Home Care for Aging Parents is getting better!

Dear Mosaic families and members,

Home Care for Aging Parents is getting better!

You may be aware of our recent joint venture with Elder Caring Inc.   Elder Caring Inc. is a National Firm of Geriatric Care Managers.  We are introducing a new Geriatric Care Oversight Service that will fit on-top of our existing home care services.  This service is designed for families and individuals with more complex needs and who may benefit from regular oversight by experienced care management professionals. 

The level of expertise that members and their families will be able to access via this service is generally considered in limited supply in the Canadian Health Care Market.  We have designed this service to be cost accessible and cost effective to our members. 

If you would like to find out we invite you to call us and we’ll put you in touch with Audrey Miller.  This service is the first of its kind in Canada.  Below is a short information piece written by Audrey Miller that will appear in Snap’d Midtown in November, 2014.

If you would like to attend our Open House for our 2nd location held at CNIB Centre located at 1929 Bayview Avenue Suite 215H on Thursday October 23rd, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this will give you a chance to meet our clients services division and Audrey Miller and her team.  Please call our office to RSVP at 905-597-7000 or 416-322-7002

Home Care for Aging Parents is getting better!

Anne became a long distance caregiver for her mother over-night.  It all happened so quickly with no time to plan. Her mother had fallen, broken her hip and was now being discharged from the hospital. 

Anne arranged for in home support and hired a Personal Support Worker (PSW). Her mother lived alone in the family home and now needed assistance with many of her instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, and housekeeping as well as assistance with her basic activities of daily living, such as bathing and supervision going up and down the stairs.

When visiting a few weeks later, Anne noticed that her mother was becoming more forgetful and had not made many physical improvements.  She still had difficulty going up and down the stairs and was choosing to spend more and more time in bedroom.  Anne couldn’t deny it any longer, something was not right.

Many baby-boomers tell a similar story.  The details differ but the theme is the same- adult children becoming responsible for the care needs of an aging adult.

When a crisis occurs there is often little time to coordinate a course of action.  The family reacts rather than having the luxury of planning ahead.  Families, who wait until they notice signs of memory loss or a hospitalization occurs, will have little time to investigate appropriate community resources.  

Throughout this process and in advance of the crisis, many families would find it helpful to use a geriatric care manager.  According to the National Association of Geriatric Care Management Professionals, “A geriatric care manager is defined as a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives….is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to long-term care, including: nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, or case management with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care”

While many of today’s homecare service providers are becoming more adept at providing medical, non-medical and other services for the elderly they still lack access to critical geriatric care management expertise. 

Ideally you should be looking for services that integrate care management with home care services delivery, where the geriatric care manager is able to oversee the homecare company’s caregivers and client services team and ultimately liaise with you. 

It may be the right time to consider an integrated care option if there has been a sudden or gradual change in the lifestyle or habits of your aging family member, care giving responsibilities are overwhelming your life or your family may be at odds over what to do about an aging parent.

Submitted by: Audrey Miller of Elder Caring Inc, Jane Teasdale and Nathalie Anderson of Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre

For more information on Integrated care options:  Elder Caring Plus™ 1-844-266-7242

Website:  Elder Caring Inc. www.eldercaring.ca

Mosaic Home Care www.mosaichomecare.com

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