Is Living At Home Always Best For Seniors? Home Care VS Nursing Homes

My dear Grandmother was recently moved from her beautiful Condo to Baycrest Nursing Home. When I heard about the move, my stomach turned. I was so heartbroken to think of my grandmother moving to a nursing home. I remembered the sad feeling I felt when I used to visit my great aunt in the 90’s. I can still smell the stench of dirty diapers mixed with the smell of hospital meals. I can see the sadness on the faces of the seniors.
 
I walked into Baycrest Hospital yesterday and I was amazed. The place felt like a resort. My grandmothers room felt like a hotel room. She was busy in the music room listening to music with her wonderful caregiver Jenny at her side. She looked peaceful and happy.
 
Home Care is wonderful and my grandmother enjoyed living in the comfort of her own home for many years. I thought that was the utopia for her.  I think I was wrong. My grandmother is busy with activities. Baycrest is a fresh and happy place for her to call home. My heart is at peace. I am overjoyed. My grandmother is happy. 

Our Caregiver Angels

Our beloved grandmother passed away 6 weeks ago. The funeral was difficult as we said farewell to a woman we loved. Suddenly, we noticed these 3 beautiful woman, off to the side.
 
These woman were the most important people in Bubbys life for the last decade. These woman were Bubbys angels and each one of them meant the world to us.
 
This was not just a job to these incredible woman. These woman cared for and loved our grandmother as if she were their own family.
 
We will never forget you Daisy, Wilma & Mira. You mean the world to us. You were the best caregivers. You are our family. We will love you forever.

 

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. 

Another successful Senior Caregiver match by TheNannyPages.ca!

Wilma has been caring for Fay for the last 3 years. She does the night shift as well as the weekend shift. Wilma loves Fay and they have become good friends. Wilma is part of the family. Another successful match made by TheNannyPages.ca! At TheNannyPages, we know how important it is to find the perfect senior caregiver that will take the best care of your loved ones. It is not just about hiring the help you need. It’s about finding a caregiver that will give you absolute peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are getting the best care possible. Care does not only refer to taking care of physical needs. A good caregiver takes care of the seniors emotional well being and makes the senior feel loved and cared for. They are your loved ones new companion and friend. Thank you Wilma!