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  • Take Action Against the Flu | Qualicare

    It's beginning to look a lot like flu season! How are you and your older loved ones staying safe this time of year? Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to offer you some tips on how you can protect yourself from the flu virus this year. Read on as we offer some insight. Enjoy the ...
  • Be Aware of Bladder Issues As You Age | Qualicare

    Most of us do not think about our bladder until we have to use the restroom. Even then, the thought of our bladder only lasts about a minute or two. Then, we go about our day. However, during Bladder Health Month this November, our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to share some tips ...
  • Be in the Know About Stroke | Qualicare

    World Stroke Day is Oct. 29. In recognition of this day, our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants you to know what steps you can take to help prevent a stroke from occurring in your loved one—and what to do if one occurs. Get the Facts on Stroke According to the World Health ...
  • How to Make Your Fall Season a Memorable One | Qualicare

    When you think of fall, there are many words that may come to mind, such as cozy, chilly, crisp, feast, leaves, harvest, apple, cranberry or pumpkin. Another word that might come to mind about fall is fun , and our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to help you add in some fun moments ...
  • Would You Recognize the Signs of Dementia? | Qualicare

    The World Health Organization states that there are more than 50 million people worldwide who are living with dementia. In fact, there are almost 10 million new cases of the disease diagnosed every year. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to share some insight into dementia, ...
  • Has the Time Come to Consider In-Home Care for Your Loved One? | Qualicare

    We all want to keep our independence for as long as possible. But there comes a time when our loved ones might need more help than they admit. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants you to know the signs to look for when it comes to your loved one needing in-home care. Knowing the ...
  • Is Your Loved One at Risk of Falling? | Qualicare

    Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among adults age 65 years and older. Fortunately, many falls can be prevented. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to offer you tips on how you can keep your elderly loved ones safe from a fall. Get the Facts About Falls In order to ...
  • Life Is All About the Start of New Chapters | Qualicare

    There are many moments in life where it seems one door closes and another one opens. When we finish our education, when we start a family, when we move, when we retire—these are all big chapters of our life. However, another chapter that begins is when we transition from being the person to care for ...
  • Live Your Life the Healthiest Way Possible | Qualicare

    In life, we do our best to follow the healthiest habits possible. However, as we age, our healthy habits sometimes fall by the wayside. Our in-home care providers at Qualicare want to offer you tips on how you can better manage your overall health so that you can live a longer, healthier life. Let’s ...
  • Normal Aging vs. Dementia—What Is Normal? | Qualicare

    According to the World Health Organization, more than 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia. Approximately 60 to 70% of these diagnosed cases of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, which makes it the most common form of dementia. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare ...
  • How Men Can Age With a Healthy Heart | Qualicare

    Aging is inevitable. How you handle the aging process, though, can make all the difference. Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare want to offer some insight to men about the aging process and how to protect your health as you get older. Let’s talk specifically about heart health. Take Care ...
  • Men Need to Take Care of Their Health, Too! | Qualicare

    It can be a common misconception that women are the only ones who care about their health. Men care about their health, too, even though they may not take as much time out of their schedule as women to make it a priority. But that is all about to change. Our in-home care providers at Qualicare want ...
  • It's Time for Women to Take Action for Their Health! | Qualicare

    It is very common for women to take on multiple roles in their lifetime: Housekeeper Caregiver Chauffeur Provider As a result, they can find it difficult to find time for themselves, especially when it comes to their health. However, our in-home care providers at Qualicare want to share some tips on ...
  • Is There a Healthier Way to Age? | Qualicare

    Aging is going to happen to all of us. There is nothing we can do to stop it. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are not in control during the aging process. Our in-home care providers at Qualicare want you to realize that when it comes to aging, you can control how you age. Therefore, get ...
  • Reduce Your Stress as You Age! | Qualicare

    Life happens, and so does stress. However, if you are not careful, stress can cause a number of health issues , including: Depression Anxiety Personality disorders Heart disease High blood pressure Abnormal heart rhythms Heart attacks Stroke Our team of in-home care professionals at Qualicare want ...
  • How to Protect Older Adults From Financial Scams | Qualicare

