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In-Home Nursing Care

Biggest Challenge: Can you please assist me on finding an agency/personal nurse care (live-in)? My Mom is currently in a hospital in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The hospital is pushing to locate an opening in a nursing home for my Mom. Ideally my Mom would like to remain at home, however she would need 24-hour care. Is there a site where we can find: In-home care by an RN that would include room & board? They would be able to have access to a backyard, laundry, own living room and their own bedroom. I would appreciate any help you could send me; searching the web is so mind-boggling and time consuming.


Response from DM:

Dear Lynn:

There are several factors to consider regarding your mother’s circumstances. When someone is currently in a hospital, you need to know if the facility is stating that she will need rehabilitation upon leaving the facility, and/or if she will need 24/7 custodial care in her own home. I know your mother wants to stay in her own home, but a nursing facility would be able to take care of her full breadth of needs. In any event, if you are going to take her home, there will be a lot of coordinating to do and people and appointments to keep track of.

I have also heard of nurses who will live in-home for room and board, but I have never been able to track that down to a specific agency, so that may be something that is done via placing an ad in an appropriate news service. A word of caution here: When you hire from an agency or through a recommendation from your mother’s current institution, these nurses will have been verified as to their knowledge, education, and work experience. Also, criminal background checks will have been done, former employment will have been verified and personal letters of recommendation will have been checked. That is a lot of work, but when you hire someone who has been through such a vigorous checking process, you know what you are getting and there are usually no surprises. When you hire someone on your own, you may be dealing with too many unknowns. 

No matter what direction you take, make sure you know exactly what you are looking for, what the expected duties will be, and what sort of contract you will be signing. Be specific with your needs: your mother’s needs as well as the needs and expectations of the prospective hire. I always recommend keeping a journal, so you can keep track of who you called, what they said, and their complete contact information (name, title, phone number, email). Whether you are talking to agencies or individuals, the number of people you will be interacting with can be staggering. Keeping the information organized, and all in one place, makes the process less complicated and you can always get back to the people you want to.

Here are some agencies in your area (Burlington, Ontario, Canada):

A Supreme — 416-781-7687
Living Assistant Services — 416-483-0070
Premier Home Care — 416-510-8848
Amacare Inc. — 866-329-6313
Selective Personnel — 416-962-5153
Golden Lion Agency — 416-941-9471


Dr. Marion




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