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Happy Holidays from Retire-At-Home Halton

Happy Holidays from Retire-At-Home Halton

Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton wishes you all a very happy holiday! We hope that you and your loved ones enjoy each others’ company. Thanks for a fantastic 2016! We want to thank our community in Halton (Oakville, Georgetown, Burlington, Mississauga North and Milton) for a brilliant 2016. We usually take some time to reflect on everything that’s happened throughout the year, whether positive or less advantageous.  Keeping a positive attitude can help make the near future more productive and less stressful. There are so many things for which we’re grateful. Truly, our favourite memories are the moments we share with our clients and all the wonderful people we work with throughout the year that make us want to keep doing what we love to do, which is to care for our seniors and those of us who need a bit of help once in a while. We had an amazing show season, and we were so happy to be able to meet so many kind and funny members of the community and their families. We also celebrated one of our favourite people, Mr. Potts, who turned 100! We also launched online chat services, which is a great tool that allows you to communicate with us and ask questions about our services, such as our new Cognitive Therapy program which began this year as well. We’re looking forward to another great year in 2017, and hope that you will be a part of it. Planning home health care for 2017 While the holidays are usually the busiest time of year for many local businesses, and this is when most...
Let’s Make This Winter Injury-Free!

Let’s Make This Winter Injury-Free!

Now that Winter has become a part of our reality in the Halton region, taking time to make smart and safe choices can mean the difference between an accident-free season or catastrophe. Below-freezing temperatures can create potentially dangerous situations for many people in our community, especially if you have a disability. International Day of Disabled Persons December 3, 2016 was the official International Day of Disabled Persons. We celebrate our loved ones and neighbours every day, but it’s nice to have a day for the World to rejoice in positive messages and to raise awareness of the significance of creating a barrier-free and non-judgemental environment for people with disabilities.   Winter Chores and Injuries While we know that a disability is by no means the way we define our personalities or what we can accomplish in the larger sense, we’d like to reach out to our community to ensure everyone has a safe, and injury-free season! Winter presents these challenges to everyone, including those of us without mobility issues. Last month, we shared a post about trips and falls in honour of Fall Prevention Month (November 16, 2016) but we feel that the topic is worthy of another mention now that ice and snow are covering our sidewalks and roads. Fall prevention during the Winter is a priority, as well as safe snow removal techniques, which include warming up your muscles by stretching. Tips for shoveling snow safely   Extreme Cold for Seniors If you’ve lived through a couple of winters in Canada, then you understand the importance of proper protective outerwear and footwear.  If you’re new to our...
From Counting Beans to Counting Instagram Followers: how one senior became computer-literate

From Counting Beans to Counting Instagram Followers: how one senior became computer-literate

Our community in Halton is a modern, cosmopolitan society that embraces diversity, culture and a progressive attitude toward advances in technology that help our health care professionals treat whatever ails us. No matter how much progress we make, we always love hearing about how life was in the earlier part of the century and how our seniors are adapting to new ways of making life fun and efficient. We understand how difficult this can be for seniors who never had the occasion to use technology. We recently had the chance to sit with one of Milton’s seniors to talk about how she learned how to use an iPad, a digital camera and the Internet in her retirement. We thought that her story was pretty great, and hope you will find some inspiration from our friend Silvana.   Silvana’s story I grew up in the 1950s and 60s in a family of 9 children. Books were treasures that we couldn’t afford, and my education was limited. In fact, we used beans to do mathematics like addition and subtraction! Most of my life, I worked at jobs that required physical labour. We were always worried about paying the mortgage and didn’t have time to be excited about things like computers. But when our children needed one for school, we made a big sacrifice and spent $3700.00 on a new computer for them. Sometimes I would watch what they were doing and marvel at how a computer could do so many things, but as I grew older, it was harder to learn so I didn’t bother. When I became a cashier at...
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