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It’s not always easy knowing where to start in the search for a quality home care agency for yourself or a loved one – the sheer number of options can be overwhelming, and finding the right agency is crucial to future happiness and well-being.
Read what other families in the Ottawa area have to say about Home Instead!
I do trust this company without reservations..
Wendy Edelson, client care coordinator, was my first contact with the senior staff at Home Instead. She was very professional, friendly and informative. She gave me a thorough briefing on the services available and how could be tailored to my needs now and potentially changes in the future. She exudes a caring aura that builds confidence in the client. The attention to my needs as I see them now. I liked what I was hearing and despite chafing at the loss of complete independence, will try their program.
Thank you Wendy.
Amazing service provided by Home Instead!
After a sudden and unexpected emergency, Home Instead was able to accommodate , setting up services in less than 12h, despite being a new client. My mother required evening and overnight care, and we were unable to determine exactly how long we would need the service. Catherine, the office administrators, was so accommodating, ensuring the appropriate coverage was available and modified based on my mom’s preferences (thanks Cat for all your patience, hard work, and support during this stressful time). Catherine would ensure that I was kept up to date with all changes and arrangements being made, despite my being out of town.
I would also like to mention one of the caregivers, Hellen, who was so supportive and made significant efforts to connect with my mom and make her feel safe during this stressful time.
We are very pleased with Wendy Edelson and the staff as they are amazing with my father in law. We appreciate everything they do when they are with us. Thank you again for everything you and your team does.
We are so very thankful we found HOME INSTEAD. Wendy met with my Father within one day to assess his urgent requirements following a hospital admission. Wendy listened to his needs and discussed with him all caregiving options to meet his concerns and the importance of matching caregivers to the client. This was an important step in Father being treated with respect and to feel valued in the decision of his care. As we were receiving care from the (then) current company, Wendy aligned more immediate care to provide the family with a much-needed break from what had been 24/7 care. Lise and Catherine both made the transition seamless - Cat offers her top-rate experience and valuable strategies in planning the shifts and times that work best for Father who lives in his own home.
The caregivers have all been new to us - George has our highest respect and is a gentleman offering a gentle, guiding voice and reassurance that he is there and permits Father to make his own decisions. Any caregiver needs to leave their agenda at the door, as they say. Kathy has also been covering many of the day shifts and produces lovely meals she prepares offering options for Father to choose his lunch and dinner meal choices to suit his preferences and heart-healthy meal requirements.
It has just been 3 weeks on board, and we have chosen to entrust our loved one to Home Instead. We are constantly impressed and in awe of how much higher a standard they expect from their caregivers. Their training and attention to detail thus far have been a cut above the rest.
Thankful for the quick and timely 1:1 companion Alzheimer's and Dementia Care PSWs. Hussain was so calm, kind and patient with my mother. She says "He's such a lovely man." Thank you.
I work at Alta vista manor. Home instead has been in our building for a few years now. I can absolutely say that their staff are absolutely amazing. Especially Shanese Darrell! She has taken her time to get to know our resident and provide exceptional care. Also, Wendy E, their care coordinator always makes herself available. When our home has any questions. We are truly appreciative for all that you do for our resident.
We are so grateful for the help of Home Instead! It allowed my sister Jan who lives alone to recover from her long awaited and needed hip replacement surgery. Initially the plan was to ask friends and family to assist, but we soon realized that would not be a reliable solution
Wendy met us within a day and assessed Jan's needs and telling us about how Home Instead could help her recover after the surgery. It was all well laid out and clearly explained. And so thoughtful of Wendy to send flowers and well wishes after the surgery. Thank you Wendy. Cat had had two caregivers arranged within a day or two, much appreciated. Ola was much appreciated by Jan, Ola got to know Jan's needs and habits and was always there to help. They developed quite a rapport between themselves, which is what Home is truly about. And thank you Lise for helping us to keep things sorted out. Home Instead is a great resource for those needing help with family. Much appreciated...thank you.
