Seniors At Risk!

Toronto Caregiver
Seniors at Risk
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS CUTTING ALMOST 50% OF THE FUNDING THAT CURRENTLY ENSURES OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS IN LONG TERM CARE HOMES RECEIVE THEIR MEDICATIONS CORRECTLY?
The Ontario government is cutting funding for pharmacy care in Ontario’s long-term care homes by almost half. They are putting our most vulnerable seniors at risk.
Seniors take many different drugs, at different times every day. Many rely on pharmacists and nurses to help them take and manage their medications.
The Ontario government currently funds programs to help seniors correctly administer and manage their medication. With the government’s cuts, this essential service would put vulnerable seniors at risk.
Learn more by clicking https://www.keepseniorssafe.ca/learn

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IS A LIVE IN ELDER CAREGIVER RESPONSIBLE TO CARE FOR MOM OVERNIGHT?

We get this question all the time. Is a live in caregiver responsible to care for the senior during the night, or does another caregiver need to be hired to do the night shift?

A live in Caregiver can not be expected to work a 24 hour shift. If the senior requires care during the night,  you do need to hire someone that can be responsible for the night shift.

 If care at night is not required, and the caregiver is there only in case of emergency, most caregivers would be comfortable with that arrangement. You can possibly arrange with the caregiver that if an emergency ever comes up, you will pay her for her time.

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Is it Time Yet? When is an Elder Caregiver a Necessity?

It was a Thursday. My grandmother fell again and we all looked at each other and knew that it was time. Our Grandmother who cooked and baked and prided herself on her independence, could no longer be alone. Who would tell her? Nobody wanted that dreaded  job. She would be angry. She would say it was a complete waste of money. She would hate having a stranger invade her personal space. 
 
Telling someone you love, that they need care can be difficult and very painful. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if care may be needed:
1) Has your senior been falling or getting hurt?
2) Is your senior more forgetful? Is he paying the bills? Is she missing appointments?
 3) How is her/ his mental health? Is he lonely or depressed? Does she socialize?
4) Can he keep the house clean?
5) Can she get dressed, shower, make meals? 
6) Is he taking his medication properly?
 
My Grandmother was very resistant when we brought up the idea. As a young widow, she had  been on her own for almost 45 years. We were lucky enough to find a wonderful caregiver name Connie. She took care of my grandmother for 5 years. They cooked and baked together. They talked and went to appointments together. Connie kept the house clean and was there for my grandmother always. Although it was a huge adjustment for my grandmother, it did not take long for her to grow to love Connie.