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Heart Centered Caregiving At Home
 
Whether you or your loved one are facing the challenges of aging or recovering from illness, our care professionals are there to focus on your needs. Whatever those needs are, we'll work to establish an in-depth plan designed on an individual basis to offer the right type of support.
 
Daughter wants the best health care for her Dad.
Why You Should Consider In-Home Health Care 
 
There is a vast need for home care in today’s society. 
Our clients deserve to retain their independence and autonomy, to
be treated in a dignified manner at all times and be safe and secure in their homes.

Statistics indicate that an estimated 90% of the elderly prefer home care over institutional care and that people remain happier and healthier in their own homes or wherever they choose to live.

The rush to place people in seniors' residences or assisted living has become a societal norm. It makes it easier, but for whom? 
Our clients who wish to remain in their homes deserve to do so. 
With in home care, this is possible. 
Whatever the needs are, whether health care related, or simply assistance in the home,  Focus on Caring is there to satisfy those needs. 
We provide relief for our clients and their families so that they know they are safe and happy, even when the family cannot be there.

Focus on Caring is unique in that we are here because we are doing exactly what we want to do. We have  a mission to help others. 
Our Moms, Dads, Husbands, Wives. 
The ones that now need care and assistance to continue to 
experience life at the highest level of enjoyment and quality.
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Why Choose Focus on Caring?
 
We know how important family is. Your concern and love for your family will become ours. Just like we care for our own family, we will care for yours. They deserve the best we can give.
 
  •  A Home where they feel safe.
  • A Home that’s familiar and comfortable.
  • With people around them who care.
  • Who truly understand what they need.
  • Who will be there when you can’t.
  • They are your Mother, Your Father, Husband, Wife, Grandmother, Grandfather”.
  • This much we promise to give them.
 
  •  Our experienced RNs assess, supervise and co-ordinate care
  •  Our care is customized to each client
  •  Caregivers are matched to personal situations
  •  Consistent relationships are maintained
  •  After hours on-call support for peace of mind
  •  We've been a Calgary company since 1994  
 
We Specialize in...
  •  Dementia/Alzheimer Care
  •  COPD
  •  Palliative Care
  •  Post surgical or post hospital care
  •  Progressive Chronic illness
  • In Home,  In hospital or facility private care
  •  Call us with your unique care issues. We will develop a solution.
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Types of Care Available
 
RN Care:
 
Our RNs supervise and monitor care through regular visits and ongoing communication with the client
and their family.
 
  • A detailed initial assessment (at no charge)
  •  Regular visits to evaluate physical, psychosocial, and emotional needs (includes physical parameters such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation)
  •  Ongoing care-progress communication with PCA’s, family members, and the client’s professional health care team
  •  Working collaboratively with other members of the client’s health care team to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive care plan i.e. staff at supportive care facilities, Home Care RNsPalliative Care Team, hospital staff (discharge planning)
  •  Medication management: regular reviews, additional teaching and coaching, reminder tools
  •  Foot care; additional skin and comfort procedures
  •  Ostomy care and teaching reinforcement
  •  Procedures as ordered by a physician i.e. bladder catheter insertion ; change
  •  Decision-coaching and navigation support for clients and family in situations such as:
  •            - Declining levels of ability &  independence that require  alternative or additional care 
  •             -Relocation issues i.e.… transitioning from hospital to  home or from home to a supportive care facility
  •              -Medical Goals of Care, Advance Care Planning and  end of life issues
  •  Purchasing support for medical supplies and equipment
  •  Evaluating home safety; fall risk and assist with necessary changes and equipment acquisition
  •  Emotional and coping support for family caregiver(s)
  •  Client and family education (teaching and guidance within their individual situation) i.e. hypertension, nutrition, exercise, fatigue management, chronic pain, coping with change and suffering
  •  Client advocacy and assist with accessing community resources
  •  Developing client specific care plans and monitoring documents
  •  24-hour pager access
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PCA(Personal Care Attendant) Care:
Client care services are provided by qualified PCAs. PCAs are bondable, hold a current Level 2 CPR certificate, and participate in ongoing continuing education. They communicate with the RN in-person, by phone,  and submit written,  bi-weekly progress reports. Our PCA's may accompany clients to medical or social appointments.
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  • Hourly Personal Care Attendants
  • - Are paid hourly for the care they provide. Focus on Caring prefers a minimum of 4 hours care at any one booking
  • - Care may include assistance with personal hygiene, toileting, basic wound and skin care, walking, transfer from bed to chair, mechanical lift transfer, food preparation, medication management, grocery and personal shopping, bed linen changes, laundry, ironing and putting away clothes, going outdoors to enjoy nature, and light housekeeping
  • - Light housekeeping includes cleaning the bathroom used by the client and the PCA, basic kitchen cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, ironing, mopping floors (does not include scrubbing walls, window cleaning, or yard work)
  •  Live-In Care
  • - Includes everything hourly care provides but the PCA stays in the client’s home
  • - Alberta Employment Standards define a live-in care shift as 12 hours of work and 12 hours of rest within a 24 hour period
 
