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In-Home Care Articles and Resources

In-home care involves the non-medical support of seniors and disabled persons. In-home caregivers perform such household and personal needs as cooking, cleaning, laundry, bathing, shopping, and general companionship. In-home care is an excellent option for those who do not require the daily presence of a specialized nurse or therapist.

Below is a collection of articles and resources created by Comfort Keepers Canada to provide information about In-Home Care and related topics.

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In-home caregiving for seniors describes continuing to live at home and having caregivers come to you. With more and more companies now providing home care services, such as Comfort Keepers, seniors and their families have a much easier time finding just the right provider to meet their specific needs. In-home caregiving is flexible to meet changing needs and provides true independence for seniors.

Why choose an in-home care option for elders and senior loved ones? In 2009, the average out-of-pocket monthly cost for a senior to age in his or her own home was $928 versus $3500 for that same senior to live in an institutional setting. In-home care offers a cost-effective option for aging in a comfortable, loving environment.

Baby boomers will start reaching retirement age in 2011. With 10 million of them in Canada (30% of the total population), they’ll make a significant impact in their senior years, as they have at every phase of their lives.

You have a senior with pneumonia who is about to be sent home to recover, and you are worried and because this person is over 65, her risk of readmission is greatly increased. A greater concern for you, though, is that the mortality rate for seniors with pneumonia is significantly greater than that in the younger population.

Changes in healthcare and advances in medicine have created a situation where patients are discharged from the hospital much sooner than previously. While the patients may be medically fit to return home, they are often not mentally and emotionally prepared for the in-home recovery process. Offering the appropriate support at home, however, can give patients a feeling of security and increase their chances of a successful recovery.

Food poisoning is especially detrimental to seniors, causing them to be sicker longer with more acute symptoms. As people age, their immune systems slow down and are not as effective in combating illnesses. For these reasons, it is critical that seniors and their caretakers are able to immediately identify the symptoms of food poisoning and seek proper medical care and treatment. It is equally important, or more so, that they follow safe food preparation and handling methods.

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