Home Care Frequently Asked Questions for Home Instead Saskatoon, SK
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Home Care Services
Whether you need someone a few hours per week or 24-hour care, Home Instead can assist.
Some additional services include:
- Respite care
- Elder care
- Chronic illness care
- Home care assistance
- In-home care
- End-of-life care
- Overnight care
- Facility care within personal care homes, long term care homes or in hospitals.
After a candidate completes the employment application, there is a multi-step interview and onboarding process and candidates must pass several background checks prior to joining the Home Instead team.
Upon hire, a team member will receive on-the-job training starting with orientation to learn all about how to care for an aging adult and their family.
In addition to orientation, all staff embark on a training path that supports learning and develops the skills to care for our aging loved ones. Curriculums focus on the aging process and ways they can support individuals living with disability due to health conditions, safety of caregivers and clients such as infection control and fall prevention, and how to build therapeutic and respectful relationships with clients.
Staff receive training for all aspects of their expected role including how to be the eyes and ears for the family of our clients; they learn to advocate and document the care they provide. Specialized care training, such as Personal Care skills and Person-Centered Care for Individuals living with Alzheimer's, is taught to ensure a full understanding of the necessary aspects of providing exceptional care for these individuals.
Home is familiar. Home is comfortable and provides a sense of security. As a senior ages, being in a place that is familiar to continue daily routines is very beneficial, especially for progressive memory conditions like Alzheimer’s or other Dementias.
Another benefit of home care is the dedicated CAREGiver providing one-on-one care in a well-known environment. CAREGivers promote independence and companionship while reducing the risk of falls and providing family with peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe.
What sets us apart is our foundational principles including the principle of relationship before task and determination to provide superior quality service. Coupled with our culture, commitment to our clients and team members, Home Instead Saskatoon, SK is committed to keeping seniors and people with chronic conditions safe and comfortable in a familiar environment where they can live with dignity as they age.
Providing care to an aging adult is just as important as supporting the family. Home Instead Saskatoon, SK understands that caring for an aging adult is a team approach. It requires communication with both the senior and their family and we are experts at facilitating these important discussions.
Home Instead provides emotional support as well as respite support for family members. Our team provides family with peace of mind knowing that a loved one is well taken care of.
The Importance of Aging from Home
As loves ones age, it's important to make sure they stay healthy, stay happy, and stay safe. Maintaining independence in a familiar environment for seniors is where Home Instead can help as a life well lived should continue at home.
Frequently Asked Questions for Becoming A Home Instead CAREGiver
As part of the hiring process, all team members at Home Instead Saskatoon, SK undergo Orientation to learn about caring for seniors and their families and developing the professional skills necessary to be successful in their career.
In addition to orientation, all staff embark on a training path that supports learning and develops the skills to care for our aging loved ones. Curriculums focus on the aging process and ways they can support individuals living with disability due to health conditions, safety of caregivers and clients such as infection control and fall prevention. Building therapeutic and respectful relationships with clients is a constant theme in our training modules.
Staff receive training in all aspects of their role including how to be the eyes and ears for the family of our clients; they learn to advocate for their client’s quality of life and document the care they provide. Shift reports are digital and provide administrative staff with immediate access to information necessary to support the changing care needs of our clients. Specialized care trainings, such as Personal Care Skills and Person-Centered Care for Individuals living with Alzheimer's, ensure exceptional care for these individuals.
As a Home Instead Saskatoon, SK CAREGiver, your primary job is to help seniors age with dignity and grace in the comfort of their own homes. Caregivers support their client's independence and promote active and healthy living. We accomplish this through person-centered and relationship-based care, focusing on relationships and providing personalized care solutions.
Primary job responsibilities can include:
- Light housekeeping and meal preparation
- Personal care such as assistance with bathing and dressing
- Reminding people to take their medication and keep up daily routines
- Providing companionship and conversation
- Running errands or escorting our clients on outings
- Engaging those living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Our hiring requirements include having the ability to communicate with clients in a friendly manner and the ability to care for others with dignity and respect. This takes a special person and we only offer employment to individuals who have what it takes to succeed in this work.
We are grateful for our CAREGivers who are the heart of our business. We want each CAREGiver of Home Instead Saskatoon, SK to have consistent and positive experiences and grow professionally. To be a CAREGiver at Home Instead Saskatoon, SK, you will receive both course based and on-the-job training to be a successful CAREGiver. We work closely with each new CAREGiver to learn your interests, background, abilities and requirements and make assignments within your skill level at each stage of training and service.
In addition to onboarding and on-the-job trainings, we ensure our team members have ongoing support from our Administrative employees. Caregivers value the care and attention Admin staff give to each of our client’s needs, to their detailed assessment and care plans, and to the careful matching and scheduling process to ensure that relationships are nurtured and healthy. From monthly recognition programs to annual performance reviews, Home Instead invests in the well-being and long-term engagement of all CAREGivers.
As another layer of quality assurance, we work with Service Management Group (SMG) to gather anonymous feedback from our employees and clients about their experience with the company, several times per year, which helps us constantly improve our best practices.
As an employee of Home Instead Saskatoon, SK, benefits are offered in many tangible ways as well in the immensely rewarding experience of meeting the needs of our clients on a daily basis.
Some of the benefits that are offered to employees include:
- Competitive pay; including preferred wages for those with professional experience
- Paid, comprehensive training; wages increase as training is completed.
- Wide variety of work shifts and schedules to select from
- Fair treatment – minimum three-hour callouts, mileage is paid for vehicle operation during shifts, vacation pay and WCB coverage are also included, of course.
- Caregivers have opportunities for advancement:
- LEAD Caregivers provide support and mentorship
- FULL-TIME Caregivers earn preferred wages, an extended health care package, 30+ guaranteed hours per week!
If you are a compassionate and reliable person who is passionate about helping seniors and aging adults, we encourage you to apply. Join us and learn why Home Instead is the world leader in enhancing the lives of older adults and supporting families.
Candidates with professional and personal experience are wonderful additions to our team, however many reliable individuals with energy and compassion for the elderly have great success too. If you have a strong work ethic, are a good listener, have an eye for detail, are patient, kind and respectful you can be trained to be a professional Home Instead CAREGiver!
Additional job requirements:
- Excellent communication ability and congenial manner
- Ability to read, write and speak English at a high adult level
- Physical ability to perform routine household and personal care duties
- Full access to own vehicle and valid auto insurance
- Background checks: driver’s abstract and criminal record check
- One full year experience driving in Saskatoon road conditions