Retire-At-Home Services can provide additional support to clients who are already receiving Alberta Health Services (AHS) Self-Managed Care.
What is Self-Managed Care?
Self-Managed Care is a program that assists seniors or people with disabilities to hire and manage their own home care providers. This allows seniors to exercise control over the home care services they need, as well as the home care agency to provide them.
Why Choose Retire-At-Home Edmonton?
Retire-At-Home Edmonton can help by matching the right caregiver with you or your loved one, that meets your individual needs and personal preferences. We take pride in providing the most reputable and compassionate care professionals in the industry. We are able to provide hourly and around-the-clock care that enables our clients to maintain the independent lifestyle and freedom they deserve.
Retire-At-Home Edmonton can assist with Self-Managed Care all over the greater Edmonton area, including locations like:
- Sherwood park
- St. Albert
- Parkland County
- Strathcona County
Who is Self-Managed Care for?
If you’re a senior who lives independently, but requires assistance with a few basic daily tasks, our Self-Managed Care program allows you to age in place with peace of mind. Choosing a certified caregiver who can help you manage the challenges that come with living with limited mobility or a serious health condition, can make a big difference.
For aging adults who need help paying for their personal care needs, Alberta Health Services (AHS) can provide financial support. Each client must first undergo an AHS assessment to determine eligibility and any care needs that are currently unmet. Once deemed eligible, clients can then enter into a legal agreement with AHS that governs the terms and conditions of the funding.
Albert Health Services (AHS) Assessment
To be eligible for Self-Managed Care, you must meet a few key requirements, such as:
- Living in Alberta, in a community setting, not a private care facility
- Possessing a valid Alberta healthcare card
- Maintaining stable health and foreseeable care needs
- Requiring ongoing support at home
- Being willing to assume the risks and responsibilities associated with contracting services for personal care
After you’ve signed a contract with AHS, you’re responsible for managing your care, which can be quite demanding and time consuming to handle alone.
Some of the tasks you will need to take care of, may include:
- Meeting employment standards
- Business regulation
- Tax regulations
- Reporting Self-Managed Care funds to AHS
- Plus, other responsibilities
The caregiver you choose to hire must be legally allowed to work in Canada, and you cannot hire a friend, family member, or informal caregiver.
Home Care Agency vs Private Caregivers
Home Care Agency
At Retire-At-Home Edmonton, AB, all of our caregivers are experienced, rigorously screened, and passionate about caring for others. We run background checks on all our caregivers before hiring them, to ensure immunization records are current, CPR certifications are up to date, as well as employment verification for legal work in Canada. Our caregivers are bonded, insured, and monitored by our Nurse Care Managers, who ensure they’re providing the highest caliber of care for our clients.
We provide full services for clients who don’t have time to manage hiring, training, and ongoing payroll duties. We work with you to develop the right care plan—in conjunction with your Alberta Health Services contract under Self-Managed Care.
If you choose to hire a caregiver privately, then you would be obligated to handle all these tasks and regulations on your own.
You will also likely not have access to the diverse range of services, expertise, and experience offered by a professional home care agency.
Home Care Services
Retire-At-Home Services of Edmonton provides a diverse range of services throughout Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and surrounding areas, including:
- Personal care assistance (such as bathing, transfers, toileting, personal hygiene)
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Light Housekeeping
When you’re ready to request an AHS assessment to find out if you’re eligible for Self-Managed Care, call Health Link at 811 and ask to be directed to the department for the Self-Managed Care Program. If you live in Edmonton, you can also call Continuing Care Services directly at 780-496-1300. If you have any questions about Self-Managed Care, please don’t hesitate to contact Retire-At-Home Services of Edmonton at (780) 435-9959.