The purpose of Alberta Home Care is to keep the person with dementia in his or her home for as long as possible before being transferred to a Supportive Living or Long-term Care facility. The Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation provides information on the various aspects of the program including the services rendered, requirements for admission into the program, the appointment and duties of the manager, fees and reimbursements. This document should be read by anyone interested in the program since it provides details not found elsewhere.
The duration of the home care services depends on many factors including the state and progression of the illness and the availability of a caregiver living in the home. According to the regulations, the services can be divided into the following main categories, each of which includes one or more of the subcategories:
- Health Care Service
- Nursing service.
- Rehabilitation therapy service.
- Health care procedures authorized and supervised by a nurse or a rehabilitation therapist.
- Personal Care Service
- Personal hygiene care.
- Assistance with personal activities of daily living.
- Homemaking Service
- Adult sitting and child care.
- Routine housecleaning, laundry, ironing and mending.
- Budgeting, banking, paying bills or shopping for essentials.
- Menu planning and meal preparation.
Since different Home Care offices may offer different services, potential Home Care Clients should obtain a list of services offered in their area. Contact information for Home Care offices can be found on the Alberta Home Care website.
In order to access Alberta Home Care services, Clients must first be assessed by one of the Home Care staff to determine the admission into the program and the needs of the person with dementia.