involved in what will likely be one of the most daunting tasks and
difficult decisions you’ve ever experienced, or likely ever will:
determining the most appropriate housing and/or care services for
yourself or a loved one. We’re here to help!
A Step by Step Approach
Step 1: Evaluate the needs, desires and resources of the individual
Needs vs. Desires
in physical functioning, mental capabilities, life interests, financial
circumstances and social supports all affect what setting and services
are most appropriate. Equally as important is considering where an
individual is ultimately going to be happy and content. For example,
some people may prefer to remain in their current residence and avail
themselves of home care or community support services, as required.
However, these may not be realistic options for those with higher care
Below are some of the key considerations when assessing what
type of provider may be most appropriate. Be open and
honest about what is absolutely needed and what is open to compromise
and negotiation. Prioritize the needs and desires to ensure that the
best quality of life can be maintained.If you are assisting
someone in making this decision, remember to evaluate the options from
their point of view, as well as your own. And if you are uncertain of
anything, it may be best to seek the advice of a professional.
the financial resources of the individual is an important part of the
process. You’ll need to consider what level of savings and investments
are available. You may also want to look at how the proceeds from the
sale of a primary residence can be devoted to the provider option you
choose. The amount required will depend upon several factors.
example, the individual qualifies for government funded home care
services, the cost to the individual is usually nominal. If the person
is eligible for placement in a long-term care home, programming and
care are funded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
however, the resident is still responsible for the cost of
accommodation, which is set by the government annually. Retirement
Residences are private pay and the costs vary depending on the type of
accommodation and level of services. It is advisable to consult with a
financial planner or other qualified advisor to help you determine what
can be afforded.
Step 2: Evaluate your housing and care options
Use TheCareGuide.com’s Provider Search
tool to find providers in the desired area. Review the details of each
of the provider listings to determine if the right compliment of
amenities and services are available to allow for maximum quality of
life. Many providers have also included pictures and/or Virtual Tours
that can give you an even better sense for what they have to offer.
You can also request that additional information from the providers of
choice be sent directly to you. You can also order a print version of The Care Guide to help with your search.
It’s also a good idea to talk at length to the
admissions or service coordinators at the providers that match your
needs and wants to further evaluate their ability to address current
and anticipated needs.
Step 3: Finally, and very importantly, visit your top candidates
a visit to meet with the front-line care and support workers of a home
care or community support service provider, or to tour a residence of
interest. In fact, we recommend visiting several providers. Go
prepared with a list of questions and keep notes. By systematically
evaluating your top candidates, you can compare the strengths and
weaknesses of each.
And if you’ve found The Care
Guide or TheCareGuide.com to be helpful in making your decision, we
would greatly appreciate you mentioning us to the residences or care
service providers that you call or visit!