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Personal Care Services: Are Your Needs Being Met?

If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an accident, your condition may prevent you from completing routine tasks within your own home. Holding a toothbrush, basic grooming, adjusting your clothes properly on your body - all of these tasks can become difficult to perform by yourself.

 

A Case Study Yields Surprising Results

One option you can choose is to have a professional care worker assist you with your personal needs. You may qualify for this type of care if you require medical and personal assistance, but are able to live in your own home. However, an article posted on CTVNews.ca raises the question “how much can we rely on government funded care workers to carry out these personal tasks for us in a respectful manner?”

Some Patients Report A Lack Of Support

In their article, a patient describes not receiving adequate care because the hired caregivers either did a poor job, or didn’t do the tasks at all. The type of care he was speaking to were basic hygienic tasks, such as shaving and showering, and domestic tasks such as washing dishes. These were tasks he was unable to complete himself due to a disability.

There was no comment from any of the government funded agencies that conduct these types of services in the article, so the patient’s experience is not necessary reflective of everyone who relies on professional care workers. The article did include interviews with other patients sharing similar experiences.

What Professional Care Options Are Available To Injured Individuals?

For those who wish to look for alternatives to government-funded care programs, there are other options available. A program known as "direct funding" or “self-managed care” allows a patient to have more control over the type of care he or she receives, and to select the appropriate people for the job.

What Is Self-Managed Care?

At its core, the program switches the recipient of the government supplied funds. Instead of using private care agencies, the government provides financial support to patients to pick and choose workers and care based on their specific needs.

This program is relatively new to Canada, and is only available in a few provinces. Ontario has a version of the program, and continues to modify the provisions as patient needs grow. If you are unsure if you qualify for this type of disability benefit, speak to a legal professional and find out more about your long-term disability options.

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