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Step 1: Evaluate the needs,desires & resources of the individual.



CHANGES in physical functioning, mental capabilities, life interests, financial circumstances and social supports are all determining factors in what setting and services are most appropriate. Equally as important is considering where the individual is ultimately going to be happy and content. For example, some people may prefer to remain in their current residence and avail themselves of home health care or community support services, as required. However, these may not be realistic options for those who are living alone or with higher care needs.

BE open and honest about what is absolutely needed and what is open to compromise and negotiation. Prioritize the needs and desires to ensure that the best quality of life can be maintained. If you are assisting someone in making this decision, remember to evaluate the options from their point of view, as well as your own. If you are unsure about anything, seek the advice of a professional.  Check out HelpForMom.com. Call them at 1-866-428-0292.



DETERMINING the financial resources of the individual is an important part of the process. You’ll need to consider what level of savings and investments are available. You may also want to look at how the proceeds or income from the sale of a primary residence can be devoted to the provider option you choose.

THE amount required will depend upon several factors. If, for example, the individual qualifies for government funded home health care services, the cost to the individual is usually nominal to nil. If the person is eligible for placement in a long-term care home, programming and care are funded through the Ministry of Health. However, the resident is still responsible for the cost of accommodation, which is set by the government annually.

Retirement housing with care services are private pay and not funded by government.  The costs include accommodation plus care services, if any, and vary depending on the type of accommodation and level of services.

It is advisable to consult with a financial planner to help you determine what can be afforded.


Step 2: Evaluate your options


YOU’RE looking at the most comprehensive evaluation tool available today. Start by going to the section of The Care Guide.com that most closely matches the individual’s needs while trying to accommodate as many of their “wants” as possible. Go to the map, choose where you are looking and read each of the listing descriptions. You can also request that additional information be sent directly to you.

TALK at length to the service coordinators or admissions personnel at those that best match your criteria to further evaluate their ability to address your current and future needs.  If you need more help, check out HelpForMom.com. Call them at 1-866-428-0292.


Step 3: Last but not least, meet with your top candidates.


SCHEDULE a visit to meet with the front-line  workers or tour the residences of choice. In fact, we recommend that you visit with several residences or service providers. Use the Residence Checklist to keep notes and compare residences being considered. By systematically evaluating your top candidates, you can compare the strengths and weaknesses of each. If you need more help, check out HelpForMom.com. Call them at 1-866-428-0292.

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