Celebrating Seniors’ Month-Marking Milestones

June is Seniors’ month in Ontario. This year’s theme is stay safe, stay in touch.

Celebrations aren’t the same at this time when social gatherings are not possible. There are ways to mark special occasions that comply with COVID-19 restrictions and one of them is the presentation of a special gift to mark a significant birthday or wedding anniversary. You can request a congratulatory message if you or a senior in your life is marking a milestone occasion.

Get information about requesting a message from:

Her Majesty The Queen  – for Canadians celebrating birthdays of 100 years or more and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 60 years or more (at five-year intervals)

To request a message, follow the link below and submit your details

https://www.gg.ca/en/contact-us/birthday-anniversary-greetings/request-form

the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – for Ontarians celebrating birthdays of 90 years or more and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 50 years or more.

To request a message, follow the link below and submit your details

https://greetings.lgontario.ca/GreetingRequest.aspx

the Prime Minister of Canada – for Canadians celebrating birthdays of 65 years or more (at five-year intervals) and for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 25 years of more (at five-year intervals).

To request a message, follow the link below and submit your details

https://pm.gc.ca/en/connect/greetings

the Premier of Ontario – for Ontarians celebrating birthdays of 80 years or more and for couples celebrating anniversaries of 40 years or more.

To request a message, follow the link below and submit your details

https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/certificates/certorder.aspx?msg=sessiontimeout

 Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/celebrating-seniors-ontario

The Caledon Enterprise, June 11, 2020

Talking about Future Finances Can Help Your Parents Age in Place Safely

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario and this year’s theme is stay safe, stay in touch.

In keeping with this theme, we wanted to address a difficult, but important topic: Talking to your aging parents about their future finances because the decisions you help them make today will help ensure they can remain safer at home.

Money makes people funny, they say, and talking about money is right up there with talking about death when it comes to difficult conversations. As hard as the conversation can be, however, having it is crucial.

When’s the best time to have “the talk” with your parent?

If you’ve found your way here, then now is likely the right time as most people find our services when elderly care is already on their radar.

Most experts agree that it’s never too soon to have important talks about the future. Ideally, conversations around your parents’ future should happen while they’re still healthy and relatively young. And if possible, do it before retirement they can plan their retirement savings accordingly.

Have they chosen their Power of Attorney?

Asking your parents if they have decided on a Power of Attorney is a great way to start the conversation.

A Power of Attorney – POA for short – is a legal document that assigns a person of your choosing the right to make decisions on your behalf. There are different kinds of POAs and when talking to your aging parents, the two types that you’ll want to discuss are:

  • A Continuing Power of Attorney for Property (CPOA)covers your parents’ financial affairs. The person they assign – whether you, a sibling, or other family member – is able to make decisions on their behalf. This includes the decision to hire and pay for a home care agency to help them at home.
  • A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (POAPC) covers your parents’ personal decisions, such as housing, and health care, including in-home health care services.

What types of home care services do they want/need?

The types of home care assistance your parent(s) want and need should also be discussed when talking about their future finances.

With the state of long-term care facilities in Canada at the moment, more families are looking to in-home care as a safer alternative. Research shows that aging in place is also what most Canadian seniors prefer.

To help with planning and ensure that your parents’ are financially able to get the help they need when the time comes, knowing what types of services are available is important. This is also important if you and/or your siblings will be pitching in to help with the costs of in-home care.

Something else to keep in mind when it comes to in-home care services is that prices and services vary between agencies. At Living Assistance Services, for instance, the cost of our services land somewhere in the mid-range compared to other agencies.

Reputation and credentials are also important considerations to keep in mind. Watch out for prices that look too good to be true as they usually are! Choosing an agency with excellent referrals and whose staff are properly trained and insured is a must.

You can find more information on choosing a home care provider such as Living Assistance Services.

What does in-home care typically involve for seniors?

Everyone’s situation is different, which is why there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to caregiving. That said, unless your parent is living with a medical condition that requires extra care, there are some services that they’re more likely to need.

