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CONSIDERING PRIVATE HOME CARE? ASK YOURSELF THESE 4 QUESTIONS

September 19, 2019

As of 2018, approximately 1.7 million Canadians are over the age of 70. That means 1.7 million people have recently retired or are planning to retire soon. 1.7 million Canadians who grew up without computers and calculators and who couldn’t get their hands on a cell phone until they were well into their twenties. It also means 1.7 million people who will soon face an important question: Do I need private home care? 

If you’re one of those 1.7 million, there’s no need to fret. Private home care providers such as Our Quality of Life HomeCare are around to make you comfortable and happy as you transition into a new life phase. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, take some time to ponder these 4 questions on whether or not private home care is right for you.

1. What is it that I’m looking for?

Private home care is an umbrella term for a multitude of services that can help you in the comfort of your own home. Depending on what you’re looking for, the service you choose could be drastically different. If you’re looking for medical help, perhaps to aid you in a rehabilitation period or to help you get your medicine in order, you’ll want a nurse to come to your home. On the other hand, if you’re interested in companionship, your home care experience will be non-medical care. Whatever it is you’re looking for, keep in mind that private home care means the caregivers come to you. If you are considering private home care, it’s a good idea to meet with a care provider team ahead of time to talk about your goals and objectives. Our team at Our Quality of Life HomeCare believes in the power of a first assessment, so we offer it to every new client free of charge. Come in and share your thoughts with us as well as get to know us! 

2. How often do I need the service?

Think big picture here! You’re still deciding if private home care is right for you, so one big factor is cadence. Do you need someone to come to your home every day, or are you hoping for a weekly visit? Most private home care Agencies offer all kinds of help, so you’re sure to find the right fit. It’s just a matter of knowing what it is that you need. While you’re thinking about how often you need the service, check into the requirements of different providers. Some providers require a minimum amount of time per visit. At Our Quality of Life HomeCare, we value your wishes and needs. We understand you may not want a stipulation on how long (or short) someone is helping you out, so you tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen. 

3. Is private home care the right fit for me?

Before you consult a private home care provider, it’s helpful to have a game plan. You should know the types of services that are offered, what it means to get private home care, and what you’re hoping to get out of it. At Our Quality of Life HomeCare, we offer all kinds of services (https://ourqol.ca/services) including companionship, Personal Care, Light Housekeeping & Meal planning,Overnight Services & Post Surgery,Errands & Incidental Transportation last but not the least Respite care. The options are endless! 

4. How will my life be different?

Private home care will impact your life—in all positive ways! Your caregivers are there to help you every step of the way, and while you’re thinking about private home care as an option for you, you may want to think about how it could positively affect your life and your family members. Think about all the groceries you won’t have to carry anymore or the interesting conversations you’ll have with a new friend. You’re figuring out what’s best for you, and the team at Our Quality of Life HomeCare is here to help you through the process. 



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