Restore by ConsortiaCare.ca is a restorative home care service inspired by wellness.
Patients enrolled in this home care program are supported by a Registered Nurse (RN) led team. A highly skilled nurse acts an expert guide for your health journey. Edmonton-based home care nurses assigned to this program have completed additional training in supportive care, counselling, nutrition & exercise coaching. As a result, they are well-positioned to work in close partnership with your existing team of health professionals to restore function & help you recover from major health events at home.
Call our nurse to learn more about the Restore program. During this call, a nurse will help decide if the Restore program is a good fit for you. They will also discuss different options available for community care.
* See Schedule of Health Service Fees for an itemized list of nursing fees
Frequently Asked Questions about Restorative Home Care
Do I need home care?
Many people — even persons struggling to care for themselves — hesitate to obtain home care. But, as people require more support at home, families will often step in as an informal caregiver. This step marks a critical challenge in the management of disease, and may even cause family dynamics to shift.
For many people, choosing the right home care provider takes time. We often default to seeking help with personal care, in part because we aren’t sure how to restore functioning and independence. Home care has traditionally 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, a nurse-led team can help accomplish the work of daily living to provide nursing supports that help you grow. It all starts with a conversation to build the right health-care team for you.
What is Restorative 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 community health 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?
Registered Nurses (RN’s) work closely with other professionals to mobilize the best possible team to resolve a person’s health concern. A nurse can also support you with temporary gaps in care while you regain strength and normal functioning. Many people are surprised to hear that home nursing care is covered by their health benefits plan and health spending account. Our primary goal is to build care that enhances 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 manages access to publicly-funded home care in 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 provides links to these external providers to help Edmonton residents self-refer to the best possible services for their health condition.