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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...

Making Friends 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...
Prevention and a Healthy Lifestyle for Aging Well

Prevention and a Healthy Lifestyle for 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...

ICYMI: Tips on How to Manage Your Stay in a Hospital

Maintaining your dignity while recovering from an illness or surgery can be difficult. We may feel like we’re just another number in a system that’s overburdened by limited space, overworked staff and strict guidelines on service allocation. We may have personal issues regarding how hospitals force us to live while we are there. The current climate in health care in Ontario is that patients must also embody the adjective implied by their title. Many Ontario residents are having difficulty finding a family doctor, so the ER is often busy. Emergency room wait times can vary, and patients are expected to spend 4-10 hours waiting for medical attention. Patients are often discharged when they are well enough to continue their recovery where they don’t occupy a bed needed by a more urgent circumstance. The transition from the hospital to another location, usually home or a long-term care facility, can be stressful. It’s important to know what your options are well before your discharge date, so do some independent research in addition to speaking with your doctor and nurses. Find a Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) service area near you Learn about your rights   Maintaining your dignity We try to remember that the people who trained to help people when they are at their most vulnerable are doing the work because they actually do care about your well-being and dignity. We are an important part of the equation when it comes to maintaining our own dignity, because our hospital etiquette can have an impact on the way we interact with others. Nurses are paid to take care of us, but they are...
Hospital Etiquette and Your Dignity

Hospital Etiquette and Your Dignity

Maintaining your dignity while recovering from an illness or surgery can be difficult. We may feel like we’re just another number in a system that’s overburdened by limited space, overworked staff and strict guidelines on service allocation. We may have personal issues regarding how hospitals force us to live while we are there. The current climate in health care in Ontario is that patients must also embody the adjective implied by their title. Many Ontario residents are having difficulty finding a family doctor, so the ER is often busy. Emergency room wait times can vary, and patients are expected to spend 4-10 hours waiting for medical attention. Patients are often discharged when they are well enough to continue their recovery where they don’t occupy a bed needed by a more urgent circumstance. The transition from the hospital to another location, usually home or a long-term care facility, can be stressful. It’s important to know what your options are well before your discharge date, so do some independent research in addition to speaking with your doctor and nurses. Find a Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) service area near you Learn about your rights   Maintaining your dignity We try to remember that the people who trained to help people when they are at their most vulnerable are doing the work because they actually do care about your well-being and dignity. We are an important part of the equation when it comes to maintaining our own dignity, because our hospital etiquette can have an impact on the way we interact with others. Nurses are paid to take care of us, but...

ICYMI: Managing the Cost of Health Care at Any Age

We don’t like to spend a lot of time talking about subjects that make others uncomfortable in social situations, especially money, but it’s important to start the conversation! All of us need to pay attention to how we spend our money, regardless of age. Asking for help is difficult for a lot of us, especially if we’re used to being independent. If you’re confined to your home because of mobility issues or you have a chronic illness like ALS, going out for groceries isn’t a simple chore. If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident or have had knee surgery, you may be unable to do a lot of things on your own while you recover. We may have to consider the cost of using public transit safely, or taxi services. We may also need help physically, moving from our homes to a vehicle. The cost of health care In general, Canadians have the benefit of social programs to help us through tough times and to provide medical care. However, if you need services that aren’t covered by your provincial health care insurance, or you’d like to add services that are specific to your circumstances, you may need to look at private health care options. For example, if you are at risk for falls because you had hip or knee surgery, you may consider subscribing to Connect Care Medical Alert. While some people hold the opinion that there is no such thing as a fixed income problem specifically for seniors, they do have a different set of worries, especially if one doesn’t have a strong family support system available to them....
Budgets: tips on how to manage the cost of health care

Budgets: tips on how to manage the cost of health care

We don’t like to spend a lot of time talking about subjects that make others uncomfortable in social situations, especially money, but it’s important to start the conversation! All of us need to pay attention to how we spend our money, regardless of age. Asking for help is difficult for a lot of us, especially if we’re used to being independent. If you’re confined to your home because of mobility issues or you have a chronic illness like ALS, going out for groceries isn’t a simple chore. If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident or have had knee surgery, you may be unable to do a lot of things on your own while you recover. We may have to consider the cost of using public transit safely, or taxi services. We may also need help physically, moving from our homes to a vehicle. The cost of health care In general, Canadians have the benefit of social programs to help us through tough times and to provide medical care. However, if you need services that aren’t covered by your provincial health care insurance, or you’d like to add services that are specific to your circumstances, you may need to look at private health care options. For example, if you are at risk for falls because you had hip or knee surgery, you may consider subscribing to Connect Care Medical Alert. While some people hold the opinion that there is no such thing as a fixed income problem specifically for seniors, they do have a different set of worries, especially if one doesn’t have a strong family support system available...

ICYMI: What do Robots Have to Do With Senior Care?

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 circulation...
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...
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