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Medication safety tips for seniors

As people age, their medical needs inevitably become more complex. Research indicates that the vast majority of Canadian seniors take at least one prescription drug, and many seniors are on multiple medications. In fact, the average number of prescriptions a senior citizen in Canada takes is seven, with two thirds of seniors taking five or … Continue reading Medication safety tips for seniors

Meet Pauline Lyons of Living Assistance Services in Toronto

Choosing a homecare provider can be overwhelming, particularly with so many options in the greater Toronto area. It is a significant decision, and you probably have more questions than answers when starting out. After all, you want the best for your aging loved ones, and must ensure that they will be treated with great care … Continue reading Meet Pauline Lyons of Living Assistance Services in Toronto

What does light housekeeping include?

When you book a caregiver from Living Assistance Services in Toronto to support aging family members at home, it’s often to help them with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This includes things like bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and other day-to-day tasks that come with independent living. Our caregivers also offer support with meal prep and … Continue reading What does light housekeeping include?

Happy holidays from Living Assistance Services

As the year comes to an end, we are able to look back with warmth, gratitude and hope for the future. While there have been many challenges throughout 2021, we’ve also experienced many wonderful moments with our team, our clients and of course, in our own homes and families. We are grateful for all of … Continue reading Happy holidays from Living Assistance Services

3 dementia care tips for families

When a loved one has dementia, their needs and abilities change significantly over time. In addition to facing cognitive challenges, dementia can involve physical and emotional issues and even impact a person’s personality to some extent. This can be hard on family members and is often overwhelming for those in a caregiving role. In an … Continue reading 3 dementia care tips for families

Why you should hire a caregiver from Living Assistance Services

The decision to hire a caregiver to help support aging loved ones is a big step, but it is also one of the best choices you can make for your family. A Personal Support Worker (PSW) can assist seniors with Activities of Daily Life (ADLs) while providing light housekeeping, meal preparation and joyful companionship. They … Continue reading Why you should hire a caregiver from Living Assistance Services

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?

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