How one senior care agency handled a request for care

I recently came across communication from a well-known agency specializing in senior care, promoting their caregiver services. Curious, I called to find out more about their offerings. Barbara, the person who answered my call, said she would connect me to Betty, the intake person. Once connected, Betty’s voicemail said “I’m on a leave for a […]

Elderly Couple Married For 70 Years Wouldn’t Let The Ontario Healthcare System Tear Them Apart

We often see situations where elderly couples have different limitations. One may have a cognitive impairment, while the other has a physical disability. Often, these couples can make most of the activities of daily living work by working together – we’re talking about couple who have usually been together for many years, after all — […]

Hippocratic: Global Insights into Palliative Care

Poster for Hippocratic: Global Insights into Palliative Care

The film follows the work and career of Dr. MR Rajagopal, of India, as he moves from reluctant medical student to global leader in Palliative Care. The film’s central subject, Dr. Rajagopal, uses excerpts from the autobiography ‘The Story of my experiments with truth’ by Mahatma Gandhi, to persuade his audience that more care services […]

Terrific PSW Caregivers don’t grow on trees – part 2

Home care caregiver seated on sofa with elderly client enjoying newspaper

One of the first things most callers ask about is our rates. They ask about rates because they really don’t know how else to make a decision on which company to hire for their parent’s care. The assumption is that all senior care companies are more or less the same, so just get the one […]

Terrific PSW Caregivers don’t grow on trees

Home care caregiver with client

Even so, finding people who are terrific, qualified, and ready to work, is still very challenging. A recent newspaper article headlined stories about how the jobs available to graduates of some universities is 4:1. The owner of Chudleigh’s apple farm and makers of all things apple, was quoted as saying that they cannot hire all […]

Hospital discharge – 5 things you can do to help your elderly patients avoid returning to the hospital.

emergency department - hospital discharge - 5 things you can do to help prevent readmission

Seniors who are discharged from hospital have been found to have a very high rate of re-admission through the Emergency department . This is a heartbreaking finding; seniors may present for re-admission with further physical injury, additional care needs rendered through emerg adds costs to the ‘system’, and last but not least, these re-admissions can […]

Medical Assistance in Dying – Eldercare Home Health sponsored Rounds at NYGH February 21, 2017

Medical Assistance in Dying graphic

The legislation surrounding Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID) is still relatively new. The subject is very topical and brings out strong points of view from audience members – some might even say the topic is controversial. There are as many questions as there are answers. Eldercare Home Health sponsored medical Rounds on Medical Assistance In Dying […]

Social Work Clinic Day at North York General Hospital

North York General Hospital Social Work Clinic Week 2017.

Social Work Week lunch and learn March 9, 2017, the sun was out, lunch included lots of dessert and the auditorium was full…. great omens for the annual Social Work week lunch and learn. Shelley Craig PhD RSW LCSW was the invited speaker at the annual Social Work Clinic Day lunch and learn in celebration […]