Home care (for better or worse) gets a lot of bad press. Which means that I (as a business owner but also an RN) spend a lot of time ‘busting’ myths and correcting misinformation for clients who hear good things about us but have lots of preconceptions about home care companies.
With that in mind, I thought it would make sense to jot a few notes down with a goal of answering some of the questions I hear most often. So without further ado, here are the top five myths I ‘bust’ most often…enjoy!
Myth #1 Home care can only happen in your home
Truth – Home care means one-on-one care wherever home may be
We call ourselves a “Home” Care company but the reality is that we visit clients all over the place. A great example is that many clients we visit live in retirement homes or long-term care facilities, and they contact us because they are looking to supplement the care they receive there.
For instance, perhaps in their retirement home the staff there will only help residents with their morning routines between 8 and 9 am. But what if you want to get up at 10am? Or 7am? That’s where we come in!
Myth #2 – Home care is too expensive for normal people
Truth – Care plans can be designed to fit any budget
Many of the care plans our RN Care Managers prepare cost only $100-200$/month and still provide the care a senior needs to stay in their own home comfortably for years.
Of course the complexity of care can vary dramatically based on needs, but if what you are looking for is just that extra bit of support it can be accessed very inexpensively!
If you’re interested in seeing some different options to help you understand what different plans cost, have a look at this article on the Money Question.
Myth #3 Home care companies can’t handle any “real” medical complications
Truth – Home care companies deal with very complex medical situations all the time
This is the one that surprises most people. I answer calls all the time from people who believe they have to give up their homes because their personal health situation has become more complex, but this simply isn’t true!
We have many clients dealing with very complex medical needs. That’s why all of our care managers are Registered Nurses who have extensive experience working with complicated medical conditions. They are incredibly capable and knowledgeable and it makes them perfectly suited to handle even the most complex care needs.
Some great examples of complex medical needs we deal with all the time are:
- Feeding tubes
- Wound care
- Pain and symptom management
- End of life care
Although there are definitely times where hospitalization is needed for someone with an acute illness, 99% of the people I meet can easily meet their care needs at home when they have the right support.
If you have a scenario you’re not sure about, why not give us a call and speak to one of our RN care managers and they’ll talk through some options with you.
Myth #4 – Home care is only publicly funded
Truth – Home care is both publicly and privately funded.
The Ontario government provides some funding for home care services based on need (if you’re wondering how that process works, check out our article on the CCAC and how public care works.
However, many people find CCAC care does not cover all the care they are looking for and so they take advantage of the option to pay privately for additional home care services, like those provided by CalaCare.
In addition, many employers offer extended health plans that cover private duty nursing and personal support workers allowing individuals covered by those plans to expand their care pans.
Myth #5 Home care is just for seniors
Truth – Home care is for anyone
Services like the ones we offer are available for anyone who requires support to remain safe and independent. Seniors definitely benefit from our services, but we also work with lots of people who are living with a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis, recovering from a surgery or a motor vehicle accident, or going through a difficult treatment like radiation or chemotherapy.
Thanks for reading! I hope this helped ‘bust’ some myths for you but if you have any questions or any feedback please give me a call and I’d love to chat!
And if you have any other questions out there you think might be ‘myths’, post them to comments and I’ll add them to the article!