Our Restorative Home Care program was founded in 2018, and is inspired by the design of several award-winning clinics around the world. Patients enrolled in this home care program are supported by a Registered Nurse (RN) led team. This team helps clients recover at home — as much as possible — after major health events. Edmonton-based Registered Nurses assigned to this program have added training in supportive care, counselling, nutrition & exercise coaching. As a result, we are well-positioned to work in close partnership with a team of health professionals to support complex health needs at home.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.― Aristotle
Speak with an nurse-on-call to learn more about this home care program. During this call, a nurse will assess whether the Restorative Home Care service is a good fit for you. They will also discuss different options for community care.
* See Schedule of Health Service Fees for an itemized list of nursing fees
Frequently Asked Questions about Restorative Home Care
Why do I need home care?
Home care is not something most people want. Many people — even persons struggling to care for themselves — will avoid paying for home care. But, care needs don’t typically disappear without coaching & support. As people require more care, families will often step in as an informal caregiver. This step marks a critical failure in the management of disease, and may even produce some level of disempowerment as family dynamics shift.
For many people, choosing the right home care provider takes time. We often default to our personal values, in part because we aren’t sure how a nurse can help us. Families might also insist their loved one start home care, creating difficult conversations around having a nurse visit. That is why we are here to talk it out with you and your family. Home care has traditionally been focused on doing things for people. The process of “doing for” can lead even the best patients to give up on their dream of living independently.
Some people need things done for them. However, while we can help accomplish the work of daily living, we also care to only provide nursing supports that help you grow. And, it all starts with a conversation with one of our nursing professionals.
What is Restorative Home Care?
In the early 1900’s, nurses were trained to do as much as they could for their patients. Visiting nurses were highly respected professionals and created the modern ideal of home care. People were also commonly prescribed weeks (sometimes months) of bed rest at a time. This was done with the understanding that patients needed to conserve their energy to fully heal. People typically developed complications from total care — like bed sores and pneumonia— that were less likely to occur if they simply continued to accomplish the work of living. It may surprise you to hear many home care programs follow this model, even today. This is the gap Restorative Home Care aims to fix.
Other professionals (like physiotherapists and occupational therapists) have produced innovations in home care over the years. Ironically, this was done by prescribing “extra work” for patients at home. Adding exercise into the daily care of sick patients was a radical idea at the time. But, it got great results. The demand for rehabilitative care increased, but the funding for care did not. By the early 2000’s, health care systems in the United States started to develop “self-management” programs as a way to control costs. Self-management helped fund group education classes and patient education initiatives. However, it also resulted in a lack of investment in home care supports for rehabilitative care.
Why a nurse-led team?
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s) work with other professionals to mobilize the best possible team to resolve a person’s health concern given their financial resources. A nurse is naturally supportive, and can support people with care needs while they regain strength and normal functioning. Many people may be surprised to see that professional nursing care is fully covered by their health benefits plan and health spending account. Our primary goal is to build care that expedites health recovery by living health together with patients.
Why not call our nurse to discuss some options available to help you recover at home? Get in touch when it’s convenient for you, and let us look into a range of care options for your particular health question.
Other care options are also available in the Edmonton area.
There are many other community supports available to Edmonton residents. In many cases, public services could be a better fit for your particular health needs.
Alternate care options include: *
AHS Continuing Care Access is the central point of access to public home care options within the Edmonton area.
Health Link Alberta (811) provides free navigation, health advice and referral to provincial health services.
Brain Care Centre provides services and social supports to Edmonton residents with acquired brain injuries.
* ConsortiaCare.ca is not affiliated or in any way connected to any of the above organizations. These external links are provided to help Edmonton residents self-refer to the best possible services for their health condition.