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December 30th, 2010
Care Management Skills You Can Use

Care Management Skills You Can Use

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply call someone who would assess our situation, offer solutions to our care concerns, help us access the right services, involve other family members and resolve differences, and then monitor our progress and help us stay organized and effective in providing in-home care for

December 20th, 2010
Family Caregivers Need a Respite from Holidays

Family Caregivers Need a Respite from Holidays

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ It’s the most wonderfully stressful time of year!  Yes, the time for holiday cheer, family gatherings, presents, big dinners and cocktails is here.  For those who are caring for a dependent loved one, the holidays can be a dreaded time for multiple reasons.  Here are a few to mention: The pressure

November 30th, 2010
Caregivers Give Comfort Feedings for Alzheimer’s Care

Caregivers Give Comfort Feedings for Alzheimer’s Care

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ The inevitable decline of function in those with late stage Alzheimer’s disease or advanced dementia, leaves family caregivers with the difficult decisions of how to feed mom?  If swallowing and chewing have become difficult and she’s sputtering and coughing, what are the options?  Until recently, gastric-tube feeding would most likely have

November 15th, 2010
Signs your Elderly Parent Needs Homecare Help

Signs your Elderly Parent Needs Homecare Help

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ You’ve been noticing changes for a while now, slowly, one by one… your aging parent isn’t able to care for themselves as independently as before.  Their making excuses as to why the laundry isn’t done, the bathroom cleaned or the garbage taken out.  When is this gradual noticing of signs enough

October 29th, 2010
Caring for Elderly Parents at Night

Caring for Elderly Parents at Night

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ Worried about your elderly parents care during the night?  Many independent aging loved ones live alone and rely upon your regular visits for their necessities of daily living such as food, bathing and social interaction.  Yet, what happens when you leave, the caregivers leave, and they’re home alone through the night?  

October 15th, 2010
Cultural Diversity Considered in Homecare for Elderly

Cultural Diversity Considered in Homecare for Elderly

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ Cultural differences can present challenges in homecare, for the elderly, their families, the caregivers and companies providing the care.  Ethnicity has been shown to have considerate importance in determining variations in the aging experience, definition of need and how the elderly make use of the services available to them.  Where a

October 1st, 2010
Preserving Memories: Genealogy, Family Trees & Journals

Preserving Memories: Genealogy, Family Trees & Journals

By: Jennifer Watson-Choi _______________________________ The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser We live our lives attempting to squeeze joy out of every day, packaging ourselves and our loved ones into photo albums, sharing these moments with friends on social websites and telling stories together at family gatherings. Our history  is being

September 15th, 2010
Supporting Informal Caregivers – CIHI Reports on Home Care

Supporting Informal Caregivers – CIHI Reports on Home Care

Written by Jennifer Watson-Choi Most elderly requiring care at home depend on their loved ones to help them meet the needs of daily living. Experiencing caregiver distress is not unusual when providing informal care to loved ones, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as determined in recent studies by the Canadian Institute for Health

August 12th, 2010
Financial Security for the Days Ahead

Financial Security for the Days Ahead

Discussing finances is often the talk children don’t want to bring up with their aging parents. The problem is, now is more important than ever to ensure a stable financial future for loved ones.

July 10th, 2010
Are You Suffering from Chronic Pain?

Are You Suffering from Chronic Pain?

This article is part of the “Newsletter Series”, articles taken from the Premier Homecare Services’ quarterly newsletter archives. The quarterly newsletters have been produced since Premier Homecare Services’ first year of business, back in 2005. About 1 in 10 Canadians suffers from chronic pain, affecting both sexes and is most common from middle age onwards.


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