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Our children live in the world as it is today, because of the bravery and sacrifice of so many men and women. At Always Home Homecare, we are lucky enough to know some of them.
I used to love to host parties. John and I would throw a party every Christmas, New Year’s, Halloween, and even Saint Patrick’s Day. I remember spending hours just picking out centerpieces. We always had such a good time with our friends, dancing and making plans.… Read More
Thanksgiving is only a week away and as we feel the crisp Fall air setting in and dig out those cozy sweaters, we also prepare to gather our families for a delicious meal and remember of what we truly have to be thankful for.… Read More
It’s raining. You are on your way to work, in a long line of construction jammed traffic, when your cell phone rings. You pull over, dig through your bag, and see that it’s your mother’s caregiver. Anxiety darts out your brightly lit mobile and into your forehead.… Read More
If you followed the purple chalk on the sidewalks downtown Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon, you probably found yourself greeted by purple balloons, cupcakes, coffee, and the smiling faces of Always Home Homecare staff.
September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day, and here at Always Home it was Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s Day!… Read More
You’ve seen her in the grocery store. She’s got a child’s hand on one arm, and a wheelchair on the other. You’ve probably smiled, or even passed her the orange that the elderly stranger in the wheelchair had dropped. She would thank you and place the orange in the reusable bag that was strung over her shoulder, and continue to the bread section while prying her son’s free hand from the chocolate bar stand.… Read More
Living with Dementia, or a family member afflicted with this condition, is arduous and life changing. Receiving uninformed, inpatient responses from outside help can be acutely disheartening. Is your home care Dementia friendly?
How do I know if my home care is Dementia friendly?… Read More
Did you know that only one in five cases of elder abuse comes to the attention of those who can help?
Read on to learn about what exactly is elder abuse and what you can do about it.
What is elder abuse?… Read More
What if your homecare could be better? What if the anguish you feel every time your aging parents don’t answer their phone, could be replaced by a friendly voice who passes them the receiver? Quality homecare can make that happen.… Read More
Happy 150th, Canada!!
… and you thought you were old!
We are celebrating 150 years of confederation – 1867 the British colonies (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) were united into the Dominion of Canada. July 1st was, up until recently, called Dominion Day.… Read More
Have you ever heard of sick building syndrome or (SBS)? The term SBS was created in 1986 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way to classify a series of symptoms related to poor indoor environments. In the late 1970s, there were a variety of symptoms (headaches, nosebleeds, fatigue, depression, etc.) experienced by tenants of newly constructed buildings of that time.… Read More
No matter what she says or how old she is, every mother likes to be recognized on Mother’s Day.… Read More
Did you know that your bones are being replaced (regenerated) all the time and that your entire skeleton is replaced every decade? Neat, eh?!?
The bone regeneration takes place much faster when we are younger and at age 30, we reach the peak of our bone density.… Read More
Coronary Artery Disease is the #1 cause of death in world – and it’s 90% preventable.… Read More
Gardening seems like hard work but once you see your seedlings pushing their heads through the earth, you’ll be hooked!
Some prefer flowers and old English gardens while others love producing their own fresh veggies right off the vine.… Read More
We make decisions and judgements based on events and people we’ve met throughout our lives.… Read More
The kidneys clean our blood and flush extra water and toxins out of our system. There are many kinds of kidney disease – some are genetic and others develop as we grow older.
Kidney disease risk factors run higher in those with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease.… Read More
Just about the only time of year when the pubs will open at 7:00am… and there are lineups!! Live bands are playing until well after midnight and we will be awash in green beer and Celtic music.
This year it falls on Friday – I’ll wager there will be more than a few offices somewhat short-staffed.… Read More
Huffington Post wrote an article comparing exercise and diet when trying to lose weight, in which they interviewed two experts in the nutrition field.… Read More
Our goal at Always Safe Training Ltd. is to provide you with the most educational and interactive First Aid/CPR Training.
For more information contact:
Training & Care Coordinator
Talking to your aging parents about their needs can be daunting. We know that mom and dad may not be as open to talking about it as you are. How you broach the subject depends on their personal situation. Check out this guide on discussion starters for aging parents: Discussion_Starters_Guide… Read More
Pet ownership can be a very long term commitment, but the benefits of pet ownership can far outweigh the responsibilities as they grow to be a beloved family member and one which you cannot imagine how you got along without until now.… Read More
Here are a few ideas to help you jump start your Valentine’s Day planning:
Have a dinner date
Eat chocolate during the day, dress up and go out for a fun night out to enjoy dinner and a play.… Read More
As people age is usually means they now have more free time to do all of things on their bucket lists- including travelling! But travelling can have its challenges for seniors – consider these tips before planning that dream vacation!