Wife want the best life for her husband
Notes of Appreciation From Clients and Their Families
The Tynan Family, R. E. (Russ) Tynan
We want to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Focus On Caring for its care of our parents. We didn’t know that our path would include all of its many twists and turns? But it did and we were forced to follow. With every step, Focus On Caring was there; helping us cope and adjusting to meet our needs. From the mind robbing effect of Alzheimer’s through the anguish and palliative requirements of dealing with cancer; your team was there to attend to their needs and help do what was right for both of our parents.

But most important to us, was the way that Focus On Caring consistently provided its support with respect; and with care that was, to say the least, amazing. Your team became part of our family, and we are better for the experience.

We found Focus On Caring by way of a referral. Please know that we share with others how lucky we were to find you. There is nothing more important than the care of a loved one and we feel blessed that we acted and asked Focus On Caring to get involved.

Thank you to Focus On Caring for making the last two plus years not only bearable, but also a time of strength for our family.
G. Hunter
Focus on Caring is truly a Godsend! With all my heart I thank the Ladies of Focus On Caring for their exceptional care of my Mother, Helen during the last 9 years of her life. As my Mother fought valiantly against the ravages of Alzheimer’s, I am convinced that the loving care provided by Focus On Caring helped to extend my Mother’s life. They provided a much better quality of life for her, thus giving her not only the strength of spirit to continue on, as well as the joy and happiness to be at peace, not to worry and to smile everyday.

I’ve spoken to many elderly people whose common desire is to not to end up in a nursing home. Their wish is to live out their lives in the comfortable surroundings of their own home with their Family close by. My Mother’s wishes came true with thanks to Focus On Caring! They are incredibly understanding of all the hardships that occur and their most dependable assistance is unwavering.

Focus On Caring was always there for me and with words I will never be able to thank them enough.

I extend a personal “Thank you” to each and every fine person involved with Helen’s care and because of the Love you gave, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers forever.
I. Buck, Millbay BC.
Focus On Caring has been a Godsend for us. When our mother was experiencing a health crisis, they responded right away. Their professional, kind and compassionate approach enabled us to provide mom with outstanding health care. 

Just knowing that, on an ongoing basis, there was an experienced care provider with our mom provided us with a great deal of peace of mind, especially considering both my sister and I were outside of the province at the time. We also appreciated that they have a wide variety of care options that we could draw upon.

Focus On Caring truly is a 'caring' organization that we'd highly recommend.
G. Dobson, Calgary
Focus On Caring has been a major contributor to our family’s well being since my aging parents initially required live-in care. They have consistently supplied superior caregivers who are dedicated to their clients in every way. When the caregiving demands increase or the health situation changes, we can count on Focus On Caring to contact medical experts and find skilled help. Focus On Caring ensures that their caregivers are a good fit with the client and responds quickly to any client or staff concerns. People who have seen the Focus On Caring staff with my parents always remark on the excellent and compassionate care they provide.

I have never been disappointed and recommend Focus On Caring to anyone who needs professional, competent and sincerely heartfelt care!
Husband wants the best life for his wife
Meet Our Management Team
Carla Amthor, owner of focus on caring
Carla Amthor, CPA, CMA
 
Owner and President
I started working with Focus on Caring from its inception in 1994. I worked in an external role until the opportunity to buy the company came up in 2001 and I leapt at the chance. I saw Focus on Caring as a wonderful vehicle to serve seniors with the support that is becoming more necessary in today’s population.  I loved the opportunity to create an even more expansive, generative company that could not just provide a service but actually deliver the care that people deserve.

