Toronto In-Home Care Blog

Intergenerational Relationships Improve Quality of Life for All Ages

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Dec 27, 2014

Teens_and_SeniorsIn the last 30 years or so, intergenerational programs have blossomed worldwide. In the Netherlands, the Humanitas Retirement Home in Deventer invites students to live rent-free in exchange for 30 hours of their time each month. Students end up doing many of the tasks that care providers at the home don’t have time to do, such as playing games with the seniors, taking them shopping, doing the shopping for them, or just having a leisurely conversation. Both young and old learn from each other.

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Old Dogs & New Tricks: Students Teach Seniors How to Be Tech Savvy

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Dec 13, 2014

Fotolia_24337753_XS-300x217Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Certainly not Brenda Rusnak, producer of a Toronto-based documentary called Cyber Seniors, an inspiring film about the ability of technology to unite anyone, at any age. The documentary follows a group of high school students as they teach seniors how to use the web, including Facebook, email, Skype, and YouTube.

Inspired by this documentary, a group of grade 12 students at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School decided to tutor seniors as well in their volunteer program, Grads Giving Back. They invited residents of Oakville's Delmanor Glen Abbey seniors’ home to a screening of the film and to register to be tutored.

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Etobicoke General Employee Giving Campaign Takes Off

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Sep 27, 2014

WOHSF_Tag_artwork_(2)This week is dedicated to employee engagement at  Etobicoke General Hospital. The William Osler Health System Foundation has created an in-hospital opportunity for employees to stand up and declare their support for their patients, for the hospital, and for each other.

On Monday, September 29, the annual employee giving campaign begins. It's the kick-off event for improvements and services in the Etobicoke facility, where every employee gets a chance to share goals and their vision for the place where employees spend a good chunk of their time. This year Qualicare is sponsoring the campaign with a donation to the Foundation, but more importantly as volunteers throughout the week.  We'll be on site all week long with snacks, gifts prizes and big smiles to show our thanks and appreciation for employees of the hospital. It's going to be a fun week!

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CCAC - Community Healthcare in Ontario

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

seniorcaregiver_smallFor more than 20 years, Community Care Access Centres (CACC) have been serving Ontario, connecting people who need health care with those who provide it. There are 14 CCACs currently in Ontario (although there were 43 when they started) and each is unique to the community it serves. Their common mission is “to deliver a seamless experience through the health system for people in our diverse communities, providing equitable access, individualized care coordination and quality health care.”

Finding the right office in the Toronto area can be confusing.  Most of Toronto is covered by the Toronto Central CCAC however parts of Etobicoke fall into the Mississauga Halton Region, North York is covered by the Ontario Central CCAC and Scarborough is covered by the Central East Region. It is confusing but you can simply enter your home postal code here to find which office is responsible for your area.

The CCAC’s job is to help people live independently at home, apply for admission to day programs or supportive or assisted living, and apply to long-term care facilities. They learn your needs and then match you with the resources to fulfill them. Anyone can refer someone to them, and the majority of their clients (55%) are over the age of 65.

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Your Guide to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Posted by Steve Jones

Mon, Feb 3, 2014

SunnybrookSunnybrook began as a hospital for Canadian veterans, but has grown into a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto to meet the needs of the growing community. Sunnybrook is now the largest single-site hospital in Canada.

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Guide to Mount Sinai Hospital

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Feb 1, 2014

Welcome___Mount_Sinai_Hospital_—_Mount_Sinai_HospitalMount Sinai is an internationally recognized group of hospitals operating in countries all over the world. The Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto location is a 446 bed facility and academic health sciences centre. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai is dedicated in their mission to deliver the best patient experience and medicine available, with a focus on family-centered care, leading-edge research, and innovative education.

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Guide to North York General Hospital

Posted by Steve Jones

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

North_York_General_Hospital___HomeNorth York General Hospital is a community-based teaching and education facility with three locations that offer long-term services, acute care, and ambulatory services respectively. North York General has one of the largest and most comprehensive Family and Community Medicine programs in all of Canada, with significant care options for seniors in both long-term care and specialized geriatric services. With approximately 5,000 staff, physicians and volunteers has some of the best patient service capacity of all hospitals in Toronto.

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Your Guide to Humber River Regional Hospital

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Jan 29, 2014

HRH___Humber_River_HospitalHumber River Hospital is a hospital network operating in the GTA and one of the largest regional acute care hospitals in Toronto and all of Canada. Currently running on three separate sites, Humber River Hospital has a total of 549 beds with approximately 3,000 staff, 400 volunteers and 700 physicians and health care specialists, which service more than 850,000 people within the northwest of the greater Toronto area.

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Your Guide to St. Joseph's Health Centre

Posted by Steve Jones

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Medicine___Seniors_Care___St._Joseph_s_Health_Centre_TorontoSt. Joe's motto, "Many faces, one mission," speaks to its commitment to diversity of the patients and staff and to outstanding care for all. With a history of more than 90 years, St. Joseph's is a community teaching hospital, drawing students with their rich learning environment.

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Your Guide to St. Michael's Hospital

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Jan 22, 2014

iStock_000004238206XLargeSt. Michael's Hospital in Toronto is a medical centre and teaching hospital of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine located in the central area of the city. Built with a mandate to take care of sick and under-privileged people living in Toronto's inner city, St. Michael's Hospital has evolved into a multidisciplinary medical facility.

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