Contributor : Amy Friesen

How to Support a Senior After a Move to a Retirement Home

Moving to a retirement home is a major life transition. Yes, it may be an improvement for an older adult who was struggling to continue living in their own home. It offers many advantages like new social connections, in-house activity programs, meal service, medication monitoring, and help with day-to-day activities.

But let’s face it: leaving behind a home that you’ve lived in for years, possibly decades, comes with a sense of loss. Loss of a home full of family memories. Loss of autonomy.

Why Retirement Communities are Still a Safe Choice

Blog provided by: Seasons Retirement


In this weeks blog we hear from Seasons, who operate retirement communities in the Toronto and surrounding area as well as Alberta. Although there are specific references to what is happening in their homes, the scenario is very similar in the many retirement homes across Ottawa. All and all
everyone is trying to keep their residents, families and staff as safe as possible. Have a read.

Retirement Community Options in the Ottawa Area

There are a lot of different types of retirement homes in the Ottawa area. They cater to a range of seniors, from those who want to downsize but have no intention of slowing down to those looking for support with things like meals, medications, and personal care.

You may hear a lot of terms bandied about to describe different living arrangements within retirement communities: independent living, assisted living, memory care, respite care, convalescent care. And you may wonder, What do they mean?


Here’s a quick overview from Amy Friesen, retirement home expert and Founder of Tea & Toast.

How to Explain Dementia to Children

Children have a strong understanding of the world around them. However, when it comes to explaining an illness like dementia, it may be difficult for your child to understand what it means for both their loved one and for themselves. 

Having an open dialogue with your child is the best way to go. Beating around the bush or lying can make this difficult time harder for your child.

However, knowing the right things to say and do isn’t easy, especially if you’re dealing with younger children. To help, we’ve created a guide to help you explain dementia to your children.

Can I Tour a Retirement Home During COVID-19?

As we approach Fall 2020 in Ontario, the pandemic is now in its sixth month. You’re considering a move to a retirement home, but you’ve yet to tour any of the homes on your short list. And you wonder, how do tours even work nowadays with physical distancing restrictions?

Are Retirement Homes Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Are you grateful your aging parent didn’t move to a retirement home before the pandemic hit? You’re not alone. 

Now that the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario has passed, you still may be not be convinced that it’s safe for them to make such a move.

Next Steps: After Your Loved One Moves Into a Retirement Home

We understand that it can be a difficult process to have our loved ones move into retirement homes. However, retirement homes offer a wide range of benefits for seniors — including social and communal opportunities, safety and security, additional assistance on-hand and more.

However, the biggest question of all is: what do seniors want in a retirement home? Let’s examine some of their benefits below, before reviewing which next steps you should take once your loved one moves into a retirement home.

Self Care For Caregivers: Tips For Burnout

Providing care for a loved one is an admirable and rewarding vocation that strengthens bonds between family members and friends. Offering this necessary care, however, can take its toll on the caregiver as time passes. As a result, people can find that they start to suffer from caregiver burnout.

Long-Term Care Crisis

As an add-on to the CTV National News interview. Here are my thoughts on the long-term care crisis currently happening with Covid - 19.

Mental Health & Covid-19

Many families thought they could “get through this” much like I did with my two year old. But as days turn into weeks the toll it is taking on everyone's mental health is beginning to compound. 

Feeling Anxious? Try Nesting!

As the old expression goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s only natural that we intuitively want our personal space to resonate with us and provide a sense of calm, comfort, and belonging. Our need for comfort is intensified when the outside world is full of change and uncertainty.

Whether you live in a studio apartment, a high-rise condo, or a larger house, here are a few simple things you can do to help feather your nest and lift your spirits.

Strategy Session: Retirement Home vs Nursing Home

This is the number one question I am asked as a retirement living expert.

Some people may not realize that “retirement homes” and “nursing homes” are two separate entities, each with their own processes and costs.

Word of Mouth: Timely Advice for Seniors’ Oral Care

April is recognized each year as National Oral Health Month. And here’s some good news.

Strategy Session: A Loved One with Dementia

Beyond what the situation is today, have you thought – honestly, now – about what things might look like in, say, three years from now? Two years? Or even next year?

Kidney Health

While we hear a lot about the importance of having a healthy brain, heart and lungs, kidneys aren’t always top of mind. But given what they do for our bodies, they probably should be.

Seniors and Covid-19: How All of Us Can Help

Tea & Toast is now offering a first of its kind service to seniors and families who would like to tour, or need to tour retirement homes, but are unable to visit in person. 

Keep Your Ticker Ticking: Making Smart Choices For Heart Health

February is Heart Month in Canada – and no better time for a refresher on how to keep your heart healthy.

Scams Targeting Seniors: How to Protect Yourself, Your Identity and Valuables

Sometimes, people can be real jerks!

This is especially true of scammers who take advantage of other people’s trust and vulnerability.

Unfortunately, seniors/older adults are often the most frequent targets of scams and scammers.

Indeed, there is no lack of scams out there trying to rob seniors of their identity, money, or valuables.

The Tea & Toast team wants you to protect yourself! We hope this blog will help you to do just that.

Downizing Podcast Feature

Tea & Toast founder, Amy Friesen speaks with Barry at Gordon’s Downsizing and Estate Services about how to identify the best options and make the best choice when it comes to retirement living! Have a listen here!

Seniors and Flu Season: 6 Things You Need to Know

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season!

According to Health Canada, every year there is an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths connected to the flu

Meanwhile, seniors are particularly susceptible to getting the flu.