There is help out there! Call your local health authority for an in home assessment. Services range from home lay out recommendations and equipment to assisted living and palliative care.
In B.C. services are delivered by geographic area. The province is divided into 6 Health Authorities. You can call yourself or your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or social worker can make a referral on your behalf. These services are designed to complement and supplement, but not replace, your ability to care for yourself with the assistance of your family, friends and community.
If you or your loved one is in hospital and believe you will need assistance when you return home, you can ask your doctor, nurse or social worker to contact the home.
Community care office to determine your eligibility and if appropriate, arrange for services when you are discharged. There are general eligibility criteria based on citizenship, residency, age and health condition and there is a ‘client user fee’ determined by income. Some of the programs you may be referred to include: home nursing care, occupational therapy, caregiver respite and end of life care.
B.C. Health Authority Links:
If you’re caring for someone with a physical disability or a life-threatening illness, you’re not alone. There are resources and information out there to help you. There are caregiver support groups to attend throughout the province where you can get support, education and information. One of the best resource sites we know of is the Alzheimer’s Society.
On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do?
As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist Anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. You cannot stop the impact of a chronic or progressive illness or a debilitating injury on someone for whom you care. But there’s a great deal that you can do to take responsibility for your own emotional and physical well being.
There are websites by Disability group and these are a good source of information and caregiver information groups specific to diagnosis.
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