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How caregivers support mental health when working with seniors

Mental health is critically important at any age, but seniors face a specific set of obstacles to wellness—particularly if they live alone. An extensive survey conducted by Statistics Canada in 2016 indicated that over 1.4 million elderly individuals in Canada reported having feelings of loneliness and isolation. In response to this research, psychologist Ami Rokach … Continue reading How caregivers support mental health when working with seniors

How a PSW can help seniors attend appointments and run errands safely

Medical appointments are a fact of life and as we age, they typically become more frequent. Seniors often deal with a number of different medical personnel based in different locations: their family doctor, an eye doctor or hearing specialist, and others like a geriatrician, Diabetes specialist or foot clinic. If your loved one has chronic … Continue reading How a PSW can help seniors attend appointments and run errands safely

Meal planning and make-ahead meal ideas for seniors

As individuals age, they may struggle with cooking or simply lose the motivation to prepare three healthy, balanced meals each day. Other seniors find their appetites dwindling over time and might make a piece of toast instead of a full lunch or dinner. While it’s okay if this happens occasionally, seniors need proper nutrition to … Continue reading Meal planning and make-ahead meal ideas for seniors

What are ADLs and how can in-home caregivers support them?

If you have aging loved ones, you may have heard the term “ADLs” used by healthcare professionals, particularly if a medical or cognitive assessment was involved. This acronym refers to Activities of Daily Living — relatively simple things we all do every day such as bathing, brushing our teeth or getting dressed. As people grow … Continue reading What are ADLs and how can in-home caregivers support them?

10 Fun Fall Activities for Older Adults

There’s something magical about fall, isn’t there? The amber and gold leaves and the crisper air makes being outside a pleasure and cooler nights make home feel especially cozy. To make the most of this glorious season, we’ve rounded up 10 fun fall activities for seniors that can be enjoyed alone, with family and friends, … Continue reading 10 Fun Fall Activities for Older Adults

Tips to Help You Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregiving is a balancing act of career, family, relationships, and numerous other responsibilities. Based on the most recent stats, 7.8 million Canadians aged 15 and older were caregivers in 2018. Trying to juggle caring for your loved one with everything else you have going on can be physically and mentally exhausting. It also puts you at … Continue reading Tips to Help You Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Competitive Card Games That Keep the Ageing Mind Sharp

A little friendly competition in the way of card games with others could be the key to keeping the mind sharp as we age, according to various studies linking playing cards and other games with better memory and brain function, and reduced risk of dementia. While solo games like solitaire are good for the mind, … Continue reading Competitive Card Games That Keep the Ageing Mind Sharp

Hoarding – Why We Do It and the Services Available to Help

Hoarding disorder is a recognized mental health diagnosis in which a person has persistent difficulties parting with things. Hoarding often involves saving items like newspapers and magazines, clothing, and household items. Some people with hoarding disorder collect an extreme amount of animals. Although hoarding usually begins in early adulthood, the condition becomes more severe with … Continue reading Hoarding – Why We Do It and the Services Available to Help

5 Most Nutritious Foods for Elderly Adults

You are what you eat, they say and healthy foods really can help you be healthy. Incorporating nutritious foods in our diets is important at any age, but for elderly adults it’s even more so. Older adults who eat a poor diet are vulnerable to infections and chronic illness. A poor diet can also weaken … Continue reading 5 Most Nutritious Foods for Elderly Adults

Our Vaccinated Caregivers: Ready to help mom or dad get back out there

Vaccines are here and normal activities are opening up. You need a caregiver. We can provide. And they are vaccinated. It’s been a long and difficult journey, but thanks to Canada’s impressive vaccine rollout, vaccines are getting into arms and things are opening up again. Opening up means medical appointments and procedures that were postponed … Continue reading Our Vaccinated Caregivers: Ready to help mom or dad get back out there

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