Check out this great resource for travelling – it includes pre-travel check lists and tips on reducing your risk during travel: Travel Tips for Seniors
Parkinson’s is a slow progressive disease of the nervous system that causes people to lose control of their muscles. The dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain, usually produced naturally by our bodies stops being produced when the cells that produce it die.… Read More
The internet has spawned many positive inventions, allowing people more freedom and choice than ever before. Online banking, education and communication have altered the way we perform our day-to-day tasks and we now have the ability to get more done remotely.… Read More
Multiple Sclerosis can be a life altering diagnosis and more than 2.3 million people worldwide are affected by it. However, there are things you can do to mitigate the prognosis – a lot.
What is it? It is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord.… Read More
When my grandmother sent me her first text message… I was impressed. When my grandmother sent me my first online friendship request… I was doubly impressed. And, when my grandmother sent me my first online game invite… I knew that a new line of communication was being formed.… Read More
In this day and age, few families have the luxury of one parent staying home with the children while Mom or Dad go off to work to provide for the family. Costs being what they are these days, both parents need to work, even when younger children are not yet of school age.… Read More
What is it George Bernard Shaw once said? “It’s a pity that youth is wasted on the young!”.
Why is it that when we grow out of our childhoods, we no longer play? It has become well known now, that play is extremely important for adults too – we have always known it for children but we seem to “grow” out of it once we reach adulthood.… Read More
The good news is, we are definitely living longer. How many “Milestones” are announced in the news where some Nova Scotian has just celebrated their 100th birthday. There are quite a few now, announced almost every day. Last week, it was someone who had just turned 107… wow… 107!!… Read More
You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe.… Read More
There are many things we can do in Fall to help us be prepared for the Winter, check out our list below to get yourself and your house ready.… Read More
Have you noticed that as we get older, our arms need to be longer in order for us to read the label on a can of tomato soup? Do you have squiggly thread like floaters crossing your field of vision from time to time?… Read More
It has been a wonderful summer weather-wise, plenty of great days to get out and about and become a tourist in our very own province.
Now that Winter is on its way, do not turn back into a couch potato. … Read More
WE’RE HAVING A DANCE!
Get ready for a fun night of dancing, hors d’oeuvres,
and socializing at the Fall Ball!
DATE: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
LOCATION: Brightwood Golf & Country Club
TIME: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
COST: FREE TO ATTEND!
According to Alzheimer’s Nova Scotia, there are 564,000 Canadians currently living with dementia. The same site, estimates that 937,000 Canadians will be living with the disease in the next 15 years.
Alzheimer’s Nova Scotia describes, “Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain.… Read More
So… Turns out that September is a many splendor month!
Among others, Classical Music Month, Fall Hat Month, International Square Dancing Month, National Courtesy Month, Better Breakfast Month, Self Improvement Month and… wait for it… Chicken Month… whaat??
… And… within this wonderful month, each day is commemorative day for something.… Read More
So how can you sort it all out and have a password that is secure, and easy to remember?… Read More
Diets. It may sound like a scary word – but it doesn’t have to be, and dieting certainly doesn’t have to mean mean depriving yourself of something you love.
The first thing to realize is that implementing a diet is a change in lifestyle.… Read More
Social media can be such a great tool for communication, especially for those who may be house bound and unable to readily visit friends or family, and it is a necessity when trying to communicate with your younger, tech savvy grandchildren!… Read More
So.. who doesn’t suffer from arthritis? Perhaps if you’ve been lucky enough to have never broken a bone or turn an ankle throughout your entire life, you might escape it. That being said, as we grow into our senior years, our bodies start showing wear and tear and our immune systems do not fight with the same vigor as they did when we were younger.… Read More
Always Home Homecare has seen what Alzheimer’s can do to Halifax seniors, their families and other surrounding loved ones. It is a cruel disease that can rob people of that which makes them who they are.
It’s very difficult to watch the progression of the disease as it slowly steals away memories from our seniors, their personalities and, eventually, connections to sons, daughters, grandchildren and the world around them.… Read More
Oh Canada, our home and native land… How proud are we to be Canadian, eh?
