Family Resources Homecare

Canadians are Choosing Home Care for Seniors Because of Pandemics

Guy Matorin, ucarenet CXO
July 7, 2022


COVID-19 has changed so much about life. It affects how you work, if you travel, and what you want for the future. Although things are getting better, the reality of the pandemic may still be on your mind. That includes your worries about influenza and the toll the flu can take on elders.

That is especially true if you are one of the many Canadian families reviewing senior care options. In the past, many elder loved ones chose assisted living or long-term care (LTC) facilities for their senior years. After all, the younger generations were working. Quality home care was expensive, or there were few resources.

The COVID-19 pandemic and information about contagious illnesses are changing families’ decisions about senior care. One reason is due to the high number of elder Canadian deaths due to COVID-19 outbreaks in LTC facilities. At least 10% of COVID-19 cases were among health care workers, causing more concern.

You are one of many families worried about your elder loved one's safety and quality of life.

How Do Communicable Illnesses Like COVID-19 Affect a Senior's Health?

You know that people 65 and older are at greater risk for serious illness from a virus than the average person. This weighs on your mind as you plan for your loved one’s care.

The Risk of Being Indoors

Being inside with other people increases the risk for getting an infection like COVID-19. That can happen at the grocery store or in settings like assisted living or long term care. One way to protect an older person from catching an infection is to limit their exposure to too many other people.

Pre-Existing Conditions

The older a person is, the greater the chance is that they already have one or more diseases like diabetes and heart trouble. Even when an existing illness is carefully cared for, there’s greater risk your loved one can becoming seriously ill if they catch a virus.

Exposure to Communicable Illness

Even the healthiest seniors are at increased risk of becoming ill if they’re exposed to a contagious illness. This is why people over 65 are urged to get the influenza, pneumonia, and shingles vaccines. After all, when they’re around other people, there’s more chance of catching something.

Control with Protective Procedures

You value your loved one’s safety and good health. That includes their safety, that they eat well, and that their health care is well managed. You need to feel secure that where your loved one lives is a safe, healthy place, whether that’s at home or in a facility. When safety concerns of infections increase, making plans for elder home care becomes more urgent.
When your loved one is cared for at home, you can feel secure that health protection procedures are correctly followed. An example is being able to review tracking forms and daily logs.

How Can Senior Care Options Promote Senior Health?

Your parent or other senior family member may wish to live at home. Because of the concerns brought on by COVID-19, your family is learning about senior care living options. You’re most interested in those that promote well-being, including the reduced chance of your elder’s exposure to communicable illnesses.

At the same time, you wonder:

Ontario Seniors Find a Place to Live web page gives an overview of senior care options. It also has links to programs for more information and help. There are several types of senior care options available. Three are summarized here.

Living at Home

With this option, your loved one lives in their own home or yours. Each has pros and cons. Your task is to review the benefits of each, with a special focus on communicable illnesses. In either of home setting, your senior family member will:

Retirement Homes

These are privately owned and good for seniors who need extra help and whose family may live at a distance.

Long-term Care Homes

Long-term care homes are for seniors who have personal care needs such as help with dressing and eating.

What Are The Benefits of Home Care Over LTC?

Families like yours often compare home care with long-term care. Home care’s benefits for your senior family member include:

Are There Government Sources of Support for Home Care?

There are benefits for caregivers. Eligibility depends on your family’s situation and your senior’s care needs. Some include:

Can Prevention of Communicable Illnesses Be Managed in Home Care?

One reason for caring for your senior loved one at home is to assure that they are protected from catching viruses like COVID-19 and Influenza.

uCarenet's Home Care Booking Platform Makes Affordable Home Care Simple.

Quickly find available caregivers in your area. Filter your search based on needs like time of day needed, skills required, length of shift & more!

Join our mailing list to get resources and care opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

Sign up for our email newsletter to receive tips to ease your life as a caregiver or a family member.

Please provide a valid email address.