Keep Me HomeThe burden of staying at home often falls on one particular caregiver. It can be rewarding, but can also be draining for that individual. The Keep Me Home program will ensure no one feels alone, which means people who are living with a life-limiting illness can focus on a peaceful transition.

Family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, members of your faith community and social organizations can work together in a care circle to manage the end-of-life care at home, as a team. Keep Me Home does not replace your formal health care providers, but works with them to ensure your loved one is comfortable.

Staying at Home

Most people prefer to die in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, surrounded by loved ones. However, the reality is many people still spend their final days in the hospital. The Keep Me Home program provides tools for families and caregivers to allow their loved one to stay home longer while they cope with a life-limiting illness.

Our goal is to reduce the stress and strain on caregivers and to create strategies to make it easier for their loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home.

Keep Me Home 3As part of the Keep Me Home program, you will receive information and tools to help support you in caring for your loved one such as:

  • Dealing with pain and symptom management at home
  • What to expect in the last days
  • What to do when death has occurred at home
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Team List to organize tasks and contacts
  • A weekly Care Schedule for appointments
  • A to-do list, communication log and menu planner
  • Tips for caregivers about taking care of themselves, to prevent burnout

How Keep Me Home works

Dying is a natural process and being at home may be the ideal setting to say goodbye. Staying at home means people who have a life-limiting illness have a greater sense of control over their lives. And staying in a familiar setting helps maintain their emotional well-being during their journey.

A Keep Me Home volunteer can meet with you and your caregiver to talk about your goals, needs and wishes in order to help keep your loved one living at home.

Here’s what is included in the Keep Me Home program:

  • A free, at-home assessment that identifies the needs of individuals and their families.
  • Tools to help organize family and friends to meet the unique needs of individuals and families.
  • Education and training for every member of your care team.
  • Tools and resources to help access services and supports.

Keep Me Home Training

Care giving is tough. It is made even harder by barriers such as medical terminology, confusion over the roles and responsibilities of different organizations, and the numerous changes in lifestyle that an illness brings with it. That’s where Keep Me Home Training can be a great help.

We offer a two day training course for individuals to learn the basics of how to be a Keep Me Home navigator. The course is essentially a ‘boot camp’ of what it means to care for someone at home:

  • Keep Me Home Program Overview
  • Advance Care Planning Basics
  • Grief & Loss throughout the Journey
  • Dignity Work and the Importance of Legacy
  • Understanding the Professional Supports in the Care Team
  • HOW TO – Practical tools, resources and strategies for available for organizing a care team
  • End of Life management
  • Providing After-Death and Bereavement Support

For more information, contact Cathy Kincaide, Client Care Coordinator at cathy@hospiceorillia.ca or call 705-325-0505 Ext. 211

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