Geriatric Care Management

Originally posted in on January 21, 2014 by Audrey Miller: I had an opportunity to participate in a discussion on resources provided by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC for short). Part of my role as a geriatric care manager is to make sure our clients are living as well as they can and […]

Originally posted in on Jan 13, 2014: January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Like many of you, I think about Alzheimers quite often; not only the (not so) occasional memory lapses but for anyone who lives with dementia- closely impacting their own lives- the devastation it can bring. Do we need a special awareness month […]

Originally published in on Dec. 3, 2013: Many seniors are leaving our cold climate and heading someplace warm- at least for a couple of months. Like anything else, pre planning can go a long way in minimizing the change and reducing the adjustment time, especially if the traveler is dealing with memory issues. If […]

PostmediaNovember 28, 2013 (National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette,Vancouver Sun) There comes a time in every family where discussions should take place about the financial and insurance needs of aging parents. It’s not simply about covering the financial bases. There are also decisions to be made about their care and comfort. From financial planning and […]

Originally published in on October 11, 2013: I had the pleasure of presenting at a recent Ontario Bar Association estates and trusts section session. The topic was ‘De-escalating the Family Feud’. Those of you who know me, know that one of my favorite expressions is ‘the only normal families are the families you don’t […]

Many families will be traveling this week for our Thanksgiving holiday. 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 published in on June 28, 2013 I speak with adult children daily who call because they are concerned that their parent is not doing well and they feel, needs help. I have found that the refusal to accept help may fall into a number of different categories. 1) Denial: Refuse to accept reality […]

Originally published at May 27, 2013: I know of very few individuals who have applied for and received compassionate care benefits. Did you know that compassionate care benefits are employment insurance benefits that are paid to carers who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member […]

Originally published in May 8, 2013: Part of my role as a Geriatric Care Manager is to determine if individuals can safely remain in their own homes, living by themselves. As I have previously discussed, most of us want to remain in our own homes for us long as possible. Our assessments review the […]

Originally published at I work with many seniors who prefer not to use the assistive devices that are prescribed/recommended for their safety and well being. In particular, the use of a cane and the use of a walker seem to viewed by many as an unnecessary attachment and an ‘aging’ device. I feel it […]