Personal Care and Respite services include non-medical personal support, homemaking, medication reminders and assistance, supervision and/or activation and caregiver support, each when needed.
VHA’s Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Home Support Workers (HSWs) assist clients in their own homes with activities of daily living including:
- Assistance with non-medical personal care
- Medication reminders and assistance
- Meal preparation and feeding
- Supervision and activation, such as engaging your loved one in activities such as walking, reading, or board games
- Assistance with the client’s laundry
- Assistance with homemaking
- Caregiver support
This service offers assistance and respite to caregivers as well as clients living alone, recovering from health-related issues, or living with chronic illness.
- Frail seniors, who require assistance on a regular basis; and/or
- Caregivers, who need a break from their caregiving responsibilities while they re-charge or run errands; who
- have a valid Ontario Health Card; and
- live in Ottawa Centre, Ottawa East and Orleans.
$10.00/hour for a minimum of a 2 hour visit/week. This program is partially funded by Ontario Health.
- Services are provided between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm daily.
- Services are scheduled in advance and billed monthly.
How to apply:
To learn more and to access this service, contact VHA’s Central Intake at 613-238-8420 or 1-877-818-0884.
Assistance with non-medical personal care:
Includes tasks to assist with or supervise the Activities of Daily Living such as:
- Grooming, including hair care, oral/mouth care
- Assistance with eating/feeding
- Assistance with mobility, including transferring.
(Cueing) means a verbal reminder (in person) to the client at pre-scheduled times to take their medication(s). Medication assistance provides physical assistance with opening a blister pack or dosette prepared by a family member or pharmacy. The client must be able to self-administer their medication.
Supervision and activation:
Includes oversight/monitoring to ensure safe and healthy behaviours and to promote socialization as well as active, independent living.
To prevent and/or postpone disabilities, distress, discomfort and preventable injury and illness, and to increase the capacity of older adults to have meaningful control over their health and well-being.