There are events everywhere in celebration – most are free and make a great outing for our Halifax and Dartmouth seniors and their families. Friday is scheduled to be a beautiful day and there are many official events from breakfasts to concerts – free for all.… Read More
We often think of abuse applying to animals, children, and spouses, but what is often overlooked is the abuse or our senior population.
Elder abuse can come in many forms- neglect, mental, physical or emotional abuse; and regardless of the type of abuse it can have a significant impact on the victims.… Read More
OK! So you’re all sitting around the dinner table and Mom’s hand drops and she is slurring her words.
The acronym to remember is F.A.S.T.
- F – Face – Is it drooping on one side?
- A – Arms – Ask her to hold them out – are they at the same height?
This would be the most common response of most Halifax seniors when it comes time to have to this uncomfortable conversation. After all, driving represents freedom and independence…to come and go wherever they please.… Read More
Let’s hope so! We at, Always Home Homecare, have found ourselves amazed at how times have changed when it comes to the ever growing population of Seniors in Nova Scotia.… Read More
Okay – as far as our Halifax seniors and seniors everywhere go, it is far better for them to stay at home for as long as possible. It’s comforting and better for their peace of mind and, therefore, their health in general.… Read More
Ok…. you arrive home from work and as soon as you step out of the car, you can hear the TV blaring. Neighbourhood dogs are barking, no natural bird sounds coming from the trees and your cat is cowering in the flower garden.… Read More
Fire?!! What Fire?!?
The first week of May represents Emergency Preparedness Week. While we are beyond the first week, it is never too late to prepare for an emergency, as our unfortunate neighbours in Fort McMurray have found out over the last week or so.… Read More
What could I possibly give to Mom for Mother’s Day? There is nothing she doesn’t have already.
Well, the very best thing you can give her is time. Time with you, time with her grandchildren and time with some happy memories of family events from a lifetime lived.… Read More
OK… You’ve decided to get homecare in place for yourself or a loved one. How do you choose between all the homecare companies out there?
If your care is government provided, they will choose your homecare provider as only certain companies have the contracts for government care. … Read More
Yay! It’s immunization week – April 23rd-30th! Any excuse for us, Nova Scotia Seniors to celebrate. Really, though, it does bring our thoughts to what we can do to keep ourselves healthy at home as we get older.
When we were kids, getting immunized not only meant better health, it also meant helping to rid the world of some of the worst diseases; Whooping cough, Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Mumps, Measles.… Read More
Earth Day… who’d have thought! This great planet, our home, needs some help.
On the way to the trails, I ride my horse along an old abandoned road that seems to be a huge dumping ground for people who have no respect for the land.… Read More
“Why can’t I stay home?” Seniors want to stay in their homes and not only is it beneficial to our health and safety it is more and more possible for our Halifax Seniors to stay in our homes longer.
Maybe there will come a time when we have to move to a care facility.… Read More
“I’m not depressed – I’m just tired!”. Well, maybe… but there is a definite possibility that our Halifax seniors are depressed as well. There is certainly a lot of denial that goes with depression due to the stigma of mental illness.… Read More
It seems each month is covered by certain topics that need celebrating but we, at Always Home Homecare try to stick to the ones that are apropos to our Halifax Seniors.… Read More
It has been shown that auto accidents go up by 17% after the switchover to Daylight Savings and it is linked to an increased risk of stroke.… Read More
It’s the “N” word! Most of us hate it because it usually means eating the bark off a fir tree or running to the store for the latest “super food” for dietary health – something brand new like Eye of Newt… wait… that’s not new…
Actually, the best changes to make are small ones, ones that we and our seniors can live with and not all at the same time.… Read More
Assistive devices can often help seniors in Nova Scotia who have difficulty participating in activities due to health limitations or fears. These devices include medical equipment, mobility aids, information technologies, practical daily aids and various gadgets. The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests various pieces of equipment that can aid seniors in Nova Scotia, which includes:
- Grab bars, hand-held shower head, bath seat with arm rails, non-slip floor mat.
