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From independent living and aging in place to assisted living, there are several seniors housing options available that cater to a wide range of needs and personal preferences. Assisted living support services include meals, medication management, bathing and dressing for older adults who can live independently but still require some assistance.

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  • Evidence Summary

    Transitional-care programs can improve the use of healthcare services by older adults living in the community

    JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports (2018)
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    Dementia in long-term care

    Canadian Institute for Health Information
    Older adults with dementia may need to move into long-term care homes if they can no longer stay at home. These people have higher risk of getting physically restrained or given antipsychotic medication. Changes to policy and education have made these things happen less often.
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    Admission avoidance hospital at home.

    Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2016)
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    Person-centred care for older adults with dementia in residential settings may benefit patients as well as care providers

    American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (2014)
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    Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons

    United Nations
    COVID-19 has had a great impact on older adults around the world. This policy brief by the United Nations highlights some of the issues facing older adults on a systems and individual level. These concerns require policy change and collaboration to overcome. Read this resource to learn more.
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    During the COVID-19 pandemic, should I go to live with family/friend or stay in my retirement/assisted living home?

    OHRI
    COVID-19 poses significant health risks for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. For those living in assisted living and retirement homes, the decision to move back home with friends and family can be difficult to make. Use this decision aid to help you consider your options.
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    Dementia in home and community care

    Canadian Institute for Health Information
    Adults with dementia that live at home have complicated care needs. This resource provides information about caregiving for a person with dementia, and about how to transition into long-term care.
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    Dehydration: Do we really know how to spot it?

    Evidently Cochrane
    It can be difficult to accurately spot signs of dehydration. Focusing on boosting hydration may be a better approach. Offer ice treats, fruits, chilled drinks, simple drinking containers, easy access to drinks and encourage visitors to make drinks to share.
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    Combatting the Epidemic of Loneliness in Seniors

    Aging Care
    Aging comes with changes in social networks and a person's ability to meet with friends and family. That is why loneliness is an especially pressing issue for older adults. If you are caring for an older adult, this resource can help you alleviate their loneliness and form a stronger connection with them.
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    Care options, choosing the best plan for you and the person you care for

    Health Canada- Seniors
    Planning to become a caregiver means understanding your own needs and the needs of your loved one. Planning ahead can help increase your loved one's quality of life. It can also help you maintain your own well-being.
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    An Introvert’s Guide to Senior Living Communities

    Next Avenue
    For an older adult loved one who is an introvert, you need to ask the right questions when looking at senior living communities. Read this resource to learn what to ask and the responses you can expect.
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    Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Aging Care
    As a caregiver, you may need to reassess your older adult loved one's living situation. Perhaps it is not longer safe for them to live in their own home. Read this resource to learn how to approach this conversation and the resources that can support you and your loved one.
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    4 Free Caregiver Tools for Emergencies

    National Council on Aging (US)
    There are many resources out there that can help caregivers during financial emergencies. These 4 links can help you as a caregiver navigate emergencies with your older loved one.
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    What to Look for (and Avoid) in an Emergency Alert System

    Aging Care
    Emergency alert systems can be useful tools to help maintain independence for your older adult loved one. These systems can also give a peace of mind for caregivers. Read this resource to learn more about emergency alert systems.
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    Going Home From the Hospital

    Government of Ontario
    When you are getting ready to go home from the hospital, there are many things to think about and prepare. Read this guide for an in-depth checklist and list of questions to consider as a patient and caregiver.
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    Kitchen Of The Future: Remodeling For Comfortable Aging In Place

    Aging in place
    Aging in place means maintaining your independence at home as you age. Much of the time spent in your home will be in your kitchen. You should consider the different kitchen designs and features in this resource to help you maintain maximum independence.
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    Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

    Aging Care
    Choosing an end of life care option is a decision that depends on your personal needs and financial limits. There are also different places you can access end of life care such as the hospital or at home. Read this resource to learn more about these different options and the financial supports available to you in the United States.
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    Plan your future today - Live the life you want tomorrow

