Monthly Archives: January 2013

Your Trusted Source in Home Care

Your Trusted Source in Home Care

You’ll find many reasons why Home Instead Senior Care® is the trusted choice for people across North America and around the world. In fact, we’ve made a positive difference in the way millions of seniors have led their lives. We take pride in every detail – from the comprehensive array of services available, to the CAREGivers who provide the services – all to make sure you have access to the non-medical services you need.

Our exceptional client retention is yet one more reason why so many people choose Home Instead Senior Care.


• Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) has been the trusted source of quality care for seniors and their families for nearly 20 years

• HISC has reliably served the needs of millions of seniors throughout the world

• HISC is the partner of choice for thousands of health care, medical and social services organizations throughout the world.

• HISC offers free Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to medical professional via live webinars

Our CAREGivers

• HISC businesses hire compassionate, experienced CAREGivers who embody our core values

• Our reliable services may include nutritional meal preparation, maintaining a clean and safe home, assistance with activities of daily living and incidental transportation to name a few.

• Our fully bonded and insured CAREGivers must successfully complete our unique and comprehensive training program

• Pre-employment standards include: a comprehensive criminal background check, drug screening and a minimum of six reference checks


• Routine Quality Assurance Visits are a standard practice for each senior we serve

• Compatibility: We work hard to understand each client’s unique needs and to establish the CAREGiver relationships best suited to meet those needs

• Our commitment to quality is reflected in each senior’s care journal; updated each CAREGiver visit and kept in the senior’s home

• The Home Instead Senior Care network is committed to advancing quality and participates in an exclusive survey process conducted by J.D. Power and Associates

Locally owned

• HISC consists of a global network of locally owned and operated businesses working towards the highest standard of quality senior care to actively change the face of aging.

• Your local Mississauga, ON HISC office is available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year to meet your immediate needs, arrange service, communicate with CAREGivers and more.

To learn more about caregiving and what it means to be a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver in the Hamilton ON area, please give us a call at 905-521-5500.

Our Professional CAREGivers are trained lead workshops for family caregivers on four different topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.
Please call 905-521-5500. Visit: Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Losing Sleep puts Seniors at Risk

Losing Sleep puts Seniors at Risk

By Greg Bechard from the Home Instead Senior Care® office in Mississauga ON.

Q.    We just celebrated my older brother Jake’s 84th birthday. After staying at his house for a week, I noticed that he wakes up a couple of times each night, watches TV for about 10 minutes and goes back to bed. In the morning, he looks bushed but insists that’s normal for him. Since he lives alone, I’m a bit concerned. I don’t think he’s getting much more than five hours of sleep at night. I think it’s a struggle for Jake to keep his house in shape. Do you think I’m too much of a worrywart?

It might be time for Jake to see his doctor and seek help at home. Older people who regularly sleep less than six hours a night significantly increase their risk of stroke symptoms, according to recent research. The three-year study involved 5,666 adults of normal weight with a low risk of obstructive sleep apnea

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers recorded the first stroke symptoms, along with demographic information, stroke-risk factors, depression symptoms and various health behaviors.

After adjusting for body-mass index, the researchers found a strong association between daily sleep periods of fewer than six hours and a greater incidence of stroke symptoms for middle-age to older adults, even beyond other risk factors. The study, however, found no association between short sleep periods and stroke symptoms among overweight and obese participants.

Further research may support the results, providing a strong argument for increasing physician and public awareness of the impact of sleep as a risk factor for stroke symptoms, especially among those with few other risk factors, said lead author Megan Ruiter, Ph.D.

Seniors who live alone often benefit from having a trusted source in the home to alleviate anxiety at bedtime. CAREGivers from the Home Instead Senior Care® office in Mississauga would be happy to provide information about the ways in which they could help.

A CAREGiver can serve many other roles for Uncle Jake including to provide medication reminders if he is on a prescription drug regimen. A CAREGiver also is available for light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, errands and shopping.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care®, contact Greg Bechard at 905- 276-2273 or go to our website – For more about the research, visit The Home Instead Senior Care network’s 2012 Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar Series features monthly seminars for family caregivers on a variety of topics that can help them care for their aging loved ones.  Learn more about the topics and preregister at

To learn more about caregiving and what it means to be a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver in the Mississauga ON area, please give us a call at 905-521-5500.

Our Professional CAREGivers are trained lead workshops for family caregivers on four different topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.
Please call 905-521-5500. Visit: Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Training for Ontario Family Caregivers

Training for Ontario Family Caregivers

Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga, a provider of non-medical home care for seniors is now offering training to help family caregivers deal with the challenges of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient.

The training was developed by Home Instead, but it’s based on ideas accepted by many Alzheimer’s experts — for example, making use of long-term memories and recognizing what triggers anxiety. The company has spent about $3 million over the past three years on developing and presenting workshops for family caregivers. Home Instead says it wants to be a community resource for families grappling with Alzheimer’s.

