Living on their own

My Mom and Dad are both living at home and are 91 and 94 respectively. They are presently receiving home care through the HCCSS - Home & Community Care Support Services (formerly the LHIN). The nurse looking after my parents called my sister and expressed a concern about our parents living on their own without any further assistance. I am concerned that our parents won’t qualify for any further services because of the amount of money they have in their bank account. What factors are used to decide how much care my parents can receive? Can we get more care and how would we do this? We want to support them to stay at home for as long as possible... this is their wish and we respect it.

Although they are 90 years young, they are wonderful, lively people who mean a lot to us and our children and grandchildren.

Thank you so much for writing to me with your question and how wonderful that you have such a close family relationship with your Mom and Dad!

As you know, in Ontario, all eligible people receive publicly funded home care, regardless of their financial situation. As the HCCSS - Home & Community Care Support Services is already coordinating care for your parents, and the nurse providing direct care in the home has expressed concern about their need for support, I would recommend that you contact the HCCSS for a reassessment. You and your sister might like to be with your parents when the case manager comes to their home for the reassessment.  This would be a great support to them and to the case manager who greatly benefits from knowing the family caregivers.

Also, in the event that your Mom and Dad are not eligible for more care, you can decide to arrange family-funded care beyond the publicly-funded level provided through the HCCSS. Please visit our website again and access our list of well-qualified members who are providing care in your area of the province. Many people access this list on a daily basis. You will be happy to know that our members are happy to provide coordination with the existing plan of care delivered by HCCSS.

We know that all people want to stay independent in their own homes and communities for as long as it is safe and possible to do so. I applaud you and your sister for your on-going support of your parents to live out their lives with dignity so that they can continue to play an active and contributing role in society.

Warm regards to you, your sister and your Mom and Dad!

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