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"Elder care" refers to long-term care arrangements that do not necessarily involve the use of a long term care home. Although elder care can be carried out at elder care homes, they may also be fulfilled by family caregivers or other home healthcare arrangements depending on individual needs. Elder care can take a few different forms, such as transition services, supervision and support, rehabilitative therapy and palliative care.

Transition Services

Moving to a new living arrangement, such as an assisted living community or long term care home, involves numerous adjustments if the stay is expected to be permanent. Transition services help manage finances and can provide assistance with selling property or other assets that are no longer used.

Supervision and Support

Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other similar conditions can compromise one's ability to function and care for him or herself. It is not uncommon for situations to arise in which supervision is needed for either the elderly person’s own safety or that of others. In other circumstances, support can be beneficial for helping provide comfort and assistance with tasks that cannot be done individually, such as personal care, hygiene, or meeting medical needs. Support can be as minor as someone coming in to clean or prepare meals or as involved as assistance with bathing, grooming, or using the bathroom.

Rehabilitative Therapy

Physical therapy, such as the type used to recover from bone or muscle injury or surgery, falls under this category. Other examples of rehabilitation include regaining motor control after a stroke or speech therapy to restore communication.

Palliative Care

Some forms of care are meant to help repair injury or cure disease. Palliative care, on the other hand, is meant to help improve quality of life by easing pain and other symptoms of a condition. Although palliative care can be carried out alongside therapies meant to cure a condition, it can also be used to improve comfort and lifestyle in the case of chronic or terminal diagnoses.

Finding Elder Care Options

The Care Guide, as well as hospitals and government agencies, can help inform you of what options are available, be it social and community services elder care homes, or home care in the Ottawa area and beyond. The exact service you will choose inevitably depends on personal factors like location, urgency (how long you can stand to be on a waitlist), availability of specialized care, and funding. When considering your options, it helps to shortlist various candidates and then speak to people who work at the locations in question so you can get a better idea of what can (or cannot) be provided.

TheCareGuide.com has been an online repository of information and guidance source for seniors and their families that has been providing insights into elder care and housing solutions since 1996. Our guide can be used to help determine the best assisted living community options for you or your loved ones. More information and advice on senior living solutions can be found by contacting us at 1-800-311-CARE (2273) or info@thecareguide.com for additional help.