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  • Holiday Stress

    A Nurse advises: Dealing with mental health issues and stress during the holiday Advice from the nursing and healthcare professionals at Qualicare: Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health, causing to be at risk for developing mental health issues. Being realistic, planning ...
  • Should I get a PSA Test?

    Caregiving experts advise: should you get a PSA test? The prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test measures inflammation that can be elevated for many reasons other than cancer, such as normal enlargement of the prostate with age or an infection. As caregiving professionals , this is the advice we ...
  • Healthy Living - Diabetes

    Hospital support staff give advice to people living with diabetes As hospital support staff and caregivers, we often have patients who are living with diabetes. Here is the latest research. Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather ...
  • What Happens to the Disabled When Everyone's Disabled?

    Caregiving for the disabled at home What happens to the disabled when everyone’s disabled? Raphael Adams Qualicare Franchise Corporation Disability : ‘any reduction or lack of ability, caused by impairment, to perform an activity in a way considered normal for a human being.’ (World Health ...
  • "Ask a Nurse"Falls in the Home

    "Ask a Nurse"P: Senior care when a loved one falls in the home Hello I am writing this so that we have clear advice or guidelines about the right way to go about senior care when an elder person falls in a home. I need to know what to tell my 80 year old Mom who lives alone; should the unfortunate ...
  • Gardening for Seniors - Useful Tips

    Senior care tips for avid gardeners Growing your own vegetable garden can do more than provide tasty produce— our senior care professionals have found that gardening for seniors can improve health, save money and even boost mood. Community gardens, backyard plots, and even window boxes are gaining ...
  • Parkinson's and Homecare

    Parkinson’s and home care Do people with Parkinson’s need a full-time caregiver? Parkinson’s is a complex progressive neurological disease resulting from the loss of dopamine in the brain. The three primary symptoms are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Other symptoms include ...
  • Apples, Pears, Bananas and Strokes

    Research shows that apples, pears and bananas may reduce the risk of strokes A major research study published in the Sept. 15/2011 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that high levels of consumption of white-fleshed fruit and vegetables can protect people from ...
  • Preventing Hospitalizations

    Our hospital support team discusses how hospitalization can be prevented Jim is a 92 years of age living with his daughter and her family and suffers from congestive heart failure. In and out of hospital, his loved ones were at a loss for a way to cope. Doctors would send him to hospital when his ...
  • Post Holiday Blues

    Medical case managers discuss post holiday blues While it is true some people may feel down during the holidays because they don’t want to see certain family members, go to a crowded mall, or shovel the driveway, others feel sad after the holidays after over. Out of town relatives have now gone ...
  • Questions to Ask When Looking for a Doctor

    1. Do you know anyone with contacts that may help you? 2. Would you be comfortable approaching this person and explaining the circumstances that prompted the request? 3. Can you find someone who has been cared for by the doctor recommended, who will speak to you about their experience? 4 . Is this ...
  • Diabetes Self-Check List

    Healthcare advice: read our diabetes self-check list Our healthcare professionals have rounded up a list of symptoms and signs to look out for if you suspect that you have diabetes: Noticeable increase of thirst and urination: One of the most common and detectable symptoms of diabetes is frequent ...
  • Homecare Terminology

    Homecare terminology It's important to be comfortable with the language and terminology used in homecare . The list below can help you avoid confusion. If you come across a term you need more information on, please contact us at Qualicare Franchise Corporation. One of our nurses will be happy to ...
  • Parent Care

    Elder care and parent care advice Elder care and parent care advice from the professionals at Qualicare: With a threatening heart condition and after months of treading water in the medical system, Mr. Myer eventually received bypass surgery. His health improved but a relapse made it necessary to ...
  • Talking to Children About Your Cancer

    Healthcare professionals discuss talking to children about cancer Many people struggle to decide whether children should be told about the cancer diagnosis of a parent, grandparent or loved one. Our healthcare professionals provide some key reasons why children should be told: A child has a right to ...
  • Holiday Stress

    A Nurse advises: Dealing with mental health issues and stress during the holiday Advice from the nursing and healthcare professionals at Qualicare: Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health, causing to be at risk for developing mental health issues. Being realistic, planning ...
  • Should I get a PSA Test?

