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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...

Seniors in Popular Culture: real stories

We love going to the movies, but staying at home and choosing one to rent from various subscription services like Netflix or Hulu can be a good way to save money and stay out of the cold! If you and your mother or father like to stay in and relax with some home-made popcorn or snacks from the grocery store, you may like some of the films we’re reviewing in this post. Real story lines and real people Movies about seniors don’t have to be sad or serious to be enjoyable. We like documentaries that show real people living their best lives. We recently discovered Advanced Style and Ages of Champions. Both films are documentaries. They showcase seniors who inspire us to follow their examples. Advanced Style tells the story of seven mature New York women. Blogger Ari Seth Cohen began taking street style photos of regular women who displayed an air of confidence and style. Each woman has their own way of dressing, applying makeup and interacting with the public. They each carry a piece of New York history with them, whether they used to dance at the Apollo Theater or have their own shop in the city, the documentary is an intimate look at how they live their best lives. You don’t have to dress like these ladies to appreciate the message behind the film: be yourself and love each day you have to the fullest.   Age of Champions is a documentary that tells the stories of older women and men who participate in sport to alleviate loneliness, feed their need for competition, and make friends. We understand that...

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...
How Do You Find a Nurse or Caregiver Who is Right for You?

How Do You Find a Nurse or Caregiver Who is Right for You?

When sourcing private companies to provide healthcare services, finding the right nurse or caregiver for you or your family can be a daunting task. If you have specific needs or difficulty communicating, 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 indicate all the languages you understand ask people in your community about potential referrals. You may have a personal support worker or nurse living in your neighbourhood! talk to your doctor about reputable organizations or companies go online and research local options participate in interviews with potential candidates talk with your family or banker about finances make a list of services you need and the ones you’d like to have compare prices and value the way you would when budgeting for any large expense Why is this list important? The list above is not comprehensive, especially if your circumstances are unique. The main idea to take away is that you need to consider a nurse or caregiver’s ability to provide quality healthcare or companionship. Nurses and caregivers are accustomed to meeting people from all walks of life. This experience, along with loads of patience, means that it takes a special person to care for someone who may need a lot of attention. Our caregivers and nurses build relationships with...
Medical Crowdfunding vs. Health Insurance

Medical Crowdfunding vs. Health Insurance

Money is an uncomfortable topic of conversation for many of us, especially in social settings like dinner with friends or whilst meeting with our bank manager. Let’s talk about the cost of medical care. OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) and other social programs on the provincial and federal levels often meet most of our needs. However, if you’re unable to work due to an accident or illness, the bills start piling up. If you need certain medications, the cost can be overwhelming for some budgets, even for people who are good at saving.   The limits of OHIP In Ontario, we’re lucky to have publicly-funded health care, because it means that we have reasonably good access to quality medical care.  We have excellent, state-of-the-art hospitals like the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the Trillium Health Partners facilities. There are, however, limitations. You may have to wait a long time for expensive diagnostics like an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) because the equipment isn’t readily available. Some services are not covered, or cover part of what you need, such as attendant care, experimental drug therapies, physiotherapy, or respite care services. Prescription medication isn’t covered. Invest in your health OHIP is the default health insurance in Ontario. It’s a good idea to have supplemental coverage. This allows you to have more financial benefits for the things that are only partially included in our provincial plan. Remember that each plan is likely to have clauses that don’t allow for duplicate payment (through another plan) for the same claim item. Ask your employer about options to customize your health insurance benefits Ensure you get a...
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...
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...

Retire-At-Home Halton Has a Blog!

Bookmark the Retire-At-Home Halton blog on all of your devices for easy access!     Our lifestyle and promotional blog is published once a week.  Scroll through the Archives to find posts you may have missed. You’ll also find clickable links to helpful information within some of the posts. It can also keep you connected to our community by giving you: information about local events you may want to attend promotions by local businesses community profiles resources for families and caregivers recipes that feature seasonal ingredients which are available at your favourite grocery stores or farms ideas for including your seniors in family activities safety tips question & answer posts that address common queries movie and book reviews and recommendations  ...
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.

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