Through our training family caregivers gain a better overall understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and knowing what to expect as the disease progresses, can help you and your loved ones better face the challenges that come with memory loss and learn”

  • The causes of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • How Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are diagnosed.
  • More about the behaviors that can be caused by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • How “Capturing Life’s Journey℠” can help you and others provide the best care for your loved one.
  • Techniques to encourage your loved one to share his or her stories and memories.
  • The format of the Life Journal and how to record information about your loved one’s past.
  • To use the Life Journal in partnership with professional caregivers.
  • About the challenging behaviors that may be displayed by those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • Techniques to help handle these behaviors.
  • What techniques work best to manage different types of behaviors.
  • The benefits of staying active for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
  • About three types of activities – for mind, body, and soul.
  • The various techniques to encourage your loved one to engage in an activity.
  • The activities that are suitable for late stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, to stimulate your loved one’s five senses.

Our Professional CAREGivers are trained lead workshops for family caregivers on four different topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.
Please call 905-521-5500. Visit: Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Elderly Canadians at Risk in Extreme Cold

Elderly Canadians at Risk in Extreme Cold

Elderly at Risk in Extreme Cold

Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga Advises Family Caregivers to Keep a Close Eye on Older Adults during Frigid Temperatures

The extreme temperatures and snow of winter can be particularly dangerous for older adults. The elderly and those with heart disease are at special risk, according to the American Heart Association.

As people age, their ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature often decreases. Because elderly people seem to be relatively insensitive to moderately cold conditions, they can suffer hypothermia without knowing they’re in danger, the Heart Association reports (

Hypothermia means the body temperature has fallen below normal. It occurs when your body can’t produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough and the condition can kill. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia, the American Heart Association notes.

The following tips, from the Mississauga Home Instead Senior Care office, will help you safeguard a senior loved one or neighbor.

  • Fill the cupboard. Help your senior stock the staples and groceries they’ll need in the event of a large snowstorm or cold spell.
  • Maximize energy. Encourage your senior to make sure they have adequate insulation and to check and clean the fireplace and furnace. Replace furnace filters monthly.
  • Minimize drafts. Help your senior fill old socks with sand and use them in drafty windowsills and door jams. Weather-strip around windows and doors. Keep doors closed to unused rooms and close curtains at night.
  • Stay toasty. Advise your senior to add an extra blanket to the bed and warm the bed in advance with a hot water bottle. Never use electric blankets. A senior may not be able to operate the controls if the temperature needs to be adjusted in the night.
  • Dress warmly. A senior’s circulation decreases with age. Encourage your senior to wear an extra sweater or sweatshirt, and sweat pants during the winter.
  • Monitor the thermostat. Check with your senior to make sure that they’re keeping the thermostat above 65 degrees during the cold weather. Older adults are particularly susceptible to hypothermia, which can develop over a few days and weeks even in the mildly cool indoor temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees.
  • Beware of budget problems. Make sure your senior isn’t trying to save money by keeping the thermostat down. Many communities have energy assistance programs for low- and fixed-income households.
  • Avoid slips. Make sure your senior has made arrangements to have driveways and walkways cleaned. Salt and sand should be available to speed melting.
  • Stay in touch. Check on your neighbor or loved one frequently during periods of cold and snowy weather.
  • Build a network. You can’t always be around to help your elderly loved one. Call on neighbors, family and church members to help. Or contact your  Home Instead Senior Care at 905- 521-5500.

For more information about the cold, visit the National Weather Service Web site at and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site at Or, to learn more about Home Instead Senior Care, call 905-521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Home Care a Growing Part of Medical Care

Home Care a Growing Part of Medical Care

The first of Canada’s baby boomers turned 65 years old in 2011, marking the beginning of the anticipated demographic shift which will give rise to an increase in the proportion of Canadians aged 65 years and older. Today, 14% of the population is over 65 years but by 2021, this will rise to 6.7 million people and by 2036, almost 25% of Canadians, or 10 million people, will be seniors. It also heard that in many regions of low population density – that is rural Canada, the senior population is already disproportionately high. Furthermore, by 2041, 4% of the population, or about 1.6 million Canadians, will be over the age of 85 years.

Heart attacks and stroke, or cardiovascular disease, account for slightly less than 30% of deaths overall; however, they are the leading cause of death and disability among Canadians 65 years and older. The single largest predictor of stroke and that probability of stroke begins to rise at age 55 and doubles every decade thereafter.

As the Senior Boomers continue to age, many will experience health and physical problems; some ailments will be long lasting, and some will occur in combinations. Indeed, 82 percent of the nation’s current seniors have one chronic health condition, and 50 percent have at least two.

Among the most troublesome chronic health problems faced by older (and even middle-aged) adults:

Impaired Mobility – More than 40 percent of those between 50 and 64 report problems with mobility; 2 percent are so impaired they need regular help with their personal care.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – More than 500,000 Canadians currently suffer from Alzheimer’s. By 2038, incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise to one new case every two minutes or 257,800 new cases.

Stroke – Almost 50,000 strokes occur in Canada. each year. 6% of older Canadians have a stroke each year.

