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Helping Seniors to Stay at Home

an older woman at home with her pet dogAccording to Stats Canada, persons over 65 are the fastest growing population in the country. Over a third of Canadians who have lived past the age of 65 are alive today – and the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 have only just begun to enter this age bracket!

Many new retirement residences and long-term care facilities have been built to accommodate the increasing senior population, but some are rather expensive, and someone who is used to living independently may find it difficult to adjust to a major change in living arrangements.

Remaining in your own home may be a viable option, even if you’re among the one-in-four Canadian seniors living with a long-term disability or health issue. Difficult challenges can often be overcome, with the proper support.

Would any of the following make it possible for you (or your parent) to stay at home?

  • Lifeline Medical Alert Service
  • Wider doorways to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter
  • Walk-in bathtub
  • Ongoing assistance with house and yard work
  • Grocery delivery service

These are just a few of the many products and services available to seniors today.

If you need help deciding whether or not it’s time for you to downsize, fill out our short questionnaire. We’ll be happy review your answers with you.

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

senior falls and unable to get up

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls account for 85% of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors age 65 and over. Nearly half of seniors who fall sustain a minor injury, and 5% to 25% experience a a fracture, sprain or other serious injury.

If those stats aren’t alarming enough, consider that falls cause over 90% of hip fractures in seniors, and that 20% will die within a year of the fracture!

Even seniors who are not injured after a fall may experience a decrease in confidence and activities, which can lead to a decline in health and function and increase the likelihood that they’ll fall again. Next time they may not be so lucky!

Clearly, reducing the risk of falls is an important health and safety concern. Here are five things you should check right now to make sure your home is a safe environment for seniors and family members of all ages.

  1. Do mats and other loose rugs have non-skid backing?
  2. Is a sturdy step stool available for accessing items in overhead cabinets?
  3. Are stairways and halls well lit?
  4. Are grab bars installed near the toilet and bathtub?
  5. Are handrails sturdy and securely fastened?

For help assessing these or other aspects of your home, please email us or call 905-971-9568 for your free, no obligation consultation.

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