Health Care

Personal Care & Home Support

Personal and home support are types of home care services that focus on helping patients remain independent and in their homes for as long as possible.

These services are provided by certified personal support workers who are trained to assist in activities of daily living.

Spectrum Health Care’s personal and home support services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be provided in a patient's home as well as hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes.

Are personal and home support services right for your loved one?

If staying at home is a priority for your loved one, our personal/home support services can provide the assistance required to safely remain at home.

Our highly-skilled personal support workers can provide support in the following ways:

Home Support

  • Conduct weekly grocery shopping
  • Prepare light snacks or meals
  • Provide light house cleaning
  • Do laundry
  • Run errands

Personal Support

  • Assist with grooming and toileting
  • Assist with bathing and dressing
  • Assist with completing tasks
  • Accompany to appointments

Alzheimer’s and other related dementias cause progressive problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.

As an individual’s cognitive abilities begin to decline, assistance is often required to help the individual remain independent. Spectrum Health Care’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care services are designed to support patients and their families with the gradual stages of cognitive impairment.

Our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by nurses and personal support workers who are specially trained in the provision of care to individuals with these conditions.

Are Alzheimer’s and dementia care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, our team of dedicated health care professionals can develop a customized care plan that is flexible and adaptable to the various stages of their condition.

Our Alzheimer's and dementia care services include:

  • Nursing services to address clinical care needs
  • Personal and home support services to assist with activities of daily living including: meal preparation, housekeeping, personal hygiene, toileting and errand running
  • Family caregiver relief services to provide continued care while a primary caregiver runs an errand or takes a break

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Individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may have a hard time with basic daily activities. Here are some helpful tips to help your loved one cope with daily living:

Dressing

To minimize the challenge of dressing, keep dressing time consistent, encourage your loved one to dress at the same time each day. Keep clothing options to a few choices, invite them to help and provide step-by-step dressing instructions when needed.

Bathing

Keep bathing and shower routines consistent, ensure you explain what you are going to do step-by-step to keep the individual calm. Make sure you have everything you will need ready in advance, and consider using grab bars and mats to increase safety and prevent falls.

Eating

Create and maintain a regular and familiar meal time routine that allows for adaptations to the needs of your loved one. Keep food choices, textures, colours and flavours to a minimum; this will assist your loved one and will help them to enjoy the basic pleasures of eating.

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Proper rehabilitation after suffering a stroke is an important factor for successful long-term recovery. Spectrum Health Care’s stroke care services are designed to provide support and clinical care that fosters independence and positive recovery.

Our stroke care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by trained nurses, physiotherapists and personal support workers who understand the commitment and dedication required when caring for patients who have survived a stroke.

Are stroke care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation facility and requires stroke aftercare services, our team of dedicated health care professionals can develop a customized care plan that is flexible and adaptable to the various stages of their recovery.

Our care plans are tailored to the needs of each patient and include the following services:

  • Nursing services to aid patients in reaching their maximum recovery potential through continuous monitoring, assessment of care plan, pain and symptom management and education
  • Physiotherapy services to help patients regain mobility and ranges of movement
  • Personal and home support workers to assist with activities of daily living including meal preparation, housekeeping, personal hygiene, toileting and errand running
  • Family caregiver relief services to provide continued care while a primary caregiver runs an errand or takes a break

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If a loved one recently had a stroke, we've put together some information and practical tips that you may find helpful:

Rehabilitation

If your loved one recently had a stroke, it is important to remember that rehabilitation is a vital aspect of recovery as it helps stroke survivors learn new ways of performing tasks that will help compensate for any residual damage.

Rehabilitation can consist of physiotherapy, psychotherapy, occupational, recreational, speech and language therapy.

Having a supportive home environment which includes a network of family, friends, neighbours and co-workers is a significant aspect of recovery. To maximize your loved one's at-home rehabilitation, consider working with a home care provider who can provide your loved one with the dedicated care and assistance needed during the rehabilitation process.

This may include assisting stroke patients with activities of daily living such as food preparation and personal hygiene, or providing counselling and professional advice on what medical supplies or devices would be of benefit to your loved one's overall recovery.

Rehabilitation is an ongoing process which may range from a few months to a few years. While full recovery is the goal, it takes long-term effort and commitment on the part of the patient, medical professionals and caregivers to enable patients to reach their maximum recovery potential.

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The importance of proper foot care

Your feet can give you an early warning about serious health problems such as diabetes, nerve damage, poor blood circulation and arthritis. People can develop serious foot problems as they age, which puts their health, independence and well-being at risk.