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    This resource shares videos to help older adults feasibly plan for social and support services as well as home adjustments to help them live independently in their community.
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    Long term care: Early planning pays off

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps people considering long-term care for themselves or loved one plan ahead by outlining the different types of long-term care and factors to consider when choosing a care facility.
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    A Comprehensive Guide to Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Living Expenses

    Senior living
    As you age, you will have to make several financial decisions. Be prepared to take on certain important expenses such as changes in housing or your health condition. Read this resource to know what to expect financially as you age.
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    Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

    Senior living
    A continuing care retirement community allows seniors to age in place. However it is the most expensive assisted living arrangement. Read this resource to learn about the typical features of continuing care retirement communities and some of their associated costs.
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    Clever Ways Senior Housing Has Kept Residents Engaged During the Pandemic

    Next Avenue
    Senior housing centres are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some centres have found new ways to keep residents engaged through arts and technology. While social distancing requires some changes, there is still room for connection and enjoyment. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How to Hire a Caregiver

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Home care workers are caregivers that you can hire for various needs for your older adult loved one. There are several types ranging on their level of certification and fees. If you live in the United States, you may qualify for financial supports to hire a home care worker. Read this resource to find out more about whether a home care worker is the right choice for you.
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    5 Signs Your Loved One May Need Caregiving Support

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    How do you know if now is a good time to get additional support for your older adult loved? Changes in the safety of their environment and their own personal health are good indicators. You can also assess if your loved one's their ability to take care of themselves has changed. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Group Homes, an Alternative for Seniors Who Can't Age in Place

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Group homes are smaller assisted living locations that have fewer amenities. They are a less expensive alternative to large assisted living facilities. They are often integrated into neighbourhoods, offering a cozy, home-like environment. Read this resource to learn more about group homes and how you can go about finding one.
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    Coping With Isolation and Loneliness in an Assisted Living Facility

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    The covid-19 pandemic has caused many assisted living facilities to close their doors to family and visitors. Caregivers are understandably worried about how their loved ones will cope with less social interaction. Read the story of one mother and daughter who are adjusting to this new reality.
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    10 Little-Known In-Home Services That Might Be Right For You

    Aging in place
    Living at home alone can be difficult for many older adults. In-home services can help so that you live independently in your home as you age. These services can help you in many activities of daily living. Read this resource to learn how in-home services can help you.
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    Where You Live Matters

    LongTermCare.gov
    Many people want to live at home as they age. Consider how age-friendly your home, neighbourhood, and community really are. What supports will you need and how can you plan ahead? Use this resource to learn more.
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    Where Can You Receive Care?

    LongTermCare.gov
    You can receive care as you age in many places such as your home or facilities in your community. This care also includes care given to you by loved ones. This resource will help you learn about these different options.
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    Pathways to Effective Communication for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caregivers are advocates for their loved one's care. This resource provides tips on how to prepare to speak to your loved one's care team at the hospital, doctor's office, and home. You can also learn about some of the legal issues affecting American caregivers.
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    The Basics of Long Term Care

    LongTermCare.gov
    It is a good idea to think about long term care well in advance. Think about the care you anticipate to need and how you can pay for these supports. You can use this resource to plan ahead and help guide your thinking.
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    Caregiving 101: On Being a Caregiver

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caregiving can be a large responsibility. A caregiver may have to manage other roles alongside the care of their loved ones. Read this resource to learn the basics of caregiving and taking care of yourself.
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    LGBT Caregiving: Frequently Asked Questions

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caring for an LGBT older adult can become difficult and you might have questions on ways to approach this new role. This resource is a guide that answers frequently asked questions by fellow caregivers who are also seeking advice from professionals. Read this resource for more information.
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    Working Successfully with Home Care Services

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caregivers might decide to hire outside help when they realize that the older adult they are caring for needs more attention. The caregiver will in some way act as the care manager and communicate regularly with home care services to ensure optimal care for their loved one.
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    Finding Adult Day Care Options

    Today's Caregiver
    Adult day care can be an option to consider for your older adult loved one. Even if they are living independently, starting a conversation about later care is a good idea. Read this resource to learn more about where to look and what to consider for adult day care options.
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    Hiring an In-Home Caregiver: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

    Today's Caregiver
    Finding an in-home caregiver can feel challenging. It is important to gather as much knowledge as possible to choose the best fit. Read this resource to learn more about what to look out for and services available to you.
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    When is it Time for Assisted Living?

