Caregiver Support

Tips for Eating Well for Older Adults Flyer

Tips for Eating Well for Older Adults Flyer Many seniors have trouble obtaining the right nutrition due to issues such as trouble cooking, shopping, chewing or a poor appetite. Learn solutions to these common problems by downloading our FREE Tips for Eating Well for Older Adults Flyer. To download this helpful resource, simply complete the short form, and you’ll receive instant access to our Tips for Eating Well for Older Adults flyer. For more tips on senior nutrition or to hire a professional in-home companion to help with shopping and preparing meals, and to make meal time a social time, contact Amy’s Helping Hands at 519-915-4370.

Community Resources

Community Resources HELPFUL INFORMATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES   For Seniors and Caregivers in Windsor:   LHIN - Local Health Intigration Network Phone: 519-258-8211 http://www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca/ Diabetes Wellness Windsor Essex Community Health Centre Phone: 519.997.2823 http://wechc.org/ Life After Fifty - Seniors Centre www.lifeafterfifty.ca Family Services - Windsor Essex Advocacy Counselling and Support http://familyserviceswe.ca/ Alzheimer Society www.alzheimer.ca Coach Broyle Alzheimer's Playbook - A Practical Guide for Caregivers http://www.alzheimersplaybook.com/ ALS Society of Ontario http://www.alsont.ca/ Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca/ Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca/ Canadian Hearing Society http://www.chs.ca/ Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association http://www.chpca.net/ Canadian National Institute for the Blind http://www.cnib.ca/ Canada Pension & Old Age Security http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/ Heart and Stroke Foundation http://www.heartandstroke.ca/…

Managing Stress

Managing Stress Managing Caregiver Stress Caregiving, for a loved one may be the toughest job you will ever undertake. The struggle to provide quality care, make care decisions, and meet the needs of the parent or loved one are often constant and overwhelming. That struggle can be lost if a caregiver becomes burnt-out and no longer able to provide the care for the family member. If you answer yes to any of the questions below it may mean you are experiencing caregiver stress. It is important to seek assistance, prior to becoming burnt out. Ask the following questions about your situation: I find I can't get enough rest. I don't have enough time for myself.  I don't have time to be with other family members beside the person I care for.  I feel guilty about my situation.  I don't get out much anymore.  I have conflict with the person I care for.  I have conflict with other family members.  I cry every day.  I don't feel I have enough knowledge or experience to help the person…

Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Fall Prevention in seniors is the leading cause of hospital and nursing home admissions. Here are the statistics: The leading cause of injury for those over 65. The sixth leading cause of death in persons over 65. 1/3 to 1/2 of persons over 65 are prone to falling with falls being more common in older females. ¼ of seniors over the age of 75 that experience a fall will not survive past 1 year. 1 in 3 Seniors will fall at least once in their lifetime    Canadians spend $3 Billion annually in direct/indirect costs related to falls. Tips and Suggestions With MINIMAL Effort / Expense Wearing of comfortable, supportive footwear and appropriate length of pant leg Correction of slippery surfaces by using non-slip waxes on hard floors Removal of throw rugs and use of non-slip mats in bath, shower and on other wet surfaces, such as entrances, laundry and kitchen sink areas; Removal of obstructions and elimination of clutter; watch for pets; Ensuring that electrical cords do not extend across…

Knowing When to Get Help

Knowing When to Get Help For most of us independence and privacy is an important condition for a comfortable life. We each have our habits and methods of doing things, and life has a rhythm that just “fits” our personalities. But as people age and physical changes occur, we may find ourselves or loved ones dealing with those changes ineffectively. Sooner or later the question starts ringing in our heads, “When should I look for help?” But then we think, “Oh, I don’t need help. I don’t want to be a burden to anyone.” or “I can’t tell Mom what to do – she’d never listen to me, anyway.” Or “Dad would never accept help, he’s too proud.” or “ It’s not time yet, let’s wait”. And so we wait and do what we can ourselves, all the while still wondering, “When should I look for help?” The good news is we don’t have to guess. There are some common indicators that help us tell when it’s time to get some help. We don’t have to wait for a crisis situation to throw everyone into…

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