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Why are Volunteers So Important to Nursing Homes?

Posted on Mon, November 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

How important are volunteers to your loved one’s nursing home? More important than you might realize. So important, in fact, that knowing volunteer numbers and ratios might even be a determining factor in your choice of homes. All nursing homes are staffed with an activity director and activity aides who are responsible for organizing everything from bingo games to tea socials to holiday functions. The problem can lie in the number of activity aides per… Read More.


Ontario is Trading Spaces

Posted on Sun, November 9, 2008 at 6:20 pm

The government of Ontario has introduced legislation that will make it easier for residents of different nursing homes to trade places if both parties agree to do so. For example, if Mrs. Smith resides in nursing home A, and Mrs. Brown resides in nursing home B, but Mrs. Smith's first choice is nursing home B, and Mrs, Brown's first choice is nursing home A, they can, according to the new legislation, simply switch homes. Consequently,… Read More.


Ministry of Health Reports on Nursing Homes.

Posted on Wed, July 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

On July 3, 2008 both the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail published articles by Chinta Puxley in which she describes the results of The Canadian Press’ investigation into Ontario Nursing Homes and their compliance with the Ministry of Health and Long-term care (MOHLTC) standards (otherwise known as the Nursing Home Act). The Canadian Press disclosed that the majority of nursing homes have violated some of the standards that are in place to protect… Read More.


Is it possible for those with Alzheimer's to live at home? Alzheimer's Home Safety Checklist .

Posted on Sun, July 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Older adults with Alzheimer's may be physically able to live at home independently, but their cognitive challenges can make it extremely dangerous. Fortunately, there are several safety precautions that family members can put in place to minimize the risk of accidents, and therefore delay or prevent nursing home admission. Use the following checklist as a handy guide ... - Install door locks in non-traditional places, for example at the top of the door. - All… Read More.


A Nursing Home, or Your Home?

Posted on Sun, July 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm

As we grow older, physical challenges and disabilities can make it difficult to live in our own homes and maintain a sense of independence. A home that was once a refuge, sanctuary, and safe haven slowly transitions to a home that is filled with obstacles, frustrations, and even threats to an older person's safety. By changing aspects of a home environment, an older adult will be better able to manipulate their surroundings to compensate for… Read More.


What are ADLs and IADLs?

Posted on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 1:19 am

If you are looking into placing your loved one in a nursing home or retirement home, you will be asked about ADLs and IADLs. But, what do these terms mean? ADL – Activities of Daily Living – tasks that a person MUST be able to perform to live independently, more specifically: – maintaining continence – eating – dressing – bathing – transferring (getting in and out of bed, sitting down and getting up from a… Read More.


The Social Benefits of a Nursing Home

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

I once went on a tour of a retirement home to see what the experience was like for a potential resident. Two other ladies were also on the tour – one lady was contemplating moving into the residences, and the other lady was her friend. Based on the information they shared, I gathered that the one lady lived alone in her own home and rarely participated in any social activities outside of the house. Imagining… Read More.


Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Every nurse, personal support worker, Director of Care, Administrator, and staff member of a nursing home should experience the reality of being a nursing home resident themselves. They should eat a meal, participate in an activity, lie in a bed for several hours, use a wheelchair, wear an adult diaper, and wait for a staff member to answer a call bell before they can move, just to name a few experiences. The best way to… Read More.


Be Prepared to Wait

Posted on Thu, May 8, 2008 at 1:33 am

In many cases an older adult is admitted suddenly into a nursing home because of a crisis (i.e., a stroke, or a fall). For many others, their health has slowly been deteriorating and an admission into a nursing home is inevitable in the near future. If their choice of a nursing home is known, their loved ones would be wise to contact the facility to ask if there is a waiting list. There are facilities… Read More.


Homes With A Culture-Specific Wing

Posted on Thu, May 8, 2008 at 1:32 am

With the increasing cultural diversity of many Canadian cities, there is a growing trend for nursing homes to have a wing within the home that is dedicated to a given culture. For some homes, this may simply mean that rooms in a given location are reserved for residents of a specific culture; other homes may choose to incorporate meals, activities, religious services, and staffing (volunteers and Personal Support Workers). When finding a home for your… Read More.


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