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The 2018 Provincial Budget: How Does It Affect Seniors?

The 2018 Provincial Budget: How Does It Affect 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...

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...
Is Dementia Preventable?

Is Dementia Preventable?

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...
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...
FAQs: Palliative Care and Respite Care

FAQs: Palliative Care and Respite Care

Our team receives many inquiries about our respite care and palliative care services.  We thought it would be helpful to share this information with our readers as well. It’s important to note that these two services are not mutually exclusive. This means that a patient doesn’t have to be terminally ill in order for a caregiver to need respite care. What are respite care and palliative care How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life  What is Palliative Care, and How Does it Affect You?    Did you know? You can ask for respite care when you’re the caregiver for someone who is temporarily ill or disabled as the result of an accident. You can also ask for respite care when your loved one is terminally ill, and as their caregiver, you need someone to take over while you sleep or do other important tasks.   FAQs How do you select a caregiver for a patient? When you contact us for a complimentary nurse consultation, we spend some time getting to know you and your family. We focus on what you think is important in a home care plan, your specific needs and preferences, and what you expect from the caregiver’s visits. Does my private insurance or OHIP cover some or all of the cost of the services you offer? If you want to stay in an assisted living facility, you can call us for suggestions on local retirement residences. Prices vary. Your policy will outline the benefits you can claim, but the most commonly covered benefits are those of a Personal Support Worker and nursing services. There...
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