Toronto In-Home Care Blog

Helpful Services for Seniors in Toronto

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 27, 2015


Recently we've published blog posts on senior home safety:

Today we're going to look at some Toronto Services that can make life easier and safer for seniors.

The City of Toronto offers a variety of services for seniors

In Toronto, we’re lucky to be in one of the most liveable cities in the world.  Part of this means having access to resources that make life easier for us as we age.  The City of Toronto provides a guide to all the various types of municipal services for seniors.  These can be anything from resources to help older people with health issues, to transportation services, to activities to help pass the time.  We're going to take a look at two of the helpful services available but for more information, visit the City of Toronto's Guide to Services for Seniors. 

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Selecting a Walker For an Older Friend or Relative - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Thu, Sep 24, 2015


Every week we take a look at a specific assistive device and all the options available.  This week we're talking about walkers.  To explore our other posts about assitive devices, see the links below:

For those who have trouble keeping stable while walking, a walker is often the solution.  Though walkers may seem very basic (a simple metal frame that someone can lean on), there are specific optional features that can make walking much more enjoyable.  We're going to take a look at all the different options to help you make an informed decision when you purchase a walker.

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Topics: Assistive Devices

In the News - Bedsores and Nursing Home Negligence

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 20, 2015


This past week, the Toronto Star reported a front page story alleging that a Mississauga nursing home had failed to meet the basic health requirements of a senior resident.  In this particular case, the Star reported that Fariza Trinos, a 30-year-old Toronto resident was appalled to find that her grandmother was suffering from severe untreated bedsores at the Erin Mills Lodge nursing home.  The nursing home was not providing the proper care for the bedsores and they were actively trying to hide them when people would go to visit her.  This is not an acceptable practice for any type of elderly care and steps must be taken to prevent this type of negligence.

Nursing homes should be safe places for seniors

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthcare system

What's a raised toilet seat and how does it help? - Assistive devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Every week we take a look at a specific assistive device and all the options available.  This week we're taking a look at elevated/raised toilet seats.  To explore our other posts about assitive devices, see the links below:

Toilet paper image from Brandon Blinkenberg at Wikipedia

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Topics: Assistive Devices

In the news - women and Alzheimer's, new study

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 13, 2015

care worker and women with Alzheimer's

Recently, a study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference found that women’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsen much quicker than men’s. The study claims that women with Alzheimer’s conditions deteriorate almost twice as fast as men with the same condition. These findings could have a large impact on how we view, treat and deal with Alzheimer’s.

We've often written about Alzheimer's in our blog:

But here are our answers about this new study and what it could mean for the home-care community.  

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Shower Safety and Support Seating - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 9, 2015


This is the second installment of our weekly segment on assistive devices.  Every week we will go into detail about a specific assistive device and all that you need to know before purchasing one.  Read last week's assistive device post about wheelchairs here.

Slipping and falling in the shower can be a big fear at any age, but the last thing anyone wants to hear is that an older loved one has hurt themselves in the shower.  If a parent is moving into your home, there are some steps that you can take to make your bathroom a safer place.  Shower seating is a great option to help an older individual have a safe and enjoyable shower experience without the fear of slipping and falling.  
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Topics: Assistive Devices

How seniors' diets change with age

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 6, 2015

As our friends and family members age, it becomes more and more important for them to watch their diet.  Certain nutritional needs change as people get older and there are steps that we can take to help our older friends and relatives at mealtimes.  Following the Canadian Food Guide is a good first step to keeping a balanced diet.  Here are some things to watch for when you’re thinking about an aging relative’s nutrition. Cooking for seniors, in-home caregiving

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Topics: Healthy Living

Which wheelchair should you buy? - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 2, 2015

This is the first installment of our weekly segment on assistive devices.  Every week, we will go into detail about a specific assistive device and all that you need to know before purchasing one.

If you’ve never bought a wheelchair for a loved one before, it can be a very overwhelming task.  If a relative is in a situation and they need a wheelchair, what kind do they need?  Where can you buy it?  What should you ask the doctor?  How much will it cost?  How can you pay for it?

These are some common questions that you may be asking yourself if an elderly relative is suddenly in need of a wheelchair.  There are two major factors that you should think about before buying a wheelchair, the comfort and the type of use.

 What type of wheelchair should you get for a parent or elderly relative?


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Topics: Assistive Devices

Five things you should consider before hiring a live-in caregiver

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Aug 30, 2015

In-home caregiver and senior

Perhaps its time to consider a live-in caregiver for a loved one?  How do you know that a live-in caregiver is the right option?  When is the right time?   Here are five things you should consider before hiring a live-in caregiver: 

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Topics: Family caregivers

When a parent moves back home

Posted by Steve Jones

Fri, Aug 28, 2015


Sometimes it comes as a surprise, you’re often expecting your son or daughter might want to move back home, but it could turn out being your mom or dad who moves home first.  A sudden stroke or medical issue can lead to a parent moving in, in need of some extra support.  It can be a tough transition but also a very positive one for the whole family.  Multigenerational homes are on the rise and when a parent needs support, it’s comforting to have them close by.  Here are some things to remember when a parent moves into your house.

parents moving home, happy family, in-home care, caregivers

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