    Today's Caregiver
    It can be difficult to know when your older adult loved one needs long-term care. Your loved one may need care when it is too difficult to care for them yourself. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The Four Primary Kinds of Care Providers

    Today's Caregiver
    There are four primary kinds of care providers: home health care, assisted living, nursing homes, and adult daycare. Each kind serves a different purpose and are based on different care needs. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Assisted Living Checklist

    Today's Caregiver
    There is a lot to think about when assessing different assisted living communities. Older adults and caregivers should make these decisions together. Use this checklist to help make your decision easier.
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    Family Friendly Facilities: The Only Way to Go

    Today's Caregiver
    For a care facility to be family-friendly, they should make it easy for residents and their loved ones to spend time together. This includes including loved ones when dining and occasional overnight stays. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Caregiver's Resources

    Aging Ahead
    If you are a caregiver, be aware of the supports available for you. These supports can help you emotionally and financially. When you know more, you can better care for yourself and your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Adult guardianship

    Government of Alberta
    Adult guardianship gives an adult legal authority to make decisions for another adult. There are guidelines for who can be a guardian. Learn about the process for obtaining guardianship in Alberta.
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    Personal directive

    Government of Alberta
    A personal directive is a legal document that can express your wishes for the future when you are not longer able to do so yourself. In Alberta, it is written instead of a living will. Learn how to prepare a personal directive by reading this resource.
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    Supported decision-making

    Government of Alberta
    You can access supportive decision making when you need help making non-financial decisions. You can access this help even when you are capable of making your own decisions. Read this resource to learn more.
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    When Caregiving is Not Enough - Finding Good Homecare

    Today's Caregiver
    Home health care is provided in your own home. You need to look closely at several aspects of any agency you are considering such as its licensing and references. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What is Continuing Care?

    Alberta Health Services
    This resource gives detailed information about the different levels of continuing care. Learn about what each level is, who each level is for, and who will provide you care.
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    Seniors' Guide 2015/2016

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource to find many healthy aging resources in Manitoba. You can learn about the many health, recreational, and financial supports in your community. Read this guide to learn more.
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    Continuing Care

    Alberta Health Services
    Alberta Health Services can help you access continuing care. This type of care includes home care, long-term care, and end-of-life care. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities: Guidebook

    Alberta Health Services
    There are several living, health, and financial continuing care supports available for you in Indigenous communities in Alberta. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Continuing Care

    Alberta Health Services
    There are three levels of continuing care: home care, supportive living, and long term care. Learn which level is right for you by watching this video.
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    Together, let’s get you home: Assessing at home for continuing care services

    Alberta Health Services
    Home is the best place to recover while you wait for a continuing care placement. Learn about how Alberta Health Services works to make sure your assessment can provide the appropriate level of care for your personal needs.
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    Moving to a new home in continuing care

    Alberta Health Services
    For some forms of continuing care, you may decide to move homes. This guide will help you and your loved ones manage the transition.
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    Housing and Aging in Place Options

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    There are many different housing options and supports for older adults in Manitoba. You can choose to age at home or live in senior's housing. Read this resource to learn about your options.
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    Late Stage and End-of-Life Care

    Help Guide
    End of life and late stage care can be a difficult time for caregivers. There can be many strong emotions such as grief, sadness and fear. Read this resource to learn how to cope and make final decisions.
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    Use Your Home to Stay at Home

    National Council on Aging (US)
    A reverse mortgage can allow you to convert some of your home equity into cash. This money can be used to let you stay at home. Read this resource to learn more about home equity and reverse mortgages.
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    Types of Long Term Care Services

    American Senior Communities
    There are several types of long term care. Each type of facility caters to different levels of need. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Assessing Your Needs: Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

