Home care is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are opting to “age in place”. Here are 3 things that you need to know about home care.
1. Home care really means one on one care wherever home may be. You don’t have to be living on your own to get home care, you can receive home care services in a retirement home, in a long term care facility (previously known as a nursing home), in a hospice, or in your private residence.
2. Home care is comprehensive. Unless you are acutely ill and require hospitalization, you can receive the health care and support services that you need in your home.
3. Home care is both publicly and privately funded. The Ontario government provides funding for home care services based on need (there is no financial assessment that is conducted at this point). Individuals have the option of paying privately for additional home care services out of pocket. Some extended health plans cover private duty nursing and personal support workers that you can hire through a home care agency. Many people also opt to use their critical illness insurance to cover the costs of private home care services.