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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.


Shared Model of Senior Care Shows Promise

Posted on Fri, October 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

As we reported in our Press Release section earlier today, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands envisions a ``society of participation`` for his country which would share the burden and alleviate some of the strain on his country`s generous welfare state.  This model is being employed in a small retirement home outside the city of Gouda.  Here, a person can only get a room if their family, friend, or relative also committ to helping… Read More.


Two Excellent New Senior Books ...

Posted on Mon, August 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

We would like to recommend two books about which to make regular visitors to NursingHomeRatings.ca aware: A Caregivers Quest for the Basics at a Long-Term Care Facility In her most recent book, Lise Cloutier-Steele writes about current conditions in nursing homes. She shares her experience as her father`s guardian and advocate when he was a resident of a long-term care facility for three years before he passed away. The book moves from personal story to… Read More.


Should we ban smoking in nursing homes?

Posted on Tue, July 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

It seems as though there is  rarely a day when controversy evades long-term care, and today is no exception.  New Zealand has a very ambitious, and I would argue commendable,  goal of being a smoke free country by 2025.  I`m sure that there was much debate and backlash about this policy, but now the government is introducing a new clause which will ban all smoking from nursing homes, or as they are referred to in… Read More.


Putting `Home` Back in Nursing Home or Long-term Care Home

Posted on Mon, July 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

The following article appeared in the June 28, 2013 edition of the Vancouver Sun from Heather Campbell.  Please take quick read as family members from other provinces should ask their nursing home orlong-term care home to adopt a similar best-practice approach to reducing psychtropic drug use in seniors. With the number of dementia cases in B.C. expected to increase 47 per cent by 2026, the residential care sector is acting upon the urgent need to… Read More.


10 Tips to Teach Seniors Something New

Posted on Wed, June 26, 2013 at 3:39 am

Contray to what some might say, seniors can, and do, learn new things.  I have posted a blog on our sister-site, www.informedsenior.ca  to give tips on how to teach seniors something new.  I invite to read the blog let us know what you are going to teach the important senior in your life.  http://informedsenior.ca/article/10-tips-for-teaching-a-senior-something-new/ Read More.


Flooding in Alberta - Help an Affected Albertan Senior in Need

Posted on Fri, June 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Massive amounts of rain and flooding are plaguing southern Alberta forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.  Albertans seniors may be in desperate need of your help.  Do you have an aged parent, grandparent, family member, friend, or acquaintance who lives in the affected water damaged areas?  Is your neighbour a senior?  Is someone in your church community a senior?  Do you know of an Albertan senior who has few close contacts?  Please reach… Read More.


Thank You for Submitting Your Nursing Home Reviews

Posted on Fri, June 21, 2013 at 12:47 am

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of users who come to Nursing Home Ratings Inc. each month and take the time to submit nursing home reviews.  We know that you have very busy lives, especially with visiting your loved in the nursing home, so we know that the time you spend rating and writing your nursing home review is precious time, but please know that it is time well spent.… Read More.


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