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The Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

According to the recent surveys on diseases, the number of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases is on the rise. They are becoming the topmost concern for the elderly, seniors, their family members and homecare providers. Although the clinical manifestations of both these diseases are quite similar, there are many differences that may affect the ongoing care. According to the American Medical Association, Dementia is the medical term that is used for the conditions arising from insidious loss of several mental functions. Memory impairment, decreased motor skills, disturbances in the ability of...

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Winter Safety Tips for seniors

Winter can be very a challenging time for the seniors and the elderly as they are more prone to an attack or exacerbation of diseases such as bronchitis, angina, heart diseases, allergies and various skin infections. With advancing of age, the body’s immunity system effectiveness declines, making it more prone to an attack of viruses and disease. Although many senior citizens travel to warmer areas or countries, many cannot and they need to deal with the snow storms, the frost and the extremes of low temperature at their main place...

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Canadian Homecare Services – Current challenges

Homecare remains and is foreseen to remain an unavoidable and complex component of every country’s health care system for that matter.  Homecare services companies like Carefect are greatly in demand today and more so in the coming years. This is because there is a steep increase in the population of people who are likely to become dependent. According to National Statistics, as per Canada’s most recent demographic projections, 1 out of 5 persons will be 65 years or older by 2026.  This is an increase from the 1 out of...

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The Imminent Caregivers Shortage – Impact and Options

According to Wikipedia, the term caregiver is normally used to refer to unpaid relatives or friends of a disabled individual who help that individual with his or her activities of daily living (homecare). A recent study shows that today, as much as 80% of the homecare services provided to older adults come from such individuals.  However, as the baby boomers generation age, and the fact that they didn't have as many children as their parents – the same in-family resources will simply not be available to take care of them....

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Pros and Cons of Sponsoring a Live-in Caregiver

A live-in caregiver is someone who lives in the same residence as the client and provides a range of homecare services (such as personal care, homemaking, companionship, running errands and more). Some of the service inquiries we receive at Carefect Homecare Services are from potential clients who are looking to sponsor a live-in caregiver. After additional information gathering and as part of our assessment process, we found that a live-in caregiver is often perceived as a replacement to the family member caregiver and is expected to be available 24 hours...

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You say Senior, I say Boomer…

While talking to customers about our homecare services, we found that different people refer to each age group differently. As a result, we’ve decided to research some of the definitions to set a unified terminology. We’ve used Dictionaries, Wikipedia and other online resources to make the following definitions: Baby boomers –Defined (by the US Census) as a person that was born during the Post-World War II area and who grew up during the period between 1946 and 1964 (which will make them between the ages of 47 to 65). As...

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On Dementia, Alzheimer and Screenwriters

Friday's episode of the Sci-Fi TV show “Fringe” presented a unique story where a loving husband was able to temporary turn back time and talk with his wife before she succumbed to Alzheimer. If you follow the entertainment industry (e.g. TV and movies) you probably have noticed that in the past 12 months the number of stories using Dementia and Alzheimer as a plot driver has increased significantly. In addition to Friday's episode, the mother of the main character in the TV show "unforgettable" suffers from Dementia as well. The...

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Making a Decision: Retirement Home or Home Care Services

The front page of Toronto Star’s Saturday edition had a full page article about Dan Heap, the former Spadina MP who has Alzheimer. Mr. Heap was 5 years in a waiting list for a nursing home while living in a retirement home since 2009 paying $10,000 (!) a month for lodging and care for him and his wife. (For the full article, Click Here) In the article, Mr. Heap’s son (Danny) wonders if the family should have paid to build a ramp in Mr. and Mrs. Heap’s apartment and should have...

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Introduction

There is a lot of information online about home care, caregiving, seniors, the elderly, baby boomers and aging that it is almost doesn’t make sense to open another blog. So… why are we still doing it? After close to a year of research and deliberations, we believe that a blog of our own will allow us to address what we feel is missing from other blogs: Comprehensive View –Online blogs usually have a common “theme” in their posted articles. That theme is usually the publisher’s specific type of services or...

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