Aspen Care provides long-term care services to Calgarians across the city. Under the category of continuing care, long-term care accommodates patients with complex medical needs who are unable to remain safely at home or in supportive living accommodations alone. Long-term care services help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with chronic illnesses or disabilities due to aging.
Long-term care is provided at home, within nursing homes, and auxiliary hospitals, some of which may be referred to as “long-term care facilities”. These care facilities are designed for patients who suffer from complex, unpredictable medical needs. These individuals also require 24-hour onsite nursing and treatment.
Aspen Care provides long-term care services by accommodating patients with their medical needs at their designated care facility, or private residence. Our team of Licensed Practical Nurses and trained professionals assist clients with their medical and non-medical programs. They also assist with daily care and with leisure and recreational activities to increase their quality of life. Long term care is focused on individualized care programs that promote independence, maximize quality of life, and meet patients' needs over a long period of time.
According to Alberta Health, long term care may be right for patients who have:
Serious changes in health status requiring immediate health professional assessment
A need for medication management and other treatments
Conditions requiring the continued presence of an LPN and the consultative availability of rehabilitation or dietary professionals
Unpredictable or unstable behaviour that places the individual or others at risk
Complex end of life care needs
If you or a loved one requires long-term care, or if you require more information regarding this form of continuing care, please contact Aspen Care.
Palliative care is a form of health-care that assists patients with life-limiting illnesses. It is a multidisciplinary care approach that focuses on providing relief from symptoms, pain, physical and mental stress. The palliative care team and the primary caregiver (doctor) establishes goals with the family and the patient to extend and enhance their quality of life. This palliative care team is made up of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, therapists, etc. Palliative care teams can differ based on each patient’s individual care needs and requirements. We at Aspen Care will create personalized palliative care plans for each patient, with the help of their families and doctors.
Occasionally, palliative care can be confused with hospice care, as it is sometimes considered end-of-life care, with a focus on comforting the patient. However, hospice care typically begins after treatment and focuses primarily on care given to patients in critical conditions, with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Whereas palliative care provides healthcare to patients immediately after diagnosis and during treatment.
Aspen Care provides palliative care services within a patient’s personal residence, retirement community, or through our own home care facilities. Aspen Care ensures every client continues to live with dignity, and remain as safe, comfortable and independent for as long as possible – wherever they live. We are proud to make a positive difference and improve the quality of our clients' lives.
If you or a loved one are considering palliative care, consider advance care planning as a way to help you think about, discuss, and document your wishes for healthcare. Advance care planning is a process that can help you or a loved one make healthcare decisions now and for the future. We at Aspen Care can assist patients with advance care planning. For more information on Advance Care Planning, please visit Alberta Health Services.