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Senior Financial Tips for the Tax Season

Posted on Mon, March 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

We understand the serious financial constraints that seniors face, especially those on a fixed retirement income.  Necessities like groceries, gas, and hydro alone consume a significant portion of elderly Canadians' monthly expenses and often limited funds remain for discretionary expenses like recreational and social activities.  And it is these which are fundamental to seniors’ health and well being as they age.  As we find ourselves in the middle of the personal tax season, we thought… Read More.


Ontarians Being Recruited to Help Improve Health Care in the Province

Posted on Fri, February 24, 2017 at 10:44 am

On February 13, 2017, the government of Ontario announced that they will start recruiting volunteers to participate in a Patient and Family Advisory Council.  This group will advise the government on policy development, ensure that patient and families are understood, and “help the health care system become more responsive, transparent, and accountable”.    We have heard from many of you and a large number of Ontarians who are unsatisfied with the current state of health care… Read More.


Retirement Poll Causing Canadians To Re-Think Retirement Finances

Posted on Tue, February 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

  The Royal Bank of Canada released an interesting poll (accessible by clicking HERE) that reveals that nearly half of Canadians over the age of 55 believe they are falling short of their retirement savings goals and are worried about their future financial obligations.  Millions worry about how they will fund their retirement.  As we live longer and expect decades of meaningful and healthy living past retirement, it cannot come as a great surprise that… Read More.


Inspection Frequencies to Decrease, Not Increase

Posted on Thu, February 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

  We are frequently and pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback that we receive at Nursing Home Ratings.  Members of the public appreciate our contributor's first hand accounts, insights, and evaluations of their and their loved ones' experiences in Canada's long-term care homes. Most find the governments often opaque and confusing inspection reports (available by clicking here: Ontario's Ministry Reports on Long-Term Care Homes) to be of little value in deciding on a nursing home,… Read More.


Seniors Needed for Sheridan College Study

Posted on Wed, January 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

The Effectiveness of an Internet Based Intervention on Increasing Physical Activity in Older Adults Who are Sedentary Looking for volunteers to participate in a 6-week internet based physical activity intervention at Sheridan College   This intervention is part of a research project that studies the effectiveness of an internet based intervention on increasing physical activity in healthy older adults who are currently sedentary. Looking for both men and women, 50 to 69 years of age,… Read More.


Fire at Quebec Seniors' Residence

Posted on Thu, January 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are affected by the tragic fire at L`Isle Verte, a senior`s residence in Quebec.  At the time of this posting, 5 deaths have been confirmed.  Today I was interviewed by 5 CBC radio stations from across the country, many of which asked me the same questions, ``How can we prevent this?``, ``Did Alzheimer`s play a role in complicating the evacuation?``, and ``Could the night staff… Read More.


Canada's Nursing Home Care Costs

Posted on Fri, January 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Many users have found that our provincial nursing home descriptions are very helpful in navigating the complex long-term care system.  It is often overwhelming to try and understand who to call or what to expect when you are in a crisis situation and you have little time to figure out your next steps.  Part of the description includes what you will pay each month, which is referred to as an `accommodation fee`.  Think of accommodation… Read More.


What is Caregiving?

Posted on Thu, January 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

One of the reasons why I think it is so important to write about caregiving is the fact that too few people define themselves as caregivers.  Given how people see their role, this entirely makes sense.  Does calling your aged parent once a day to see if they are okay classify you as a caregiver?  Are you a `caregiver` when you pick up groceries for your mom or take her to church on Sunday? What… Read More.


Violent Seniors?

Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Many people will be shocked to learn that as many as 11% of seniors in long-term care facilities have been classified as ``aggressive``.  A recent article in the Toronto Star quotes a report by the Ontario Associationof Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) that suggests that almost 8,600 of Ontario`s 78,000 long-term care residents are aggressive.  Worse, nursing homes are not sufficiently staffed to deal with the situation.  For a full article synopsis and… Read More.


Trip to Father's Nursing Home Inspires Him to Lose Almost 200 Pounds

Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

Kevin Pippen of Georgetown, Kentucky was inspired to lose weight after visiting his father in a nursing home.  He insisted that he didn't want to end up there early.  Two years later, he has lost about half of his former 370 pounds of body weight, and has never looked back.   If you need a feel good story today, this is it.  Copy and paste this link from CNN into your web browser (don't click):… Read More.


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