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Life Changes: how seniors can ease into retirement living

Finding a way to adjust to a new lifestyle can be challenging at any age. Moving into a retirement home can be especially difficult at first because you may be used to doing everything yourself. There are, however, plenty of positive aspects: a safe living environment friendly and qualified caregivers that can provide assistance based on your individual needs social opportunities you may not have had while living on your own you won’t need to take care of the yard and other home maintenance activities meal preparation is often done at retirement homes, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving proper nutrition Ask questions You’ve spent a lot of time finding the retirement home that suits your preferences and budget. Most of your questions have likely already been answered at this point, but there are so many aspects of retirement living that can only be discovered (and enjoyed!) once you actually move in. Don’t be shy! You deserve to have an active role in your living arrangements. Learn about what your package includes and how you can take advantage of all the resources available to you. Get social! Most people say that settling in and making their new space their own is the first thing they need to do when they move to a new place. We agree, and know that sometimes it can take a while for a retirement residence to feel like home. One of the best ways to ease into this major life change is to find other residents who share similar interests. Getting involved in community life can help. Attend welcome events for new...
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...
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...

ICYMI: How to Ease into Life at Your New Retirement Home

Finding a way to adjust to a new lifestyle can be challenging at any age. Moving into a retirement home can be especially difficult at first because you may be used to doing everything yourself. There are, however, plenty of positive aspects: a safe living environment friendly and qualified caregivers that can provide assistance based on your individual needs social opportunities you may not have had while living on your own you won’t need to take care of the yard and other home maintenance activities meal preparation is often done at retirement homes, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving proper nutrition Ask questions You’ve spent a lot of time finding the retirement home that suits your preferences and budget. Most of your questions have likely already been answered at this point, but there are so many aspects of retirement living that can only be discovered (and enjoyed!) once you actually move in. Don’t be shy! You deserve to have an active role in your living arrangements. Learn about what your package includes and how you can take advantage of all the resources available to you. Get social! Most people say that settling in and making their new space their own is the first thing they need to do when they move to a new place. We agree, and know that sometimes it can take a while for a retirement residence to feel like home. One of the best ways to ease into this major life change is to find other residents who share similar interests. Getting involved in community life can help. Attend welcome events for new...

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...
Winter Book Club: curl up with a good read and a treat

Winter Book Club: curl up with a good read and a treat

We have exciting news! Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton is starting a book club, and we want you to join! Beginning in September 2017, look for our weekly updates on what we think of the book. Most book clubs meet in person. This activity may not be possible if you have mobility concerns or suffer from a chronic illness that limits how much time you can spend outside your home. We think that an online club can be a fun way to spend colder days with local or online friends. Just because you have some limitations, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy social activities!  How to join All you have to do is go to our website to follow along! Click on the Book Club option to learn about new books, join conversations and access local resources. Find us on Facebook and Twitter too! Access the book Each month, we’ll choose a book and provide information on how you can get a copy.  You can: borrow it from the library download an e-book buy a copy new or used if braille copies are available, or there is an audio book version, we’ll make sure to include those details Movie night If there’s a film adaptation, we’ll be sure to include it in our conversation. It’s always fun to see how screenwriters and directors visualize the story. We expect lots of debate on this topic! Join the conversation As with any book club, we want you to participate in the discussion too! Please leave your comments either on our website, Facebook or Twitter. We’re committed to providing a respectful social media environment...
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