    Caregiving experts advise: should you get a PSA test? The prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test measures inflammation that can be elevated for many reasons other than cancer, such as normal enlargement of the prostate with age or an infection. As caregiving professionals , this is the advice we ...
  • Healthy Living - Diabetes

    Hospital support staff give advice to people living with diabetes As hospital support staff and caregivers, we often have patients who are living with diabetes. Here is the latest research. Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather ...
  • What Happens to the Disabled When Everyone's Disabled?

    Caregiving for the disabled at home What happens to the disabled when everyone’s disabled? Raphael Adams Qualicare Franchise Corporation Disability : ‘any reduction or lack of ability, caused by impairment, to perform an activity in a way considered normal for a human being.’ (World Health ...
  • "Ask a Nurse"Falls in the Home

    "Ask a Nurse"P: Senior care when a loved one falls in the home Hello I am writing this so that we have clear advice or guidelines about the right way to go about senior care when an elder person falls in a home. I need to know what to tell my 80 year old Mom who lives alone; should the unfortunate ...
  • Gardening for Seniors - Useful Tips

    Senior care tips for avid gardeners Growing your own vegetable garden can do more than provide tasty produce— our senior care professionals have found that gardening for seniors can improve health, save money and even boost mood. Community gardens, backyard plots, and even window boxes are gaining ...
  • Parkinson's and Homecare

    Parkinson’s and home care Do people with Parkinson’s need a full-time caregiver? Parkinson’s is a complex progressive neurological disease resulting from the loss of dopamine in the brain. The three primary symptoms are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Other symptoms include ...
  • Apples, Pears, Bananas and Strokes

    Research shows that apples, pears and bananas may reduce the risk of strokes A major research study published in the Sept. 15/2011 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that high levels of consumption of white-fleshed fruit and vegetables can protect people from ...
  • Preventing Hospitalizations

    Our hospital support team discusses how hospitalization can be prevented Jim is a 92 years of age living with his daughter and her family and suffers from congestive heart failure. In and out of hospital, his loved ones were at a loss for a way to cope. Doctors would send him to hospital when his ...
  • Post Holiday Blues

    Medical case managers discuss post holiday blues While it is true some people may feel down during the holidays because they don’t want to see certain family members, go to a crowded mall, or shovel the driveway, others feel sad after the holidays after over. Out of town relatives have now gone ...
  • Questions to Ask When Looking for a Doctor

    1. Do you know anyone with contacts that may help you? 2. Would you be comfortable approaching this person and explaining the circumstances that prompted the request? 3. Can you find someone who has been cared for by the doctor recommended, who will speak to you about their experience? 4 . Is this ...
  • Diabetes Self-Check List

    Healthcare advice: read our diabetes self-check list Our healthcare professionals have rounded up a list of symptoms and signs to look out for if you suspect that you have diabetes: Noticeable increase of thirst and urination: One of the most common and detectable symptoms of diabetes is frequent ...
  • Homecare Terminology

    Homecare terminology It's important to be comfortable with the language and terminology used in homecare . The list below can help you avoid confusion. If you come across a term you need more information on, please contact us at Qualicare Franchise Corporation. One of our nurses will be happy to ...
  • Parent Care

    Elder care and parent care advice Elder care and parent care advice from the professionals at Qualicare: With a threatening heart condition and after months of treading water in the medical system, Mr. Myer eventually received bypass surgery. His health improved but a relapse made it necessary to ...
  • Talking to Children About Your Cancer