    American Senior Communities
    It is important to assess your current and future needs to determine the best assisted living community for you. Some of these needs may include safety, health, and financial needs. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Making the Move to Assisted Living Easier

    American Senior Communities
    Moving your loved one into an assisted living community can be a difficult experience. You can help make the transition easier by being there for your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What to Expect after Moving to Assisted Living

    American Senior Communities
    Once your loved one has decided on assisted living, it is time to start thinking about moving and settling into the new community. This resource has tips about what to think about and look for during this transition.
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    5 Common Misconceptions about Assisted Living

    American Senior Communities
    There are several myths when it comes to assisted living. Reading this resource can help you address these myths with your loved one.
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    The First Day in a New Assisted Living Community

    American Senior Communities
    Your loved one's first day at an assisted living community can be difficult. You and your loved one may be feeling many difficult emotions. This resource can help you and your loved one through your first day.
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    When to Consider Moving to an Assisted Living Community

    American Senior Communities
    It can be difficult to know when your loved one may need to move into assisted living. Use this resource to know the signs to look out for before planning for assisted living.
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    5 Reasons to Tour Senior Living Communities During the Holidays

    A Place For Mom
    The holiday season is a great time to tour senior living communities. Take advantage of the holiday cheer and family-friendly atmosphere to visit some communities with your older adult loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Not Your Mother’s Senior Center: Senior Centers Today

    A Place For Mom
    Senior centres are looking to attract both older adults and their baby boomer loved ones. Many centres now have innovative recreational activities. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What to Do When Dad and Mom Have Different Senior Living Care Needs

    A Place For Mom
    Mom and dad may need separate living situations if they have different care needs. This can be a very difficult and emotional decision to make. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Looking at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

    A Place For Mom
    Senior living contracts are contracts signed with senior living communities to detail what legal terms bind an older adult wanting to join a home. Some parts of the contract may be negotiable. Use this resource to learn how to read a senior living contract in detail and with an attorney.
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    8 Tips for Getting the Most From a Senior Living Community Bus Tour

    A Place For Mom
    Many senior living communities provide bus tours to help you get to know the senior living options in your community. Read this resource to learn more about how to make the most of your bus tour.
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    Assisted Living Seniors' Care

    Comfort Life
    Assisted living retirement can provide on-site care in your retirement home. They also offer more independence than typical long-term care homes. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Long Term Care

    Comfort Life
    Long term care homes provide constant nursing care to older adults who need an increased level of medical attention. These care home exist all over Canada but many have waiting lists. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Respite Care

    Comfort Life
    Respite care can provide a break to caregivers by temporarily caring for their older adult loved ones. There are several respite care services across Canada. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Alzheimer's Care

    Comfort Life
    Alzheimer's care homes are equipped with resources to help older adults through Alzheimer's and dementia. These homes can also emotionally support caregivers. Read this resource to learn about Alzheimer's care homes across Canada.
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    Independent living for Seniors

    Comfort Life
    Independent living homes are perfect for older adults looking for an active, stress-free living environment. Older adults in these homes can access many different services such as meal and transportation services. Read this resource to learn about independent living homes across Canada.
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    What help can seniors get to continue living at home?

    Settlement.Org
    If you are an older adult in Ontario who wishes to continue living at home, there are some services that can help. Read this resource to learn about at-home health care and the financial supports that can help you age at home.
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    Active Adult Living Communities

    Comfort Life
    Active adult living communities are communities you can live in during your retirement. You can maintain your hobbies and meet others who are as adventurous as you. Read this resource to learn about active adult living communities in Canada.
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    Caregiving Decisions Can Be Heartbreaking

    Aging Care
    Caregiving can involve many difficult decisions about the care of your loved one. Read the experience of one caregiver as she makes the difficult decision to move her loved one to a further care location.
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    Tele-Caregiving: ‘Be There’ for an Elder Without Physically Being There

