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assisted living

assisted living

Originally posted The Huffington Post published a blog titled ‘Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying’  which was forwarded to me by my son.   Bronnie Ware,  the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done […]

Originally posted 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 […]

Originally published @ 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 […]

I have been looking for some better words that more appropriately describe our current state of aging. In particular for me, the term ‘adult child’, just doesn’t measure up. I am referencing the grown up offspring of parents, who may now have offspring of their own. I do not mean adults who have the intelligence […]

Originally posted @ on October 7, 2015 With the sky high price of housing in many provinces, families may be looking for residential alternatives. The October 2, 2015 Globe and Mail wrote a story on expandable shipping containers being used as homes. In 2008, shipping containers were touted as being eco friendly  and had […]

Great question, here is my reply: The two key words are service and free- I don’t believe that they go together very often. You have heard the expression, ‘ you get what you pay for’ and this is the same in the elder care world. There is an American franchise chain that has come to […]

Originally published at on May 5, 2015 Son: Mom, turn a light on, it’s getting dark outside. Mom: It’s ok, I’ll just sit here in the dark. Son: Mom, it’s cold and raining outside. I will call a taxi for you. Mom: It’s senior’s day at Shoppers, I will take the bus. Son: Now […]

In my daily reading of the obits, I read about a former client of mine- who passed away at age 100. I had the pleasure of working with him when he was 99. He had been discharged home from the hospital after recovering from the flu. He returned directly to his bungalow where he had […]

Originally posted at on April 8, 2015: More data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent not for profit organization that was created in 1994. In addition to the caregiving information I shared on my earlier blog, their data also examined planning for end of life. April 16, 2015 is […]

Originally posted @ on March 20, 2015 The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent not for profit organization that was created in 1994. Their vision is “Better data, Better decisions, Healthier Canadian” A great motto. They recently released some interesting caregiving data which I felt important to share. Luckily, it is […]