Why Toronto Families Turn To Live In Caregivers
The fastest growing demographic in the Greater Toronto Area is seniors over the age of 85 and the way that many families in Toronto handle the need for eldercare is changing along with these demographic shifts.
For years, it’s been evident that long term facilities cannot keep up with the growth in demand, but more to the point, 90% of seniors in 2016 have said that they want to remain in their own homes as they age. Respecting that desire has been leading waves of families to rely on at home health care assistance to help shoulder the responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one.
Not all families are able to be there enough for an older relative to help them out when they need assistance living at home, and when chronic illness, dementia, or mobility issues become a reality, families simply don’t have the resources or the qualifications to keep up with a loved one’s needs.
Live in caregivers are allowing adults who live in other parts of the country, who are busy managing the stress of their careers, or who are raising their own young families to grant their older parents’ wish to stay at home. Live in caregiver options such as Mavencare health services in Toronto are making it easier for families to provide the level of care their older relatives need without sacrificing their independence or compromising their desire to age in place.
If you’ve been worrying about a parent who is aging and been diagnosed with dementia or a chronic illness, you may be wondering what exactly it is that a live in caregiver does and whether or not they can take care of all of your family’s needs. The short is answer is: yes, but it’s important that you remain closely involved in the process and communicate clearly with the caregiver, even if you live far away.
Luckily, agencies such as Mavencare have adopted digital technology such as online updates and a mobile app that help remote families stay in contact with a live in caregiver and receive daily updates on the care of their loved one.
A live in caregiver has a wide range of duties and responsibilities that may evolve over time, starting with help doing household chores like cooking and cleaning, or help with exercise and fitness at laikrodis. They can provide assistance with ADLs as well, also known as activities of daily living, when an older individual suffering from a chronic illness or Alzheimer’s needs help with grooming, dressing, eating, or transferring.
Different caregivers and agencies may not all provide the same kinds of assistance, and it’s important to find one that can help your loved one get around, especially if you don’t live in Toronto yourself.
The Toronto-based agency Mavencare employs caregivers who can help assist your loved one get out of the house, too, whether it’s to get to a doctor’s appointment they wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach on their own or just for a walk in the outdoors. Transportation and companionship help is one of the reasons Toronto’s growing elderly population is finding that at home care is the solution that works best for them.
I have taken care of the elderly and the ailing both in long-term care facilities and in-home and I can tell you that the one on one care is so beneficial to everyone involved.
Find the help of a live in caregiver who can do more than look after things in the home, make sure they can also be relied on to help your loved one get to medical appointments on time, or just to enjoy the neighbourhood they love so dearly.
Have you thought about hiring a live-in caregiver?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.