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Get the Support Your Senior Needs

Get the Support Your Senior Needs

Are you and your family having trouble making a decision about senior home care?  As we get older, and our parents age, we find ourselves in situations that require us to make choices that we never thought we would have to make.  Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton understands that independence is something many people value, and having the freedom to stay in your own home in the later stages of your life is desirable, but not always possible. In-home health care Deteriorating health and limited finances may lead some families to consider alternative home nursing care options for seniors.  In Ontario, we benefit from the provincial medical system for many treatments and doctor visits.  There are some services, such as physiotherapy, that are only covered by private benefit plans. Many cultures believe that keeping their elders in the family home is a natural thing to do, but more families are embracing this idea because of the variety of affordable in-home services are being offered. Some things to consider when your parent is moving in with you: What does your parent want? Does your mother or father have mobility issues? Can you modify parts or all of your home to accommodate them? Is there a medical condition that prevents your parent from being at home alone? Can you work from home or arrange for someone to be home at alternate times? Compare the cost of assisted living versus caregiver support in your home What are your parents’ health care needs, and can they be addressed at home? Consider your family budget and research service fees Assisted living for seniors Making...
Seniors are Invited

Seniors are Invited

Halton Region, including Burlington, Oakville, Milton, and Campbellville, is proud to offer a variety of things to do this winter.  Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton is excited about these upcoming events because they are accessible and affordable for seniors looking for a fun activity. Whether you’re into theatre, live music, movies or outdoor adventure, there’s something for every interest and budget. Staying active and involved can help stave off depression and maintain a healthy outlook. How can Retire-At-Home Halton help you join the party? Our qualified caregivers and companions can assist you when attending these events.  We can: Arrange for transportation to and from the event Help you buy tickets Call the venue ahead of time to ensure wheelchair accessibility Pack your medication and snacks Attend the event with you if you would like a companion Help you apply to be a volunteer   Events around Halton (Winter 2017) January 29, 2017  2 pm A Tribute to Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald with the Toronto All-Star Big Band If you love music and want to immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the 30s, 40s and 50s, plan an afternoon of swinging music and dinner in beautiful Burlington at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. $45.00   January 27-29, 2017 Various showtimes Milton Film Festival Choose one (or a few) film to enjoy in the beautiful, modern and comfortable Milton Centre for the Arts. You can also apply to be a volunteer for this event! $13.00 single ticket, multi-passes available   February 12, 2017 9:30-10:30 am Raptors in Focus Learn about birds of prey in the beautiful Mountsberg Conservation Area of...
How Seniors Can Get Involved in Their Communities

How Seniors Can Get Involved in Their Communities

We like to watch the news at least once or twice a day and follow various news outlets on social media to stay connected to our community and the world. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton encourages everyone to be an active participant in their community, and we want to help you do it! Stay connected! Whether it’s to help us decide which clothes to wear depending on the weather, or to keep up to date on local and international events, we all have a news channel we like. Some even have panels of expert guests to discuss sensitive topics with a variety of views represented. If you spend a lot of time in the car or on public transit, the radio is a loyal companion.  There are shows that have political bias, ones that are purely entertaining for the morning commute, and ones that offer live broadcasts of sporting events whose format is specifically tailored for a non-viewing audience. Thank you We must thank our seniors for helping to shape our communities as we know them! Given the wide variety of choices in media, it’s often difficult to piece together what’s actually going on, and how you feel about it! Having lived in Canada for many years, seniors already have a good idea of the political process, and the duties of citizens in a democratic society. There are several ways you can be a part of the democratic process: vote during elections volunteer at representative events (municipal, provincial or federal) participate in the census communicate your concerns to your representatives join the board that governs your condo building join...
Stay Hydrated and Healthy Throughout the Winter

Stay Hydrated and Healthy Throughout the Winter

Canada is a beautiful country, and its diverse geography allows us to enjoy its beautiful landscapes, outdoor pursuits and of course, rich agricultural traditions such as wine making and farming. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton loves going to local farms like Andrew’s Scenic Acres and Scotch Block Winery in the summer and harvest months. The four seasons, however, also bring Winter, a cold and dry period that forces many of us to limit our exposure to the extreme temperatures. Dry air and seniors’ health We use indoor heating systems that vary from natural gas or wood to electricity.  This causes the air in our homes to become dry. Seniors can be prone to several issues when the air in their home is too dry: Dry, irritated skin that can crack and become infected Worsening of eczema or psoriasis Breathing problems for asthmatics or anyone susceptible to bronchial infections or pneumonia Dry eyes can make conditions like glaucoma more painful Any of these problems need to be addressed with care because elderly skin may be thin and susceptible to damage if treated ungently.  Diabetes can also make infection more likely when caring for cracked skin on the feet or extremities. Stay hydrated Did you know that January is soup month? When the air is drier, our bodies need more fluids to replenish lost moisture.  We can choose to simply drink more water, but soup is a delicious way to hydrate ourselves properly, and the best part is that most soups have a high nutritional value. We suggest avoiding high-sodium content soups and trying to make something from scratch, like the...
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