    Aging Care
    Using technology to care for your aging loved one can make it possible to take care of an older adult from a distance. This is called tele-caregiving. Read this resource to learn more about tele-caregiving.
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    Tips On Choosing the Right Caregiver For an Older Loved One

    Institute on Aging
    Choosing a caregiver for your loved one can be difficult. But finding the right caregiver can provide peace of mind. Read the tips in this resource to learn about how to find a caregiver for your older loved one.
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    5 Technologies I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    Aging Care
    Caregivers can benefit from using technology when caring for their loved ones. Technology is quickly advancing and so are the tools available for caregivers. Read this resource to learn more about some tools caregivers can use.
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    5 Technologies to Help Seniors Live Independently

    Aging Care
    Technology can help maintain your independence as you age. Read this resource to learn more about different technologies that can be useful for the health and security of older adults.
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    3 Aging Decisions to Make Before Someone Does for You

    Next Avenue
    Read this resource to learn about some of the decisions you should make before someone else needs to decide on your behalf. Making these decisions will help you maintain control even when independence becomes difficult.
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    Senior Living Aids and Assistive Technology Devices

    Senior living
    Assistive technology devices (ATDs) can help older adults maintain their independence and live more fully. ATDs include mobility devices, communication tools, and more. Read this resource to learn more about the different types of ATDs and how to determine and pay for the one you need.
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    Must-Have Assistive Devices for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Assistive devices can help older adults stay active and maintain independence. Maintaining independence is an important part of healthy aging. This resources lists a number of assistive devices that can help you do daily living tasks and live independently.
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    Assistive Technology Helps People Age in Place

    Next Avenue
    Assistive technology includes any device or software that helps older adults or people with disabilities do their daily activities. Assistive technologies are there to help you. Use this resource to learn about the different types of assistive devices and how they can help you age in place.
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    GPS Trackers for the Elderly

    Senior living
    GPS is technology that keeps track of a device's location. For older adults at risk of getting lost or wandering, a GPS can help keep track of where they are. Read this resource to learn whether GPS technology would be a good option for your older adult loved one.
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    Assistive Technology Devices Create a Comfortable, Easy-to-Use Computer Interface for Seniors

    Institute on Aging
    Older adults can access computer to learn new things and communicate with others. Computer screens and desk spaces should be designed to suit the ergonomic needs of older adults. Read this resource to learn about different assistive tools and desk space modifications available for older adults.
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    Adult Day Programs Bring Comfort To San Francisco Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    Adult day programs provide a place for older adults to meet new friends and take part in fun activities. Read this resource to learn more about adult day programs and the specific programs available in San Francisco.
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    Cooking for Seniors in Their Home: The Benefits of Hiring A Pro

    Institute on Aging
    Older adults and their caregivers may struggle with cooking. Hiring a professional chef can be one way to help overcome poor nutrition. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Talking with Seniors About Moving: Tips for a Positive Conversation

    Institute on Aging
    Talking about moving with older adults can be difficult. Read this resource to learn how to talk to your loved one about moving houses or aging in place.
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    How Do We Balance Autonomy and Risk for Older Adults?

    Next Avenue
    Balancing autonomy and risk as your loved one ages can be difficult. You worry for your loved one but you also want to give them the freedom to determine their daily activities. Read this resource to learn more about how you can manage this concern as a caregiver.
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    Autonomy vs Dependence for Older Adults

    Seniors First BC
    While many vulnerable older adults need protection, older adults also have the autonomy to expose themselves to risk. This resource explains this balance and the legal advocacy work helping older adults take more control over their lives.
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    Independent Living Solutions For Those Wanting To Age At Home

    Aging in place
    Staying at home can be one way to maintain your independence as you age. Read this resource to learn more about the modifications you can make to your home and lifestyle to age independently.
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    Home Care Services for Seniors

    Help Guide
    If you or a senior you know is struggling to live independently at home, consider using this resource to evaluate if assistance from home care services is needed. Tips for choosing home care providers and ways to approach a loved one about such services without impeding on their autonomy are also included.
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    Senior Housing Options

