Toronto In-Home Care Blog

Events and Activities for Seniors - August 2015

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

We’re in the middle of a big heat wave in Toronto, but there’s plenty of summer activities to keep the heat off your mind.  Here are some great events to check out in the month of August:

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Topics: Events, Healthy Living

Who will pay for your in-home care?

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Jul 18, 2015

Who is responsible for paying for home care and home medical assistance? How much should we expect the province to help? How much of the work will fall upon unpaid family and friends? How much will come from professional home care service providers?  Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins perpetuate the myth of heathcare entitlements by talking a big game but the truth is that when it comes to in-home care, we are mostly on our own.  

This past Saturday, The Globe and Mail released an in-depth look at the state of in-home care in Ontario.  The article comes at a time when there is a drastic shift towards in-home care in the province, relocating patients away from hospitals and long-term care facilities, and into their homes.

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Top 5 health concerns for seniors

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Jul 14, 2015


It’s no secret that the average age in Canada is rising. 

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Statistics Canada predicts that by 2056 the median age in Canada will be 10 years older than today.

As our friends and relatives age, it’s important to keep an eye on their health.  Here are the most common senior health concerns: 

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

Family Doctors Want to See a National Home Care Strategy

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Mar 17, 2015

doctorwithstethoscopeHome care is important to Canadians. About 80% believe it is an expression of Canadian values. It is also usually less expensive than hospitalization or care in a long term care facility. Yet the Federal government has no national home care policy. A number of organizations are calling for a strategy to meet the home care needs of all Canadians. Two reports released last fall illustrate a growing discontent with the situation as it stands.

In September 2014 the Statistics Canada released a report titled Canadians with Unmet Home Care Needs underscoring the growing disparity between the needs of Canadians for home care and the resources available for home care. If you live in Ontario or have read a newpaper in the last six months, this is not exactly news.

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Topics: Healthcare system

Senior Hoarding - What to Do About It

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Mar 10, 2015

Hoarding-clutter-2Getting rid of the clutter in a home can be a daunting task. The longer you live, the more it seems you collect over the years. But having lots of "stuff" and senior hoarding are two different beasts. There's nothing wrong with having lots of stuff, but for seniors who are experiencing difficulty staying in their own home, clutter is a real danger. Last week we talked about why seniors hoard; this week we'll discuss how to handle.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthy Living

Over-Medicated and Under-Cared-For in the Nursing Home

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Mar 7, 2015

pillsToo many residents of Ontario's nursing homes are over-medicated. It’s easier and faster to administer a pill than to figure out the root cause of the behaviour that prompted the drug’s use in the first place. Those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are susceptible to a number of unwanted behaviours, including agitation, anxiety, and aggression. To make it easier for over-worked and under-staffed employees to handle patients, many nursing homes use drugs to calm and quiet patients down.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

Senior Hoarding - How Did it Get to be Such a Mess?

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

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When you enter your mom's house, you can't believe how cluttered it's become. Last time you were there there were piles of paper, but now you can barely walk through the living room. The pantry is stacked with 6 cans of every kind of vegetable, most of them long past their expiry date; the medicine chest holds prescriptions from 10 years ago. She says she bought the cans when they were on sale, and you can't get rid of the medicine - what if she gets sick again? You don't remember her being so attached to "stuff" when she was younger; what happened?

Just the daily inundation of junk mail, catalogues and bills can be overwhelming to seniors who are struggling to remain in their homes. Add that to a lifetime's accumulation of possessions, and many seniors don't know where to start, even if they wanted to. Experts say older adults tend to save useless items for a variety of reasons, including fear of loss or change, thinking they will need them someday, being depressed, saving memories, or even feeling they can't physically handle the clean-up.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Beat the Blues with Mid-Winter Activities for Seniors

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Feb 21, 2015

groundhogThe groundhog might not have been able to see his shadow in Toronto on February 2, but we’ve got at least 6 more weeks of winter anyway. This time of year, winter always seems to stretch out like a highway in Alberta, straight, flat, and unending.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthy Living

Spinal Cord Injury - the Basics

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

spinal_columnThe spinal cord is the nerve center of the body, connecting the brain to other parts of the body through nerves which control voluntary and involuntary movement and function throughout the body. Its companion, the spine, is made up of 33 vertebrae allowing us to walk, sit, lift, twist and bend. The spinal cord runs along the inside of the vertebrae through a hole in the center of each bone. The bones of the spine protect the spinal cord under most circumstances.

About 80% of spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen to people between the ages of 15 and 35, and 80% of those are male. SCI can occur as a result of sports injury, falls, diving into shallow water, and auto accident. Many of us tend to think of spinal cord injury as causing permanent paralysis, such as Christopher Reeves’ infamous fall from horseback. Amazingly, however, many people recover from injuries that their doctors say are permanent. More than 60% of people with severe SCI retain some motor or sensory function below the site of the injury, and many of them recover some functioning over time.

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Topics: Family caregivers

An Invention to Help Alzheimer's Patients Who Wander at Night

Posted by Jeff Durish

Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Teslas_magnifying_transmitter_generating_millions_of_voltsAlzheimer’s disease, along with its related dementias, is the fastest growing health threat in Canada. Between 2011 and 2031, a span of just 20 years, the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer's and dementia will double from over 700,000 to an estimated 1.4 million. Today the direct medical and indirect lost earnings costs are about $33 billion per year. By 2040 this number will skyrocket to $293 billion.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Alzheimer's/Dementia