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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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