    Help Guide
    Choosing housing for a senior can be overwhelming due to all the options that exist. This resource can help you consider all the options and guide you into choosing the best type of housing for yourself or a loved one.
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    5 Qualities to Look for in a Professional Caregiver

    Aging Care
    Caregivers might need additional support when caring for seniors who require specific support. Read this resource to learn about the qualities of a great professional caregiver, such as experience, expertise, compassion, patience and communication.
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    Understanding Senior Housing Options

    Aging Care
    As seniors age, finding home care and other assisted living facilities can be challenging to navigate. Consider using this resource to learn about the many housing options that are currently available depending on the level of need.
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    Long-term-care systems

    WHO Ageing
    Long term care systems and palliative care facilities are important not only for seniors but also for caregivers who are struggling to fulfil their responsibilities. Learn how the World Health Organization is working towards improving the quality and quantity of such facilities around the world.
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    Helping Elderly Parents Transition to Assisted Living

    Aging Care
    The transition to an assisted living facility can be difficult for seniors who still want to stay independent. If you are a caregiver looking to help a senior transition, consider bringing personal items, reminding them you will keep in touch regularly and give them space to make friends.
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    Abuse and neglect of older adults in care or supported living facilities

    Yukon Social Services
    Use this resource to learn the ways seniors can be abused or neglected in assisted living facilities. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial and neglect is any kind of abandonment that takes advantage of vulnerable seniors.
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    Adult Day Services

    Government of BC
    Adult day services help seniors live independently in their homes by providing supportive programs and groups in their own community once or twice a week. If you are interested in learning more about adult day services and want to see if you are eligible for such services, use this resource to learn more about costs and logistics.
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    A Guide for the Caregiver

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Taking on the role of caregiver for a senior can be a mentally and physically draining task. Use this resource as a guide to help you navigate your new role. Topics covered include counselling services, housing, hospitalization, end of life care, legal matters and other support services.
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    Healthcare and support in the community

    Better Health Channel
    If you are a senior looking for healthcare supports in your community, use this resource to learn about your options. Options include centre-based aged care, transition care facilities, respite care and day therapy centres.
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    Social Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living

    American Senior Communities
    If you are considering moving into an assisted living facility, consider increased social interaction as another benefit that these facilities offer. In assisted living communities there are scheduled social events, fitness classes, community dining and many opportunities for family member visits.
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    Care Options

    Yukon Social Services
    Use this resource to learn more about caregiver responsibilities and how this new role can affect you personally. Being a caregiver goes beyond taking care of the elderly, it also involves supporting their healthcare needs and helping to improve their quality of life.
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    Managing Caregiver Guilt

    Benzie Senior Resources
    If you are a caregiver for a senior, consider using this resource for tips if you are experiencing feelings of guilt. It is common for caregivers to feel helpless and tired, however there are ways you can cope with these feelings.
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    Finding Long-Term Care for a Person with Alzheimer's

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are the caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease, consider using this resource to help you decide which long term care home would be the best option. Information is given for residential care options, steps on gathering information and common questions to ask each facility.
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    When It's Time to Leave Home

    National Institute on Aging
    Deciding if a parent should move into a long-term care facility is a hard decision as parents are often hesitant to make the move. Use this resource to learn about options for seniors who are seriously ill, need help with care or who are in need of financial aid.
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    Choosing a Nursing Home

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are considering a nursing home for yourself or a senior you know, use this resource to understand if a nursing home is what you need, how to contact and locate the best facilities, and what to look for during visits.
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    Residential Facilities, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes

    National Institute on Aging
    At times, caring for a senior may become too difficult to do on your own and you may need full-time help from long term care services. Learn about the differences between board and care homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and retirement communities.
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    Advance care planning

    National Institute on Aging
    Advance care planning is an important part of decision making near the end of life. Use this resource to guide you through this process and ensure that you are fully informed about your options in regard to powers of attorney and wills.
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    Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, consider using this resource for more information on how the disease can change a person’s personality and abilities. Tips on caregiving and additional resources for end of life care are also provided.
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    Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

