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Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario

Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario

Imagine that you are a patient in a hospital in Ontario - you have undergone acute care and are now ready to enter a Long-term Care (LTC) facility for additional care. Now imagine that you have entered a complex maze...

Concerned Friends - Ontario

Are You an Ontarian Who Needs Long-term Care? If So, Let Us Introduce Concerned Friends

Jane Fonda is 78 years old and is knocking it out of the proverbial park in her new hit comedy series on Netflix, Grace and Frankie, with some help from the ever delightful Lily Tomlin, who is a youthful 76...

“Home First” Sounds Great. But What is it?

“Home First” Sounds Great. But What is it?

Allenby Boake does not like hospitals. In 2014, CTV interviewed the then 95-year-old about how the Home First philosophy had affected him, and he plainly stated that a week in a hospital felt like several years to...

Looking for an Ethical Retirement Home?

Looking for an Ethical Retirement Home? Ask These 5 Questions.

Shrugging off home ownership or rental and moving into a retirement home is a sensible, even wise, choice for many older Canadians. We all want a retirement home that delivers on its promises, one that treats us...

Are You a Senior Social Butterfly? No? The Internet Makes it Easy (OK, Easier).

Are You a Senior Social Butterfly? No? The Internet Makes it Easy (OK, Easier)

Do you sometimes feel lonely? If so, you are not alone. About 20% of Canadians, or 7 million people, have described themselves as lonely, according to Statistics Canada. And when Vancouver Foundation asked residents...

Sometimes You Have To Pay Condo Fees After You Have Died. Seriously.

Sometimes You Have To Pay Condo Fees After You Have Died. Seriously.

If the company that manages your independent living complex tells you that you can no longer live in your condo, that you must move to a long-term care (LTC) facility, they cannot also demand that you continue to pay...

8 Popular Beliefs About BC’s Continuing Care Sector – Debunked

8 Popular Beliefs About BC’s Continuing Care Sector – Debunked

Insights West, the prolific market research company, uncovered some unexpected news in a recent survey: British Columbians, in general, are of the opinion that the continuing care sector, composed largely of...

These 5 Differences Between Ontario Retirement Homes and Long-term Care Homes

These 5 Differences Between Ontario Retirement Homes and Long-term Care Homes May Surprise You

Ordinary Ontarians often use the terms “retirement home” and “long-term care home (LTC home)” interchangeably, but they are different in some meaningful ways.

You Are Not Too Old To Follow Penguins Around In Patagonia.

You Are Not Too Old To Follow Penguins Around In Patagonia. (No, You Aren’t.)

Imagine you are wearing a wetsuit, and are calmly swimming inside a sturdy cage when a great white shark suddenly appears, effortlessly gliding past you, all 6.4 metres (or 24 feet) of her. Or that you’ve just...

Should Octogenarians and Nonagenarians Have to Prove That They Are Fit to Drive

Should Octogenarians and Nonagenarians Have to Prove That They Are Fit to Drive a Car?

British Columbian citizens walk out of their front doors and into the embrace of Spring much sooner than most Canadians do. While, say, Nova Scotia's hearty seniors are shovelling heavy snow from their driveways...

Choosing a Vault For Your Loved One - By Personality

Choosing a Vault For Your Loved One - By Personality

When a loved one passes away, emotions and memories rush into our minds: mourning a death  may be a long process but it is sudden in its beginning. When a loved one dies, it is difficult to make clear decisions...

Zip-lining In Ecuador at the Age of 80.

Zip-lining In Ecuador at the Age of 80.

Zip-lining in Ecuador can be physically demanding: Cable lines are often threaded through high treetops, allowing zippers to move among the trees, taking in all below them, as if they were native Spider Monkeys. You...

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