Housing Solutions Consultation | Proactive Health Advisors Calgary

By: Proactive Health Advisor  09-12-2011
Keywords: Assisted Living, nursing home

PHCA’s goal is to help you minimize change and avoid a Nursing Home placement, unless this is the best care alternative.

The window of opportunity for housing can change in an instant with a fall or other serious health problem. Thinking ahead and putting yourself in a place where you can get increased care if needed may be the difference between a Nursing Home and community living. A crisis from being ill-prepared can precipitate a move that you have very little control or choice over. PHCA will assess your options for future living needs, discuss funding options and ensure you have a plan to age in your preferred place.

PHCA will work with you to:

  • Define your specific concerns, needs and goals
  • Assess safety of the home- both indoors and outdoors
  • Review transportation needs and safety
  • Provide expert advice for optimal housing solutions based on health and safety assessments
  • Access supports for Aging in Place
    • Renovation team
    • Equipment needs
    • In-home services
  • Assist with planning or executing home transitions

Whether it means aging in place or moving, our goal is for you to choose a place that will support your care needs safely and with minimal change. The likelihood of this increases when supports are put in place early, rather than neglecting your own care or letting your home go into disrepair. Families often run into conflict with the issue of ‘when is best to make a transition from your own home’.

Real Life Case Study (names changed for confidentiality):

Barb was concerned about her mom Maria being at home alone after her father died last year. Her mom fell down the stairs when carrying a load of laundry and narrowly avoided a major injury. When Barb suggested she would be safer somewhere else, her mom said she not ready to leave the family home.

PHCA was able to identify the very real and important concerns that both Barb and her mom had about making a change. A plan was developed that put in some supports that would ease Barb’s anxiety and support her mom staying at home longer. PHCA got a life line set-up, yard and snow shovelling organized and twice a month cleaning lady to prevent a premature move and restored their positive relationship.

Barb phoned PHCA the next year to ask for guidance on independent and assisted living for her mother. After a particularity difficult winter, Maria wanted to be with people, activities and have meals prepared, she was tired of living alone. We were able to “short list” appropriate places and Maria chose the one she liked the best, settling in and thriving on the interactions and activities that filled her days.

Keywords: Assisted Living, nursing home

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