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Caregiving

Achieving Quality Care - Relocating your loved one to a care facility is a difficult, stressful and emotional process. Finding the ‘best place’ that can provide quality care for your loved one, takes time, tremendous effort and, even then, until they are settled in, worry prevails. Helping them adjust to their new ‘home’ and ensuring that the care they receive is good are the main issues of concern once the move has happened.

What is a Personal Support Worker? - A Personal Support Worker (or PSW) is an unregulated healthcare provider who is trained to work with individuals who require assistance in everyday living such as; Activities of Daily Living (or ADL's) which may include bathing, food preparation, toilet duties and anything else a person may need assistance with.

Financial

Powers of Attorney (Ontario) - In Ontario there are two types of Powers of Attorney people need. A Power of Attorney for Personal Property is a legal document giving another person the authority to make decisions about your finances and property if you become unable to make those decisons yourself. A Power of Attorney for Personal Care gives someone else the authority to make decisions about your personal care i.e. medical, health and safety etc. if you become mentally incapable of making those decisions yourself. Both documents are important and necessary for all adults to have.

General Info

A Safe Home Keeps you Healthy - The three most common home grown killers, falls - scalds and med-mix-ups are all preventable. There are several strategies for making your home safe but as a first step slowly walk through your home with an educated eye, looking for the traps to your safety then put in place the following simple and easy to do precautions.

Government Programs / Legislation

Healthy Homes Tax Credit (Ontario) - In 2012 the Ontario government created something called the “Healthy Homes Tax Credit” for seniors to assist them financially in making their home safer for them.

Retirement Home Residents' Bill of Rights (Ontario) - Every resident of a retirement home has the following rights which constitute the Residents’ Bill of Rights:

The Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (Ontario) - If you or someone you love lives in a retirement home in Ontario, you should know that there will be new protections available under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, which received Royal Assent on June 8, 2010.

Health & Wellness

Longevity Needs Oomph - Now that longevity is a real possibility, perhaps even an expectation for us, we need to know how to make these additional years fulfilling. While aging may bring on chronic diseases, most are manageable; they may slow us down but they can’t defeat us.

Relocation

Retirement Living Options are Many and Varied - Toronto Star - What’s the difference between a retirement home and a nursing home? If you don’t know the answer, find it at senioropolis.com. The webs most comprehenisive lising of retirement homes.

Should I Move into a Retirement Home Now or Later? - Should I move now or later is a seemingly simple question but, it in fact, requires a complex and dynamic response.

The 8 Most Important Questions an ASA Realtor Will Ask You…. - When it comes to assisting mature and senior clients with their move, there are a number of important questions that must be asked.

Transitions in Elder Care - Transitioning into Retirement Living. For some seniors it's about taking the next step into their Retirement, wanting to hand over some of the responsibilities they�ve had for most of their lives; preparing meals, daily and weekly housekeeping, maintenance and regular upkeep of their homes, etc. In a Retirement Residence, you don�t have to worry about any of these tasks anymore � you can truly sit back, relax, and start living!

Resource Options

Community Resources - There may be a point at which you might need to begin to consider options for help within your home if simple tasks - be it personal care or household chores are starting to become more difficult. Options available to you will vary depending on your financial resources as well as physical location.

LOCAL HEALTH INTEGRATION NETWORKS (LHINs) - The 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), created by the government of Ontario in 2006, are not-for-profit corporations with the responsibility of planning, integrating, funding and delivering health care services in the province. Each is governed by its own provincially-appointed board of directors. Each LHIN works with health service providers (e.g. hospitals, community health centres, long-term care, support services, mental health and addiction services) within their defined area.

Seniors Housing

Comparing Retirement Living Options - What are the differences between retirement living options such as Independant Seniors Apartments, Supportive Housing, Retirement Homes or Continuing & Chronic Care facilities.

It's Your Move (Good Time's Family Care Solutions special issue) - Planning the big move to a smaller house or retirement community in Toronto Ontario? To pave the way for a smooth transition, HELPS (Household & Estate Living Planning Services) answers five basic questions.

Long Term Care Homes - Ontario - Long-term care homes (which include Nursing Homes, Charitable Homes and Municipal Homes) are licensed, regulated and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). If retirement homes do not appear to be able to meet your care needs, you may require a long-term care home.

Long-Term Care Home Complaints (ONTARIO) - All long-term care homes must be settings where residents feel safe and secure and have all of their needs met. There is a process however, if you have concerns or complaints about a specific home.

Long-Term Care Homes Residents' Bill of Rights (ONTARIO) - Every licensee of a long-term care home shall ensure that the following rights of residents are fully respected and promoted.

Other Retirement Living Options - If retirement homes don't seem to be the right option for you at this time, there are other types of housing that might meet your needs.

THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT (RTA) IN ONTARIO - Retirement Residences fall under the definition of 'care homes' in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. Most of the same rules that apply to rental units also apply to care homes, but there are some additional rules that are specific to this type of housing.

What is ORCA? (Ontario Retirement Community Association) - The Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) provides consumers with easy access to retirement residences in their own communities, complete with direct links to the residences websites. ORCA is a not-for-profit association that represents over 70% of the retirement home industry in Ontario.

What is the OLTCA? - The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) represents 70 per cent of Ontario's long term care homes.

What is the RHRA? - The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees retirement homes and enforces the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (the Act). RHRA staff process retirement home licence applications, respond to calls about harm to retirement home residents and inspect retirement homes to make sure they meet the standards in the Act.

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