Contributor : Amy Friesen

4 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Downsize

It’s not just hard physical work. It’s hard emotional work. That’s because memories have a way of attaching themselves to your stuff. Letting go of certain things may feel like saying goodbye to a piece of your younger self.

7 Warning Signs That Your Parent Might Not Be Safe On Their Own

If you have a parent living on their own, chances are you’re checking in on them as the holidays approach. After all, social isolation has been a big issue for seniors throughout the pandemic. And feelings of loneliness can be particularly acute during the holidays, especially this year.

Use Virtual Holiday Time to Create Something as a Family

You’re likely feeling bummed out that, because of the pandemic, you’re not able to get together physically with your extended family this holiday season. The last thing you want to do is jeopardize the health of your aging parents or other relatives. But you don’t want them to feel abandoned either, especially this time of year.

So, what can you do to inject life into virtual holiday gatherings?

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Seniors in Your Life

Tea & Toast has decided to make things a little easier for you this holiday season. We’ve created a small online shop that features gifts for the senior in your life. Some gifts are meant to make their life easier. Others may just bring a smile to their face. 

The Benefits of Respite Care During the Holiday Season

The holidays can mean different things to different people. For many, the holidays are a time where eggnog flows freely and folks come to visit from near and far. Everyone is merry and goes home, with full bellies and with visions of sugar plum fairies.

For many others, it might mean juggling the special needs of a family member that you’re the primary caregiver for. This can present its fair set of challenges.

Stir Crazy? Explore the World Through Virtual Travel

Although international travel remains pretty much off the table for the foreseeable future, you can still visit some fascinating destinations across the world. Think virtual travel.

The First 14 Days After Moving into a Retirement Home

During the pandemic, the Ontario government requires that all seniors moving into a retirement residence self-isolate for 14 days.

My Family Member With Dementia Got Lost. Will It Happen Again?

Someone in your family has dementia. They recently wandered away from home and no one could find them. At the time, you panicked, but fortunately everything turned out all right. But you wonder: Will it might happen again? And if it does, will things turn out as well?

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

Moving to a retirement home is a major life transition. 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.