    Healthcare professionals discuss talking to children about cancer Many people struggle to decide whether children should be told about the cancer diagnosis of a parent, grandparent or loved one. Our healthcare professionals provide some key reasons why children should be told: A child has a right to ...
  • Private Services Directory - USA

    Acorn Stairlifts Reliable, safe and easy to use solutions for people experiencing difficulty with stairs. Day-Light A light-therapy solution clinically tested to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Please contact Qualicare for prices and more information. Enterprise Medical Services North ...
  • Hospital Parking Fees

    Homecare professionals discuss hospital parking fees An editorial in the November 28 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal about excessive patient and visitor parking fees at hospitals has caught the attention of our homecare professionals and it has also blown the lid off widespread ...
  • Surviving Holiday Eating

    Healthcare experts give tips on holiday eating To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds, Qualicare’s healthcare experts have some tips to help you survive the holidays without having to make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. Trim back the trimmings. To shave ...
  • Cancer Pain Management

    Cancer pain management advice from homecare professionals Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of hospital and homecare patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Alzheimer's Concern

    Nursing professionals discuss caring for people with Alzeimer’s disease Question posed to our nursing professionals : My mother has Alzheimer's disease, and she is experiencing early and mid-stages of forgetfulness, disorientation, and all the rest of it. She is very stubborn in acknowledging that ...
  • Doorways and Forgetting

    Senior caregivers discuss the impact of doorways on forgetfulness Have you ever found yourself standing in a room wondering why you went there in the first place? You look at the object that you’re holding in your hand and have no idea what you were supposed to do with it. Have you ever had to ...
  • Coping Mechanisms

    Caregiving experts discuss coping mechanisms Coping mechanisms can also be described as 'survival skills'. They are strategies that people use in order to deal with stresses, pain, and natural changes that we experience in life. Coping mechanisms are learned behavioural patterns used to cope. We ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Stroke/24 Hour Care Concern

    Question: My mother, in her 80’s, had a stroke a year ago; and since then has been requiring assistance at home 24 hours a day. My father has pancreatic cancer and is also living with her in the family home, but is unable to care for his wife; including assisting with Activities of Daily Living. My ...
  • Parkinson's and 'Wearing Off'

    Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disease which means that its symptoms will gradually change and evolve over time, becoming more severe. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s respond well to drug treatment, but over time, the response a patient may get from their medication and the way it controls ...
  • Malnutrition in Seniors

    Elder care experts discuss malnutrition in seniors A recent study conducted by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (a committee of the Canadian Nutrition Society) shows that a disturbingly high percentage of seniors, who are admitted to hospitals for other conditions, have some degree of ...
  • My Grandmother, the Riverboat Pianist

    A story about an aging grandmother in a nursing home by Raphael Adams She was a river boat pianist in her youth. There was a picture above her bed that showed a stunning young woman who could have been a silent film star. That was all very hard to imagine as I coerced my kids to visit their ...
  • Ask a Nurse - Aids for Standing and Reclining

    Ask a Nurse - Aids for Standing and Reclining Question: Question posed to our nurse: With my condition, I find that I am having a lot of trouble changing positions – from sitting to standing to reclining. Are there devices that I can use to ease my mobility when I am by myself? Answer Many people ...
  • Exercises For The Home

    Elder care exercise advice Stretching and maintaining basic mobility are a part of healthy living, especially in older adults. Here you can find a list of elder care exercises you can do at home from standing, sitting, or in bed. download file: Qualicare Exercises.compressed.pdf If you or a loved ...
  • Parkinson's Caregiving Tips

    Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain break down. This means that the body makes movements on its own, without regard for how a person wants his or her body to move. The most common symptom is called tremor – the involuntary shaking of limbs. Other ...
  • Healthy Living - 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

    Healthcare experts advise: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is ...
  • Ask a Nurse - Facing the Diagnosis

