Ontario’s senior population is on the rise. With hospitals and long-term care facilities doing their best to accommodate the aging population, the provincial government has proposed a project to address this need. The government has come up with a strategy that will see funds given directly to patients to allow them to design their own program for self-directed home care. What is self-directed home care? Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health and Long-term Care for the province of Ontario, announced this past summer that a three-year plan was proposed to give patients and their caregivers more control over the home care services they can receive. Self-directed home care will allow patients to choose their own care provider and determine how and when they receive it. Hoskins stated that many patients actually prefer to get care in their own homes where they are comfortable. He further claimed that home-care patients…> Read More
It can be difficult to observe the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on our loved ones, and provide them the care they need as they deal with the disease. Here is a brief overview of how to provide care when looking after someone with this particular health issue. Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease Communicating can be difficult for people suffering with Alzheimer’s as they may struggle with paying attention, lose their train of thought, have trouble finding the right words to express what they want to say, and have difficulty understanding people. There are strategies that caregivers can employ…> Read More
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder primarily affecting one’s motor skills. Parkinson’s causes one to become shaky, rigid, slow, and generally makes it difficult for the person to move. Because of these effects, routine tasks often become difficult. However, no two cases of Parkinson’s are the same, and cases evolve differently over time. People may have vastly different needs depending on how the disease affects them and the stage of Parkinson’s they’re experiencing. When your loved one is first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, your focus should be on providing them with emotional support. You should make it clear that you are…> Read More
You or your loved one may be facing the important decision of whether to move into an assisted living facility or receive care in the home. An assisted living facility is a residence that provides more intensive round-the-clock supervision and assistance. Under a home care arrangement, professionals attend the private home of the individual being cared for to provide supervision and assistance. Here are some criteria to consider when deciding between home care and assisted living: Your loved one’s level of independence Home care offers your loved-one greater independence, as they retain control over their schedule and routine. In an…> Read More
By remaining stimulated and engaged, Alzheimer’s patients can retain their independence and basic skills for longer. Games and activities are great ways for your loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s to maintain an active mind and accomplish this goal. Activities are also enriching in that they are fun and enjoyable. Here are 4 kinds of activities that your loved one with Alzheimer’s can do: Games and Puzzles Games such as crosswords, word searches, board games, chess, checkers, and puzzles are great for maintaining an active mind and are a lot of fun. Also consider handheld electronic games, as these may be…> Read More
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