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Category Archive Caregiver Support

  1. 5 Common Myths About Professional Care at Home for Seniors

    Written by: Dunham

    Bayshore PSW having tea with senior When considering professional home care for a senior loved one, family caregivers may have to sift through an overwhelming amount of information, making it difficult to know what is true and what isn’t. Where could family caregivers and seniors turn to decipher fact from fiction? Bayshore HealthCare has been helping Canadian seniors age happily at...

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  2. Key Terms You’ll Need to Know About Senior Home Care

    Written by: David Goodman

    Elderly man with caregiver If you’re embarking on a home care journey, you may feel like you need an encyclopedia to define all the words, terms and phrases you hear from doctors, professionals, friends and local resources. It’s true, there is quite a bit to know when discussing in-home senior care. Bayshore HealthCare wants to simplify your journey, so...

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  3. The benefits of respite care

    Written by: Amanda Davis

    helping man up at bedside Family caregivers must be mindful of their own health and well-being. Caring for someone else can be exhausting, stressful and isolating. Caregivers need to take time for rest, exercise and other activities in order to prevent burnout. For many people, respite care is the solution. What is respite care? Respite care offers informal caregivers a...

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  4. The signs of caregiver burnout

    Written by: Amanda Davis

    Over time, providing care for an older family member or friend can take a physical and emotional toll on caregivers. They may even feel overwhelmed, especially if they’re juggling caregiving duties with a paid job and/or other family responsibilities. (The term “sandwich generation” was coined decades ago to describe those caring for both children and...

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  5. Family Caregiving in Canada

    Written by: Amanda Davis

    More than 8 million Canadians are informal (unpaid) caregivers for a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs. That’s one in four people – a staggering number that’s anticipated to grow as our population ages. In this issue of Pathway to Health, we look at the role of the...

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  6. How to Prevent a Loved One with Dementia from Wandering

    Written by: Dunham

    senior wandering Wandering is a common behaviour associated with dementia, especially in the middle to late stages of the disease. It is not only a potential safety risk for the person with dementia, it is also very stressful if you are the caregiver. There are a number of strategies that can help reduce the risk of wandering...

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  7. Tips for staying healthy in cold and flu season

    Written by: Harpreet Agand

    As temperatures dip in fall and winter, the risk of catching a cold or getting the flu increases. That’s why it’s important to practise a healthy lifestyle year-round and particularly during cold and flu season, which can last from November to April. Keeping your immune system healthy is a powerful defence to prevent and fight...

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  8. Going home safely: The Hospital Transition

    Written by: Dunham

    Leaving hospital How seniors can prepare for the transition from hospital to community A hospital discharge is the process of moving a patient back into the community. Whether the patient returns home or goes to a different health-care facility, it’s important to plan ahead and make the transition as safe and smooth as possible. Patients are discharged...

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  9. The Role of a Family Caregiver in the Lives of Canadian Seniors

    Written by: Dunham

    According to Statistics Canada, 8 million people across Canada have taken on the role of caring for an aging or health-challenged loved one. Most of us, at some point in our lives, will act as a caregiver for an elder family member. As a family caregiver, there will be many deeply rewarding experiences. At the...

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  10. When It’s Time for ‘The Talk’

    Written by: Bayshore HomeHealth

    senior in conversation There are several milestones in our lives that are accompanied with a special talk or conversation. These informal talks are delivered with solemnity, sometimes with humour, almost always with affection and occasionally with nervousness. They occur at the cusp of change that symbolizes transition – perhaps in maturity or level of responsibility and sometimes because...

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