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It's Time to Embrace Family-Centered Care

Posted by Closing The Gap on Aug 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When parents grow older, life can become a balancing act. Nobody sets down a guide at your feet outlining everything you must do for your parents as they grow older. This lack of support and confusion leads to stress, possibly your own health issues, and an overall sense of unease.

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The Flu Virus and Ways to Prevent It

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jul 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The “flu” virus, or influenza, is commonly caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract. The symptoms usually include a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, etc., and most people recover from the flu within two weeks. However, some people can develop pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses as a result of the flu. It’s for this reason that the flu shot can be a good idea for those at risk including: pregnant women, the elderly, young children and people who have chronic health issues. It is best to consult with a doctor to determine your options, and Closing the Gap Healthcare can help.

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The Importance of Nutrition in Your Daily Life

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jul 13, 2016 4:14:46 PM

Throughout our lives in the millennium, we are exposed to a plethora of foods, drinks, and snacks. It’s difficult to pass by the snacks that we’re craving and move into the produce section, but healthy eating plays a huge role in our mental and physical health. It’s worth looking into our cupboards, fridges, and drawers, while being honest with the decisions we’re making as far as healthy eating goes.

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Recognizing Speech and Language Deficiencies in Your Child: Where do You Go from Here?

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jun 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

A normal day for you might look something like this:

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Personal Support Workers vs. Retirement Homes

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jun 7, 2016 2:59:00 PM

Once you grow older, you realize how important it is to be there for your parents as they begin to age themselves. You’ve always known that the time would come when you had to step up and care for your parents, but you didn’t know how much would be involved in the process. The problem is that you have a busy life now, and you’re struggling to take care of yourself—let alone your parents. You’re debating between caring for your parents in your own home, or having them move to a retirement home. You’ve heard the pros and the cons from every angle, and you don’t want to make the wrong decision. So—where do you go from here?

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

Advice for Caregivers: Looking after Yourself

Posted by Closing The Gap on May 31, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Anyone in the midst of acting as a primary caregiver for a senior parent will be all too familiar with the physical, mental, and emotional toll that those duties take. Stress, anxiety, depression, frustration, and exhaustion are only a few of the ailments that impact many caregivers. And these pressures only mount for the “Sandwich Generation”: people caring for both senior parents and children of their own. But when a caregiver’s wellbeing wanes, their ability to provide adequate care also suffers. If you feel physically, mentally, or emotionally overwhelmed, follow these tips for caregivers.

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

Personal Support Workers and the Aging Population

Posted by Closing The Gap on May 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM

The time is ticking, and you might even hear it from your own parents: “you better take care of me when I’m older.” Suddenly, the time comes and the stress of your own situation is more overwhelming than you expected. You have kids to raise, dishes to wash, and now your parents to care for! It’s a stressful situation, but there are options and solutions that will help you cope with your busy lifestyle changes.

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

Personal Support Workers Foster Independence

Posted by Closing The Gap on May 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the population of senior citizens will continue to rise. Today, there are approximately 5.7 million seniors aged 65 and older, and Statistics Canada projects that number to increase to 8.7 million by 2031. Even more pressingly, StatCan expects the amount of seniors aged 80 and older to double within that timeframe. To be sure, fostering independence for seniors will be a challenge, but with Personal Support Workers, maintaining independence is that much easier.

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

A Twofold Service: The Importance of Companion Care

Posted by Tait Johnston on Apr 6, 2016 10:04:03 AM

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the continued advances in medicine today are a blessing to those who would otherwise be suffering. But an unforeseen circumstance of improving medicinal science is that there are an increasing number of seniors who need care. While to a certain extent seniors can receive care from their children, today the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation”, or the generation of people tasked with caring for both their parents and their own children, is more and more prevalent. The companion care offered by Home Support Workers is designed not only to care for seniors, but to provide care for the sandwich generation as well.

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