Home Instead were quick to send a PSW to assist my mom. My mom really enjoyed her time with PSW Omolara. Home Instead were very flexible when we needed to revise the schedule and very accommodating when we went from full days to half days. We would definitely use their services again in the future when my mom needs additional assistance.
We just had a consult with Wendy Edelson and it was very satisfactory. Wendy made my parents feel comfortable, respected and informed. I am impressed with Home Instead so far!
Home Instead has provided two caregivers, Frannie and Lateefat, to care for my 99-year-old aunt, Doris. They have been wonderful, attentive, and well-informed caregivers. We could not have managed without them! Congratulations to Home Instead for providing an excellent service!
I was so happy to finally find the support I needed for my mom. From the first meeting with Wendy, I knew I could count on the team. A huge weight suddenly lifted. Thank you!
Our Mother is 98, legally blind, and lives alone. We have been using Caregivers from home instead for at least three years now. Sharon, Maraya, and Carter have all been wonderful Companions for our Mom, while doing little chores and giving her dinner each evening. They have all been extremely flexible if we needed any changes in timing or schedule. The administrative staff, especially Cat and. Lisa have always been very accommodating. We just met Wendy , the new Client Care Coordinator who is also a lovely person.
Many thanks to the hard work and kindness of Keji. Keji is my mom's Caregiver and is the kindest person i have ever met! My mom has dementia and is not always co-operable, Keji has such patience and takes wonderful care of my mom our family can't thank her enough. Many thanks Keji!
Wendy Edelson met with me this afternoon and explained how the Home Instead caregivers will be able to assist our residents at New Orchard Lodge. We are looking forward to working with Home Instead.
Keren N’Tah is reliable and very caring. She has a lot of patience and is very encouraging. She knows exactly what to do without being told.
I was discharged from hospital early following surgery for a fractured hip. My daughter came from Vancouver to help me. She was very concerned about leaving me and the help I needed at home. Services were quickly set up. We were both pleased that the two home support workers came the week before with their coordinator to meet me. Kathy and Marta came daily for the first week making my breakfast; helping with personal care; doing some light housecleaning and making my lunch when needed. As I improved the service was reduced. Now I feel I can manage. Thank you Kathy and Marta. You got me on the road to recovery.
Wendy from Home Instead in Ottawa was fantastic to deal with. She brought a lot of suggestions and ideas we hadn't even considered.
We have been using the services of Home Instead for a decade now, and continued with the service once Mom transitioned to a home. We could not be any happier with Romina: she is kind, compassionate, and acts as an advocate to the staff on behalf of my Mom. I don't know what I do if it wasn't for Home Instead and Romina.
Home instead pleasant company to deal with, i am leaving 5 star review after i had my meeting with Kristy Corey who was remarkable. she understands your care needs. we need more knowledgeable/ caring individuals like her. Recommend them to anyone who are in need.
Good place to hire a PSW THANK YOU FOR being honest.
We have Terry from Home Instead providing regular care for an elderly family member and are delighted with the Kind care that Terry provides. It has been over 5 years since Terry became our regular caregiver. Having consistent, reliable help has been important for our family member and helps us as well in managing the arrangements. Thank you!
What an incredible experience from the first call, to our initial meeting with Wendy, and the opportunity to meet the PSWs. With gratitude
Excellent service for my wife who through a rare brain disorder is unable to walk. Hats off to Ubah, Ugchi and Sandrine not only for their caregiving but also for their willingness to do any household chore asked of them.
Ruth and Wendy provided exceptional service for my partner. Both were patient, efficient, and thorough. Ruth took direction well, and met all of his needs. Home Instead was a great experience for both of us. Sincerely recommend their services.
My mother's caregiver Terry from Home Instead is a wonderful person and amazing caregiver! Terry is so patient, caring, and kind. Furthermore Terry understands my mother's needs and how to best support her. I am so grateful that Home Instead connected us with Terry. It brings me a lot of peace of mind. Thank you!
