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Palliative Care in Retirement Homes

Palliative Care in Retirement Homes

End of life care doesn’t have to take place in a hospital or hospice. Just like planning to pass away at home, many retirement homes can also support you or your loved one in your final days. Death and thinking of death is not something any of us want to do....

Tips for Caregivers and Making Their Lives Better

Tips for Caregivers and Making Their Lives Better

By John Francis, Health Consultant at Thorncliffe Place Caregivers are often found to be so dedicated to the care of their patients or care recipients, especially loved ones, that they often forget to care for themselves. It is highly important to maintain your own...

Anxiety and Fear of Moving to Senior Housing

Anxiety and Fear of Moving to Senior Housing

By Christine Forget   THERE are a number of factors and reasons why seniors move into a retirement community. From our experience, it can range from wanting to downsize to a carefree lifestyle, to those who may not want to move, but have to move.        ...

Dining at a Retirement Home

Dining at a Retirement Home

Food is a very important part of our day, so it’s no surprise that it’s a very important decision making factor for many when moving to a retirement home.  One of the biggest changes most people find when moving to a retirement home, is having to have three meals a...

Why seniors are choosing Independent Living

Why seniors are choosing Independent Living

There has been a trend over the last decade with an increased number of seniors choosing to move to independent living at a retirement home or senior building.  With the increased number of retirement homes throughout Ontario over the last 10 years it’s natural to...

Home Care or Care in a Retirement Residence?

Home Care or Care in a Retirement Residence?

What is the better option for me? I AM a true advocate for being able to stay at home for as long as it is healthy and safe. Earlier in my career, I worked in home care and then I owned my own elder care company, helping many clients stay independent at home for as...

Be Informed: A Licensed Retirement Home vs a Seniors’ Building

Be Informed: A Licensed Retirement Home vs a Seniors’ Building

Retirement properties are not the same, and it goes far beyond the look and feel of a home!   DID you know that there are almost 100 ‘retirement homes’ in Ottawa, all offering different price points, levels of care, inclusions, options and aesthetics. Did you also...

But What does it Actually Mean?

But What does it Actually Mean?

IT can be difficult enough to know where to start when looking for seniors’ accommodation without having to wade through acronyms, jargon and three different ways to say the same thing. Because there is no one ‘language’ in retirement homes, each property or company...

Top 10 Observations to Make While Touring Retirement Communities

Top 10 Observations to Make While Touring Retirement Communities

MOVING to a Retirement Community is a big deal... make sure you make the right choice! I’ve been in the senior living sector for more than 25 years now; I’ve worked with countless seniors and their families who are making the transition into Long Term Care or a...

Living with Dementia and Cognitive Decline

Living with Dementia and Cognitive Decline

One in fifty people in the Ottawa and Renfrew area are currently living with dementia (Dementia Society, 2022).  Dementia is classified as a syndrome mainly occurring in older adults that affects many brain functions from memory, thinking, judgement, language,...