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Senior Home Care: What To Look For

Senior Home Care Access to home care varies greatly throughout Canada. Many rural communities have little or no access to services, while cities may have a large range of choices available. The Greater Toronto Area is one of the best-served regions of the country, with virtually every type of personal home care – including first … Continue reading Senior Home Care: What To Look For

How to cope with your aging parents

THE PLAN Reassure Your Parents. Let them know that you are supporting them and can be depended upon to help solve their problems. Emphasize family bonds. Educate Yourself. You, and your parents if possible, need to become information specialists in areas relevant to their changing situation. Legal matters, including wills, property ownership and powers of … Continue reading How to cope with your aging parents

Discussing Home Care with Your Loved One

Here are three questions for you to consider… How do you help your elderly loved one get past family customs and cultural beliefs, to accept assistance in their homes? How do you tell your loved one that you and your siblings are concerned about them living alone at home? How do you help them keep … Continue reading Discussing Home Care with Your Loved One

Fear, Loathing Stalk Health-Care Reform – Toronto Star

Behind closed doors at Queen’s Park, Health Minister Eric Hoskins and a team of senior bureaucrats are preparing to unveil a massive reform of the health-care system that will impact the lives of every single resident in Ontario. But Hoskins is running into a wall of opposition and criticism from vested interests in the system … Continue reading Fear, Loathing Stalk Health-Care Reform – Toronto Star

It’s a Family Affair: How to Deal with Resistance from a Loved One

A Family Meeting Arranging a family meeting can be a great opportunity to have a discussion about the care your loved one should be receiving, (or wants to receive). It may seem obvious, but remember that he/she is the one who will be making the necessary choices about how to live their life, not you … Continue reading It’s a Family Affair: How to Deal with Resistance from a Loved One

Talking With Older Drivers

The growing number of older drivers and today’s driving complexities has increased the concern expressed by many family members and friends about the safety of a loved one. These decisions about driving are difficult for older individuals to make on their own. This guide is to initiate the conversation and assist you when the time … Continue reading Talking With Older Drivers

When Is Home Health Care Required?

Generally speaking, home care is required when a loved one is a threat to their own well being or he/she needs assistance with the activities of daily living. These activities include, but are not limited to: meal preparation, bathing, dressing, grooming, errands, shopping and medication reminders. Recognizing for the first time that your loved one … Continue reading When Is Home Health Care Required?

Are your Stairs at Home Safe?

Seniors are more at risk for falling on stairs than younger adults. A large portion of Canadians who visit hospitals after a fall on or from stairs in their homes are seniors. When seniors fall, the consequences can be severe. Falls resulting in injuries can occur even with a single step. Aside from environmental and … Continue reading Are your Stairs at Home Safe?

What are Your Rules for Living a Happy and Rewarding Life?

To quote Abraham Lincoln, “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Or do you think happiness, ‘just happens?’ If you were to stop people randomly on the street and ask them if they were happy, chances are most of them would say, “Yes.” Happiness can mean different things to … Continue reading What are Your Rules for Living a Happy and Rewarding Life?

Vision Care Info for Seniors

Be Kind to Your Eyes! Have you eaten your carrots today? Studies show that a daily dose of the vitamins and minerals found in melons, citrus, carrots, spinach and kale may help slow the progress of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Many changes to vision happen so slowly that you may not realize … Continue reading Vision Care Info for Seniors

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