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As of 2018, approximately 1.7 million Canadians are over the age of 70. That means 1.7 million people have recently retired or are planning to retire soon. 1.7 million Canadians who grew up without computers and calculators and who couldn’t get their hands on a cell phone until they were well into their twenties. It also means 1.7 million people who will soon face an important question: Do I need private home care? 

If you’re one of those 1.7 million, there’s no need to fret. Private home care providers such as MerBess Care are around to make you comfortable and happy as you transition into a new life phase. Take some time to ponder these 4 questions on whether or not private home care is right for you.

1. What is it that I’m looking for?

Private home care is an umbrella term for a multitude of services that can help you in the comfort of your own home. Depending on what you’re looking for, the service you choose could be drastically different. If you’re looking for medical help, perhaps to aid you in a rehabilitation period or to help you get your medicine in order, you’ll want a nurse to come to your home. On the other hand, if you’re interested in companionship, your home care experience will be non-medical care. Whatever it is you’re looking for, keep in mind that private home care means the caregivers come to you. If you are considering private home care, it’s a good idea to meet with a care provider team ahead of time to talk about your goals and objectives. Our team at MerBess Care believes in the power of a first assessment, so we offer it to every new client free of charge. Feel free to share your thoughts with us during your visit!

2. How often do I need the service?

You’re still deciding if private home care is right for you, so one big factor is scheduling. Do you need someone to come to your home every day, or are you hoping for a weekly visit? MerBess Care offers different types of assistance, so you’re sure to find the right fit to meet your needs. While you’re thinking about how often you need the service, check into the requirements of different providers. Some providers require a minimum amount of time per visit. At MerBess Care we value your wishes and needs. We understand you may not want a stipulation on how long someone is helping you out, so you tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen. 

3. Is private home care the right fit for me?

Before you consult a private home care provider, it’s helpful to have a game plan. You should know the types of services that are offered, what it means to get private home care, and what you’re hoping to achieve. At MerBess Care we offer different types of services ( including companionship, personal care, light housekeeping, meal planning, overnight services & post surgery. The options are endless! 

4. How will my life be different?

Private home care will impact your life—in many positive ways! Your caregiver is there to help you every step of the way. While you’re thinking about private home care as an option for you, you may want to think about how it could positively affect your life and your family members. Think about all the groceries you won’t have to carry anymore or the interesting conversations you’ll have with a new friend. As you are figuring out what’s best for you, the team at MerBess Care is looking forward to assisting you through the process!

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