If you find that you need more assistance at home, Continuing Care services (such as homecare) can provide help to you and your family.
If it starts to look like remaining at home is not an option for you and your family, you can talk to your healthcare team about other possible options. These options would be accessed through Continuing Care services and might include:
Supportive Living offers a wide range of supports including meals, housekeeping, and recreational services. People there may need help due to physical or cognitive concerns. Home care resources are available on-site 24 hours a day.
Long Term Care is for people who have complex health conditions and who may also have physical mobility and cognitive challenges.
Hospice/Palliative Care is for individuals with a serious chronic disease or life-limiting illness. In Alberta, you have many options for where to get palliative and end of life care—your home, a hospital, a continuing care centre, or a hospice.
Working closely with your primary care provider, staff from Continuing Care would do an assessment of your wishes, your needs and your medical condition(s). They could then help you with your transition to another location of care.
Sometimes, people struggle to get by at home for as long as possible. The above assessments and planning take some time and cannot happen overnight. In order to avoid waiting until a crisis occurs, we encourage a lot of communication so that plans can be put into place at the right time.