From an early age, I thoroughly enjoyed serving my community with a focus on caring for those who needed support. From touring with “Safety Roundup,” a weekly musical TV show that was produced in Calgary, and Y3 We're for Teens, a group of young entertainers,  which both  performed at seniors' and childrens' facilities, to volunteering at womens' shelters in the area, to
creating gift tables that included gift wrapping services that I set up in seniors apartments through the Christmas Season, allowing them to shop within the comfort of their buildings.

I am a 20-year volunteer with the Calgary Stampede promotion committee and as a parade marshal for
the Stampede parade, keeping my same spot on 6th Avenue so that I can maintain my relationships over
the years.

My time with Focus on Caring has been a highlight in my life. I strive, with my team, to create the best environment for both our clients and our staff. It is within this environment that the highest standard of care can be delivered. I believe we should always raise the bar on the quality of care and the standards by which we deliver this care, enabling us to truly impact the lives of those we serve.
 
Sylvia Heikamp, RN at focus on caring
Sylvia Heikamp, RN
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Home Health Care Supervisor
I joined Focus on Caring sixteen years ago leaving an active treatment hospital to move into community-based care. The move came at a time when I believed there was a better way to care for our aging population rather than placing them in institutions. I have over 45 years in the nursing profession and feel every day brings new knowledge about nursing.  I've worked extensively with the caregiving team at Focus on Caring to challenge and expand their knowledge base. I continually work to set higher standards within the company and within the industry. I am dedicated to the quality of care being delivered in the community and to the people we serve. 

I have volunteered extensively in my community, both for Guiding and Scouting and have used my nursing knowledge to set up field medical tents for a variety of marathons. I also volunteer for Light the Night which raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
I have been married over forty - five years,  have two grown children and four grandchildren. When not busy with work and family you might see me around the countryside with my husband in our 1970 E-type Jaguar.

 
Cheryl Kaldenhoven, RN at focus on caring
Cheryl Kaldenhoven, BN, RN
 
Home Health Care Supervisor
 I joined Focus on Caring in 2014.
I grew up in Calgary and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2015. I am a  compassionate individual and enjoy working and serving in the community. Focus on Caring is a good match for me as I believe it is safer and more desirable for individuals to remain in their homes as long as possible.
I love learning and beyond that, love sharing what I have learned with others. In addition to a supervisory role with Focus's caregivers, I create educational material that is utilized to up-level the standards of care that we provide.

I currently volunteer with the Girl Guides of Canada. I've been a member for 20 years, was a unit assistant for five years and a leader for two. Girl Guides is an integral part of my life as I believe it played a huge role in my development into the person I am today. I volunteer because I believe it is important to share skills with future generations and to impart self-confidence in a younger generation. I enjoy being outdoors, running, camping, and reading in my spare time. 
 
Lisa Pascua, Staffing Supervisor at focus on caring
Lisa Pascua
Home Care Staffing Supervisor
I joined Focus on Caring in 1997. 
I was born in the Philippines and it was there that I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I immigrated to Canada in 1990 as I dreamed of an expanded, fulfilled future.
I love working with Focus on Caring as the Staffing Supervisor. My job encompasses many job titles, including employment recruitment, administrative assistant, administrative coordinator, human resources coordinator and customer service representative. My responsibilities involve interviewing and testing job applicants, promoting job opportunities and ensuring open positions within the company are matched with the right employees. I also act as the point of contact between the staff and client in addition to scheduling. 
 I believe this intersection of duties has expanded my understanding of our staff and each of their unique skills and our clients and their needs, enabling me to see the bigger picture, and successfully match caregivers and clients. Communication is very important to me and I strive to make people feel comfortable in every interaction.
I have been happily married for 20 years and have one child. I  am really proud to be a Canadian and appreciate the opportunities Canada has offered me.

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Plus Our Field Team of Expert Caregivers!
Mission Statement
We provide exceptional care, empowering our clients with the ability to remain in their homes, supporting them with independence, quality of life, peace of mind and the excellent care they deserve.
 
Core Values
 
We Believe In People-
 
            We know that each client is entitled to receive the care they deserve, and our                     caregivers are powerful difference makers.
 
We Believe In Excellence-
            We bring the highest quality care and concern to every interaction. We serve our clients and caregivers by anticipating their wants and seeking to exceed expectations.
 