The staff from Home Instead are quick to respond, provide compassionate care, and are very resourceful in their interactions with my 100 year old mother. At first, the staff was also providing services to my dad, who was 100 years old as well, but he passed away in early September. All of the staffers we've met are very trustworthy and reliable, including Louise, Mounira, and Tiblets. We have not met Kehinde and Ugochi but have received no complaints. We are well served by the management team: Lise May, Divya and Catherine. With many thanks for your ongoing Service, Suzanne C. and Marc Q.
Wendy Edelson was fantastic! From our first meeting she was extremely knowledgeable and professional and had my mom set up with great care plan in only a couple of days. My family and I so grateful our aging parents can stay in their home and we aren't burnt out being caretakers. Thank you Wendy!!!!
We have hired home instead for our parents, mainly for the care of my mom who has dementia. We are happy that my parents are able to stay in their home thanks to the caregivers from Home Instead. A special thank you to Cat from the office who jumped in to go take care of my mom when the caregiver called in sick. Also a big thank you to Candi, Jennifer and Jean for there patience and care of our mom i know it is not an easy job and we appreciate what you all do.
My mother had a fall at home and was generally a mess. Before that we had not used any home care services. On extremely short notice Home Instead found a care giver (Janice) to come to the home. (Like only one hour and she was there). Janice was amazing. She had mom showered and happy. She stayed with mom for the afternoon and evening, made her a meal, kept her company while she had a glass of wine and then got her safely into bed. Unfortunately mom had another fall the next morning and Janice found her and made ambulance arrangements to take her to the hospital which will be her final stop. The efficiency and kindness that the whole Home Instead Team and Janice in particular showed was amazing and we will hold in our hearts that my moms last meal in her beloved apartment was with such an amazing human being. We are giddy with thankfulness that we called home instead and our only regret is that we did not employ them earlier!
We can't say enough things about Janice, our Home Instead caregiver who helped our mother. Janice went above and beyond in providing care that was professional and compassionate. Thank you so much.
We hired Home Instead in Ottawa while our father was in the final years of congestive heart failure. We found both our care givers as compassionate caring and so helpful. I believe the Home Instead Ottawa team extended our fathers life at least a year. Thank you so much!
I used their services for my mom when I was away on vacation. While she lives independently, I wanted to have someone do check-ins and spend time with her while I was away. Chrysanta was assigned to my mom and she was awesome! My mom enjoyed her company and was very comfortable with her. They had great chats, went for walks and she helped my mom with some things around the house. I can't thank Chrysanta enough for allowing me to have piece of mind on my vacation knowing that my mom had someone to check in on her and provide some companionship. Thank you to Wendy and Divya as well who did a great job finding someone whose personality fit really well with my mom's. Thank you Home Instead team!
Home Instead always sent caring qualified caregivers to look after my mother when she needed regular care giving. Now I have good caregivers that help me on a regular basis. Louise and Fola have helped me a lot. Home Instead is very reliable and caring, always trying to find the right person to help people that need help. I highly recommend them. Office staff is always very helpful.
Every caregiver who comes to look after my mom when I have to be away on business is kind, compassionate and very sweet with her. I can go away with peace of mind, knowing her every need is met with gentle care. I wouldn't be able to do my job without their solid support!
As a caregiver myself, I saw that a family member needed assistance in caring for herself at home. She now has a companion & caregiver which gives us piece of mind. Thank you.
Home Instead was wonderful to deal with and provided excellent care for our family member. Exceptional care was provided by Phaless and we were very lucky to have her look after our loved one.
Excellent service throughout the years! Great management and truly dedicated caregivers. Our family experience began over a decade ago with services for Dad and with Mom now requiring more hands-on care and cognitive stimulation, Home Instead was our #1 choice. Thanks for a job well done and the positive interactions with Mom.
My husband and I have been very pleased with the care he received from Bukola. She always arrived on time and her bubbly personality was a breath of fresh air. She carried out his physiotherapy exercises at each visit and took care of his every need.