    It's a sad reality, but many scammers and hackers go after older adults, thinking them less able to protect their finances. That's why our in-home care providers at Qualicare want to offer some tips on how to help an older loved one stay safe from financial scams . As we age, we tend to have more ...
  • Could Your Eating Habits Use a Boost? | Qualicare

    Healthy eating is essential for people of all ages. But eating a healthy and balanced diet presents different challenges as we get older. In recognition of National Nutrition Month, our in-home care professionals at Qualicare want to give you some tips on how you can eat better for a longer, ...
  • Are You Getting the Nutrients You Need as You Age? | Qualicare

    While you were young, you probably heard often how you needed to eat your fruits and vegetables to be healthy and strong when you grew up. Well, the concept of healthy eating doesn't end just because you are older! In fact, healthy eating becomes even more important while we age. That's why our ...
  • Exercise Your Way to Better Heart Health! | Qualicare

    And the beat goes on… It doesn’t matter what your age, exercise is important for everyone, especially when trying to reduce your risk of heart disease. In recognition of Heart Month, our in-home care professionals at Qualicare want to share some insight into how to protect yourself from heart ...
  • 4 Ways to Take Care of Your Heart | Qualicare

    February is Heart Month—for good reason. Did you know that heart disease is the second leading cause of death among Canadians, second only to all types of cancer added together? The good news is, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your heart health as you age. Our Qualicare team has a ...
  • Why Self-Care Is So Important | Qualicare

    In life, everything begins with a plan, including self-care. While most people want to be there to help loved ones, it’s also important to take care of yourself. You know the saying, “preparation is key”? This saying is definitely true when it comes to trying to add self-care into our lives. Our ...
  • Take Better Care of Yourself in 2019 | Qualicare

    Were you guilty of putting yourself on the back burner in 2018? We have all been there, especially when we’re focused on taking care of others, both personally and professionally. But you can’t give your best to others if you aren’t at your best in the first place! That’s why our team at Qualicare ...
  • Lift Your Loved One's Spirits This Holiday! | Qualicare

    Sadness, loneliness and depression are a sad reality for many older adults. As we age, we lose loved ones and leave behind parts of life we truly enjoyed. That makes things more difficult. The holiday season can make those feelings even more pronounced. That's why our team at Qualicare want to give ...
  • Spending the Most Wonderful Time of Year With Your Loved One | Qualicare

    While this time of year can be wonderful, it isn't always. Sometimes it's filled with sad memories or regrets, making it difficult to navigate. That can be especially true in older adults, who are often dealing with the losses of loved ones and feelings of loneliness or even depression. That's why ...
  • What You Need to Know About Finding a Caregiver | Qualicare

    Do you plan on being in charge of finding a caregiver for your loved one when the time comes? Our in-home care professionals at Qualicare want to give you some pointers so you'll know what to do when the time comes. Caregiving 101 Be in the know when it comes to finding a caregiver for your loved ...
  • Fun Activities for Seniors With Limited Mobility | Qualicare

    As we grow older, we often experience at least some loss of mobility. This occurs for a variety of reasons, including chronic medical conditions, diminished balance and even certain medications. However, that doesn't mean that your loved one cannot have some fun this fall. Our in-home care providers ...
  • 4 Fun Senior Activities for the Fall | Qualicare

    As the temperatures begin to drop, more time might be spent indoors. But that doesn't mean the quality time has to end. Our in-home care provider team at Qualicare wants to share some ideas for the perfect activities to do with your loved one this fall. Fill Up on Fall Fun Let's look at some ...
  • Communicating With Someone Who Has Dementia | Qualicare

    Every year, more and more Canadians are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than 747,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Memory loss is the most common symptom associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, our ...
  • The Subtle Symptoms of Dementia | Qualicare

    Can anyone really hide the fact that they are experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia? Yes, actually. Particularly in the early stages of dementia, symptoms may be so subtle they go unnoticed. That’s why our in-home care provider team at Qualicare wants to share ...
  • 3 Steps to Prevent Falls in the Home | Qualicare

    Older adults are more likely to fall for a variety of reasons, included decreased mobility and balance. Certain medications and medical conditions can also increase the risk. But our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants you to know that you can take steps to help prevent falls in older ...
  • Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Falls? | Qualicare