Sensory stimulation involves activating one or more of the five senses – smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing. As Halifax seniors age or become ill one or more of these senses can become less prominent and may lead to confusion. Even in advance stages of dementia pleasure can be derived from stimulating one or more senses.… Read More
As research continues on Alzheimer’s Disease, it is becoming apparent that diet can certainly affect the onset of this terrible affliction. A type of omega-3 fatty acid (DHA) may slow the growth of one of the two brain lesions that are associated with the onset, not just have a therapeutic affect but can actually help prevent it’s development earlier on in life.… Read More
Many Halifax seniors enjoy playing games on the Nintendo Wii, such bowling, golf, boxing, etc. This provides an opportunity to socialize, use cognitive skills and to be physically active.… Read More
There are currently many seniors in rely on the unpaid care they receive from friends and family caregivers in Nova Scotia. The Healthy Balance Research Program completed a report titled “A Portrait of Unpaid Care in Nova Scotia” by Keefe, Hawkins and Fancey (2006) to provide a close look at statistics surrounding caregiving for seniors throughout Nova Scotia.… Read More
The stress that Halifax caregivers fee when caring for a loved one can come in many forms – mental, physical, emotional, career, financial, etc. and can take it’s toll on the caregiver. The extra burden of providing this care can result in anger, anxiety, denial, depression, dissatisfaction with life, exhaustion, guilt, irritability and stress-related physical symptoms (Sonnenburg, 2010).… Read More
It has been found recently that the nasty protein deposits (Amyloid plaques) that form on the brain and that are linked with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease are less likely to develop if you keep yourself mentally challenged.
Prior theories suggested that if you were well educated and kept yourself mentally challenged throughout your life, you had built up “brain reserves” so that you were less affected by these deposits.… Read More
When it comes to Halifax homecare for the seniors, there is often a fine line walked by care providers. Many seniors are reluctant to give what they perceive as their independence away… and who can blame them?
That being said, the care provider has to be able to offer them the help that they need without making them feel as though they are helpless and cannot do anything for themselves.… Read More
- Sunday shopping because Mom works and does not have time to run to the stores through the week
- Take-out meals because by the time you get home you feel run off your feet and need a break
- Fast trips made to the grocery store to buy convenient
- Pre-prepared meals that aren’t quite as good as coming home to a warm, freshly prepared supper with real mashed potatoes… gravy anyone?
The issue of medication safety for Halifax seniors is a very serious one. An adverse drug recreation is an unexpected or dangerous reaction to a drug that can occur suddenly or develop over time. Not all reactions are serious, however some reactions can result in injury, hospitalization, and death.… Read More
If your senior relatives want to cook for themselves or the rest of the family this holiday season, encourage and support them. However, it may not be practical for them to prepare an entire traditional meal, especially on their own. Here are some easy holiday meal prep ideas for Halifax seniors that will help them take some of the hassle out of the holidays.… Read More
The holidays can be busy, stressful, fun and overwhelming, but they’re also a great time to enjoy visiting with your loved ones. If you’ll be celebrating your holidays with your elderly relatives, there are lots of ways to help them enjoy the celebrations as much as the younger family members.… Read More
As we approach Christmas day, many families around the province are busy purchasing gifts, and completing their Christmas baking. All of this hustle and bustle is in preparation for the day that Old Saint Nick decides to shimmy down our chimneys and leave behind his magical Christmas joy – right?… Read More
This year, give your senior relatives a gift they’ll really appreciate. Instead of another fluffy blanket or picture frame, consider one of these useful, thoughtful gifts for the seniors in your life.
Your elderly relative may want to keep their home spotless, but mobility issues could make it more difficult for them.… Read More
Always Home provides care for a number of seniors living in the community and do our best to help individuals stay in their homes for as long as possible.… Read More
There are many benefits in maintaining a healthy sexual activity level as seniors. Some of those benefits include:
- Sex burns fat and causes the brain to release endorphins, natural chemicals that act as painkillers and reduce anxiety.
Depression in seniors is an issue that should not be overlooked and often is in the elderly. This can be a result of ageism, lack of appropriate training and often leaves the symptoms unrecognized and untreated in our seniors.
Untreated depression in seniors can result in serious consequences such as a decline in physical health, over use of the already taxed medical system, poor compliance with treatments and increased chance of alcoholic dependency.… Read More
Elder abuse is a very real issue and it can happen within families regardless of age, gender or financial situation. It can also occur with parties outside of the family, scam artists, sales people, etc.
Elders are often seen as particularly vulnerable because often they are more shut in and therefore accepting attention from anyone or they are suffering with memory issues and clouded judgment when it some to who they can trust.… Read More
Falling as a senior can have some very serious consequences. A broken hip is more than just a painful event. Only one in four seniors fully recovers from a broken hip and one in four die as a result of one.… Read More
Fall is a busy time of year for a lot of Canadians, including seniors in Halifax, and as summer draws to a close it brings with it a lot of changes. Besides the weather cooling down, families are gearing up for big moves and back to school schedules.… Read More
There is a term often used in the homecare world: “Sandwich Generation.” This refers to that generation of family caregivers who are not only looking after their children but who also find themselves looking after their elderly parents.