I used Home Instead for my husband for several years. The admin staff was amazing, always making sure the right caregiver was a good fit for him. They listened to us.. The caregivers we had were kind, caring and compassionate not to mention professional. I can not say enough good about them. It’s comforting to know when you leave your loved one in someone else’s hands that they are well taken care of and respected. Our caregivers provided that peace of mind. I will always be grateful to them and the office staff. I highly recommend Home Instead, Its an awesome company.
The Caregiver (Louise) we've had the past 3 years through Home Instead has been amazing, truly excellent care, and very grateful for assistance she has provided to our mother. In addition to this, the customer service & care coordination has been top quality, both in their effort in locating such a supporting Caregiver, and in supporting the day-to-day service as it's needed. No better.
When my brother suddenly needed home care services, Home Instead was quick to respond to my request for an assessment. A case manager visited us at my brother’s home, and within days, we had someone scheduled to come at the times requested. When my brother’s needs changed, Home Instead was once again quick to pivot and find a second personal support worker to come at the newly required times. I’ve also appreciated the regular communications regarding services provided and that you’ve been available as needed. This has been reassuring and helpful. Thank you.
We have experienced excellent Customer Service from both the Care Coordinator and Service Coordinator at Home Instead. They take the time and effort to make their service a personal one for our family. Caregivers have found ways to connect with my mother and play an integral role in making this season of life a positive one!
I have been very pleased with care given to my husband by Elizabeth, Cherline, Edith & Jacqueline. And Divya has been very responsive and courteous in additional requests.
My dad fell and broke his hip in December and when he came home he needed additional support beyond what my mum could reasonably provide. Physiotherapy, exercise, and some general physical help. What we got was so much more. We had a few misses with getting the right carer at the very beginning, but Home Instead was extremely quick to respond, and to narrow in on exactly what and who would be the right fit.
My husband became very ill in December 2020. Home Instead Ottawa provides us with a PSW twice a week. Even in these very difficult times we have had their wonderful caring people to help & support us. Thank you so much Home Instead!
We used Home Instead to care for my wife while I was away for 3 weeks recently and she assured me that the care was so good that I didn't need to return. Cody Howe was one of the caregivers and demonstrated a level of attention and professionalism that went beyond the call of duty. He provided appropriate care and additional support to keep my wife engaged and busy. Excellent service. Shout out to Anna and Christina who were part of the team and kept her engaged and diligently completing her exercise routine such that we saw improvement in her mobility.
My family and I reached out to Home Instead in Kanata three years ago for caregivers. My parents live in a retirement home that also has assisted living. We hired Home Instead’s staff to care for my Mom every morning for 4 hours and every evening for 4 hours. If I could rate this company with 100 stars, I absolutely would. Shaun, the owner; Lisa, the director of client care; Vanessa, our service coordinator; and Lise, the supervisor have all been absolutely phenomenal. The caregivers they employ are experienced, kind, caring, reliable, hard working and compassionate. It is incredible how much my Mom has improved under their care! She now laughs, eats by herself, sings, is so much more aware, understands conversations, she is HAPPY! OUR FAMILY THANKS YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS
Need more stars! Home Instead is great. THEY CARE...for real. My 91 year old dad is all there mentally, but he's physically challenged and weak. But he has a fiercely independent. So he tries to not use walker etc. The care givers at Home Instead are very accepting and take care of everything needed. We have used them for years. Their service has always been great! Again, with most of the caregivers over the years, they have really cared about what they are doing...caring for my dad.
The staff and care givers at Home Instead have been terrific. My dad has been using Home Instead for almost a year and he is doing really well, even during covid. So, if you need help for a loved one or anyone, I highly recommend them. I know I can count on them. Tks for being kind, patient and so helpful.
Home Instead is the MOST amazing service. They care deeply for their customers, they have strong values and will do whatever it takes to support you. They have been the biggest relief for myself and my family. I can't say enough great things.
Staff are very kind, genuinely care about their clients. It feels more like a family friend is coming to stay with mom.
