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The life-time care time-horizon
Respite care is the provision of temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside of the home. Respite programs provide planned short-term, time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid primary care givers of adults with an intellectual and/or physical disability.
Shared help from loved ones, and government part-time home care services, helps relieve the primary at-home caregivers to enable them to maintain their own wellness. It allows an aging population to move gracefully towards the potential need for a 24/7 care and/or a palliative care program when medical care or treatment concentrates on reducing the severity of the symptoms of diseases relating to aging, rather than striving to reverse progression of disease. At this final stage of care, the goal is to prevent and relieve suffering for people facing serious, long-term complex illness.
What does Long-term Care Insurance (LTC) offer? Long-term care insurance provides money to pay for the care that you both desire and need. With LTC Insurance, you have:
Sources: Canadian Institute for Health Information, Alzheimer Society website, Statistics Canada
Source: Some of the concepts and information are used with the permission of Patty Randall who is widely considered a leading advocate on the need for care-years planning in our country. Visit her website: “Aging Successfully with Passion and Purpose and Care-Years Planning” online at www.longtermcarecanada.com for discussions, ideas and to obtain family materials on this issue.
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