    Aging Care
    This resource talks about differences in house layout, amenities, care services and cost between independent living and assisted living.
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    Using Medicaid to Pay for Assisted Living

    Caring.com
    Use this resource to see where Medicaid is accepted as a form of payment for assisted living facilities and learn more about how to overcome issues that may arise in the process.
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    How to Find the Alzheimer's Care Facility That is Right for You

    Caring.com
    Learn what Alzheimer facilities can offer seniors and what you can expect from living in a facility. Use this resource for tips on how to choose the best care facility, ways to pay for services and government benefits that can help offset prices.
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    Caring for Yourself

    A Place For Mom
    Consider a checklist of information to check when visiting older adults who live alone such as household safety, mental status, nutrition and mobility. Review reminders about self-care and learn to create a wellbeing chart.
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    Caregiver Well-Being Chart

    A Place For Mom
    Consider coping with stress by making a chart to track your emotions during high and low points of the day.
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    Caring for the Caregiver

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    It is important to consider your health as a caregiver. Utilize this resource to access caregiver self-assessment and self-help information tools.
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    Building a Care Guide

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    To give the person being cared for the treatment they wish for, create a detailed information booklet. Record their health conditions, medical provider contact information and decisions for emergency situations.
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    Daily Care Tips and Advice

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Resource shares links with tips for caregivers on nutrition, medication, transport, assistive devices, bathing and home safety.
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    Caring for Seniors

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Learn what is involved in physically and emotionally caring for older adults. Resource shares links on topics such as finances, housing, and transport for older adults.
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    NWT Caregivers Guide

    Government of Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services
    This guide for caregivers offers many resources to help with both health and wellness and clarifies responsibilities as caregivers. Use this resource to learn more tips relating to caregiving and planning for the future.
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    Your Personal and financial decisions matter

    Government of Alberta
    Use this brochure as a guide for making personal and financial decisions with the help of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Links to other resources are also provided for more information.
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    Care Options and Costs

    Government of BC
    Consider available care options within British Columbia for seniors such as nursing, rehabilitation, day services, home support, assisted living and long-term care homes. Resource shares links to learn more information on types of living and information on costs.
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    Will you need Home Care or Home Health Care

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Learn about the difference between home care and home health care. Consider the cost of services and your personal needs to choose your care.
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    Information for seniors about benefits, services, and planning for the future

    ClickLaw
    This resource is for people aged 60 or older and describes benefits, services and other programs they are eligible to receive in British Columbia.
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    Tips on Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

    Benzie Senior Resources
    Resource describes signs and causes of caregiver burnout in detail. Consider setting realistic goals, speaking to trusted friends and talk to a professional.
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    What Is Caregiving?

    Benzie Senior Resources
    Learn about the responsibilities and burdens of caregivers. Resource shares how to make your house safer for older adults and how to take care of your mental health.
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    Deciding on Assisted Living: Pros, Cons and Costs

    Caring.com
    This resource considers the benefits and disadvantages of assisted living in terms of cost, personal care, and adjusting to a group lifestyle.
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    What You Can Expect From A Great Assisted Living Community

    Caring.com
    This resource shares good qualities from assisted living communities such as listening to resident issues, promoting a community environment, allowing faith practice and being pet friendly.
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    7 Benefits of Touring Senior Living Communities

    Caring.com
    Consider visiting senior living communities to meet with staff and residents, taste meal options, see activities and ask questions your family may have.
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    What are the costs associated with living in a retirement home?

    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
    Consider the cost of living in a retirement home alongside laws around price increases for rent and caregiving.
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    Long Term Care

    Aging Ahead
    This resource describes different levels of care, services and payment options offered at long term care facilities.
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    Care conversations, it's about you and the person you support

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    Consider having an open and honest discussion with the person you care for to discuss how much you are able to help and understand the person’s needs and wishes. Create a written format of their wishes and learn about their condition.
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    ARCHIVED: Section IV: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities – Checklist of Age-Friendly Features

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares a list of features to make communities more age-friendly. Consider changing outdoor spaces, transport, housing and community services to help the elderly.
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    Housing options for seniors

