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How to choose the right caregiving solution

Are you considering care for yourself or a loved one? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This blog summarizes three of the main types of care: at-home care, retirement homes, and long-term care homes. We discuss the differences between the three to give you more insight into which option would be best suited for you or your loved one.

At-home care allows you or your loved one to receive assistance and support from the comfort of your own home, while still preserving your independence. It allows for a more personal one-on-one relationship with the caregiver because you or your loved one can receive care from the same individual each day. At-home care is also a more affordable option than staying in a retirement home or long-term care home. It can be short-term or long-term, ranging from simple needs such as meal preparation and assistance to more complex ones such as catheter care. There are numerous benefits to at-home care such as living at home, in a comfortable and familiar environment, having companionship, and having control over meals.

Retirement homes are places where seniors can live their normal lives and receive care and support services. In a retirement home, you or your loved one will get professional care, be provided with new social opportunities, enjoy an independent lifestyle, and live in a structured environment. However, it can be difficult to find the right retirement home for your loved one’s needs. It can also lead to isolation and be expensive.

Long-term care homes, also referred to as nursing homes, are places where people can live and receive help performing daily activities. They are best suited for people with difficulty directing their own care as care homes also provide personal care and 24-hour nursing care. 17% of people admitted to long-term care homes in Ontario only have low, mild, or moderate needs. For these people, at-home care is a cost-effective alternative that would be more suitable to meet their needs.

Boom Health provides trusted, vetted caregivers that can help meet your specific needs. When booking Boom Health’s caregivers, you can have peace of mind knowing that someone is always watching you or your loved one, offering support, and assisting with daily activities. If you are interested in booking care for you or your loved one, download the Boom Health app on the App Store or Google Play Store to get started.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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