as staff fell ill, there were few left to come in and provide the care, so the elderly became not only victims of the virus, but suffered when their caregivers became too ill to provide the basic necessities of care.
More and more seniors are opting to remain living in the comfort of their own home with help from an organization like Lifeguard Homecare to provide medical and non-medical services. Home care options help seniors remain living independently while getting the best of care from a team of professionals when and as needed. Our RNs and RPNs are experienced in working with dementia and Alzheimer's patients as are our PSW. DSW and HSW workers. All of our staff are full time, bonded employees so we are able to deliver consistent services and peace of mind to our clients.??
If you are considering at home care options for you or a loved one, make Lifeguard Homecare your first call to learn more about how we can help.