Did you know that a lot of home care in Canada is free? It is part of our healthcare system and a benefit for Canadians. If you knew this, you are part of a very small percentage of people. Congratulations!
Home and community care services, as it is formerly called, help people to receive care at home rather than in a hospital or long-term care facility and to live as independently as possible in the community.
Home care services may include nursing, personal care such as bathing and dressing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, dietitian services, homemaking, and respite services. That is a lot of offering!
As good as our healthcare system is, it is a maze. It is a huge system. At times, it becomes overwhelming. And even on good days, it has its challenges. There are very few people in Canada who understand the healthcare system really well due to their work, their research, and their community.
We are very fortunate to have one such person with us here today, Dr. Christine Kelly. Dr. Kelly is part of community health services and she is a research affiliate with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kelly is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise on the subject of direct funded home care in Canada.
- What disability activism is
- How she got involved with direct funded home care
- On people’s understanding of the word, care
- The differences between traditional and direct funded home care models
- The history of direct funded home care
- What makes direct funded home care different from others
- The benefits and drawbacks of direct funded home care
- Discoveries and observations from their research
- True stories about the relationships between family self-managers and workers
- The program’s supporters
- Why the program has not been promoted as a mainstream in Canada
- What niche program means
- The current obstacles and concerns of the program
- How the program works in terms of races and genders
- Her professional tips when choosing a home care worker
- The action item she gave
- On her book, The Aging-Disability Nexus
“Having that match is what makes the workers very happy and what makes the family very happy.”
“It’s not for everybody but it is a good option.”
“If you decide to get into this path, make sure it is for you.”
“You determine what kind of experience you are looking for.”