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Creating a Volunteer Program

Jun 18, 2015

Volunteers can become a huge part of your organization and help alleviate the burden on you and your staff.

But how do you create a thriving and sustainable volunteer program?

First, you need to think about the structure of your program.

What kind of activities do you want to have? How many volunteers will you need? Think about the size of your program and remember not to overcomplicate.

You may want to have 10 new programs, but realistically you may only be able to manage one or two.

Identify your needs and create programs to suit. There’s no point in developing a program that doesn’t get any participants.

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May 8, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has sprung! The weather is gorgeous and your residents can finally get outside and breathe some fresh air. One of the best activities for your residents is gardening.

Growing a garden is a great way for residents to be active in the spring and throughout the summer. There’s nothing better than putting in a little work and seeing the fruits of your labour.

Not only that, studies have shown that gardening can help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. It can reduce stress and blood pressure and stimulate the brain.

Plus, if you decide to grow vegetables, the kitchen can make use of them and residents can enjoy the food they grew themselves.

So what makes a perfect senior-friendly garden?

Apr 7, 2015

Using Resident Families to Sell Your Facilities

You never get a second chance at a first impression and the biggest chance you get to make one is through a facility tour.

As the first step in future residents and their families joining your community these tours introduce them to your own brand of senior care culture and family. While staff can be great tour guides, why not take it one step further and ask a resident family member to participate in the tour.

They can offer an outside perspective about the quality of care, and share their own experiences on everything from move in to the adjustment process, food, activities, and more.

Mar 23, 2015

Helping Your Residents Make Social Connections

I remember the nerve-wracking experience that was my first day of high school. New teachers, new school, new people; it was all overwhelming.

Entering a care facility can be like that first day of school. It's hard to become acclimatized to new surroundings and many seniors find this difficult, especially since they are leaving the familiar behind, their home.

So what makes those worries dissipate? Friends.

It's important that your new residents get a chance to know the other residents. It will make them feel more safe and secure.

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Jun 1, 2015

The Only Reversible Form of Dementia

“I started to feel like I was walking on gum, like I could not lift and place my feet properly - I was shuffling along. Over time, I required a walker, then a wheelchair. I started having problems with balance, fatigue, incontinence, increased irritability and a noticeable decline in my ability to think and process information.” Gilda Katz

This is what it is like to experience the onset of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), widely described by medical professionals as the only reversible form of dementia.

Affecting more than one in 200 adults aged 55 and older, NPH is difficult to diagnose and frequently misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. However, once diagnosed, the condition is readily treatable and the symptoms can often be reversed.

Jun 1, 2015

Aboriginal Seniors Health Care

The First Nations, Inuit and Metis senior populations in our country face a complexity of issues that affect their health every day and like non-Aboriginal populations, their numbers are growing.

Currently, there are 40,000 Canadian Indigenous peoples 65 years or older and the number is expected to rise. By 2026, the percentage of Aboriginal seniors will have tripled.

The government’s historical involvement with the Indigenous population has had a major impact on the health and wellness of seniors today and extends all the way back to the first contact and the negotiation of treaties and creation of reservations.

Jun 1, 2015

An Ode to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan.

Oh rectangular, middle of the country province, with your lovely fields of amber coloured grains, and small town hockey heroes.

Home of the Roughriders, and melon headed fans; world champion curling skips and the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.