When his mother was in hospital recovering from a fall, Gerry found there was little opportunity to help her prepare for her return home. While range-of-motion exercises were provided, for example, she needed help to work through them.
That’s where Qualicum’s Bayshore Home Health came in.
“We were able to work out a schedule with Bayshore to provide her with both physiotherapy and psychological support,” Gerry says, commending Bayshore for their true concern for the individuals in their care.
“From senior administrator to the qualified medical professionals and caregivers, there’s a consistency of care and caring,” Gerry says. “No detail seems too small, from making sure her medications are correct to getting her nails done.”
Working with clients where they are
Key to success is a good rapport with the hospital, residence and families, and of course, the client themselves.
Gerry’s mother’s mobility had diminished considerably while in hospital, so when she was discharged, the Bayshore care staff continued the exercises at home and arranged short walks up and down the halls to regain mobility. “At 94 years young, mother started walking without mobility aids within three months of hospital discharge,” Gerry notes.
Providing families peace of mind
The peace of mind that comes with having someone regularly involved with a loved one’s care – especially when family out of town – is huge.
“Bayshore has called me not only with questions pertaining to their services but also to query services of others and just generally keep me informed,” Gerry notes.
Too often, parents and grandparents are sitting in some form of retirement residence, where little things can make a big difference.
“It might be someone to talk to, it might be someone to take them outside, it can be anything at all,” Gerry says. “Very few people have friends or relatives who have the time or expertise to provide what our aging relatives need. Bayshore does!”
Care based on your needs
Whether an occasional visit, regularly scheduled appointment, or full-time care, home care can provide a better quality of life than family members can achieve by themselves.
“As mother’s care needs increased, so did the level of care with many of the same caregivers or as mother famously says, ‘her Bayshore girls.’”
When an independent living community was no longer feasible at age 97, when his mother needed a higher level of care, Bayshore helped to find the right fit for her, and continues to come in for companionship visits.
“Mother is 98 and is determined to celebrate her 100th birthday with lots of cake and her Bayshore girls all around her!”
Since 1966, Bayshore Health Care has provided customized care plans and solutions that allow our clients to remain in the comfort of their own home and a familiar environment.