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Senior Safety in Public Spaces

Senior Safety in Public Spaces

The team at Retire-At-Home sends their sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this week’s tragic attack on innocent bystanders at Yonge St. in Toronto. We want to take this time to remember our fellow citizens, who were just living their best lives in a public space. May they rest in peace. Your safety is our priority. We realize that we can’t control everything, but there are little things we can do to help us be safe when we’re out for shopping or lunch away from home. Get in a safety mindset When we decide to go out, we check for our wallet, purse and keys. Maybe we also pack our medication, tissues, and a bottle of water. Why not add some steps to help ensure that you have an excellent day and prevent injuries? Independent living can be challenging, including seniors or people who have some limitations, but it’s not impossible! Preparation is a key factor in making each day fulfilling. These tips are useful for anyone, and we invite you to share them to encourage safe habits. Tips for safe day trips Plan your route, whether you’re on your own or with a friend or caregiver. Knowing how to find the nearest amenities you may need along the way can prevent unnecessary detours or getting lost. Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect your return. If you are hurt or lost, someone will come to look for you or advise the police to help. Wear your Medical Alert medallion(s) and carry a list of your medication (if you don’t carry...

ICYMI: Gardening in Small Spaces

Would you like to start a new hobby that’s relatively inexpensive, and can be done in your residence? Psychologists believe that gardening is an effective way to overcome anxiety and can have a positive impact on our general mental health. Gardening may sound like an impossible activity when you live in a retirement residence, or if your home doesn’t have its own green space. Growing flowers, herbs or vegetable plants in small spaces has become very popular in urban centres where real estate is at a premium, or where community gardens are scarce. People grow fresh herbs in planters hanging near the sink. Others keep potted tomato plants near the biggest windows. If you prefer to look at flowers, you can always try creating your own oasis where the light is favourable. Imagine sitting in your new green corner with a book and your favourite drink…or showing off the lush green leaves of a tropical plant you fostered over several months. A little elbow grease will pay off! Visit a local garden for inspiration Ontario boasts a variety of events, indoor and outdoor gardens that are open to the public. A jaunt to the local nursery can also be a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) Allan Gardens (Toronto) Old Seed House Garden (Georgetown) Plan your trip to the Canada Blooms flower festival (Spring, Toronto) Terra Greenhouses (locations in Burlington and Milton) Tips for a successful indoor garden Green spaces (indoors and out of doors) are so important for healthy living. Not only do plants clean the air we breathe, they add to the beauty and atmosphere of our living...
Gardening in Small Spaces Can Lead to Big Smiles

Gardening in Small Spaces Can Lead to Big Smiles

Would you like to start a new hobby that’s relatively inexpensive, and can be done in your residence? Psychologists believe that gardening is an effective way to overcome anxiety and can have a positive impact on our general mental health. Gardening may sound like an impossible activity when you live in a retirement residence, or if your home doesn’t have its own green space. Growing flowers, herbs or vegetable plants in small spaces has become very popular in urban centres where real estate is at a premium, or where community gardens are scarce. People grow fresh herbs in planters hanging near the sink. Others keep potted tomato plants near the biggest windows. If you prefer to look at flowers, you can always try creating your own oasis where the light is favourable. Imagine sitting in your new green corner with a book and your favourite drink…or showing off the lush green leaves of a tropical plant you fostered over several months. A little elbow grease will pay off! Visit a local garden for inspiration Ontario boasts a variety of events, indoor and outdoor gardens that are open to the public. A jaunt to the local nursery can also be a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) Allan Gardens (Toronto) Old Seed House Garden (Georgetown) Plan your trip to the Canada Blooms flower festival (Spring, Toronto) Terra Greenhouses (locations in Burlington and Milton)   Tips for a successful indoor garden Green spaces (indoors and out of doors) are so important for healthy living. Not only do plants clean the air we breathe, they add...

Book Club Update: April 2018

Who doesn’t love a suspenseful novel? We’ve chosen a new thriller this month… The Little Stranger By Sarah Waters There seems to be a theme preferred by our Book Club. We love murder mysteries, but this novel promises to take the genre to the level of psychological suspense thriller. Although this Gothic novel was published in 2009, no one in our group has read it yet. It’s 1940s England and the Ayres family has fallen on hard times. The stately home in which they live, called Hundreds Hall, may or may not be haunted! Family drama, romance, and the supernatural are all elements that helped us pick this gem, not to mention the writer’s storytelling ability. It really feels as though you are in the scene, not just observing it. If you can’t be at our meetings, join our conversation on Facebook! We’ll post updates each week to share our thoughts on the book as we read.  We want to hear from you too! Check out our Facebook group. Burlington Gardens Book Club Info...

ICYMI: 2018 Provincial Budget Highlights for Seniors

If you live in Ontario and are a senior, you may be interested in what the 2018 Budget (provincial) has to say about what the Province is promising for the next year. The 2018 Budget plan, outlined here, addresses issues such as mental health, affordable housing, child care and making health care better and more accessible to everyone. Most significantly, the government is promising a fair approach to implementing the plan. The main points that are specifically geared toward the Province’s aging population show that our policy makers recognize that the cost of living independently can create barriers for seniors who wish to stay in their home. Retire-At-Home understands this as well. Our team of qualified Nurses and Client Care managers will work with you to identify the services you really need to help you stick to a budget. 2018 Budget highlights Expanding long-term care to make it more accessible (the plan is to add 5000 new beds by 2022, and 30,000 over the next decade.) A benefit of $750 annually for seniors 75 years of age and older, to help maintain their homes (e.g. this could help pay for custodial services such as snow removal, lawn maintenance and air duct cleaning, but the eligible expenses have not been revealed yet.) OHIP benefits will cover prescriptions for seniors in August 2019. Support for dental care costs. Expanding and improving home and community care for people who need nursing services, as well as for caregivers. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) will receive additional training and incentives (such as retirement security) to join the PSW workforce. Support for people living with Dementia and...
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