The job of a caregiver is simultaneously rewarding and very taxing on the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers invest so much of themselves into their caregiver role and it can take its toll over time. This role is made even more complicated when the caregiver is caring for his or own parents. Emotionally, it can be particularly difficult and, in general, it presents its own set of challenges due to the personal history between each party. If you want to show your appreciation to the caregiver in your life, a gift is a great way to show them that you care. Here are a few great gift ideas for a family caregiver. Home Health Care ServicesOne of the best gifts you could possibly give your family member is to give them time to recharge away from their duties as caregiver. One way to accomplish this is to arrange for professional…> Read More
For the first time ever, there are now more Canadian seniors over the age of 65 than under 15. Overall, the effects of Canada’s aging population put a lot of strain on the healthcare system, as well as the pension system. In this way, the benefits of home care services are wide-reaching, benefiting not only seniors and families, but also alleviating the burden on the economy. We will take a look at the growing benefits of home care services below. Unparalleled Benefits To The Person Receiving CareHome care services are designed for many people, from the chronically ill to seniors to disabled patients. They receive high-quality care from professionals; the services can be personalized and tailored to exactly what they need. Further, these services are much more affordable than those who are receiving inpatient care. However, inpatient care becomes more likely as at-risk individuals continue to live on their own…> Read More
Seniors and those with illnesses or other health concerns who are living at home face a great number of risks. This can include everything from devastating falls to heart attacks or strokes, to being at an increased risk of fires, home burglaries and scams. However, personal emergency services can help to reduce the devastating consequences of these risks and in many cases, they can save lives. Personal emergency services are devices that connect to a 24-hour monitoring service. In the event that an emergency happens, such as if a senior falls or a fire breaks out, they simply press the button on the transmitter (which is generally worn as a necklace or bracelet/wristband) and the appropriate emergency services are then sent on their way. People can speak to emergency services regardless of where they are in the house and help will be sent on their way regardless of whether they…> Read More
Falls are the leading cause of injuries that Canadian seniors experience, causing 85 per cent of their hospitalizations. More seriously, falls are responsible for causing 95 per cent of hip fractures, with 20 per cent of these incidents being a cause of death. You may be surprised to learn that half of these falls occur at home, while the bathroom and stair sets are also particularly dangerous areas of the home. Falls are one of the most serious threats that seniors face, but if modifications are made to seniors’ environments, the risk of falling can decrease. Have Health Assessed By A DoctorA lack of balance, poor eyesight and medication that causes dizziness all commonly contribute to the risk of falling. Therefore, it is important to have your loved one’s health assessed by visiting the GP, as well as the eye doctor. If the doctor considers these to be potential risk…> Read More
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