elder care

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca After 70 years of marriage Norman and Mae are told by our government that in order to get the care they need, they need to live separately. Certainly there is something not right about this statement, yet as hard as it is to believe, that was the story reported in the National […]

Please Pass The Gravy

by Audrey Miller on October 6, 2016

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, Caregiving, Elder Care

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca Many families will be traveling this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you live in a different city than your parents, the time spent together during the holiday can allow you to see how well they are managing. Be aware of the small things and things that are different. For example, are you […]

Family Dinners & Family Challenges

by Audrey Miller on October 2, 2016

in Elder Care, Uncategorized

Mom’s matza balls didn’t taste as you remember? Noticing some changes? If you live in a different city than your parents, the time spent together during the holiday can allow you to see how well they are managing. Be aware of the small things and things that are different. For example, are you noticing weight […]

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca Fidelity Investments released their third survey “Family and Finance” in June 2016. They interviewed families with a parent over age 55 and having an adult child over age 25. The key findings are very interesting. What parents want and what their children THINK they want is very different. 4 in 10 […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca I am seeing more and more of these ads as families try to find affordable  and alternative solutions to paying for private caregivers.  There are many seniors who live alone. ‘The 2011 Census of Population counted nearly 5 million (4,945,000) seniors aged 65 and over in Canada. The data showed that about […]

What does ‘Alternative Level of Care’ mean?

by Audrey Miller on September 8, 2016

in Uncategorized

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca The Hospital News is a free monthly publication available in hospitals and related institutions across Canada. Their September 1, 2016 article titled “Hospital discharge: Reaching a breaking point” struck a chord with me and I wanted to share it with you. Readers of this blog are likely aware of the current crisis […]

Sharing the Caring

by Audrey Miller on September 1, 2016

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, Caregiving, Elder Care

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca The Change Foundation ‘is an independent health policy think tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system.’ They completed an in depth review based on the 2012 General Social Survey of Ontario’s family caregivers. A few of their key findings include: “An estimated 3.3 million Ontarians, 29% of […]

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca Making a decision about your future or the future of an aging loved one can feel overwhelming. Not only does it take an emotional toll, but it involves knowing what care options are out there, understanding how those options can work for you and evaluating the cost of those options to pick […]

Originally published @ allaboutestates.ca Transportation is a major issue for seniors, especially in rural communities. Losing one’s drivers license triggers many emotions- especially loss of independence. ‘Giving up the keys’ is a common discussion in many households and most often when adult children have concerns about their parent’s driving habits. Statistics Canada[1] report that in […]

Gone Missing….

by Audrey Miller on August 4, 2016

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, Dementia

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca A few weeks ago, I had a client go missing. He walked out of his house early one morning while his wife was still sleeping.  He was found 24 hours later, having walked for miles.  There are more and more stories of seniors who walk out of their home and get […]