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New Brunswick Nursing Homes Not Immune to Weak Economy

Posted on Fri, March 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Nursing home residents in New Brunswick have been on a roller coaster ride with nursing home fees; recently which had been rising, only to be drastically cut, now only to rise by nearly 20% again. Prior to January 1, 2007 the average fee for nursing home care in the province hit $143 per day per resident, which covered accommodations (room and board) and operational costs, including staff, services, administration, supply, equipment, infrastructure, and mortgage expenses.… Read More.


The Problem with Deodorizers

Posted on Tue, December 2, 2008 at 2:57 am

Before choosing a nursing home, I strongly suggest that thorough tours of prospective homes are part of your due diligence. I also recommend that you print and take our Nursing Home Tour Checklist that is posted on this website (see Checklist on the sidebar). As you will see, there are many points to consider and items to examine that will never have crossed your mind. One such example is a home’s use of fragrant deodorizers.… Read More.


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.


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