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Tips on Hiring a Caregiver or Nurse in the Halton Region

Tips on Hiring a Caregiver or Nurse in the Halton Region

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...

ICYMI: Prevention and Dementia

We are constantly inundated with media telling us what to eat, how to exercise and which vitamins to take in order to prevent a plethora of diseases. Prevention (including regular exercise, avoiding smoking, eating healthy foods and controlling your blood pressure) is certainly a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Read more about our thoughts on prevention here. However, there are some diseases that remain a mystery, and we must try to manage as best as we can. One of these diseases is dementia. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed as having dementia, we know that it can be scary to face an uncertain future. Learn more about dementia from the Alzheimer Society Canada New challenges will force you to adapt to your new reality. Speaking may become difficult, and you may not be able to participate in life as you have become accustomed to doing. Resources for dealing with Dementia We know that scientists have been researching the cause of dementia, and hopefully a cure. There is no conclusive treatment for the disease, but we can educate ourselves. We can learn how to take care of our bodies and adapt to changing needs. In the meantime, we’ve compiled some resources for you and your family to use. They may be helpful to you, and of course we always offer them as suggestions (not as substitutes for your healthcare professional’s opinion.)   Cognitive exercises Train your brain: exercises to help your cognitive abilities There are so many puzzles and games you can use to help keep your brain sharp. Retire-At-Home also offers Fit Minds Cognitive Stimulation Programming, which includes...

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...

ICYMI: Leading a Healthy Lifestyle and Aging Well

Prioritizing your health is often one of the things we don’t do because we’re so busy with everything else going on. That is, until our bodies begin to whisper little reminders like: “Did you get your flu shot?” or “Maybe you shouldn’t eat that?” because we do know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and prevention is often the best way to reduce the occurrence of major health issues, whether chronic or acute. Chronic vs Acute conditions A chronic health condition develops over time. Osteoporosis, asthma, ALS, diabetes, and arthritis are a few examples of chronic conditions that can worsen as we age if we don’t take steps to help our bodies. Learn more here. Acute conditions are often severe and develop suddenly, like broken bones or skin burns, or the flu. They eventually go away, but it’s important to see your health professional to determine whether there is an underlying cause for these occurrences, such as genetic predisposition or lifestyle choices such as diet and physical exercise. How are you aging? Aging is something we, unfortunately, cannot prevent. Getting older has always been something that I’ve looked forward to. As each year passes, I feel more at ease with myself, and as a result I enjoy life more. I do notice, however, that I need to spend more time choosing foods that have certain nutritional value for any one of my ailments (whether you have diabetes, liver disease or high blood pressure, there are tasty foods for you!) I also go to the doctor more often to monitor potentially serious issues, and I’ve found that recovering from illness or injury takes a little bit...
The Question of Robot or Human Caregivers, and other Technology Woes

The Question of Robot or Human Caregivers, and other Technology Woes

Computers and other electronics are great, especially the ones that help us complete tasks efficiently. Online shopping is the way of the future. You can order your groceries, manage your finances, download e-books from the library, and shop for pretty much anything on the internet. Where do we draw the line? Think about the following: the quality of social interaction completing specific home health care tasks many people choose to live on a cash basis and don’t use credit cards we assume that every household has a computer and access to the internet. This is simply not the case. While we love how accessible the global market is via the internet, we’re still surprised that big companies like Walmart won’t take customer orders in-store. You can learn! If you didn’t grow up using a computer, or the concept of having a smart phone is daunting, we understand. Using a mousepad or external mouse can be a challenge for anyone who has arthritis or joint problems. However, many companies are making technology accessible to everyone by using intuitive software and touchscreens to allow users to point at what they want to do. With some effort, you can learn how to use a tablet or smart phone for hobbies or practical tasks. What do Robots have to do with health care? Have you seen the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner? It’s a self-contained cleaning unit that learns the spatial dimensions of your home to suck up all the debris. A robot is a programmable machine that performs an automated, repetitive function without the need for human interaction. Most of the robots in...

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...
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