    Health Canada
    Learn about housing options for seniors, average cost of housing programs and budgeting to your needs. This resource links to programs across provinces in Canada.
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    What every older Canadian should know about: Planning for their future housing needs

    Health Canada
    Plan for future housing by reviewing housing options and costs for services you need. Contains tips for picking location and resources to find local information.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    Stroke: Should I Move My Loved One Into Long-Term Care?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps individuals with a loved one who has had a stroke decide on whether to care for the loved one at home or move them into a long-term care home by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    Alzheimer's or other dementia: Should I move my relative into long-term care?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps people with a relative with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decide on whether to care for the relative at home or at a long-term care home by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    Alzheimer's: Consider options for long-term care.

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps caregivers of people with Alzheimer's decide on whether to keep loved one at home or consider residential care by comparing the different options.
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    Senior-friendly home additions to help adults age in place

    Aging Care
    Make your home safer and prevent falls. Bathrooms, doorways, kitchens and stairwells are high risk areas for older adults. Get a professional to install a walk in shower, add hand rails and grab bars, and use non-skid strips on the floor. Consider a stair lift or home elevator. Make sure your door knobs and light switches are easy to reach.
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    Home and continuing care

    Health Canada- Seniors
    Health Canada aims to make sure people receive high quality treatment at home, in the community, in supportive housing, or in long-term care facilities. Health Canada works with provincial and territorial governments to gather information and improve home and continuing care in Canada.
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    Assisted living communities: What you need to know

    Cleveland Clinic Health Hub
    Assisted living can help individuals that want to live independently, but need medical and personal care. When looking for an assisted-living community consider whether the facility is licensed as well as the cost, facility design and atmosphere. Also consider the care plans, services and recreational activities available.
  • Blog Post

    Dementia caregiving: Take care of yourself while caring for others

    Support for family caregivers of people with dementia cannot be overlooked – it is a necessity. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on a caregiver’s mental, physical and social health. Multicomponent strategies may be a good way to keep a caregiver grounded and healthy.
  • Evidence Summary

    Telecare is a useful support for healthy aging at home, but older adults should have a say in how it is used in their care

    JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports (2017)
  • Blog Post

    Feeling unsteady? Exercise can help prevent falls in long-term care

    Feeling off-balance? Stand up to falls with exercise. Exercise combined with other fall prevention strategies is a promising way to lower the rate of falls in older adults living in long-term care.
  • Blog Post

    The future is here: Socially assistive robots to make your daily life easier

    Socially assistive robots have been developed to deliver care to older adults or to assist caregivers and health professionals. The future is here — are we ready for it?
  • Blog Post

    Still here! Don’t let a dementia diagnosis keep you out of the conversation

    Everyone – including those with dementia – has the right to make decisions that affect their own health. Staying involved and engaged for as long as possible is key to a better quality of life.
  • Blog Post

    Combat loneliness and depression by sharing memories: Relive those glory days!

    One of the pleasures in life is spending time with family and friends. Another is getting together to relive those good times and memorable moments. Research shows that group activities involving reminiscing can help relieve loneliness and depression.
  • Blog Post

    Does caregiver stress affect the move to long term care?

    Providing care for family members with challenging chronic diseases like dementia can be highly stressful and take a toll on caregivers’ physical and psychological health. When caregivers become “burnt out” are their loved ones more likely to be placed in long term care facilities?
  • Blog Post

    Can you relate? Options to improve support for unpaid caregivers

    Providing unpaid care offers both rewards and challenges. A panel of caregivers share their thoughts and suggestions about how to better support caregivers.
  • Blog Post

    Ding-dong, it's the doctor calling! Home-based primary care may be a solution for homebound older adults

    Receiving care and treatment in their own homes helps older, frail and homebound adults get the medical attention they need and can improve their health and quality of life.
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    Options for long-term care mean more choice for older adults

    Home and community based care, assisted living and nursing home care all have related risks and benefits. Decisions about long term care settings should consider the needs and unique circumstances of older adults and the people caring for them.

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