Home Care Guide

When Home Care is the Best Option for Your Loved One

“Mom’s 82, loves her home and is deeply attached to it” – says Sarah Lowry, eldest daughter of Betty Lowry. For some people, moving to a retirement community is a life propeller. For others, their home is what anchors them to life. The story you are about to read hits close to home. Betty was determined to remain in her home for as long as she would live.

Fidget Quilts: a great gift to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients

Have you heard of a fidget quilt? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you certainly want to know it. It’s easy to make or purchase and both, you and the patient, can benefit from it.

The Right Time for a Retirement Home: 3 real-life stories

When is the best time to embrace retirement living? When is it time to accept help? Is it ever too late to make a lifestyle change?

You’d need a crystal ball to answer these questions – but let’s look at three real-life experiences for some clues.

Be Inspired by this Japanese Retirement Home

On the top of a mountain ridge and blending in with the surrounding nature is Jikka, a Retirement Home designed by renowned Tokyo architect Issei Suma, that transcends our imagination. In Suma’s words, Jikka is “something as unembellished as a primitive hut and something as holly as a chapel.”

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one may go through when a family member develops dementia, discussing how to better cope with such a sensitive situation: "I hope this helps some of our readers. I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...” Pat  is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts at SeniorsZen.com’s Ask the Expert section.

The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.

Summer is here, enjoy in moderation!

Recommendations for elders and caregivers to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses

We all know that hot weather can be dangerous. For older adults, the risk increases significantly for a variety of reasons, including: aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and even side effects of taking some medications.

Aging and Ageism - An interview with Thomas Sturge

"Well, family is that way. I have a wonderful daughter, I love her like crazy, but when she comes to see me, she almost starts to treat me like if I am a kid. She's doing it from her heart, but she ends up trying making decisions, but when you start letting other people make your decisions you, lose control. And then I think your life deteriorates." - Thomas Sturge

Checklist to Choosing a Home Care Agency

Recovering from surgery or living with a long-term illness is almost always challenging. However, being in the familiar surroundings of home can help ease the stress during an otherwise difficult time in your life or the life of a loved one. This is where the services of a home care agency can help.

Better at Home for B.C. Seniors and Elders

Seniors that need a hand with the tasks of day-to-day life and wish to remain connected to their community now have that option. Aging in place in more than sixty BC communities is made possible with help from Better at Home.

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