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Caring for the Caregiver - It's most important that the caregiver, care for themselves as much as their loved one. First and foremost they must communicate with medical personnel, family, friends and their support network.


Working Caregivers - Balance or Burn Out? - Putting the words "caregiving", "work" and "life balance" into the same sentence is almost comical. Yet it is no joke to manage all three at the same time. It is very hard, focussed work to be the caregiver that you think you need to be, productive in the workplace and still have time in your life to enjoy other things and other people.



Government of Canada Financial Programs for Seniors - As a Canadian, do you know what pensions you are eligible for through our government?


Nursing Home Rates Across Canada - Nursing home/Long-Term Care across Canada varies in terms of terminology and cost factors. Long-term care is regulated & monthly rates are determined by each provinces� Ministry of Health. Every province determines what their rates are, when they are increased and by how much and what subsidies are available for those below the income level of the minimum accommodation rates.


The Cost of Retirement Living - For someone on basic pensions choice is limited to seniors buildings that are rent geared to income or long term care - this is unfortunate because there are a whole group of people that fall between the cracks here.


Wills - What is a will? A written legal document setting out what is to happen after death to his/her property and who will be guardian of children. A will must be in writing and should be dated and properly witnessed.


General Info

Retirement Home Reviews - I have often wondered how useful user reviews are. In years gone by people would call the Better Business Bureau to find out if there were any complaints about a business or to file complaints. Now we have the internet which allows virtually anyone to type in a review for the world to see.


How Important are your Documents? - One never knows when crisis will hit and you or someone other than yourself will need access to your important documents, but not have the time or ability to search for them. Be it an unexpected illness, hospitalization or something else - a purse can get stolen or lost, a home can get broken into....


Health & Wellness

Dealing with Progressive and Chronic Illness - As we age there are a whole host of progressive and chronic illnesses that may impact our independence significantly. Some of these illnesses are devastating for the person and caregivers/family alike as they come to terms with the diagnosis and type of care required.


It’s Never Too Late – Embracing the Aging Process - As our population ages, life expectancy increases. There are some seniors that look at the aging process in a negative light as they fear what lies ahead. Getting old means physical and cognitive decline. This thought process can usually increase the risk of depression and generally make life miserable for the individual as well as their friends and loved ones.


Life is a Three Act Play - The third act is where the well-elderly shine. Those who are 80+ are the largest growing age group in Canada today and those in this third act really come into their own. Three simple and easily adapted habits contribute to being one of the well-elderly; exercise, nutrition/hydration and hygiene.


Obstacles to Effective Pain Relief - Lower back pain can affect your ability to perform and function well in many areas of life. This includes many basic activities of daily living, household duties, yard work and gardening, or recreational sports like golfing or tennis, to name a few. These often become progressively more challenging and difficult to perform when complicated with lower back problems.


Secrets to Longevity - Lifestyle Choices Today That Can Reap Benefits Tomorrow - Will you be dancing at your grandchild’s wedding? How about your great-grandchild’s wedding? Some super-agers are not only dancing, but also cooking, walking, and golfing past the age of 90. With life expectancy on the rise, researchers are attempting to figure out how we can increase our healthy life spans. So, exactly what lifestyle choices matter the most for longevity?


The Impact of Low Back Pain - Whether lower back pain occurs suddenly or slowly over time, the effects of it on our bodies, our lives and in the lives of others is both deep and far reaching. Your life slowly changes and becomes more challenging over time as your back pain worsens. You face more restrictions, adjustments and even more fear and anxiety as lower back pain becomes a more significant part of your life.



Adjusting to your new Home - Change can be difficult for anyone under any circumstance and moving, often leaving a place tied to special memories and people, is one of the more stressful situations one has to deal with. Moving into a retirement community can present added challenges as there will be a new routine and many new people to get to know.


Five Warning Signs That Your Loved One Should Be Considering a Move to a Retirement Home / Senior Community - It’s not easy to admit that one is getting older, especially when your body and your mind are not what they used to be. Moving a family member into a senior care residence is never a simple decision. It may not be easy to broach the subject with your loved ones. In fact, they may be resistant to moving and they may fear losing their independence.


How to Make the Transition to Retirement Living Easier - The reality is that moving to a retirement home ranks among one of the more difficult things anyone has to raise and discuss with someone they care about.


Key Factors When Selecting a Retirement Residence - What are the most important things to look for when searching for a retirement home?


Living with Family - Making a decision to live with a son, daughter or other family member in their home after years of having one's own home can often be a hard one for both parties.


My Parents Don’t Want to Move… - Convincing a parent to move into a retirement/seniors residence is one of the most difficult caregiving challenges that adult kids face.


Pitfalls to Avoid When Considering a Move Into a Retirement Home - Whether you are considering a move into a retirement home or if you are part of the “Sandwich Generation” that is concerned about the health and well being of your parents, the thought process of potentially making the big move is very often emotional, overwhelming and confusing.


Relocation Basics & Downsizing Tips - Deciding to relocate a senior to a retirement home can be a monumental decision and can involve an tremendous drain on relationships and one's own emotional well-being.


Which Retirement Home would you choose for your parent? - Retirement Residences differ greatly across so many dimensions including environment, amenities, services & care and; every person's needs and desires are unique. What one person might think is the perfect home, another might not. It is imperative that the family/caregiver (and if physically possible, the person themselves) assess their needs, shop around and compare what is available.


Seniors Housing

Innovative Seniors' Housing Options - We know that the number of seniors is growing to previously unseen proportions and, as a result, there will be a need to develop many different kinds of housing solutions that will meet the needs of many with different budgets and care needs, while allowing people to remain active and independent for as long as possible.



As Seen on TV

Video Excerpts from an interview with Esther on “Seniors Talk with Sgt. John” – originally aired July 4. 2012 on Rogers Durham TV.

Esther discusses Visiting Tips

Esther discusses Care Options & Relocation

Retirement Home & Long-Term Care Visiting Tips - download a PDF document that is an excerpt of the 2018 Guide to Retirement Living. This article details how to find "the best" home and contains 250 questions to consider and ask when touring retirement residences and 125 questions to ask when touring long-term care homes. Cost is $5.00 per download.

Emergency File & Information - Are you a caregiver for someone? In an emergency would you be able to access important health and financial information about them? Do you know the kind of information you might be required to have? If you aren't a caregiver, do your loved ones know where your important documents are in the event of an emergency? This useful document can assist individuals & caregivers organize important relevant health and financial information for you or someone you are caring for. A concise chart prepared by a long-time social worker, there is a place for all important information any caregivers might require.

Care Options for Seniors in Ontario - download a PDF document that is an excerpt of our annual Guide. The information in the PDF details the different care options available to seniors, how to discuss the need for care, and other important information for those beginning to search. It is a companion PDF to Visiting Tips. It does not contain information on specific homes or questions while touring homes (see Visiting Tips for a list of Questions to review while touring). Cost is $5.00 per download.



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