We've had Home Instead helping my Stepdad out since August. They have been kind, courteous and go over and above the call. Without them, moving him back home would have been a much more stressful experience. Now we have a solid team supporting us 7 days a week. Affordable, flexible and great to work with.
We just started with Home Instead and am I ever happy that we did!! Felt a little strange letting an outsider in, but it is exactly what we needed for my Dad. He lives alone, lost his wife a few years ago, has mild Alzheimers and is lonely during the day. The care provided is unique to his needs and fills his time with what he is missing. Human contact outside the family. We get a report after every visit...from the bottom of my heart I can say this experience is truly invaluable...worth every penny
I needed someone to provide overnight care for my dad on short notice as I live across the country. On my first call to Home Instead Ottawa, I reached Angie who was immediately helpful and responsive. She had a care provider lined up within two hours and that wonderful lady, Shuvra provided my dad with the most kind and considerate care imaginable. Shaun coordinated communication with Shuvra and arranged for an extension of the arrangement until we could get my dad into long term care. I can't thank Home Instead Ottawa enough, particularly Angie, Shuvra and Shaun who provided excellent service in a very difficult situation. I highly recommend.
Home instead is a wonderful company to work with who truly cares about its clients. I highly recommend them to anyone trying to find that special caregiver to look after their loved one!
My mother has been a customer for a year and has nothing but good things to say about the service that she is receiving. I would recommend this company to any who ask, wonderful service and if you need change they are very quick to action your request.
Quality staff that greatly improves my Mother's quality of life.
The care and companionship my mother has received through Home Instead Senior Care is professional and extremely valuable to us as a family. One of your assigned companions (Marie) has gone the extra mile in evaluating Mom's capabilities and providing helpful advice to ease her transition from Chapel Hill to the long term care facility at the Montfort CSLD. Your management team has also been attentive to Mom's needs by providing email feedback received from the caregivers as well as working out scheduling issues. We are relieved and confident in your caregivers' ability to look after our 93 year old mother.
From the first frantic call I made to you Shaun Sullivan, looking for care for my elderly mom and dad, during the sudden death of my mom, then supporting my grief stricken father 24 hours a day for 3 months, Home Instead was just so supportive, caring and accommodating. Looking at past emails, we changed our plans so many times and then changed them again. Each time, Shaun replied, "consider it done" which was such a huge relief for all of us.
Judith, Gail, Bev, Teresita, Abebeche, Doris and Raylene, thank you for your kindness, for the way you always treated dad with respect and dignity even in his lowest moments. Thank you for your kind conversations and guidance. We will be forever grateful for what you did for us.
My dad has since moved to a retirement home and often speaks fondly of the wonderful staff from Home Instead.
The workers who are taking care of my father in-law are amazing. They go above and beyond to help him.
The workers are professional and truly care about my mother. They are conscientious, reliable and often make helpful suggestions.
I was in need of 24 hour care of my wife for several days while i was away to a wedding. I found there info from shoppers home health care where my wife now retired worked for several years . Reason for care my wife was recovering from hip surgery and a recent fall , upon meeting Lisa Caldwell i felt quite at ease and i explained to them my wife needs and that she was a closet smoker . Shawn and Lisa worked out a schedule to our needs and they were met . About the caregivers we had five i met three of them i must commend all the caregivers they really do care and my wife found them very friendly and engaging my wife had a lot of fun with them which is so important. The cost was reasonable considering the care involved. On behalf of my wife and myself i would recommend this service to anyone whom needs quality care
Home Instead provided care for my father for over 2 1/2 years up until his passing in October 2017. In the beginning he was still quite active and a few hours a day was sufficient. Over the course of the next few years his needs grew until 24 hour care was necessary. Through it all he was provided with uninterrupted skilled, caring help. They helped with everything from entertaining friends on occasion to enduring 3 weeks of daily cancer out patient treatments. I live in the US and never felt helpless because of distance. The lines of communication were excellent and I felt very much a part of decision making. It was my father's wish that he pass in his own home on his own terms. Home Instead and the incredibly devoted team he had made his wish come true. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for compassionate and skilled care for a family member.