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Do you have someone at home that requires more assistance than you can give? Do they require assistance with the basic activities of daily living such as showering, getting dressed, making meals? Are you exhausted at the end of the day trying to care for them on top of everything else you have to do in your long day? Are you looking for qualified, experienced, friendly people to help you meet the needs of your family member or yourself for that matter? Don't know where to look? Where do you the average citizen find qualified help?

Help is easily found at your local Community Care Access Center or CCAC for short (Which can be found in the white pages of your local phone book). No referral is needed to get the ball rolling just a phone call. Your phone call will put you in touch with Intake where you'll explain your situation, from there they'll assign you a Case Manager who will assess all of your family members needs. It could be personal support, nursing, physiotherapy, or respite. If your family member qualifies for government funding then CCAC will send a referral to a local Home Health Care Agency which will provide direct care to your family member.

If nursing is required a referral by a family Doctor will be necessary to obtain orders before service can begin. If you don't have a family Doctor; which so many people don't have these days; a trip to the emergency room or walkin clinic will be necessary. If you have access to a Nurse Practitioner they can also make referrals to the CCAC for services.

If you do not qualify for government funding through CCAC all of these services can be purchased directly from your local Home Health Care Agencies. Contact information for these agencies can all be given to you by the CCAC office. Also if the services that are provided to you by CCAC are not enough to meet your needs you can supplement CCAC hours with private paid hours. Some of these hours or even all of them MAY be paid for by your insurance company (please investigate this prior to purchasing). You MAY also be able to claim the cost of these hours on your income tax (again please confirm this with your tax office prior to purchasing).

Some examples of Home Health Care Agencies are VON, Bayshore, Paramed, or ComCare. Most of these agencies are part of large corporations that are nationwide and have extensive branches in all of the provinces. When people think of Home Health Care they often think of the VON but as I have personally worked for many the agencies previously mentioned my opinion is "It's the same job just a different ID badge" so shop around for the best price for you.

So to reflect if you do find that you are in need of some help your first phone call should be to your local Community Care Access Center (found in the white pages).


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