Academic research commissioned by Home Instead Senior Care indicates that professional in-home non-medical care can be an integral part of the care continuum for seniors who also receive treatment from healthcare professionals. More specifically, the research shows that for older adults, non-medical in-home care has important benefits:

  • It can fit seamlessly into a regimen that would otherwise consist of more formal clinical care – especially for those who are older or who need more-intensive levels of care.
  • It is associated with a lower incidence of visits to doctors’ offices, potentially saving healthcare dollars and improving the quality of life for seniors.
  • It results in more hours of care – and in most instances, better care.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
Please call 905- 521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Is it a Cold or Flu?

Is it a Cold or Flu?

Did you awaken this morning sneezing and coughing? Are you feeling feverish and achy? When you don’t know the symptoms, it’s a guessing game, one that leads to taking the wrong medications.

According to A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations. Read the full article on Differences of Flu and Cold.


Q1 – Is there a difference between a cold and flu?
A1 – Symptoms vary between a cold and flu. The flu may last for a longer period of time and can have more severe symptoms.

Q2 – What are the common symptoms of a cold?
A2 – Someone suffering from a cold may experience the following symptoms: a fever up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, though this is rare; a runny or stuffy nose, which can lead to sinus pain or infections; sore throat; hacking cough; minor muscle aches on occasion; headache, that may relate to sinus problems and watery eyes. Symptoms of a cold often appear slowly, and may progress over a period of days or even weeks in some cases.

Q3 – What are the common symptoms of the flu?
A3 – A fever 102 degrees Farenheit or higher could appear, although if it persists an older adult should consider this a reason to seek medical attention. Other symptoms could include nausea; chills and sweats; severe fatigue, muscle aches and headaches; chest discomfort and dry cough.

Q4 – How does a cold or flu develop?
A4 – There are over 200 viruses that may cause the common cold, but much fewer that generate the flu. Often these viruses are spread through the air or from contact with a person or object containing the bacteria.

Q5 – Can seniors prevent the contraction of these viruses?
A5 – Maintaining good overall health, through diet and exercise results in a stronger immune system which can fend of viruses like the cold or flu. It’s also advisable that seniors get the flu vaccine, and maintain good hygiene through regular hand washing.

Q6 – Are these viruses life-threatening to seniors?
A6 – The flu specifically can cause more serious complications, like bronchitis and pneumonia, which can lead to death if not treated quickly and effectively.

Q7 – Should seniors visit their doctor for every cold or flu?
A7 – Medical assistance isn’t always necessary for a cold or flu, but is advisable for a senior who would feel more confident consulting with their doctor. There are certain situations where immediate medical attention should be sought, including prolonged fevers over 102 F, symptoms that last more than 10 days, trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, fainting, confusion or disorientation, persistent vomiting, or irregular pain.

A Home Instead CAREGiver in Mississauga can serve as a second set of eyes and ears for your loved one while providing non-medical services that can help track medications and doctors’ appointments. We can be reached at 905 521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905 521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Are Hospitals on the Edge?

Are Hospitals on the Edge?

From the U.K., two major studies were done on the NHS’s countrywide network of hospitals.  Here are brief, aging-specific synopses on the question – Are Hospitals on the Edge:

First, from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) of London, the report Hospitals on the Edge? The Time for Action indicates that, “All too often, hospital buildings, services, and staff are not equipped to care for elderly people who have multiple, complex needs including dementia”—a real problem, since “nearly two-thirds of people admitted to hospital are over 65…while people over 85 now account for 25 percent of ‘bed days.’”

Moreover, a significant concern is “lack of continuity of care,” with patients often being moved “four or five times during a hospital stay…[which] particularly affects elderly patients being moved to outlying wards during the night.”  The RCP attributes much of the increasing pressure on the nation’s hospitals directly to national demographics, saying that in Britain, “There are 12 million more people now than [in 1948], and life expectancy at birth is around 12 years longer, while people aged 60 or over make up a quarter of [the] population.”

Five key pressures facing hospital acute services:

Increasing demand – there are one-third fewer acute beds than there were 25 years ago, but the past decade alone has seen a 37% increase in emergency admissions and a 65% increase in hospital stays for those over 75.

Changing patients, changing needs – close to two-thirds of people admitted to hospital are over 65 and an increasing number are frail or have a diagnosis of dementia, while people over 85 now account for 25% of “bed days”, the RCP report finds.

Fractured care – lack of continuity of care is greatest concern – it is common for patients to be moved four or five times during a hospital stay, and this particularly affects elderly patients being moved to outlying wards during the night.

Out of hours care breakdown – admissions at weekends are around a quarter lower than during the rest of the week and there is a fall in the number of procedures performed on Saturdays and Sundays. Patients who need care are being “pushed” into the following week. The report says research suggests mortality is often 10% higher among patients admitted at weekends, when less experienced doctors are on site.

Looming crisis in the medical workforce – reduced working hours of junior doctors imposed by the government as well as EU directives, has seen many specialties move to shift pattern working, which potentially has a negative effect on patient care.

Read the full article: Acute Hospital Services.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
Please call 905 521-5500.

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