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Assistive Devices for Seniors

As we get older, we must meet new challenges with wisdom and ingenuity. These challenges are unique to every situation but with empathy and communication you can find creative solutions so you can live your life to the fullest. According to Statistics Canada, one in five of the adult population has a physical disability, and that increases to approximately 50% in those 75 years and older. It may be uncomfortable and frustrating to navigate your feelings about your physical ability level, but if you realize you are finding your daily...

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Independence and In-Home Care for Seniors

The value of dignity is immeasurable; no matter our age or ability level, we all strive to live a life with dignity and joy. That can look different for different people, but at the core is our desire for both community and independence. Independence can be a tricky subject with our senior loved ones. They have lived a full capable life and continue to do so, however, with Aging comes new challenges. These challenges can be frustrating for a highly independent person. It does not mean they are incapable, far...

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Home Care Agency or Private Caregiver

When deciding to hire a caregiver for your elderly loved one, it is essential that you are doing your research and getting informed about the risks and benefits of hiring a caregiver through an agency or hiring them privately. Insurance and Legality When hiring a private caregiver, you are responsible as the employers to have updated and comprehensive insurance for them as your employee, and their working environment, your home. You have to have insurance for their workplace safety if there was an accident. They will be working in a...

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Self-Care for Caregivers During Quarantine

Elder care can be very rewarding and fosters meaningful connections between loved ones in their twilight years. It can create a beautiful space for beloved memories and increase opportunities for bonding with elderly loved ones. However, it also takes hard work and resilience because of the varied and unique challenges each person and situation calls for. Even during normal times, primary caregivers can suffer from physical and emotional burnout and need secondary caregivers, family, friends and professionals to share the load. However, during these extenuating circumstances, the need for more...

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How to determine if a Caregiver is doing a Good Job

If you have finally taken the plunge and have decided to hire an in-home caregiver for your elderly loved one, then congratulations. Hiring an in-home caregiver is a big step for both you and your loved one. In-home caregivers allow your loved one to get the help they need in the setting of their own home. It allows your loved one to gain some of their independence back and to have someone to rely on throughout the day while you and other family members may be at work. Hiring an...

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Ways to Be a True Friend to a Family Caregiver

Caregivers often find that many of their friends drift away over time. Being a caregiver is a stressful, tedious job that takes up a lot of time and often has unconventional hours. Due to this, friends tend to fall by the wayside as a caregiver fully commits him or herself to their job. These friends are not bad people, but they simply do not understand how to help their caregiver friend and they may find it easier to hang out with people who have more time. Plus, caregiver’s often lead...

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Common Home Care Problems and Solutions

If you are your elderly loved one’s main caregiver, then you may come across a few common problems during their care. If you do have issues caring for them, then it does not mean that you are failing as a caregiver. In fact, the majority of caregivers run into either health or financial issues during their caregiving career. Here are a few common issues that caregivers tend to run into when they begin caring for a loved one or a friend. Keep reading to find out the issues and learn...

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Companion Care for Seniors

Companion care may mean different things to different people. This type of care may amount to household help such as meal preparation, light cleaning, shopping and errands, or it may also be used for security reasons. Many seniors who live alone and have issues with mobility, hearing or with their health may hire companion caregivers in order to be there in case of an emergency such as a fall or injury. Companion care may also mean respite care for family members or can mean temporary care for seniors who have...

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Overnight Care for Seniors

There may be a variety of reasons why your elderly loved one may need care during the nighttime. Whether they have health issues, are at risk for falls, or have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia that causes them to grow confused at night, overnight care for seniors may be necessary. Overnight care may be difficult to find, and may be necessary as an addition to their daytime care. If you believe that your elderly loved one may need overnight care, then keep reading to learn how to determine the type of...

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What Non-Medical Home Care Services Include?

If you live far away from your elderly loved ones then you may wonder if they are receiving all of the help they need, especially if they live alone. As seniors age they may find it more difficult to complete everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning and finishing the laundry. While they may not need medical care, they may still benefit from non-medical home care services provided by personal support workers coming to their home and pitching in with a few chores. Personal support workers are caregivers who can come...

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