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Create Your All-Star Care Team in 5 Steps

Create Your All-Star Care Team in 5 Steps What family caregivers often need most is sound advice, regular respite and an extra set of hands. Friends may scatter when one becomes the primary caregiver for a spouse or parent, and not everyone has siblings or other family members they can depend on to share the load. A carefully selected care team is a necessary complement to a loved one’s detailed care plan. Step 1: Draft a list of prospective team members Write down the name of each family member, friend or neighbor with whom you regularly interact. Forego any initial judgements or doubts about their usefulness in your care plan—just let the ideas flow. Step 2: Assess each individual’s strengths Assess the strong suit of each person on your list. Is your best friend financially savvy? Can your cousin listen to you vent for as long as you need to without interrupting or casting judgement? Does your neighbor offer to help keep an eye on Mom when she’s tinkering outside in the garden? Each of these people have…

Summer Activities for Seniors & Caregivers

Summer Activities for Seniors & Caregivers Enjoying the warm summer temperatures doesn't have to be a distant memory for elders and caregivers. Finding an interesting activity that is suitable for a senior’s abilities may take some creativity and planning, but it is well worth switching up the routine and getting out of the house. The Benefits of Getting Outside A main advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up some sunlight. Sun exposure generates vitamin D, which is necessary for a healthy brain, bones and muscles. Getting out also enables elders to socialize with new people, and be stimulated by new experiences and environments. Ideas for Outdoor Activities When selecting activities to do with your loved one, focus on hobbies and interests that they used to enjoy. What is something they always wanted to try? Don’t be afraid to ask what they miss doing or what they’d like to revisit. Have a couple of suggestions prepared to choose from and head outside to enjoy…

Purchasing a First Aid Kit

Purchasing a First Aid Kit First Aid Kit for Seniors Living at Home First aid is an important consideration when caring for an elderly person at home. It is important to know that seniors are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries since they often lack strength, flexibility and can have brittle bones. Also, their sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste may have declined, making them more vulnerable to accidents. It is very important that the elderly take care of their skin as well, because they are more susceptible to skin infections and disease due to natural changes in aging skin. These changes make the skin less elastic, thinner and dryer allowing more injures while also being slow to heal. What to Put in Your First Aid Kit It is important to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. You can purchase a kit or create one of your own. You can create one using a portable file box that can be found at any office supply store or large discount store. Be sure to keep your first aid kit someplace where it can be…

Crime & the Elderly

Crime & the Elderly Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or a number of scams. During a crime, an older person is more likely to be seriously hurt than someone who is younger. But, even though there are risks, don't let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life. Be careful and be aware of your surroundings. Here are some “do's and don’ts” that can help you fight crime and stay safe. Be Safe at Home • Do try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. Consider a good alarm system. Make sure they are locked—both when you are in the house and when you're away. • Do make a list of your expensive belongings. You might even take pictures of the most valuable items. Store these papers in a safe place. • Don't open your door before you know who's there. Look through the peephole or a safe window first. Ask any stranger for proof of identity before opening the…

Mary's Story

Mary's Story Mary is a nurse with a long history of caring for elderly patients. Ten years ago her husband, Lloyd, was diagnosed with dementia. He was 62. This is her story. http://healthydebate.ca/faces-health-care/mary-b

The new consolidated caregiver tax credit – how it works

The new consolidated caregiver tax credit – how it works If you care for and support a family member, the tax system currently provides three potential caregiver non-refundable credits you may be eligible to claim on your 2016 tax return: the infirm dependant credit, the caregiver credit and the family caregiver credit. These credits are intended to compensate you for part of the non-discretionary, out-of-pocket expenses that caregivers often incur, but the rules are complex and confusing. Fortunately, last month’s federal budget announced, for 2017, a significant simplification and consolidation of these three non-refundable credits, into one: the new Canada Caregiver Credit. Let’s review the current rules and then see what’s changing going forward. The current system (for 2016 returns) The current system includes three credits, with varying eligibility conditions based on the circumstances of the caregiver and the dependant: Infirm dependant credit: This is a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit for individuals who support…

