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Elevating Senior Living: Navigating Calgary's Options

In our rapidly changing world, where affordable senior living communities are scarce, the government is encouraging seniors to stay at home with the support of home care services. Home care can be provided by the government based on individual needs, offering up to 16 hours per week of care at no cost to the client.

While government assistance for senior care is available, private companies can also be hired for additional care, albeit at a higher cost. On the other hand, private senior communities offer an all-inclusive living lifestyle – catered to the residents care requirements (Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care or Palliative Care), which, despite initial perceptions of expense, often proves to be more economical when considering the comprehensive services provided.

Home Care/AHS

  • Limited to 16 hours a week

  • Clients must adapt to the care schedule

  • Short-staffed, may struggle to fulfill commitments

  • Primarily available during the day; no nighttime assistance

  • No outings provided

  • Residents bear all costs associated with home ownership

  • No assistance available at night if required

Home Care Private

  • Up to 24-hour care, Up to 365 days a year

  • Hourly charges apply, usually with a 3-hour minimum per day

  • Costs typically start at $2000 per month for part-time care, varying based on required services

  • Transportation to appointments available with additional charges

  • No continuous 24-hour assistance

  • Support staff are not often equipped to lift a fallen person from the floor

  • Decreased senses of community and opportunity for social interactions

  • Lack of ability to “Age in Place” without excessive renovations and upgrades to the home

Community Living

  • All-inclusive care communities:

  • 3 meals a day

  • Regularly reviewed care plan

  • 24-hour staffing

  • Lifts available for fallen residents

  • No hidden costs

  • On-site doctors

  • Emergency pendants with 24-hour on-site assistance

  • Maintenance-free living

  • Activities, socialization, and exercise classes

  • Medication monitoring

  • Housekeeping and laundry services

Choosing between home care and community living involves weighing the costs, services, and lifestyle preferences. While home care offers flexibility and government assistance, community living provides comprehensive services and a supportive environment while reducing home maintenance obligations and costs. It's essential to carefully assess individual needs and financial considerations to make an informed decision that suits the unique requirements of seniors.


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