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Care options

Here are a few scenarios of how we can provide home and community care for you or your loved one. 

For more details about our care options, use the left-hand menu to learn about Residential careAssisted livingHospice palliative care, Home care nursingConvalescent care, Home support, Home health medical equipment & supplies, and Caregiver support.

Kim had surgery for breast cancer...

She is going home, but is weak and needs help taking care of herself. We can help by providing:
  • Home care nursing in the first few days home to clean her wound and provide intravenous antibiotic treatment.
  • Home support to help with bathing and dressing.
  • A Registered dietitian to ensure adequate nutrition to facilitate wound healing and strengthen the body.
  • Nursing care at a nearby ambulatory home care nursing clinic for follow-up care once she is physically able to leave her home.
  • Ongoing support by connecting her to a support group for women recovering from similar surgery, which also benefits from exercise therapy provided by a community physiotherapist.

Shirley has grown frail over the past six months...

She is also having challenges with shortness of breath, lapses in her short-term memory and she recently fell, fracturing her hip. She was in hospital for 10 days, spent time in convalescent care and then was discharged home. We can help by providing:
  • Home care nursing to visit and provide care of her surgical wound while monitoring her overall condition.
  • Home support to assist with her dressing and personal care.
  • A Registered dietitian to ensure adequate nutrition to facilitate wound healing and strengthen the body.
  • Occupational therapy to provide suggestions on safety equipment that needs to be installed in her home.
  • Physiotherapy to provide her with strengthening exercises and arrange for her to borrow a walker.
  • Case management for an assessment of her longer term care needs for personal care, monitoring of her shortness of breath and blood pressure, prevention of falls, socialization and nutrition support.

Susan has terminal lung cancer...

She wants to die at home and have as much time with her children as possible. We can help by providing hospice palliative care, such as:

Home care nursing

  • Visit frequently and regularly assess Susan’s status.
  • Manage equipment such as the pump that provides her with pain medication.
  • Registered dietitian to discuss possible approaches to nutrition to meet Susan’s wishes, and to make her as comfortable as possible.
  • Connect with her family doctor to improve symptom relief.
  • Consult with the specialized hospice palliative care team about medication concerns and other end-of-life care issues.
  • Set up end-of-life care counselling with a hospice social worker.

Occupational therapy 

  • To show her how to move in and out of bed safely.
  • To show her how to adjust her position and to arrange for equipment paid for by the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program.

Physiotherapy 

  • To provide her with chest therapy.

Darcy became a quadriplegic several years ago...

After a long period of rehabilitation, he returned to his own home and lives independently with support from his family and friends. He is dependent on others for his personal care needs. We can help by providing:

  • Case management that helps him apply for Choice in Supports for Independent Living, allowing him to self-direct the home support services he needs. His case manager regularly reassesses his needs and helps him change his service contract as needed.
  • An occupational therapist who helps him get equipment to support his comfort, independence and mobility.
  • A community physiotherapist who helps him move around.
  • A Registered dietitian to provide appropriate nutrition support and monitoring, helping Darcy maintain a healthy weight.

Terry has advanced dementia...

Terry and Jamie have been together for more than 40 years. Terry has advanced dementia. Jamie has arthritis and was recently hospitalized for complications from diabetes. They are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their daily activities and medications, but want to remain in their home as long as possible. In their situation, we can help by providing:

Case management  

  • Complete a detailed assessment of their needs
  • Arrange support, such as home support and community pharmacy.
  • Arrange for Terry to go to a local adult day program so Jamie can have a break.
  • Provide Jamie with information on diabetes management and help plan for their future by evaluating their situation on an ongoing basis
  • Provide Jamie with information about their options, such as assisted living and residential care.

Home support 

  • To assist with Terry’s daily care, such as dressing and feeding.
  • Community pharmacy services to help organize their medications so that it is easier to take them properly.

Home health dietitians

  • Help explore options, funding, and resources such as home meal delivery to ensure that healthy food is accessible. 
  • Optimize and monitor nutrition status of Jamie and Terry

How do I access these home & community care services?

Go to the How to access services page to learn about the process and telephone number in your community.
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