Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tim Horton Gift Cards – with a hand written note saying you will join them once a month for coffee.
Swiss Chalet Gift Cards – no cooking required, a gift we all love to get
Diabetic Socks - great for anyone with circulation troubles
Long Shoe Horn – no more bending over to put on shoes
Magnifier – makes that tiny print easier to see
Blank Cards – give them a year supply of a selection of various occasion greeting cards, saves them going out to buy them
Snow Shovelling/Grass Cutting - pay for a service cover household chores. Gives “peace of mind” to all
Subscriptions – pay for their annual magazine or newspaper subscription
Taxi Gift Card – give them gift certificates to take taxi’s. May really come in handy on a snowy day
Hair Dressers Coupon – inquire about gift certificates for the salon they frequent
We hope this will give you some ideas to show you care and happy holidays everyone!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
For the past number of weeks, the Toronto Star has featured articles about Elder abuse. It is a crime of our time and something that the elderly and their loved one’s need to understand. Fallacies that the article noted were:
· Abuse of the elderly occurs more frequently by family members then strangers
· Abuse occurs more often in a home then in a care facility
· Neglect is abuse
· Abuse can be physical, psychological and financial
The Government of Ontario is running a series of ad’s to bring awareness of the problem into the public domain. If you suspect elder please contact the Elder Abuse hotline at 1-866-299-1011 or go to their website at http://www.onpea.org/
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- Adult children in attendance were comforted to know that they were not the only one's with concerns for their aging parents
- They were surprised to learn how much there was to know
- Did not understand why there was such a disconnect to the available resources
The courses provided a snap shot of the chain events that lead aging parents through illness and the care required to provide a good quality of life. Estate organization tips, as well as information regarding key documents like Powers of Attorney and Wills were also discussed. My hope is that people attending these courses disseminate their knowledge to family members, co-workers, neighbours and friends and we are able to help each other with these critical life decisions. In- house courses are available for your work place or check out our website for upcoming college seminars .http://www.estatemattersinc.com/caringmatterseducation.htm
Friday, October 2, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
In the Toronto Star this week there was an article about some unscrupulous people handing out Personal Support Worker degrees for a little money and providing not much in terms of actual training. I remember in University, taking "Healthcare in Canada" and it discussed the ramifications of Health Care reform and the shift that took place in health care in general.
- Nurses were no longer involved in actual care, but, instead, became administrators
- "Hands On" care support was given to more Junior staff and, to ensure they did not get too close to any one patient, they were constantly rotated to different floors and different shifts
- No longer were 40 hours of paid work guaranteed and benefits were reduced, and in some cases, eliminated all together.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
It is a true pleasure to be able to report that CCAC (Community Care Access Centres) are adding services that they provide for seniors. The addition of assistance, from this vital organization, of placement into Adult Day Care programs, will be a real benefit to members of the community who are caring for their loved one's in home. Adult Day Care is a true God send for people who want to keep their loved one's at home but need some time to themselves and a place for their loved one where they will be cared for and understood. It will be a great asset to have CCAC provide this placement service for their clients. Well done...let's keep adding these kinds of services for our seniors. They deserve all the help they can get.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The reason is that, although the Community Care Access Care system gives priority to couples during placement, this couple would have needed to put their names on a waiting list years ago to ensure that they could go where they wanted, together.
Until changes are made to the way that placements are assigned, I tell my clients that if you want to stay together, or even if you are alone and want to live at a specific long term care facility, you need to ask your Community Care Access placement co-ordinators how long the wait times are, to get into the home of your choosing and act now.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Being unable to visit loved ones in the hospital due to contagious diseases, certainly puts even greater pressure on the health care system, to ensure that the people you love will be in good hands.
As concerns for H1N1 continue to grow, I would recommend being vigilant with hand washing for any aging relatives that you may have. Should they need to go to the hospital, do not assume that you will be allowed to visit and, if you cannot visit, give thought as to how some of their basic aspects of daily living will be provided.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Increasingly, the death of long time, as well as short term, bank customers, leads banks to freeze bank accounts, disallowing access to funds until a probated Will is produced, a process which can take months. Instead of accepting legitimate and valid Wills, many banks are requiring that the estate trustee be appointed first. Sadly, unknowing, grieving customers, expecting sympathy and understanding, are being met with red tape which, instead of assisting the grieving families, instead is tying up needed assets at a most critical time.
Here are 5 things you can do to aid your family in accessing your bank accounts when you pass away.
1) Educate yourself on the probate policies for each financial institution that you deal with.
2) Probate policies are inconsistent within the financial industry so it pays to shop around.
3) Ask for copies of these policies from banking personal to ensure that when policies are amended, you have copies of what you did agree to.
4) Ask key banking personal to explain what would happen to your accounts should you pass away and vocalize your expectations so that there are no surprises.
5) Where appropriate and after advisement from a lawyer and accountant, add a family members name to your accounts.
These assets belong to you and, although there are times when these policies have avoided potential problems for families, for the majority of the population, this is a case where the needs of the many are being negatively impacted by the few.