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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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September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

The theme for World Alzheimer's Month is Remember Me. September 2016

This September is the fifth global World Alzheimer’s Month! It is an international campaign, started in 2012 by the Alzheimer’s Disease International, that is aiming to raise awareness of the disease and to challenge the stigma surrounding dementia. It’s meant to unite opinion leaders, people living with dementia, caregivers and families, medical professionals, researchers, and the media from all over the world.

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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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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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It is Giving Tuesday

You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now there is #GIVING TUESDAY.

On December 1, 2015 join Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and generous matching gift sponsors as we celebrate charitable giving to enhance the lives of aging adults and those who care for them!

Together, we can raise $50,000 on December 1 – the largest single day of giving in the history of our Foundation!

We are working hard to secure a $50,000 matching gift challenge! That means when you give $20 it becomes $40, $50 becomes $100 and $100 becomes $200!  Many generous sponsors have stepped forward to match #GivingTuesday donations.

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Summer Time Safety Tips for Seniors

Great weather is finally here!!!   While it’s great to get outside for long stretches of time, seniors must be careful of season’s heat and humidity. Older people can’t handle the heat as well as their CAREGivers because they don’t sweat as effectively and have poorer circulation.  They may also be taking medications that limit their ability to respond to changes or affect their cooling system, perspiration.

In order to protect your client from heat-related illnesses, as extreme as stroke, there are steps we can take to minimize the risk and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of this wonderful season.

  • review weather forecasts and ride out the extreme heat in a place that is air conditioned.
  • encourage them to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages, especially water.
  • dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics such as linen and cotton.
  • use sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, on all exposed body parts including the face and ears
  • avoid overexerting with strenuous activity
  • If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.

Knowing about the potential implications of extreme heat and taking preventative measures will ensure that your senior enjoys summer as much today as they did years ago.

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