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Community Event: Join us at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re helping the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital celebrate! The Leave Your Lunch at Home event is on Thursday, September 28 2017. All visitors and staff can take advantage of special prices at the Food Court, and enter raffles to win prizes. Click here for directions and maps.   Let’s catch up! Retire-At-Home Halton is giving away a 15-lb. fresh organic turkey!  You and your family may also be in for a special surprise! We’re also in the first month of our new Retire-At-Home Halton Book Club. Don’t be shy! Come and talk about what you like to read and get information about how to join. How can Retire-At-Home help? Come and say hello. Our team will be on site to chat, so if you have any questions about our services, feel free to approach us. Home care in Halton is accessible and we can work with you to customize a health care plan that you and your family can afford. You can choose the services that you need, and our qualified nurses and caregivers will deliver the highest standard of care available for reasonable cost. 24-hour care if necessary Nursing care services We coordinate our services with your existing medical professionals for consistent health care delivery Respite care Assistance planning for transportation for appointments Personal Care services Home Support and Housekeeping services We provide home care services in the following areas: Halton, including Georgetown, Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga North. If you would like to discuss your individual needs whether or not you’re a senior, contact Retire-At-Home Services Halton for a complimentary in-home consultation at...

Rules of Civility: our Book Club’s first impression

Have you ever been completely taken in by a new book? In an ocean of books at the library, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices. Luckily, we have Goodreads and our friends to recommend a story. I’ve been asked to be our Book Club’s “voice” so I’m switching to using “I” so you all know there’s a person behind the blog! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book so far. This month’s pick was Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. We love how the author has a Reading Guide to help you immerse ourselves in the author’s thought process while he was creating this novel. Photography is a motif found throughout the book, which makes me very happy! I love taking pictures, don’t you? The book is presented in four seasons, and it seemed like a movie because it begins in the present. Then it flashes back to New Year’s Eve of 1938, and Mr. Towles uses language to make us believe we’re in the smoky bar where characters larger than life fill our heads with music and conversation. I’m so curious to see what happens to Tinker. Verdict: We liked Wintertime because it set the stage. Skip to the last few pages of the book to read the Appendix. You won’t regret it! Check our Book Club page for recipe ideas. We hope enjoy our choices! Until next week…  ...
How Do You Find a Nurse or Caregiver Who is Right for You?

How Do You Find a Nurse or Caregiver Who is Right for You?

When sourcing private companies to provide healthcare services, finding the right nurse or caregiver for you or your family can be a daunting task. If you have specific needs or difficulty communicating, it can feel like you’re searching for the impossible. Try not to be stressed about it! Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton can help you. Get started Take a breath, and make a list of your needs. It’s helpful to determine your budget as well. The following checklist can help you get started: gather medication and medical history make notes on physical limitations list all the equipment you use indicate all the languages you understand ask people in your community about potential referrals. You may have a personal support worker or nurse living in your neighbourhood! talk to your doctor about reputable organizations or companies go online and research local options participate in interviews with potential candidates talk with your family or banker about finances make a list of services you need and the ones you’d like to have compare prices and value the way you would when budgeting for any large expense Why is this list important? The list above is not comprehensive, especially if your circumstances are unique. The main idea to take away is that you need to consider a nurse or caregiver’s ability to provide quality healthcare or companionship. Nurses and caregivers are accustomed to meeting people from all walks of life. This experience, along with loads of patience, means that it takes a special person to care for someone who may need a lot of attention. Our caregivers and nurses build relationships with...
Medical Crowdfunding vs. Health Insurance

Medical Crowdfunding vs. Health Insurance

Money is an uncomfortable topic of conversation for many of us, especially in social settings like dinner with friends or whilst meeting with our bank manager. Let’s talk about the cost of medical care. OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) and other social programs on the provincial and federal levels often meet most of our needs. However, if you’re unable to work due to an accident or illness, the bills start piling up. If you need certain medications, the cost can be overwhelming for some budgets, even for people who are good at saving.   The limits of OHIP In Ontario, we’re lucky to have publicly-funded health care, because it means that we have reasonably good access to quality medical care.  We have excellent, state-of-the-art hospitals like the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the Trillium Health Partners facilities. There are, however, limitations. You may have to wait a long time for expensive diagnostics like an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) because the equipment isn’t readily available. Some services are not covered, or cover part of what you need, such as attendant care, experimental drug therapies, physiotherapy, or respite care services. Prescription medication isn’t covered. Invest in your health OHIP is the default health insurance in Ontario. It’s a good idea to have supplemental coverage. This allows you to have more financial benefits for the things that are only partially included in our provincial plan. Remember that each plan is likely to have clauses that don’t allow for duplicate payment (through another plan) for the same claim item. Ask your employer about options to customize your health insurance benefits Ensure you get a...
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