To help you and your parents plan for the future, these are examples of services commonly required by elderly care recipients:

  • Escorting to appointments, grocery shopping, and errands for a minimum 4 hours per day, often twice per week.
  • Light housekeeping, dog walking, laundry, meal preparation, and companionship for 6-8 hours per day, often twice per week.
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing, feeding, and toileting) is required 24/7, 365 days per year for those that need it.

A full list of our home care services can be found at https://www.laservices.ca

Don’t wait till emergency strikes to initiate these conversations. Talking to your parents about their financial future is the best way to help them have the future they want and deserve.

Article sources

  • Powers of Attorney Questions and Answers. Ministry of Attorney General. (2016). https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt/livingwillqa.pdf

Safer Alternative to Long-Term Care Homes

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the realities of long-term care (LTC) facilities in Canada.

The companies that own many of these facilities, that we trust to provide care to our most vulnerable, are being called out, deservedly or not, for making millions of dollars in profits while allowing residents to live in deplorable conditions.

Cockroach infestations, rotting food, and patients spending endless hours in soiled beds are just some of the things reported by military personnel called in by our government to assist in these homes. They alleged that shocking conditions and practices within these facilities has allowed Covid-19 to spread like wildfire, resulting in over 1,600 resident deaths in Ontario homes alone.

Issues in long-term care are not new

It was recently announced that Ontario’s ombudsman is launching an investigation into the province’s oversight of LTC homes during the pandemic, Unfortunately, the state of long-term care has been an oversight since well before the pandemic or the scathing report by the military.

It’s long been know that many of these homes are underfunded and understaffed and their workers underpaid and overworked. Again, this while many companies that own them continue to reap significant profits.

Scrambling to find alternatives

The horrific reports have the government rethinking senior housing and long-term care in Canada, while families are scrambling to find safer alternatives for their aging loved ones. It’s long been known that older persons are more likely to thrive when able to remain in the comfort and familiarity of home. And now, more than ever, finding ways to keep seniors in their own homes or with their families is more important than ever.

Using in-home care to age in place

Statistics clearly demonstrate that the vast majority of Canadian seniors would prefer to live at home. In-home care can help them do just that. Along with the mental and physical health benefits of aging in the comfort of home, living at home significantly minimizes the risk of contracting infections and illnesses from others because it limits exposure to others – something that is demonstrably problematic in long-term care facilities and retirement homes.

An in-home senior care provider can assist with all the tasks of daily living as well as advanced home health care for those living with illnesses. Our services can be adjusted as needs change, providing as much – or as little – help as the care recipient requires.

In-home care services help you care for your elderly parents in your home

Moving in with their adult children or grandchildren is another option.

In-home care can also help in these situations by allowing you to share caregiving duties, which can sometimes be hard to juggle with work, child care, and other responsibilities.

Our caregivers are available to provide personal care and help with errands, shopping, and escorting your elderly parent to medical appointments.

For those able to care for an aging loved one full-time, we also provide respite care so that you can take a break from caregiving.

In-home care can help keep you or your aging loved one remain safe and healthy.

Even in a perfect world without PPE shortages and poor practices, outbreaks in long-term care homes and retirement homes happen throughout the year. Age and other underlying medical conditions lead to a weakened immune system, making residents especially vulnerable. Living in close quarters and coming into contact with other residents, staff, and visitors further increases the risk.

If you are considering alternative senior care and would like more information about our services, contact us any time. We’re her for you, 24x7x367.

Article sources

  • Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate Government’s Oversight of Long-term Care Homes During Pandemic. https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/resources/news/press-releases/2020/ontario-ombudsman-to-investigate-government%E2%80%99s-oversight-of-long-term-care-homes-during-pandemic
  • Respiratory Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities and Retirement Homes. https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/professionals-and-partners/long-term-care-respiratory-outbreaks.aspx
  • Companies Managing Troubled Ontario Long-term Care Homes Run Dozens More, Make Millions in Profits. Ryan Tumilty. https://nationalpost.com/news/companies-managing-troubled-ontario-long-term-care-homes-run-dozens-more-make-millions-in-profits