We Believe In Integrity-
              We express appreciation for our clients and caregivers by treating them like family. We live what we say. We deliver what we promise.
 
We Believe In The Power Of Possibility-
              We see every challenge and situation as an opportunity for improvement. We enjoy exploring and bringing the positive possibilities to reality.
 
We Believe In Growth-
              We grow through impact. We serve an expanding community of clients looking for world-class care. We grow by achieving our goals and exceeding our best.
 
The Value of Home Care to Well Being
The framework of well-being identifies 5 core values which are said to be highly desirable outcomes.

 
1. Dignity
2. Independence
3. Participation
4. Fairness
5. Security
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Supporting and caring in the community includes:
-Living arrangements
-Transportation
-Relieving social isolation and loneliness
-Family support
-Support of Informal Caregivers
 
Stress, (when a person is not able to handle things effectively) has been shown to alter the immune response and can influence the onset and progression of physical illness.

Access to health services is necessary not only in emergency situations but as a means of preserving good health. Seniors often require care from different providers across various settings, including a family doctor’s office, a specialty clinic, a home care service, a pharmacy, a hospital and/or a long-term care facility. Ensuring continuity of care between all providers will not only lead to a more efficient use of resources, it can potentially lead to better care and in turn a better quality of life. Team-based approaches to delivering primary care may help ensure seniors are receiving appropriate care. Increased communication between professionals can allow for an increased focus on prevention. These approaches ensure better care, lower the risk of illness or injury due to shared information and the ability to both manage existing conditions and delay or prevent the onset of new illnesses.

It is estimated that 1 out of every 11 emergency department visits by seniors is for a chronic condition that could potentially be managed in the community. Of these seniors, nearly half are hospitalized.

Home care provides for additional support. Conditions that can be managed in the community by the home care agency and the teamwork of other professionals can allow for seniors to remain in their homes, where they are comfortable, surrounded by familiarity. All components are focusing on well-being.
The quality of care is measured by many dimensions. High-quality care is evidence-based (appropriate), focused on the patient (patient-centered), safe and timely. A qualified care agency satisfies every dimension.
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Young girl wants the best health care for her Grandmother
FAQ
Q. What kind of services do you provide?

A: Personal care services are client specific to take over or assist in the activities that seniors need, to be able to stay at home safely and with dignity. These services may include personal care, medication management, transfers, meal preparation and light housekeeping.

Q: Do you provide services in assisted living facilities?

A: Yes. People sometimes discover that the assistance provided in an assisted living facility is insufficient to enable them to remain independent or satisfy all of their needs. Focus on Caring provides caregivers for support. Most assisted living or care facilities allow private caregivers to provide additional assistance.

Q: My Mother has been advised by the Hospital that she cannot return home but must find space in an assisted living facility or care home. Is this accurate?

A: This is accurate, to a degree. It is possible that the Hospital is advising your Mother needs assistance and cannot be in her residence on her own. This does not mean that she must enter a facility though. If private home care is provided for your Mother and can satisfy the concerns of the Hospital, your Mother may return home with care.

Q: How does the cost of Focus on Caring compare with assisted living care?

A: An assisted living facility may charge the same fees as full-time 6 hours per day services provided by Focus on Caring. This reflects the costs for private care not adjusting for any possible funding. The services provided by Focus on Caring are in the client’s home, allowing the client to maintain some independence and autonomy while ensuring safety and security.

Q: How quickly can home care services be provided or started?

A: Generally services can be provided within a 48-hour period and often the same day. An initial assessment is performed to determine the optimal care requirements and care is initiated in accordance with these determinations.

Q: Will I have the same caregiver all of the time?

A: Focus on Caring attempts to secure consistent staff schedules to provide care. Depending on the number of hours required, Focus on Caring may need to utilize 2 or 3 caregivers to satisfy your needs. Even with additional staff requirements, we attempt to maintain familiar staff at all times.

Q: Can I change the schedule if I need to?

A: A simple phone call to our staff scheduler can accomplish any changes to suit your needs.

Q: How do I start home care services with Focus on Caring?

A: Call our office a to speak with an RN to initiate an assessment at no charge or
send us an email. We will commence care from that initial contact.

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Children want the best healthcare for their Grandfather
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