    Ask a nurse: what to do when you are facing a diagnosis Question for our nurses : I’m a 56 year old female with no previous medical issues except for childbirth. At my annual check-up, I mentioned some unusual symptoms I’ve been having. My doctor didn’t like what he heard and ordered a battery of ...
  • Ask a Qualicare Specialist: Non-natural Sweeteners and Diabetes

    Ask a Healthcare Specialist: Non-natural Sweeteners and Diabetes Question for our healthcare experts: Dear Qualicare, I am currently taking care of my elder friend who has diabetes. She suffers with diabetic seizures regularly and I am concerned she is addicted to sugar, the worst substance for a ...
  • Ask a Nurse - Tinnitus

    Our healthcare experts discuss Tinnitus Question posed to our healthcare experts : I am a 55 year old man that is constantly being plagued with ringing in my ears. My Doctor has made me an appointment with a specialist, but unfortunately it is a few months off. Can you give me some ideas on why this ...
  • Expert Care Coordination

    How a Nurse Case Manager can help you overcome obstacles One of Qualicare’s patients discusses his journey from hospitalization to hiring a proactive nurse case manager : When Sam, 78, suffered a debilitating stroke, his wife and two adult children were left devastated and confused. They felt ...
  • Proper Nutrition for Seniors

    Elder care professionals advise: Nutrition advice for seniors The circle of life keeps turning. When we were young, our parents pushed us to eat - often by having the spoon of cereal sail through the air land into our open mouth. But, as our parents age and we become their caregivers, we need to ...
  • Drowning in Holiday Debt

    Homecare experts discuss how to avoid drowning in holiday debt by Milena Filazzola C.M.A. So the holidays are over. Presents have been exchanged, family gatherings are over, and leftovers are almost gone. Now is the time to relax--maybe not. A haunting villain has entered your life--overextended ...
  • Healthy Feet

    Healthcare experts discuss the impact of diabetes on your feet Our healthcare experts have seen many people suffering from diabetes develop foot problems as this is a common side effect of having diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause damage to blood vessels and peripheral nerves that can ...
  • Hospital Discharge

    Qualicare’s hospital support team discuss hospital discharges The following case scenario is archetypal. It was provoked by a university professor’s chronic progressive MS (Multiple Sclerosis), complicated by a serious injury to his brain as a result of a bad fall. The Qualicare hospital support ...
  • Vegetable Myths Part One

    As part of our continuing series on nutrition for seniors, we present some vegetable myths and facts. When we were younger, our parents would always say “Eat your veggies! They’re good for you.” When your parents start getting older, it’s time to give them the same advice. Adding lots of vegetables ...
  • Risk for Seniors Discharged from Hospital

    Elder care professionals discuss: Risks for Seniors Discharged from Hospital A recent study of almost 400,000 Ontario hospital patients showed that there was a significant risk that these patients would discontinue taking vital meds after discharge. This extremely well-designed study tracked elderly ...
  • The Shocking Truth About What's in Your Skin Care Products

    Healthcare experts discuss the shocking truth about skin care products Who is looking out for our healthcare ? Certainly not the manufacturing companies, who may say such ingredients are “safe”. But the reality is that testing on the long-term and combined affect of many of these chemicals is ...
  • Stay Independent at Home

    Before contacting Qualicare, my Dad was living with the difficulties associated with Alzheimer’s disease and because he had recently lost his wife, he could not stay at home, on his own. Retirement homes wouldn’t suffice because Dad needed extra care and attention after the great trauma and changes ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" Just Found Out My Father Has Liver Cancer

    Palliative care for a father with liver cancer Question: Dear Qualicare, I have just experienced something that I never thought possible, and I need to have some information to help me figure out what to do next. After waiting in the hospital for hours, we just found out that my father has liver ...
  • Making Your Home Senior Friendly

    Elder care advice on making your home more senior friendly It is a known fact that seniors are more prone to falling and hurting themselves. As we grow older, our sense of balance becomes diminished and the stability of our stature is often weaker. Many falls happen right inside our own homes! The ...
  • More Nutritional Suggestions for Seniors