Job Fair

Job Fair JOB FAIR -Amy's Helping Hands We are looking for mature caring compassionate individuals wanting to help care for seniors in our community. Flexible Hours, Variety of Backgrounds, Eligibility for Benefits, Bonus and Rewards programs. Looking to hire12+ new employees. Both Full Time and Part Time opportunities are available. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN CONTACT TO BOOK YOU IN FOR INTERVIEWS Date: Wednesday July 19 1-4pm and Thursday July 20 10am-1pm Pre-fill your employment application below. We are looking for the best of the best to help us take care of the wonderful seniors who are our clients. What can we offer you? The hours you want in a location near you. Excellent working conditions. Respect. Training on a schedule that fits your needs. Competitive pay using a tiered pay scale that rewards those who are dependable and loyal to us. Overtime pay if you want to work extra hours. Friendly and supportive office staff who care about you. Bonuses and rewards.…

Caring for elders can overwhelm us

Caring for elders can overwhelm us Nicole Johnson, a memory therapy coach, works with a patient at Amy’s Helping Hands For caregivers, worrying about an aging relative is stressful enough. Taking care of two loved ones kicks up that stress level rise significantly. This is the daily reality for Denise and her sister who are responsible for the care of two aging relatives. For them, caregiving took a difficult turn when both relatives needed additional help over a few days. With one having hip surgery and the other being transferred to a new care facility, the situation quickly became overwhelming. “We went into crisis mode,” says Denise. “We didn’t have a clue how we were going to manage to make sure each of our relatives received the attention and care they required during this time. A staff member at the long-term care facility suggested the sisters call Amy’s Helping Hands. Denise spoke with someone from Amy’s that evening and was in their office the next morning signing paperwork…

2015 Study on Family Caregivers: Who They Are and What They Do

2015 Study on Family Caregivers: Who They Are and What They Do ALTHOUGHT THIS IS A US STUDY – THE THEME AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES ARE THE SAME HERE IN CANADA – AND MIRROR SIMILAR CANADIAN STUDIES ON CAREGIVING. Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 is a joint study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute that provides recent insight into the state of family caregivers in the U.S. According to this study, nearly 44 million adults in the U.S. are now providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs. That’s more than one out of every six adults. More than 34 million care for frail elders and nearly 4 million help children with disabilities. About 6.5 million care for both. The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who is assisting a parent or in-law and working at a paid job. She provides about 24 hours-a-week of personal assistance such as bathing or dressing or helping with activities such as shopping or rides. Almost six in 10 perform nursing or other complex…

Creating a Legacy for Your Parent

Creating a Legacy for Your Parent A common regret of adult children who have lost their parents is the wish that they had asked and understood more about their own family history. This is particularly true for family caregivers, whose focus on the present is necessitated by the practical concerns of getting through the day. Making time to learn more about the past seems like a luxury for many caregivers. But taking that time may be beneficial to those we love and care for and provide an important opportunity to redefine and enhance our familial connections. An essential challenge for our loved ones as they approach old age is to relinquish the need to exert control and to harvest the meaning of their lives through imparting legacy. Part of facilitating this important life review is to bear witness to memories, which form the very foundation of identity and can serve as an intangible link in a powerful chain that connects us to generations that came before us. As our parents struggle to come to terms with their losses,…

Have Great Posture As You Age

Have Great Posture As You Age Having good posture minimizes stress on your back by keeping your muscles and bones in their natural positions as well as making your movements more fluid and efficient. Poor posture, on the other hand, can create a variety of health problems. It can impede breathing, blood circulation, digestion, organ functions and overall alertness. Slouching creates 10 to 15 times extra pressure on the spinal cord. It can generate neck pain, headaches and limited joint movement. Problems may even result in the legs and feet. Here are 8 helpful tips to keep you standing tall at any age. Open up Now that many of us spend our days hunched in front of a computer, “it's very important for us to be able to stretch and open up and improve our range of motion,” says Jonathan F. Bean, MD, MS, MPH, an assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Easy exercises To stay limber, try to get up for a couple minutes every half hour…

The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors (and Family Caregivers)

The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors (and Family Caregivers) Seniors are jumping on board Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more as they realize it is fun and provides real benefits. Are your senior loved ones participating? Here are five ways social media is beneficial for seniors. 1. Social Media Keeps Families Close “I wish I heard more often from my children/grandchildren” is a common refrain of seniors. You’d think that with seemingly everyone carrying their own phone, calls to senior loved ones would be more common than ever. However, those phones are used less for making phone calls than for connecting by other means, particularly social media. More and more seniors are realizing that going where their family members are going, most frequently Facebook, makes it easier to link up and keep up with what is going on in the lives of loved ones. It also makes for more frequent and comfortable conversations between generations than most would experience through calls. 2. Family Photo and Video Sharing With the overwhelming majority…

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