Our foot care nurses are specially trained in the provision of foot care and provide treatment, information and support that assist in the promotion of healthy feet and healthy living.

Are foot care services right for your loved one?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with an ailment that may affect the health of their feet (i.e. diabetes), our team of specially trained foot care nurses can provide the care required to maintain happy and healthy feet.

Our foot care services include:

  • Personalized assessment of feet and nails
  • Toenail trimming and filing
  • Cream application and foot massages to enhance circulation
  • Assessment and treatment of corns and calluses
  • Advice on how to prevent and care for corns, calluses, toenails and feet conditions
  • Referrals to appropriate resources if required

Our foot care programs are designed to provide patients with the techniques, knowledge and information required to take responsibility for the health and well-being of their feet.

Let us take care of your feet

Join us at one of our community foot care clinics and let our nurses take care of your loved one's feet. For details on clinics in your community click here.

Call 647-953-1647 to book your foot care today!

Aging in place can be challenging if seniors don't have the right support to promote independent living. Spectrum Health Care’s senior care services are designed to provide seniors with the personal and homemaking supports required to remain in the comfort of their home while they age.

Our senior care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are provided by our highly skilled personal support workers and nurses who are dedicated to helping seniors live active and independent lives.

Are senior care services right for your loved one?

If living independently is becoming a challenge for your loved one, one of our seniors care services can provide cost-effective care when and where your loved one needs it. Our senior care services include:

  • Personal and Home Support: assistance with activities of daily living including: meal preparation, housekeeping, personal hygiene, toileting and errand running
  • Family Caregiver Relief: continuous care while a primary caregiver runs an errand or takes a break
  • Companion Services: assistance with getting to appointments, visiting friends outside the home or simply sitting and playing cards

Did you know?

There are cost-effective community services to help caregivers, some which may even be covered by insurance. If you are caring for a senior, we've put together some helpful tips that will make the task easier:

  • Think of caregiving as a job like any other, take time off and make time for yourself
  • When people offer to help, accept their offer and suggest specific ways in which they can assist you
  • Educate yourself about your loved one's condition and how to advocate on his or her behalf with the health care system
  • Caregivers have to do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling. Take care of your back, make time to exercise
  • Seek support from other caregivers, either locally or online. Create a circle of support
  • Stand up for your rights as a caregiver, and for the rights of your loved one

Remember that there are cost-effective community services to help caregivers, some which may even be covered by the care receivers insurance.

Call your local seniors centre, senior care organization, municipal information and referral service, hospital social worker or even speak to your physician for suggestions on suitable services to assist you in caring for your loved one.

If you are caring for a senior who is a veteran or the widowed spouse of a veteran, contact your local Royal Canadian Legion or Veterans Affairs branch to see how they can help.

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With the growing aging population, the number of Canadians taking on caregiver roles is steadily increasing. Caring for a loved one can be extremely rewarding but it can also be a source of increased stress, anxiety and pressure resulting in caregiver burnout.

Having the right caregiver supports in place is vital to avoiding burnout. Our family caregiver support services are designed to assist families and caregivers in taking care of their loved one when and where they need it most.

Are family caregiver support services right for you?

Are the daily duties of caregiving becoming overwhelming? Are you feeling increasingly stressed about the long-term care needs of your loved one? Could you use a break from caregiving duties, even for just an hour? Our family caregiver support services are designed to help family caregivers balance the complexities of caregiving and personal life.

Our personal support workers are committed to helping caregivers provide quality care to their loved ones through the following family caregiver support services:

  • Home Transition Services: Sometimes the transition home from the hospital or rehab facility can be eased with the help of a professional. Our personal support workers can provide direct personal care to a loved one and offer support, expertise and encouragement to the entire household.
  • Respite Care Services: Often, caregivers are so focused on caring for others that they don't have time to take care of themselves. With just a few hours of our respite care services, many of our caregiver clients are able to attend classes and support groups, visit with friends and family, with the knowledge that their loved one is receiving quality professional care.

Testimonials

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Mr. Zacharia embodies the finest qualities one could hope for, including nursing skills, wisdom and empathy. But most importantly, he gave me some advice which I believe may have saved my life.

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My husband received exceptional palliative care from Spectrum nurses. Without fault every nurse was not only knowledgeable and professional, but also compassionate and caring.

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Silvia, our PSW, is amazing with my mom. She is kind and caring and is now teaching me how to care for my mom better with doing some tasks more effectively and efficiently.

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