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ICYMI: Ontario Ministry of Health is Boosting Benefits for Home Care

Ontario is boosting benefits for nursing and personal support in home care In a news bulletin published October 5, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of Health, in which is states: Ontario is strengthening home and community care across the province for patients and their families, by increasing access to services by an estimated 2.6 million additional hours and developing new patient- and family-friendly supports. The bulletin goes on to explain in detail the types of services that will be affected, which includes: nursing care personal support services (including bathing, dressing, and exercising) physiotherapy respite care services This is important news for people who want to remain in their own home while they age or convalesce after a hospital stay. Whether you have a long-term illness or have been in an accident, you may qualify for these additional benefits. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton can work with you and your family to ensure you’re getting the care you need. How do you choose trustworthy home health care? Your safety and trust are our priority. We’ve addressed the topic of how to choose the right caregiver on this blog recently. We’ve had many of you asking us about the news item in one of Toronto’s newspapers. We want to ensure that you feel good about the decision to hire our team to manage your health care. If you have any questions about the services we provide, please don’t hesitate to call us or use our online chat service. Our clients can rely on us to provide timely care and respect their homes as if they were our own. A Client Care Manager from Retire-At-Home Halton visits with...
Book Club: How to use the Overdrive application with your library card

Book Club: How to use the Overdrive application with your library card

Many of you are using tablets and other electronic devices to read the books and magazines you love. If you have a library card, one of the options available to you is the Overdrive application. Overdrive is an application you can download for free. Its purpose is to connect you to your local library’s electronic resources. You’ll save money by borrowing the book instead of buying it. Using the application on your tablet, smart phone or computer means that you’ll have less clutter at home. (We know that books are treasures, but sometimes it’s nice to reduce clutter.) How to use the Overdrive application Download the app to your device Sign in using your library card number and PIN search the catalogue download the item you want to read   Participating libraries Oakville Public Library Mississauga Public Library Download the Overdrive application to get started!...

Home Health Care Supported by the Province of Ontario

Ontario is boosting benefits for nursing and personal support in home care In a news bulletin published October 5, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of Health, in which is states: Ontario is strengthening home and community care across the province for patients and their families, by increasing access to services by an estimated 2.6 million additional hours and developing new patient- and family-friendly supports. The bulletin goes on to explain in detail the types of services that will be affected, which includes: nursing care personal support services (including bathing, dressing, and exercising) physiotherapy respite care services This is important news for people who want to remain in their own home while they age or convalesce after a hospital stay. Whether you have a long-term illness or have been in an accident, you may qualify for these additional benefits. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton can work with you and your family to ensure you’re getting the care you need. How do you choose trustworthy home health care? Your safety and trust are our priority. We’ve addressed the topic of how to choose the right caregiver on this blog recently. We’ve had many of you asking us about the news item in one of Toronto’s newspapers. We want to ensure that you feel good about the decision to hire our team to manage your health care. If you have any questions about the services we provide, please don’t hesitate to call us or use our online chat service. Our clients can rely on us to provide timely care and respect their homes as if they were our own. A Client Care...

Book Club Update: Rules of Civility

Thanks to everyone who showed interest in the Retire-At-Home Halton Book Club!  We enjoyed chatting with you at the OTMH Leave Your Lunch at Home event this past week. If you’re just joining us, we hope you’re able to allow us to discuss some of the story details! Read the  Book Club Newsletter for helpful information. Progress on the book: I’m having a grand time imagining the stately (and dumpy) locales in the story. The language that Amor Towles uses seems so nonchalant, yet carefully studied to ensure fidelity to the era. I’m still a bit stunned by what happened in the Winter section. The friends were in a bad car accident, which happened to me as well (many years ago) and the memory never fades. Maybe it’s good that I can relate to the aftermath in Spring, and the author likely wanted to have his readers feel as though they’re floating above the scene because he switches to italic fonts for part of it. Katya, Eve and Tinker’s relationships are being tested. I like how the author calls April “the cruelest month”! There’s a lot of dialogue in Spring, which makes it engaging, and the historical context of working women was helpful to understand how these women found their place in New York society. I shouldn’t say more in case it spoils the book! Please send us a message on our Facebook Group if you want to join the conversation.  ...

Seniors in Popular Culture: real stories

We love going to the movies, but staying at home and choosing one to rent from various subscription services like Netflix or Hulu can be a good way to save money and stay out of the cold! If you and your mother or father like to stay in and relax with some home-made popcorn or snacks from the grocery store, you may like some of the films we’re reviewing in this post. Real story lines and real people Movies about seniors don’t have to be sad or serious to be enjoyable. We like documentaries that show real people living their best lives. We recently discovered Advanced Style and Ages of Champions. Both films are documentaries. They showcase seniors who inspire us to follow their examples. Advanced Style tells the story of seven mature New York women. Blogger Ari Seth Cohen began taking street style photos of regular women who displayed an air of confidence and style. Each woman has their own way of dressing, applying makeup and interacting with the public. They each carry a piece of New York history with them, whether they used to dance at the Apollo Theater or have their own shop in the city, the documentary is an intimate look at how they live their best lives. You don’t have to dress like these ladies to appreciate the message behind the film: be yourself and love each day you have to the fullest.   Age of Champions is a documentary that tells the stories of older women and men who participate in sport to alleviate loneliness, feed their need for competition, and make friends. We understand that...

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...
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