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Respite Care – Helping Family Caregivers Rest and Recharge

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

At some point in their lives, it’s estimated nearly half of all Canadians will become family caregivers. This means they provide some sort of unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

While caregiving can be a spiritually elevating and rewarding experience, it also can put a strain on the caregiver emotionally and physically.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Three Ways ComForCare Home Care Can Help Busy Family Caregivers

Posted by ComForCare on Dec 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When caring for an aging loved one, family members may find they are able to reconnect in more meaningful ways than in the past by sharing family stories and just enjoying the moment together. 

Sometimes, though, family caregivers need a helping hand or respite care. Here are three situations in which ComForCare Home Care can help:

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Signs It May Be Time to Consider to Home Care (and Why You May Not See Them)

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

In an NPR interview early in his career, Jerry Seinfeld talked about how difficult it was to perform stand-up comedy in front of his parents. When his parents were in the audience, he felt off balance: “In front of your parents – you always want them to have the power.”

Many of us go through much of our adult lives feeling as if our parents or older loved ones are still in charge. It can be destabilizing, scary and difficult to admit power relationships have shifted, and we may have a new role to play. Since it is always different when it is your mom, dad or great uncle Felix, we have compiled some small signs that led people to realize they needed to get help for their aging loved ones.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

What Are Hospice and Palliative Care?

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 1, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Many Canadians do not fully understand hospice and palliative care. If we do not work in medicine, “hospice” and “palliative care” are terms we only encounter when we are faced with the difficult task of seeing a friend or loved one through a terminal illness. Often, the best place to start is with clear definitions:

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Hospice and Palliative Care

How to Pay for Non-Medical Home Care

Posted by ComForCare on Oct 11, 2018 9:05:00 AM

One of the few downsides to having a robust national health care plan is Canadians are not used to talking about money and health care together. Payment for medical home care happens in the same way almost all health-related payment happens in Canada: Patients present their health card and medical professionals are reimbursed by the provincial government. Money rarely changes hands with health care in Canada, whether at home or in hospital, so it can come as a shock when Canadians are faced with paying for non-medical home care. 

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

Help Seniors Eat Healthier Through Local Produce

Posted by ComForCare on Oct 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan author of “Food Rules”

Most of us know we should be following Michael Pollan’s deceptively simple rules for eating well. These rules become even more important as we age. Yet, older adults face nutritional challenges for reasons that go beyond food trends and confusing food advice.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

What Is Home Care?

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 9, 2018 10:10:00 AM

As home care providers, we at ComForCare Home Care are often called due to an emergency: someone has fallen and injured themselves, or they have had a stroke. Understandably, people usually do not explore the topic of in-home care until it becomes a necessity. At ComForCare, we want to try and demystify in-home care, so when you need help, you are starting on solid ground.

To begin, what exactly is home care? Home care is care provided wherever a person calls home. There are two kinds of home care: medical and non-medical.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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