Blog

Carefect Blog


Virtual Holiday Celebration Ideas with Your Elderly Loved Ones

This year is a year of being adaptive, compassionate, and building new traditions. While the holidays will look different this year, there are still methods to connect with our loved ones. We will need to be resourceful to create that holiday magic and look carefully for opportunities to make our loved ones feel special. These opportunities will present themselves to you and will vary according to your circumstances. Your local community’s health and safety guidelines are a good first step when planning your celebrations this year. Most families are making...

Read More

Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Safely with your Elderly Loved Ones during COVID-19

The holiday season is full of light and love. You may decorate your homes with strings of lights, light the candles of the menorah or wait with bated breath for Santa Claus to find his way down your chimney. We connect with old friends and spend quality time with them and lean into the warm embrace of family. However, while the joys of the holidays may be affected by your local health procedure, helping keep the community safe is the best gift you can give and receive this year. Ensure...

Read More

Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic is putting many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at risk, but because most know it to be a respiratory illness, it is not immediately obvious how. The reality is that dementia-related behaviors such as forgetting to wash their hands and other necessary precautions may increase the risk of contracting the disease. These behaviors, compounded with old age and common age-related health conditions may present a concerning combination for diseases like COVID-19. Whether your community is reopening services or taking more precautions, depending on the number of...

Read More

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

As we move into the winter season, it is time for us to change our wardrobes from our fun summer outfits to our cozy sweaters to accommodate the increasingly colder weather. While comfy clothes and winter adventures may be something to look forward to, as an older person, it can present an uncomfortable challenge: the cold. Although getting cold during a brisk winter walk can feel refreshing for a younger person, a big chill can affect an older person’s immune system and even lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia  Hypothermia is the...

Read More

Caring for an Elderly Loved One During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Caring for an elderly loved one requires hard work, dedication as well as the ability to adapt to new and ever-changing circumstances both internal as well as external. Being a caregiver is a demanding role during the best of circumstances, however, the Coronavirus has presented even more unique challenges. There are new ‘best practices’, health and safety guidelines, and procedures to consider when keeping your elderly loved one safe. First and foremost, to protect your vulnerable senior, you must first protect yourself. Ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures to...

Read More

Ways to Convince an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s to Shower

Hygiene management and bathing is an important yet stressful daily aspect of living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Often, it can be a battle to create a care routine that keeps your elderly loved one physically safe from the damaging effects of poor hygiene, as bathing can be nerve wracking for someone with Alzheimer’s. Attempts to get them to bathe and shower can result in arguments, negotiations, screaming, crying, and hostility. This increases your stress level and creates a negative connotation to bathing for your elderly loved one. This can...

Read More

Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

Fall is the season of autumnal colours, slowing down and finding peace. Usually the pace of our lifestyle slows as the weather gets colder and the sun begins to set sooner. This is a wonderful time to connect with close loved ones and spend quality time on hobbies that bring you joy. Making space for building these moments of connection can boost morale and increase mental wellness. When choosing activities to enjoy with your elderly loved one, it is valuable to consider their individual taste and ability. Each person has...

Read More

Flu Season – Prevention Tips for Seniors and Caregivers

As we move through October and into November, we are entering the cold and flu season in Ontario. The temperatures drop and the amount of vitamin D we are receiving decreases as our daily sunlight minimizes incrementally. These factors, compounded with the cold and flu season, hinder our body’s natural defenses and compromises our immune system. Seniors are especially vulnerable to the cold and flu season as their immune system becomes weaker with age. As well, those who are caregivers for seniors are affected by their vulnerability to the cold...

Read More

Tips to Help Seniors During Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time, first conceived by Benjamin Franklin, changes our schedule to suit our preference. The primary purpose of daylight-saving time is to enjoy more of the daylight, so we either ‘fall’- back or ‘spring’- forward depending on the time of the year. As we move into autumn, we ‘fall’-back to utilize more sunlight in the morning, rather than in the evening. As lovely as it is to see the sun shining when we leave the house, it comes at the cost of our evening light which leaves us late...

Read More

Alzheimer’s: Repetitive Behavior – Causes and How to Respond

Repetition is one of the behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s. A person with Alzheimer’s may fixate on a specific phrase or action and repeat it over and over to self-soothe. As well, they may focus on undoing chore such as unmaking a bed, which can be troubling for them and their caregivers. An elder with Alzheimer’s may show these behaviors and these rituals may be performed as a means to recreate familiarity, comfort during moments of anxiety and cope with their emotional state. As these actions in repetition can be concerning...

Read More