There may come a time when it becomes too much of a challenge to stay in your own home. However, before you think of leaving your home for a long-term care destination, explore the Care in Your Home services that are available through your CCAC. If you only need help with specific day-to-day tasks, such as bathing and cooking, you may be able to stay in your home with the support of in-home services and with Care In Your Community.
If you do determine that you need more comprehensive support, the CCAC can tell you about services in the community that may help you stay at home longer. The CCAC will provide information about long-term care alternatives such as supportive housing and retirement homes or assist you to apply to a long-term care home if you require extra care and security.
After surgery or an illness, a short recovery period at a long-term care home may allow time to regain the strength needed to return home. We can help arrange this kind of care. We can also help caregivers arrange services to provide a much needed break.
Your choices are very important. You decide when you are ready to apply to a long-term care home. You choose which home(s) you are interested in, and if and when you are ready to make the move.
An Introduction to Long-Term Care For Clients Living at Home
An Introduction to Long-Term Care For Clients in Hospital
Community Support Services
Community based services may enable you to stay in your home longer than you thought was possible. We encourage you to explore the services of community support agencies if you have not done so. The CCAC will assist you with information and an appropriate referral to community resources if you wish.
Supportive Housing units are usually apartment buildings where meals are purchased in a dining room and extra help with your daily activities is available. Often there is a call system in case help is needed in an emergency. This type of housing is usually available to seniors or physically challenged adults. Rent in some of the apartments is geared to your income, and some apartments have set "market-value" rent. You will need to discuss what types of help are available and any extra costs with each facility. To learn more about the Supportive Housing options in the South West region, follow thehealthline.ca links below or contact us.
Bruce and Grey
Huron and Perth
London and Middlesex
Oxford and Norfolk
A person requiring residential care should be independently mobile either alone, or with the use of a cane, walker or wheelchair. The person should be able to direct his or her own care. Retirement or Rest Homes provide accommodation, meals, company, and recreational opportunities. Some facilities have nursing staff available to give medication and help with some aspects of personal care. You will need to discuss what help is available and the extra cost of additional help with the staff at each Retirement Home. To learn more about Retirement Home options in the South West region, follow thehealthline.ca links below or contact us.