June is Ontario’s Seniors Month!​​​

Senior Marking a Difference

This week marks the beginning of the 32nd annual Seniors Month in Ontario. To recognize the important role seniors have in communities all over Ontario, the government has declared this year’s theme, “Seniors Making a Difference”. They’ve also started promoting the hashtag #VibrantSeniors on social media. For example, if you’re posting something about your loved one on Twitter, don’t forget to squeeze it in!

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Home Instead Senior Care partners with Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Care4 Program, Logo

Home Instead executives stratagizing

Home Instead Hamilton is extremely happy to announce that we have joined the Care4 Program which is an exciting, innovative partnership between regional businesses and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.

You might be wondering: how does it work? When you call to request services from Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton mention that you are calling because of the “Care4 Program.” Home Instead will be donating 10 per cent of the first three month’s billing revenue, based on referrals from  Hamilton Health Sciences. Home Instead is very proud to have made this commitment to supporting our community.

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Let’s Talk about DRIVING

It’s hard to talk about driving with your parents

It’s hard to talk about driving with the ones you love. For many people – not only seniors –  that licence is a symbol of independence, control, freedom, or confidence. It means not having to rely on anyone else; it means not feeling like a burden.

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Happy Mother’s Day from Home Instead Senior Care

Happy, loving daughter hugging mom

Mom, moeder, mère, mother, madre, okaasan, mamma, mᾶe, mutter, majka, ahm…. No matter which way you say it, mothers from all over the globe are beyond spectacular and we at Home Instead Senior Care would like to wish all of you, on Sunday May 8th, a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Of course we appreciate our moms every single day of the year but when Mother’s Day comes around it just makes sense to try to do something extra special for her. She will love to see how much you truly appreciate everything she has done for you.

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Thank You!

Granfather telling stories to son and grandson

As Parkinson’s Awareness Month comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for participating in raising awareness for the disease. It is estimated that as few as 7 million and as many as 10 million people worldwide are suffering from the neurological disorder, and it’s heartbreaking. But please, don’t let the month-end stop you! Keep the ball rolling by browsing our suggestions from past posts or do a little research online! The benefits of increased awareness are felt all year round, not only in April.

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Parkinson’s Canada’s Exercises for People with Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Seniors Exercising

Exercise. I know, I know, some of you just groaned at the sight of the word. Far too often we put it off and make excuses as to why we can’t exercise today. “Too busy!”, “Too tired.”, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”, “What’s the point?”…
Many of us just need that extra, little push to get ourselves into a daily routine. Aren’t a fan of the gym? No problem. There are a ton of things that could be done at home; some activities you wouldn’t even realize are putting your muscles to work. Thankfully, caring.com has a slew of suggestions for those that are looking to enhance their flexibility, endurance, mood, and so much more.

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Home Instead Senior Care Wins the Canadian Franchise Association’s Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award for 2016

Congratulations Home Instead Senior Care for winning the Canadian Franchise Association’s Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award for 2016

The winners were announced Monday, April 18th, at the 25th annual Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) National Convention in Ottawa, Ontario. Each year the CFA Recognition Awards has paid tribute to franchisees and entrepreneurs for their achievements and extensive commitment to their philanthropic aspirations. There are thousands of important franchise businesses across Canada that are making an extremely positive impact on the community and Canadian economy.
We are extremely proud and happy to announce that Home Instead Senior Care has been presented with the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award for 2016. Below is an excerpt from the CFA’s website:

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6 Surprising Ways to Reduce your Parkinson’s Risk

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

There’s evidence that suggests moderate amounts of coffee can help prevent parkinson’s and other problems, including diabetes, liver damage, gallstones, and Alzheimer’s.

This month we’ve been trying to shed some light on Parkinson’s Disease, a complex and debilitating neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide; nearly 100,000 of those people Canadians. Parkinson’s affects not only the body, but the mind as well. If you have someone close to you that has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you’re probably already aware that the disease causes changes in their mood and behaviour.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Parkinson’s, yet. This is why it is so important for us to ensure more people are aware of the disease and symptoms associated with it. Keep in mind, symptoms are a bit different depending on the individual.

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Making decisions about end of life

Making decisions about end of life will give you peace of mind

End-of-life planning can bring a sense of calm, knowing that your family understands what you want at the close of your life. It also may be important to you that your loved ones know that certain decisions within your control will be carried out. Decisions about where you prefer to die, if you want extraordinary measures taken to prolong your life, and who you want to receive your possessions have less of a chance to result in family squabbles if your loved ones know your wishes. Completing this step can give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve helped those left behind better cope with your passing. And that can take the burden off decisions they could otherwise struggle to make.

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Talking to parents about driving

Nothing expresses independence more than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle

Continuing with our series of must-have conversations with your parents, today we are going to discuss seniors driving.

Nothing expresses independence more than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially in a country as beautiful and expansive as Canada. According to Transport Canada, most Canadians drive in cars, vans, buses or trucks to get where they want and need to go, on Canada’s nearly 900,000 kilometres of road. That’s why losing this privilege, or being asked to give it up, can be one of the most upsetting aspects of aging. Growing older doesn’t mean you become a worse driver nor is there a set age when everyone should give up driving. But successful aging does require assessing and adapting to the physical and mental changes that may occur over time. Use this chapter to help watch for changes that could signal a need to make adjustments in driving.

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