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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...
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...
Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Chronic Pain is a concern that a great many seniors must contend with on a daily basis. Having to deal with persistent and sometimes debilitating pain can lead seniors to withdraw from activities and relationships, and to cease participation in elements of life that are enriching and important to them. A lot of seniors just accept pain as a part of growing older and don’t pursue support and treatment that could help them to address the issues they are facing, so it is important that caregivers and loved-ones remain attentive to changes in behavior so that they can encourage seniors to care for their health and incorporate treatment strategies that can help them to uphold better physical and mental health as they manage chronic pain. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic Pain, in contrast to acute pain, is pain that lasts for a prolonged period of time. This form of persistent pain is often rooted in a larger chronic condition in the body, but there are some circumstances in which no direct cause of pain can be identified. In these cases, the chronic pain is described as an illness in itself. Chronic pain can be overwhelming and can feel as though it is taking over seniors’ lives, but there are behaviours and treatments that can be incorporated to help provide some relief from pain and break the existing patterns of discomfort. Signs of Chronic Pain Many seniors tend to simply accept pain as a part of their aging process, and might try to just deal with it rather than seeking help. It is, however, important that seniors talk to a...
Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

When it comes to our aging loved-ones, most of us don’t ever want to think about the fact that the seniors in our lives are at a stage where they are nearing the end of their lives. It often feels easier and more manageable on an emotional level to avoid conversations related to end-of-life arrangements in favour of just focusing on enjoying the present moment and the time that we do have left to spend in the company of our loved ones. While the desire to keep putting off end-of-life conversations is understandable, the reality is that having these conversations is absolutely critical for ensuring that the wishes and desires of our senior loved ones are carried out and honoured as they near the end of their lives. While opening a dialogue and having conversations related to end-of-life will undoubtedly be difficult and emotionally taxing for both parties, discussing choices, wishes, and preferences related to end-of-life is the only way to make decisions and arrangements in advance so that, when the time comes, everything is already clear and important choices have already been made that respect wishes, desires, and preferences. The results of various studies have indicated that seniors who engage in purposeful dialogue with their families and healthcare professionals are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the care they receive in the ending stages of their lives. Having all of the arrangement made in advance with seniors’ wishes at the forefront has also been shown to reduce the instances of depression experienced by their loved ones and caregivers. Rather than spending a great deal of time and...
Fall Prevention Month

Fall Prevention Month

  November is Fall Prevention Month! We’re so glad to see that an entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about an issue we feel is a daily challenge for many people in our community. According to the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre, adults over the age of 65 are injured more frequently by falling, and often sustain head trauma as part of the injury.  This can make recovery more difficult, and can lead to long-term impairment. It’s important to be aware of how to prevent injuries that can arise from falls. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton makes preventing falls a top priority when providing care to our community’s seniors and anyone who is recovering from surgery, an injury or is returning home after hospitalization. How can you prevent falls? Accidents can happen, and obviously, are not planned events! Falls can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.  There are, however, steps you can take to prevent creating the conditions for accidental trips and falls. Buy shoes that fit properly and give you the support you need Give your feet the care they need Lead an active lifestyle If you need help with physical exercise, consider mobile physiotherapy Don’t rush your daily tasks, and do one thing at a time Talk to your doctor about how your medications make you feel (dizziness can make you lose your balance, and certain medications can slow your reaction time to trips) Practice daily balance-improving exercises (once you’ve talked to your doctor) Keep hallways and stairs tidy so you don’t trip over anything Have your eyes checked to make sure you can...
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