With that in mind, check out our year-in-review recap for any tips or ideas you may want to revisit as we head into a new year ahead:
- Navigating Alzheimer’s is a family affair. That means everyone needs access to the right support, at the right time. We spoke with Certified Alzheimer Care Consultant Claire Webster about her personal and professional experiences, and surfaced key insight for any family or caregiver supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
- Brain health can improve at any age. Getting there begins by keeping active, and trying new things. Through our Canadian Life Enrichment Guide, we explored a host of different ideas to help seniors overcome isolation and keep their minds moving and adapting anywhere, anytime.
- Caregiver burnout is real. And you don’t have to go it alone. We looked at some great ways for family caregivers to prioritize their own care, even while balancing the needs of an aging loved one.
- New vaccines bring new hope. We set out to understand what the impacts of the COVID-19 vaccine would be for seniors. By shedding light on what matters to folks in a post-vaccine world, we hoped to inspire other families to help seniors get back to the little things and big things they love and miss.
- Personalized care must be client focused. That’s why we chatted with Home Care Assistance’s Regional Operations Manager Timothy Thomas to break down the ins and outs of hiring a caregiver, even as the local labour market evolves. He offered up solid questions to ask, and important guidance to keep in mind.
- Home care funding can feel complicated. But, it doesn’t have to. We dug into the details of what’s covered in Quebec—and what’s not—to help you have productive conversations about funding the best possible care for your loved ones. We also offered a clear glimpse into what costs you should expect, to answer the question: how much does home care really cost?
- No two care plans should ever be the same. That’s because no two seniors have the exact same needs. Home Care Assistance Care Manager Maria Licoudis walked us through the benefits of a concierge approach to in-home senior care, and offered key tips every family should keep in mind.
- Change is never easy. And that includes adapting to the ongoing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. We shared intel for families helping fully vaccinated seniors overcome the fears of deconfining safely, while continuing to respect the changing nature of the situation and public health recommendations.
- A little green goes a long way. Especially for seniors looking to unlock the benefits of a green thumb. Our team chatted with seniors whose love for plants has helped get them through the long pandemic months, and shared advice for any senior looking to bring a little more green into their days.
- Preventing Alzheimer’s starts at home. Reducing the risks and—this is huge—spotting signs of trouble early are important. That’s why we outlined the latest recommendations on Alzheimer’s prevention, and provided four questions to use as a guide when attending routine check-ups.
- Not all care is equal care. For many seniors, there’s a significant upside to remaining at home even as care needs evolve over time. Our team checked out the top five benefits of in-home care, in hopes of helping families everywhere understand the possibilities, and make the best possible decisions.
There’s always something new to consider when caring for an aging loved one. More information is always better as you seek to ensure the senior in your life has everything they need to meet their needs and enjoy their days.