So often when families search for a Retirement residence, it is abundantly clear that one member of the couple has heightened care needs versus the other. This rationale is frequently the prompt for moving.
There seems to be a belief that if the couple relocate to a Retirement home, the stress will dissipate for the caregiver as their loved one will now have built in care assistance in their new residence.
Better read the contract regarding the provisions in place for personal care and services. You may be surprised to know that care comes with a hefty price tag.
Food for thought if your search for a retirement home is to reduce caregiver stress, fatigue and provide assistance with a life partner.
- Is the home equipped to provide physical care supports?
- Are these supports provided by a contracted agency or are they employees of the home? (This may impact cost and continuity of care. i.e. : Is there dedicated staffing to provide services?)
- What is the cost of these supports and what is the breakdown: per hour or by service?
- Is there a package for care that is affordable?
- Is there a government agency that can provide personal bathing care at no cost? In Ontario call the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for information.
- What provisions are in place if the caregiver becomes ill?
If your move to a retirement home is prompted by plans of securing caregiver relief, better read the contract before committing.
Understanding the medical needs of your loved one will better dictate the amount of actual care services that will be needed today and in the near future.
Perhaps the road to long-term care is shorter than anticipated, and the trip to the bank is only a detour.
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