SeniorsZen Blog Find free comprehensive information on Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, and Home Care in all Canadian provinces. Choose the right senior living options for yourself or your loved ones with SeniorsZen guide. en Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario <p>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, like the Waterloo County Corn Maze, only much trickier. Why?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 845 at Are You an Ontarian Who Needs Long-term Care? If So, Let Us Introduce Concerned Friends <p>Jane Fonda is 78 years old and is knocking it out of the proverbial park in her new hit comedy series on Netflix, <em>Grace and Frankie</em>, with some help from the ever delightful Lily Tomlin, who is a youthful 76. Wow. While we&rsquo;d all like to approach the age of 80 like Jane and Lily are, it is not possible.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:51:00 +0000 szadmin 844 at “Home First” Sounds Great. But What is it? <p>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 him. Happily, Mr. Boake did not have to lie in a hospital bed while waiting for a space in a long-term care (LTC) facility &ndash; he did his waiting in his own bed, thanks to Home First.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Ontario Retirement Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 843 at Looking for an Ethical Retirement Home? Ask These 5 Questions. <p>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 right &ndash; and asking 5 big questions can help us find it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 842 at Are You a Senior Social Butterfly? No? The Internet Makes it Easy (OK, Easier) <p>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 of that city about their concerns, social isolation was at the very top of the list, perhaps surprisingly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 841 at Sometimes You Have To Pay Condo Fees After You Have Died. Seriously. <p>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 hefty fees for food, recreation and other services every month. Or can they?</p> <p>Or if your parent dies whilst living in such a complex, surely you would not have to continue to pay the management company for the food, recreation and other services that said parent enjoyed while living? Or would you?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 19 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 840 at 8 Popular Beliefs About BC’s Continuing Care Sector – Debunked <p>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 retirement homes, long-term care (LTC) facilities and home-care providers, is in shambles. But is it?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Columbia Retirement Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 839 at These 5 Differences Between Ontario Retirement Homes and Long-term Care Homes May Surprise You <p>Ordinary Ontarians often use the terms &ldquo;retirement home&rdquo; and &ldquo;long-term care home (LTC home)&rdquo; interchangeably, but they are different in some meaningful ways.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Retirement Homes Guide Tue, 05 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 838 at You Are Not Too Old To Follow Penguins Around In Patagonia. (No, You Aren’t.) <p>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&rsquo;ve just woken up in a field camp in South Africa &ndash; early as you must ready yourself for a morning of observing endangered rhinos. Senior volunteering vacations open doors to awesome &shy;&shy;&ndash; in the original sense of the word &ndash; experiences.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 836 at Should Octogenarians and Nonagenarians Have to Prove That They Are Fit to Drive a Car? <p>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&#39;s hearty seniors are shovelling heavy snow from their driveways, their BC counterparts are already mucking about in their gardens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 835 at Choosing a Vault For Your Loved One - By Personality <p>When a loved one passes away, emotions and memories rush into our minds: mourning a death&nbsp; may be a long process but it is sudden in its beginning. When a loved one dies, it is difficult to make clear decisions, when our minds - and hearts - are clouded with grief. It is wise to think about the increasing number of options we have when making a decision for a loved one before a death occurs, when it is easier to do so.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 834 at Zip-lining In Ecuador at the Age of 80. <p>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 might think that Bill and Jeannie Chaplin might give this high-flying activity a pass; that at their ages &ndash; 80 and 75, respectively &ndash; they might prefer to observe the inspiring Ecuadorian scenery from ground level.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 833 at 7 Ways to Make Seniors Love Your City. Number 6? Just Splendid. <p>Canada is home to Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, iGen and almost 5 million seniors &ndash; and it is this last group, those of us who are embracing our grey hair while learning to accept our groaning joints, that is growing the fastest. Forward-looking cities are creating policies, organizations, transportation options and physical spaces that make life easier and more pleasurable for their citizens who are immersed in their golden years. These 7 inventive actions get two thumbs up, way up.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 831 at Which Canadian is More Likely to Benefit from Government Spending, a 43-year-old or a 76-year-old? <p>You&rsquo;ve probably guessed that a 76-year-old senior is more likely to benefit from the spending of the Canadian government than his younger neighbor, the 43-year-old. But would you have guessed that the ratio between the older and younger Canadian, when it comes to the government funds that flow their respective ways, is 3 to 1? Generation Squeeze is betting that you wouldn&rsquo;t.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 830 at How You Can Make Your Healthful Outdoor Walks Safer <p>Spring has arrived in some parts of Canada. In British Columbia, the cherry trees are in bloom, as is the witch hazel. Glistening snow still lies over much of the east, but the longer days and warming temperatures have residents dreaming about the soon-to-be-heard chirping of the spring peepers. Yes, it is time to dig out your walking shoes. And to read these tips for making your spring jaunts safer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 829 at The Parkgate Community Centre Launches a Groundbreaking Drop-in Daycare Program for Seniors with Dementia <p>Erin Smith, the organizer of the drop-in daycare program for seniors with dementia at the Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver is a passionate advocate for affordable programs for seniors living with dementia &ndash;&nbsp;and for respite for their caregivers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide British Columbia Retirement Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 827 at And The Winner Is... <p>We received over 100 submissions to our essay/infografic scholarship contest on the topic of senior living in Canada. It was not easy to select a winner. After careful deliberation we selected a short list of 10 entries, and one infografic rose to the top. We are extremely pleased to announce that <u><em><strong>Lyubava Fartushenko</strong></em></u> is the winner of $500 scholarship from SeniorsZen for Spring 2015.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:53:59 +0000 szadmin 828 at Changes to Leases are in Effect for Quebec Seniors’ Residences <p>Do you rent an apartment or house, or live in a private retirement home in Quebec? Or are you planning to? &nbsp;If so, you should know that there is a new law, named Regulation respecting mandatory lease forms and the particulars of a notice to a new lessee, which states that all lessees and lessors in the province must use new leases that have been approved by the government &ndash;&nbsp;starting on February 24th, 2015.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Quebec Retirement Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 826 at 2015 Seniors Community Grant Program in Ontario Is Open for Applications - for 33 More Days! <p>The Chicago Tribune called Stratford&rsquo;s 2014 production of King Lear &ldquo;heartwrenching&rdquo; and &ldquo;superb.&rdquo; And members of the Toronto seniors group Act Your Age did not have to dig deep into their pockets to pay to experience this thunderous production. Why not? The 2014 Seniors Community Grant Program in Ontario funded the excursion, as well as attached get-togethers where plays were read aloud and discussed.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 825 at Before Taking Your Tylenol – What You Should Now <p>Most of us have our favorite pain medications in the medicine cabinet, and chances are good that a bottle of Tylenol is among them. Right next to the Tylenol we may have our Nyquil&reg;, possibly a bottle of Formula 44&reg; for those persistent coughs and even a packet of Contac&reg; for those winter colds and flu. But before taking Tylenol it&rsquo;s wise to know a bit about it!&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Senior Health Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 813 at