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Movies: the 2017 Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony (also knows as the Oscars) will take place this weekend, February 26, 2017.  The team at Retire-At-Home Services Halton loves going to the movies, and we’ll be watching the Oscars with our popcorn and treats close at hand. How do you remember? This year, the stories that filmmakers have decided to tell have really touched on many historical events or themes that we felt spanned a variety of experiences: Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a courageous soldier who during World War II saved lives as a medic Hidden Figures pays homage to the smart, capable women of colour who helped NASA make substantial scientific progress La La Land brought the dreams of young artists working for their big break to the screen in a romantic, musical way and giving Jackie tells the story of life after the death of John F. Kennedy, with painstaking attention to detail when it comes to costumes Loving is a historical drama about an interracial couple who challenged the law that prohibited their marriage There are many more films (click here for details) but as you can see from this short list, they tell the stories that many of our beloved clients have witnessed in their lifetime. We love hearing their stories, and sometimes it feels as though they’ve allowed us to be a part of their life movie. Tweet with us Each of us remembers a piece of history in our own way, and we’re sure that these films have sparked debates about history and art. Join us on Twitter (our account is @HomeCareHalton.) We’d love to hear...
What is Palliative Care, and How Does It Affect You?

What is Palliative Care, and How Does It Affect You?

Palliative care is a term used to describe the health care for a patient who has been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer. The World Health Organization offers the following definition: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual. When you are facing a life-threatening illness, addressing both the tangled knot of feelings that you just can’t seem to sort out and palliative care services can be overwhelming. Each person going through the stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) has a unique perspective. The goal is to make the patient as comfortable as possible whilst they are undergoing treatments that can cause mild to severe side-effects, manage pain, and maintain a good quality of life throughout these stages.   The reality of dealing with a serious illness and death Finding out that you have an illness that can end your life is one of those moments that changes you, and it can also alter the way you perceive everything and everyone. Positive thinking is a key factor in making the most of each day, and you hold that power. In some cases, patients have very little time to truly understand and accept what’s happening to them. In other situations, the patient must deal with difficulty over a long period of time. No matter what your situation is, it’s important to take advantage of...
Filing Your 2016 Tax Return: tips for seniors in Canada

Filing Your 2016 Tax Return: tips for seniors in Canada

Where did the time go?  If you live in Canada, or are a Canadian citizen living abroad in retirement, you already know that the 2016 tax return season is here.  The first 60 days of 2017 are almost over, and it’s time to gather all of your medical receipts, income slips and investment income statements. Tax season can be stressful, especially if you’re facing the task alone for the first time, or you’re trying to save money on accountant fees by filing the return yourself. Retire-At-Home Services Halton does not file tax returns or give advice, but we’ve collected some useful tips for seniors from the Canada Revenue Agency website for you and put the information into context for seniors. Decide how you will file your tax return You can hire an accountant or firm to prepare your tax return, or you can make use of the free software that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers on its website if you can NetFile. Whether you live in Canada or abroad, your resident status affects how you file your return, and can also change the amount of tax you pay. What is NetFile? If your circumstances do not fall under one of the CRA restrictions, then you can complete your tax return on a computer and send the file electronically.  This method can help you receive your refund sooner, and it ensures that your personal information is sent securely. You will need to know how to use a computer and tax software. Paper tax returns and asking for help If you opt to file a paper return, you can print...
How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life

How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life

Do you have a family member who needs constant attention and care? Some examples of conditions that require round-the-clock care are Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Are you struggling to get enough rest so you can function at work and at home?  Retire-At-Home Services Halton understands that you may feel guilty about needing time for yourself, and that it may seem like you’re neglecting your loved one.  The reality is that you just need some time to recharge so you can give your family the best of yourself. No one can keep the oil burning all the time; it’s not a sustainable plan! What is respite care? Respite care is not a commonly used term unless you are in need of it, or you work in the health care industry.  It’s pronounced ress-pie-t in Canada, and ress-pit in the U.S. It’s a service that offers temporary care to a dependent elderly or disabled person in the home giving their usual caregivers a break. This means that when you have someone providing you with respite care, you can get a good nights’ sleep because you can have peace of mind knowing that a caregiver who is prepared to take over. Retire-At-Home Services Halton will match you with a caregiver who has been pre-screened, and is a good fit for your family. Some ways a caregiver can help while you rest: alert you and the paramedics in the event of an emergency making sure they don’t wander out the door in the middle of the night accompany your parent or family member to the bathroom safely change diapers when needed observe that...
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