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Elder Abuse is Real: How to Protect Your Loved Ones

ou may have seen the news about a live-in caregiver who was charged with theft in Burlington. It can be a real eye-opener when we see these crimes reported, especially when they occur in our own community. Stealing from someone who has entrusted a new person with their care is a serious violation. Theft, physical violence, deprivation of nutrition, verbal abuse and neglect are all forms of abuse. Your safety is our number one priority, and we do not tolerate elder abuse, or any other form of abuse. Screening caregivers A proper vetting process administered by a professional in the healthcare industry can give you peace of mind. Hiring someone from a publicly available advertisement may not yield the most appropriate candidate. Be aware of scams that give unverified people access to your home. Retire-At-Home uses a thorough screening process when we hire caregivers and nurses. We run criminal record checks, verify work permits for foreign workers and check all certifications and vaccine records. Our hiring process also takes into consideration your specific needs or ability to communicate. 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 (rented or owned) indicate all the languages you understand or prefer to use ask people in your community about potential referrals. You may have a personal support worker or...

How to Find a Trustworthy Caregiver

You may have seen the news about a live-in caregiver who was charged with theft in Burlington. It can be a real eye-opener when we see these crimes reported, especially when they occur in our own community. Stealing from someone who has entrusted a new person with their care is a serious violation. Theft, physical violence, deprivation of nutrition, verbal abuse and neglect are all forms of abuse. Your safety is our number one priority, and we do not tolerate elder abuse, or any other form of abuse. Screening caregivers A proper vetting process administered by a professional in the healthcare industry can give you peace of mind. Hiring someone from a publicly available advertisement may not yield the most appropriate candidate. Be aware of scams that give unverified people access to your home. Retire-At-Home uses a thorough screening process when we hire caregivers and nurses. We run criminal record checks, verify work permits for foreign workers and check all certifications and vaccine records. Our hiring process also takes into consideration your specific needs or ability to communicate. 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 (rented or owned) indicate all the languages you understand or prefer to use ask people in your community about potential referrals. You may have a personal support worker or...
Housing for Seniors: finding creative ways to keep a roof over your head

Housing for Seniors: finding creative ways to keep a roof over your head

People are our passion The reason we choose to offer health care services as our business is that we care about people. We want to improve your quality of life as much as possible. Our team at Retire-at-Home Halton can provide custom health care services to compliment your existing OHIP coverage in Ontario.  Given that our services are not covered by OHIP, we are sensitive to the financial circumstances of many seniors in our community. We advocate for seniors through CARP. This organization helps seniors voice their concerns about financial security and freedom from ageism. We have a kiosk at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and can be found in select local pharmacies to help you understand how we can serve you, and take every opportunity to attend community living shows so we can meet our neighbours. Housing for seniors We’ve recognized a growing trend in seniors being unable to afford housing in Ontario, especially if they have special needs or limited income. We’ve designed our services so they follow you, whether you live in your own home, or have an alternative living arrangement. The recent census shows that Canada population is ageing at a rate that presents challenges for our government in terms of planning for senior health care programs. Housing costs in larger cities force people with modest incomes to seek housing in smaller towns, but the vacancy rate for rental units in those towns is low. We understand that having to make adjustments can be difficult for many of us, but it’s important to focus on how to make the changes work for you. If you’re a...
Living with Your Parents: how to manage costs and your sanity

Living with Your Parents: how to manage costs and your sanity

Do you live in with your senior parents? There are so many reasons for which having your parents or in-laws in the same home can be advantageous and enrich your lives. Family meals are livelier, you may have a need for daycare and they can be home for your children, and of course it’s just nice to have them close. There are also challenges that come with living in such close quarters with parents. Limited privacy, more responsibility and a busier lifestyle. Tips to help you find balance Do you find yourself functioning at high stress levels because you have a “to do” list that’s longer than your arm? How do you decompress, or do you even make time for yourself anymore? Or is it just a matter of changing your mindset and including the entire household in activities? Prioritize urgent matters Sit down as a family and plan the week so everyone has input Assert yourself at family meetings so everyone knows where your mindset is Encourage open communication Set down family rules so everyone knows what’s expected of them Make appointments during times that don’t make you feel rushed Take ten minutes each day to breathe and empty your mind of everything you think you should be worrying about Go outside more often. You’ll be surprised at how much it helps you clear your head in just a few minutes. Difficult choices The challenges of being an adult living with senior parents are varied. If they have a disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can significantly impact their ability to maintain their independence. Personality conflicts can...
Incredible Assistance Dogs – Retire-At-Home Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Incredible Assistance Dogs – Retire-At-Home Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Today, August 4th, marks Assistance Dog Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the noble and hardworking efforts of service dogs who help and support people all over the world with varying needs and life circumstances. Assistance dogs are dedicated, hardworking, skilled, and attuned to meeting the needs of their human partners, to whom they provide an incredible service that helps to improve quality of life, comfort, and safety. Assistance dogs fill the roles of helper, aide, companion, friend, and are also considered by many to be a loved and respected family member. Days like Assistance Dog Day have been set aside to create an opportunity to raise awareness regarding the incredible work that Assistance Dogs do every day, and also to acknowledge the hard work and devotion of those who raise and train the Assistance Dogs that provide such an honourable and deeply appreciated service to people facing a whole host of different unique circumstances. Assistance Dogs can be valuable companions and helpers for seniors who are facing the diverse challenges that can come with growing older. Just the companionship and connectedness that an animal offers can be deeply valuable for seniors’ mental health, but Assistance Dogs can also help some seniors to perform tasks and can also work to keep them safer and more at ease at home and out in the world. In exploring the many different roles that Assistance Dogs can fill in seniors’ lives on top of just being a friend and companion, we can see that Assistance Dogs have a lot to offer seniors as they continue to grow older. Types of Assistance Dogs...
Appreciating Our Grandmothers: This Sunday is Gorgeous Grandma Day! – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Appreciating Our Grandmothers: This Sunday is Gorgeous Grandma Day! – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have our Grandmothers in our lives as we’ve grown up and become the people we are now, know that there is so much that our Grandmothers do to contribute to our lives. Whether it be lessons learned, tears dried, recipes taught, comforting words spoken, or just being able to know that someone cares for you in a way no one else can, the things we get from our Grandmothers help shape us into the people we are and add so many meaningful things to our lives. Our Grandmothers also teach us something about where we come from, whether we had the opportunity to spend much time with them or even to meet them at all, we know that we wouldn’t be where or who we are without them, because they helped to shape our parents who, in turn, used those lessons to impact our lives. Our Grandmothers are, in essence, deeply important figures for many of us and for our families as a whole. While the respect and appreciation that we feel for our Grandmothers may be great, many of us don’t express how important they are to us as often as we should. How often do we really take the time to express those sentiments and tell our Grandmothers how much they mean to us and how special they are? This Sunday, July 23rd, is Gorgeous Grandma Day, a day dedicated to showing our Grandmothers how beautiful and special they are to us. Our Grandmothers have our love, respect, and admiration every day, but Gorgeous Grandma Day presents the...
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