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How to have those difficult but necessary conversations

Few of us have given much thought to our parents’ aging and becoming dependent on us. It always seems to be something that will happen “someday,” far off in the future. As adult children, many of us feel uncomfortable talking to our parents about their finances, estate plans and possible home care needs, as they … Continue reading How to have those difficult but necessary conversations

Why You Need to Care for Yourself When You’re Caring for an Elderly Loved One

Caregiving or professional home care for a elderly loved one can be very stressful, particularly when the caregiver is also the spouse and emotions are involved. Under healthy circumstances, spouses draw support from each other. When a spouse becomes the caregiver, not only do they lose the traditional help around the home, they also lose … Continue reading Why You Need to Care for Yourself When You’re Caring for an Elderly Loved One

What You Should Look For When Choosing a Home Care Provider

Most home care organizations do their best to project a positive image to potential clients and will claim that they provide quality caregivers who are reliable and sensitive to your needs. The best way to ensure that you find the right match is to ask specific questions about how they operate. Here is a checklist … Continue reading What You Should Look For When Choosing a Home Care Provider

How Companionship Can Play A Crucial Role in Elderly Care

As the Baby Boomers age, their adult children are seeking ways to keep them as healthy and independent as possible. Studies show that seniors do far better when they’re able to remain in their own homes, yet many are unable to do so by themselves. Your elderly parent may need both home care and companionship. … Continue reading How Companionship Can Play A Crucial Role in Elderly Care

How to Use Technology to Make Aging at Home Easier

Two of the leading causes of hospitalization in Ontario are Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The majority of the people with these illnesses are over the age of 65. Utilizing Telehomecare, seniors can live at home longer and their caregivers can provide better home care and can do so with … Continue reading How to Use Technology to Make Aging at Home Easier

The Benefits of a PSW for a Dementia Sufferer

Dementia is one of the most common conditions affecting seniors in Canada. With the aging of the “Baby Boomer” generation, it’s expected that by 2031, 1.4 million Canadians will suffer from dementia. If a family member has been diagnosed with dementia, you may be worrying about what the future has in store. Medical professionals will … Continue reading The Benefits of a PSW for a Dementia Sufferer

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Caregiving During the Holiday Season

Here are some suggestions to help make this time of year more joyous and enjoyable for everyone… Keeping it balanced Don’t be afraid to say “No, thank you”; and, only agree to do something if it’s comfortably manageable. Many people have time off during the holidays; and, even if not, people are usually more willing … Continue reading Caregiving During the Holiday Season

End of Life Care: What To Look For In A Provider

If you or a family member is facing a terminal illness, emotions can be overwhelming. It can sometimes be difficult to know what to do, and who to turn to. Some patients, reluctant to place the burden of caretaking on loved ones, opt to spend their final days in a hospice. But it is often … Continue reading End of Life Care: What To Look For In A Provider

Why You Should Consider Elderly Care for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

As Canada’s population ages, the prevalence of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, macular degeneration, and type 2 diabetes is increasing. Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, progressive neurological disorder, is also on the rise. Nearly 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 5,500 new cases are diagnosed each year. Treatment for Parkinson’s may include working with … Continue reading Why You Should Consider Elderly Care for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

What to Look Out For When Visiting Your Elderly Parents Over the Holidays

The holiday season is one for festivities, and for many of us, it is also a time for visiting with our parents. While visiting with your parents, you noticed that things with them are not quite the same. Perhaps you have noticed: How do you know when your parents need help? Difficulty with or inability … Continue reading What to Look Out For When Visiting Your Elderly Parents Over the Holidays

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