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Finding Home Care to Meet Your Needs

“If you feel like you are struggling in your golden years, you might be the perfect candidate for home care services. Maybe you have noticed a decline in your physical health and need help going downstairs to do your laundry or doing housekeeping. Perhaps you have been feeling lonely and/or forgetful. Whether you are still living in your own home or in a senior care facility, it may be time to reach out.

Reaching out for help also applies to caregivers. If you are feeling overwhelmed, home care may be able to give you the great that you deserve before you burn out.

To get the help that you and/or your loved ones need, first call Edmonton’s community care agency at 780-496-1300 to reach an Alberta Health Services (AHS) case manager for an assessment. Based on the results, you may be eligible for free AHS home care programs like medication assistance, wound care, bathing, and even respite care.

To top up these services or get access to others that you do not qualify for through AHS, you may want to consider contacting a private pay agency, such as Shepherd’s Care at Home, Home Instead Senior Care, Classic Life Care, or Comfort Keepers. These organizations offer a range of services including personal care, transportation, companionship, housekeeping, respite care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, and 24-hour care.

These services can enhance your quality of life and help you stay safe and independent. Qualified health care professionals are on staff, ready to support you and your family. Consider these services the next time you feel like you need help at home or in the community.”

-Alanna Brokop, Shepherd’s Care at Home

As published in section B10 (Today’s Senior) of the Edmonton Journal June 27, 2016.