Mission And Values

Ottawa Caregivers offer services that truly make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. We focus on maintaining dignity, grace and overall life quality by providing exceptional care and support by compassionate and caring people, whenever and wherever it is needed.

We can all appreciate the famous line in the timeless film “The Wizard of Oz”, “there’s no place like home”. We too believe that There is no place like home. Our home is an extension of you, the familiarity, the memories, the comforting warmth and confidence a home brings is irreplaceable. Given the choice, many of us want to remain at home. As we age however, remaining at home becomes more difficult, but if this is the right choice for you or your loved one we can help provide the assistance you need to make this possible.

Often a person’s last request is to be allowed to die at home. As overwhelming as this may seem, it is often possible with careful planning and a team of our professional and compassionate caregivers and nurses. There is dignity in spending this private journey at home. We understand, and are here to help.

Staying at home...

Keeps the Soul Intact
We believe that your home becomes part of you, when you leave it you lose part of your sole. The will to live rapidly declines when elders and people with disabilities are moved out of their homes, if you want a healthy extended life filled with joy for your loved one, it starts with staying at home. “Findings suggest that seniors fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than death”. As repeated numerous times in the timeless film “The Wizard of Oz”, “there’s no place like home”. Home is a warmth in your heart and can never be replaced, it becomes part of your sole. There is no place like home, and familiarity, memories, comfort and the confidence a home brings is irreplaceable. Given the choice, all of us want to remain at home. Eventually people need help to remain at home, and that is our objective. Our service is for people who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that cannot easily be provided by their family or friends. More and more elders prefer to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, and in-home care is a safe and effective way to provide care in the comfort of one's own home. We hope to avoid any form of Assisted Living Residences for as long as possible, and in the proximity of familiar surroundings the spirit thrives which improves longevity.

Maintains Dignity
Elders requiring care should be treated with dignity, and due to schedules, responsibilities and our busy lives in general, we most often compromise with sub-par caregiving assistance. Elders have paved the way for our generation, yet once unproductive in society they often are relinquished to the status of second class citizens. Apart from untimely death, we all grow old, and we too will one day be in the hands of a caregiver, why not start caring for elders as people rather than as a commodity. At Ottawa Caregivers, we look to make nursing or care giving as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our staff are carefully screened to ensure that we have the most caring people around, and we limit the number of caregivers used per client.

Saves Money
Assisted living communities cost anywhere from $4,000-$7,000 per month, that is $48,000-$84,000 per year. In many cases it can be avoided. Most people requiring assisted support do not require full time care but just part time care. It is this period in life where our service becomes most effective and financially desirable. With proper scheduling, our cost is substantially less than the alternative.

Allows Maximum Freedom
Baby boomers are more likely to be found in the gym, spending time volunteering, or on the internet. Remaining at home allows you to engage in daily routine, as your health permits, in the least restrictive environment. It allows you to have the care that you want and the manner in which you receive it.

Is safe
Baby boomers are changing the expectations of what they want as they age. They do not want to compromise health and safety. They are demanding that the changes to their home environment be appealing to the eye and useful. Returning home after a sickness or illness that required hospitalization will decrease or even eliminate the risk of infection when the care is provided in the home setting. Preparing the home ahead of time can prevent issues that may arise before they can become serious within the home. This can be done by having an evaluation done by a health care professional to identify problem areas in the home. One example in assessing the home environment includes preventing falls. Simple changes in the home environment and introduction of caregivers and home care professionals can address many issues. As an example, a patient that may have balance issues or weakness and dizziness may need help bathing and dressing.

Promotes Healing
Baby boomers want quality of life. Aging in place allows a more holistic approach to our care as our physical bodies or health declines. For an older adult, there is no place like home for successful aging. Living in the familiar surroundings, being around loved ones heals the mind and spirit, not just the body. Minimizing change also helps create less confusion in the older adult and can help extend their lives.

Gives Back Control
Baby boomers want choices and options and expect to be an active participant in their own care. Planning ahead and exploring all their options will help the aging adult the ability to choose the services that best suit their needs. Receiving care at home allows them to have more say and an individualized approach to their care. Staying at Home can allow for the care to be personalized. As we age, at some point we may require assistance at home. Home care allows the care to be individualized to meet the specific needs of each person. It also allows one on one attention and interaction.

Is comfortable
Baby boomers have made it loud and clear year after year they would prefer to stay in their home for successful aging. Familiarity and comfort of being in your own environment, surrounded by loved ones is a type of quality of life that baby boomers have come to expect . It is also the type of quality care that loved ones would want for their aging adult.

Increases Happiness
Baby boomers are more health conscious and concerned about the quality of life than previous generations. There is a growing industry of universal design (home modifications that can is appealing to the eye and useful to everyone) and technological advances to meet the needs of the baby boomers as they age at home. This movement will replace the institutional walls of a nursing home. Living out the rest of their days at home, in a safe environment contributes to a healthier, happier aging adult.

Maintain Community Connections
The entire community stands to gain from the aging adult that wants to remain in their home as they age. If their health allows, the aging adult can be a mentor in the community. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, forty-five percent of people over 65 volunteer annually. This equates into savings for the community and having positive role models for future generations. Aging adults are concerned about their community and show their support by buying locally and contributing financially to causes that are important to them.

Is Supported by Technology
Baby boomers have been heard and advanced technologies are available. Advancements are being made daily to assure safety and well being as we age in place. For example, the Wii is being utilized by hospitals and rehab centers to promote strength, endurance and flexibility in patients. This is a program that can by utilized at home to keep the aging adult active and have fun doing something they like to do. Robot vacuums are now available to assist in keeping the house clean. There are sensors that can be placed in the home that measures the activity of the aging adult, so that even a long distance family member can see if there is a change in activity on a daily basis. These are just a few of many resources that support aging at home successfully.

Reduces Fear
A study commissioned by Clarity and The EAR Foundation, found that aging adults fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than they fear death. This same study found that the Baby Boomer children of seniors also fear for their parents. in particular concern about their parents' emotional and physical well being should they have to enter a nursing home.