Most seniors do not want to leave their homes, and their families are worried about their abilities to take care of those every day requirements, from eating to paying bills, which leaves their loved ones no choice but to jump in when they are already running on overload.… Read More
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Cooking at Home – From Meal Preparation to Good Eatin’!!
A good diet equals good health. Traditionally, our parents’ generation worked with what our Nova Scotian farmer’s had to offer. If that meant canning beans and making pickles to last the winter…they did it!… Read More
Realizing that you need support for your parents is not always easy, but it is a place to start. With the release of the Continuing Care Strategy spanning over the next 10 years there will be many changes occurring in the public health sector of Nova Scotia.… Read More
As research continues on Alzheimer’s Disease, it is becoming apparent that diet can certainly affect the onset of this terrible affliction. A type of omega-3 fatty acid (DHA)may slow the growth of one of the two brain lesions that are associated with the onset, not just have a therapeutic affect but can actually help prevent it’s development earlier on in life.… Read More
The Driving Dilemma – It is very common that seniors, among others, especially those in rural areas of Nova Scotia, need the services of drivers.
For whatever reason, they are without a driver’s license and/or the use of a car and have no means of driving to do the things that most people take for granted every day… groceries, doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy, bridge games and other social activities.… Read More
Common sense dictates that if you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to care for others. Caregivers are notorious for caring for everyone else at their own expense, allowing their own health to deteriorate. This, of course, can have disastrous consequences for both caregiver and care recipient.… Read More
Aging can be tough on those of us with care routines. We slow our pace, things become misplaced, or we lack to strength to stand in a hot shower for long. Whatever the case may be, we notice our bodies changing over time.… Read More
July plays host to International Self-Care day, which aims to promote and encourage self-care programs and healthy lifestyles for every individual. We value the idea of self-care so strongly, we decided to take that idea and practice it every day this month.… Read More
Part Three of a Three Part Series on Dementia Care:
It’s important to remember, that Dementia does not only affect the person living with the disease, but those around them as well. Physical and emotional issues can arise from the psychological and emotional impact of coping with this disease.… Read More
Part Two of a Three Part Series on Dementia Care:
Dementia is used to describe a range of symptoms associated with decline in cognitive function. This can mean a variety of things for your loved one, but it can ultimately affect memory, emotion, language, problem solving and attention.… Read More
Part One of a Three Part Blog Series on Dementia Care:
Dementia is used to describe a range of symptoms associated with decline in cognitive function. This can mean a variety of things for your loved one, but it can ultimately affect memory, emotion, language, problem solving and attention.… Read More
As the world increases in population, the need for social services rises with it. When the need outweighs the available services, existing companies will expand and grow to accommodate. Their intentions are pure, but let’s face it, bigger is not always better.… Read More
What makes a home, a home? The answer to this question makes all the difference when confronted with the difficult decision of aging at home, or moving to an assisted living facility. Home can mean different things to different people. For some it is the people they share it with, for others it is the memories that make a home.… Read More
Is it safe to say that spring has finally arrived in Nova Scotia? These rainy days won’t stop us Maritimers from spending time outdoors!
Now that the weather is heating up its the perfect time to try out those trails you’ve been eager to walk.… Read More
Always Home Homecare started hiring live in care providers from Newfoundland almost from their inception. These Newfoundland ladies “commuted”, often on rough seas, to stay for two weeks at a time in order to provide homecare to those who needed round the clock care.… Read More
According to an article posted by the Chronicle Herald, the estimated number of Nova Scotians waiting for a space in a nursing home or residential care facility is 2,551.
One commenter suggests that this estimation does not truly represent the need for long-term beds as, “all over Nova Scotia there are families stretched to the limit as they try to care for their loved ones at home.” The commenter adds that people might not be adding their loved ones to the wait lists because they don’t want them to be placed too far away from home, so that they will be unable to visit them every day.… Read More
April 2014 plays host to Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, in which there is a loss of cells that work to produce dopamine – a chemical that acts as a messenger between the brain cells that control movement.… Read More
Sometimes understanding all of the home care lingo can be difficult. There are so many different terms used and it can be hard to distinguish one service from the next. Knowing what you want is one thing, but knowing what is out there is another.… Read More