    Elder care professionals discuss nutrition for seniors Seniors have different nutritional needs and since these are not readily understood by the seniors themselves, they can become malnourished. Recent studies have shown that the incidence of clinically‐defined malnutrition among seniors admitted ...
  • Information about Melanoma

    Caregivers provide information about Melanoma As caregivers , we help many people who have been diagnosed with melanoma. When you have been diagnosed with melanoma, the next step is that you will be advised what “stage” of melanoma you have. A diagnosis of melanoma is then staged by the pathologist ...
  • The Power of Music

    The role of music in healthcare and caregiving Every one of us has, in our brain, a file folder of songs and melodies that are capable of evoking very distinct memories – of schools, of relationships, of events, of family traditions. Usually they make us feel very happy, but they can also be ...
  • Brain Exercises for the Elderly

    Senior care advice: brain exercises for the elderly As senior care professionals , this is a scenario that happens all too often: When a loved one gets older, it is often harder for their children to cope with even small amounts of mental deterioration, even though the physical changes are more ...
  • Help at Home Keeps Sisters Safe

    Two sisters (81 and 71) who live together, not far from their doctor’s office, decided to visit. This visit, to their family doctor was motivated by the fact that the older sister had a fall that needed immediate medical attention. However, there was another underlying issue that their Doctor noted ...
  • Once a Wheelchair, Not Always the Same Wheelchair

    Caregiving professionals discuss the technological advancement of wheelchairs Carol Cruden RPN Qualicare Franchise Corporation Most of us would never think twice about those large, awkward and seemingly hard to manoeuver wheelchairs that a percentage of our population have to use. But our caregiving ...
  • Private Services Directory - Canada

    Case managers help families navigate the healthcare system Acorn Stairlifts Reliable, safe and easy to use solutions for people experiencing difficulty with stairs. Day-Light A light-therapy solution clinically tested to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Please contact Qualicare for prices ...
  • Comfort from the Start

    A Helping Hand With Health Care and Home Care For many years, my sister had been the primary caregiver for our mother who needed considerable care for her diabetes, heart condition and mobility issues. Tragically, my wonderful sister also became ill with cancer and I became responsible for the care ...
  • Vitamin D and Diabetes

    Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone, joint, and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. Many people have are inside too much with office jobs, and when they are outside they slather on ...
  • Is There Now a Cure for Diabetes?

    Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we wanted to share some incredibly exciting news about a potential cure for Type 2 Diabetes. OK. OK. Perhaps the previous sentence is a little dramatic, but studies published this year have presented some pretty compelling evidence that a surgical ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Parkinson's Disease

    Question: My husband is 82 and has had Parkinson's disease for over 10 years, however his care needs are increasing and I am finding that the strain on me as the primary caregiver is interfering with my being able to get a good night's rest and to tend to caring for my own healthcare and personal ...
  • A Moustache For a Cause

    A Moustache For a Men’s Healthcare Cause For several years now, the month of November has been known as "Movember" in order to raise awareness for men's healthcare . To date, the Movember Foundation has raised $650 million and is currently funding over 1,000 year -round programs in numerous ...
  • Five Star Experience

    From managed senior care to a comfortable homecare experience This case study documents how a family friend of an aging couple experienced Qualicare’s assistance in moving the couple from senior care to a comfortable homecare solution : As the family friend, I hold power of attorney for personal ...
  • Holiday Budgeting

    Medical case managers give advice on holiday budgeting Holiday shopping can be dangerous, especially with credit card debt. Believe it or not, it is possible to come out of the season on top -- or at least not in the red. Follow some of these helpful guidelines by our medical case managers : 1. Set ...
  • Useful Resources in the United States

    Useful Healthcare Resources in the United States Qualicare has compiled a list of useful healthcare resources in America: ALS Association Providing research towards a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Alzheimer Association Provide a variety of services and links to fundraising events. ...