The Toronto Home Care Digest for September 20, 2013
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FROM OUR BLOG…
An estimated 747,000 Canadians 65 years and older have dementia or impaired cognition. After 65, the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years.
For many family caregivers, caring for an aging parent or spouse is the toughest job we love to do. Yet while we live through the lifestyle changes of our loved ones, we often lose sight of our own changes. It may take our falling ill, repeatedly missing work, or a concerned friend to tell us we need help in caring for our senior loved ones. There is no easy answer or quick fix. However, we can alleviate some of our caregiver burnout and burden by seeking home care Toronto support services.
Many people fear that if you talk about death or difficult topics, the subject may become a reality. In fact, this can be the most powerful time in a persons life and in that of their loved ones; a time for life review, conflict resolution, decision making and a time to say goodbye.
Advanced Care Planning is the process of discussing your options and sharing your decisions about how you want to be treated at the end of your life should you not be able to speak for yourself. It also allows you the ability to choose a person or persons to speak on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your own wishes.
FROM AROUND THE WEB…
CBC’s the fifth estate has awarded 10 hospitals across the country top grades as part of a Canadian national hospital performance report card. A range of facilities in small towns and urban centres from across the country achieved an overall grade of A+ necessary to make the top hospital list, which is part of Rate My Hospital, a sweeping investigation into Canada’s hospitals by CBC-TV’s the fifth estate.
People in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are more interested in seeing hospital and nursing home care for seniors increased and are less interested in home care compared with the rest of Canada, according to an Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association. Compared with the national average (81 per cent), only 71 per cent of Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents are more likely to feel that home care is a step in the right direction, while the highest was British Columbia (85 per cent).
Get your laughs in at Just for Laughs JFL42 with Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Family Guy Live. Find some great eats from the AwesTRUCK festival in Fort York. Get your fall reading going with Word on the Street Festival.