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Home Instead Senior Care’s Prevent Wandering Program

Prevent Wandering Program

My dad used to work for a bank. Just this past week I found him trying to get into my car, at six in the morning! My fear is that he will find the keys and seriously hurt himself or someone else…”

“I’m always worried that mom will get out of her room and wander into the kitchen while I’m asleep. Most nights I don’t go to bed until dawn…”

“When my uncle wandered off we found him in a corn field. He was OK, but he kept doing it again and again. We don’t know what to do….”

Wandering is one of the most challenging behavioural tendencies of seniors living with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia. It can also be quite frightening. The truly unfortunate stories we hear make our hearts drop every time. We understand the feeling of knowing that your loved one can’t remember that they’re retired, or that they actually are at home, is indescribable. Every day is a challenge for the family members, friends, neighbours, and especially the seniors. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia will wander – however, all those with dementia are at risk, no matter what stage they are dealing with.

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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Dementia

Senior and Caregiver outdoors while raining

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s (…yet), there are a variety of ways you can change your day-to-day life to help reduce your risk of developing dementia. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is known as a progressive disease. There are multiple treatments that can be done to slow the pace of a person’s decline, but ultimately there is no way to reverse the disease. Your loved one might be able to function fairly well in the early stage, however, that could change very quickly. The speed at which an individual’s dementia progresses is as unique as their personality.

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Transitioning Smoothly

Senior transitioning from hospital to home accompanied by family

Imagine this; you’ve finally made it home after a long day at work. After unpacking your things, you start tidying up the kitchen in order to prepare dinner for tonight. Your daughter should be home from soccer practice soon and you know she’ll be hungry. You start to cut up some vegetables when the phone rings. It’s the hospital. They’ve called to tell you that dad is ready to be released from the hospital, in an hour from now – but… you thought this wasn’t happening for another two weeks? A tidal wave of mixed emotions starts crashing through your mind: joy, panic, relief, worry. You’re so glad he’s better, but how are you going to deal with helping dad on top of all the other things going on in your life?

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Apps for Seniors: Our Top Picks for Your Loved Ones

Savvy senior using an app in her tablet

Apps. Even if you don’t know what they are or how they work, we’re sure you’ve heard the word. “App” is an abbreviation for ‘application software’, which can actually refer to any type of software on a computer (like Microsoft Word or the Google Search Engine in your internet browser, for example). However, for the most part, when your son, daughter or friend is using the term ‘app’, they’re referring to the programs that are specifically designed to use on their mobile devices, like their cell phones or tablets. There are thousands of apps available today and new ones are being developed as you read this. There for apps to cover pretty much anything and everything; from help with managing your finances to crushing candies for points.

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Maintaining Independence and Dignity

Happy independent senior

You might be stuck wondering what to do. Mom and Dad’s health is starting to slowly decline. Maybe you’re noticing little differences in the way they handle day-to-day tasks. You walk in for a visit and notice the oven is still on, or the laundry hamper is overflowing. Wasn’t Mom in that outfit two days ago – how long has she been wearing that? You are thinking that it’s time for them to have help, but you know they would hate the idea of living in a retirement residence. Weighing the options of staying at home or not often leaves you feeling helpless. It’s like hitting a brick wall; most seniors would rather stay in their own home – but they also want to stay independent by taking care of themselves. So, again they’re left with the question, “What do we do?”

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Tips for a Healthy (but fun!) Sunny Season with Your Senior

A caregiver cleans the porch while senior enjoys the day outside

We hope that we’re not the only ones feeling like the first half of 2016 has gone by in a blink! It’s hard to believe that half the year is gone and in another half our iced teas and summer salads will turn into hot chocolates and hearty soups. It’s officially summer – and as those temperatures continue to rise, so do the concerns about sun safety. The greater Toronto area has already had 8 official heat warnings this year, whereas 2014 had only 1 throughout the entire year. That is a huge difference and might make this next bit of information a little less shocking; the Canadian government is predicting that in the next 30 years, the number of extremely hot days in a year will more than double in certain parts of Canada. This means that sun safety and preventing heat-related illnesses is more important than ever.
Below are tips for staying healthy, as well as keeping entertained and active this summer:

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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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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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Tips for Spending Time with Seniors, who are Anxious, Angry or Aggressive

  • Don’t take the situation personally – caregiving is managing these types of behaviours
  • Before you react, take a deep, calming breath
  • Speak softly—your tone of voice may help decrease negative behaviour
  • Reassure the client that you are there to help
  • Try to distract the personal by changing the focus of attention
  • Consider what may be the trigger and respond to the symptom. Ie. is the client hungry?
  • Do not react to swearing, abusive language, or other verbal misbehaviours. Remind yourself that this is a person that is in distress and may not know how to communicate differently


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