    According to the National Council on Aging , every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. And most—if not all—of these falls can be prevented. Older adults are at a higher risk of falls for a number of reasons, ranging from decreased mobility to certain medications. ...
  • 3 Ways to Help Your Loved One Stay Safe in the Summer Heat | Qualicare

    Do you and your loved ones have plans to head outdoors today? Our team at Qualicare wants to make sure you are taking the proper precautions when protecting your loved one from the heat this summer . Have a Safe, Fun Summer! Let’s take a look at ways you can have a safe and fun summer with your ...
  • Have Fun in the Summer Sun With Your Elderly Loved Ones | Qualicare

    Who wants to stay inside all day when the sun is shining bright outside? Our team at Qualicare wants to give you some ideas of summer activities you can participate in this summer with your elderly loved one in tow! Summer Fun While the heat can make it hard for older adults to stay outside all day, ...
  • Happiness & Health for Men: Understanding the Connection | Qualicare

    Happiness can sometimes seem like a fleeting thing. It's great to have around, but we also become accustomed to some unhappiness in life, too. But have you ever thought about the health benefits of being happy? There are many, including improved heart health and a strengthened immune system—and our ...
  • What You Need to Know About Men's Health | Qualicare

    Did you know that men are less likely to visit a doctor than their female counterparts? In fact, according to a recent study, men are half as likely to have gone to a doctor over a two-year period than women are. But those doctor’s visits—and taking other steps to promote good health—are vitally ...
  • Why It's Important for Women to Prioritize Health as We Age | Qualicare

    Aging seems to sometimes be a topic we dread to talk about. But why? Especially with all the new technology and research coming out every day on how to live longer, healthier lives, shouldn't we embrace growing older? Especially as women, we tend to have a negative connotation about growing older. ...
  • Ladies, Take Care of Your Health! Tips for Women's Health | Qualicare

    Did you know that each year, women provide hours of care for family members and friends—valued at more than $140 billion?! The vast majority of family caregivers are women, and while it’s important that they take care of the ones they’re responsible for, it’s also important that they take care of ...
  • Why Music Sounds So Sweet to Dementia Patients | Qualicare

    Living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia can be extremely frustrating for both your loved one and yourself. However, our team at Qualicare wants you to consider one type of therapy that could help bring relaxation to both you and your loved one diagnosed with dementia—music ...
  • How Can Music Therapy Benefit Older Adults? | Qualicare

    Music—it’s involved in many of our memories and plays an important role in our daily lives. But how can it be used to benefit our health? According to the Older Americans Act of 1992, music therapy is defined as “the use of musical or rhythmic interventions specifically selected by a music therapist ...
  • The Facts on Stroke | Qualicare

    Remember, knowledge is power. The team at Qualicare wants to keep giving you the knowledge you need in order to keep your loved one as safe and healthy as possible as he or she ages. For this blog, we want to focus on stroke awareness. Protect Your Loved One’s Brain Health Did you know that most ...
  • Canada 150 - A Canadian Story

    A great Canadian and a great Qualicare caregiver Canadians, who are typically low-key, have been showing uncharacteristic pride on this 150 th anniversary of Confederation. One major source of pride has been Canada’s integration of immigrant groups. We have the highest per capita immigration rate in ...
  • How to Help Your Loved One Maintain a Sense of Self-esteem | Qualicare

    The team at Qualicare wants you to think back to a time when you were younger. It could have been a moment when you attended a new school, or a moment during a sporting event where you maybe were not the best player on the team. Chances are, when your self-esteem was down, your loved one was there ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Seniors and Aging - A Vital Combination

    Senior care and the importance of exercising As people grow older, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy. As we age our body’s metabolism naturally slows which is why it is difficult for seniors to maintain a healthy weight. Our senior care professionals know that the answer ...
  • 10 Ways to Help Seniors have a Happy Holiday

    Senior care tips to ensure a happy holiday Although the holiday season can be a happy and joyous time for most of us, many older adults and seniors find the season hectic, confusing and even depressing depending on their mental, physical and emotional conditions. The good news is that we can provide ...
  • Healthy Living - You Need to Get Some Sleep

    Healthy living advice from homecare experts: you need to get some sleep 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 ...