Assisted Living at Home in Toronto and North York
Can you get Assisted Living at Home?
Assisted living is a term describing a type of help that is delivered in a residence or facility. Assisted Living residences offer housing, hospitality services and personal assistance to adults who can live independently, but require regular help with daily activities. There are a little over 50 assisted living residences in Toronto. Assisted living accommodation can range from private rooms with lockable doors in a home, to an apartment-style building with private self-contained suites, usually with their own bathrooms and cooking facilities.
What services does assisted living offer?
Assisted Living operators provide five hospitality services: meals, housekeeping, laundry, social and recreational opportunities and a 24 hour emergency response system. Residents of assisted living facilities also can purchase personal assistance time for help with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, grooming and mobility, and reminders or assistance with medications. Assisted Living is intended for people who are able to choose and direct the services they receive. Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative for people who cannot live completely independently, but are too young to move to a retirement home. Retire-At-Home Services Toronto and North York can supply these assisted living services in the comfort of your own home.
Assisted living at home. Assisted living services in the comfort of your own home?
Senior home health care companies like Retire-At-Home Services also provide assisted living services in the comfort of one’s own home, where historically people have lived out their elder years. Bringing in a company to help at home will allow you to “Age in Place”. Aging in place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home for as long as you wish. More and more seniors are choosing to remain home and have assisted living services brought to them. The government of Canada has published a document that may help with planning for aging in place that might be helpful.
Making aging in place work for your home. Considerations for assisted living at home
A common consideration with staying in your own home is making the home more comfortable and accessible. Bathrooms and doorway widths may need to be changed outright, but these changes need not prevent you from staying at home and receiving assisted living at home. Tax breaks can be found for doing this work. The Healthy Homes Renovation tax credit is one way of reclaiming some of the money spent on renovations. The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit can also help with the costs of improving safety and accessibility in your home. For more information about the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit, call: 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297). Or, you can include the reasonable cost of these renovations in full as medical expenses. Some examples include:
- Ramps outside the home
- Widening doorways or hallways
- Fixtures or outlets
- Installing lifts or otherwise modifying stairways
Assisted living at home: Services suited to you
With assisted living at home, the care can be designed with flexibility to suit changing needs. As health conditions or family situations change, assisted living services can be increased or decreased to suit your specific needs. In terms of hours needed, we work with clients from as little as four hours per month to a maximum of 24 hours a day. Any days of the week can be serviced.
Retire-At-Home in Toronto and North York offers the following Assisted Living at Home Services:
- Assistance with all activities of daily living
- Personal care assistance like bathing, toileting, grooming, incontinence
- Specialized Alzheimer’s and Dementia care
- Home support services like laundry, meal preparation and housekeeping
- Companionship, outings and activities
- Palliative care
- Nurse-managed care
- Foot care
- Hospital discharge
Consider working with a Home Health Care Company if the following appeals to you:
- One on one care for your loved one
- The ability to increase or decrease the level of care as required
- Remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings
- A close relationship with caregivers