Caregiver Support - Older Adults

Are you taking care of an elderly adult who is sick, disabled, or frail? We know the demand of doing so can be high, and the mental, emotional, and physical strength necessary to do so can at times feel extreme or overwhelming. Often, caregivers are taking care of others while also trying to balance their own work, social, and family life. Caregiver relief can help alleviate some of the stress that can be involved in being responsible for an older person’s care, by sharing the responsibility of caregiving, and also offering support to the caregiver to help balance the demands and challenges they may face. Are you currently caring for an older family member, but finding it hard to meet the needs of your own life while doing so? Do you simply need a short-term break in order to gain back some of your own energy? There are many options for caregiver relief including assistance with meal preparation, transportation, personal care and household chores. In order to take care of someone else, you also need to take care of yourself. If you are looking for caregiver relief options in your neighbourhood, we have the resources you need.

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Families Caring for an Aging America

Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population. Families Caring for an Aging America examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers. This report also assesses and recommends policies to address the needs of family caregivers and to minimize the barriers that they encounter in trying to meet the needs of older adults.

Families Caring for an Aging America

Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population. Families Caring for an Aging America examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers. This report also assesses and recommends policies to address the needs of family caregivers and to minimize the barriers that they encounter in trying to meet the needs of older adults.

Family Caregiving in the New Normal

Family Caregiving in the New Normal discusses how the drastic economic changes that have occurred over the past few years have precipitated a new conversation on how family care for older adults will evolve in the future. This text summarizes the challenges and potential solutions scientists, policy makers, and clinical providers must address as they grapple with these changes, with a primary focus given to the elements that may impact how family caregiving is organized and addressed in subsequent decades, including sociodemographic trends like divorce, increased participation of women in the workforce, geographic mobility, fewer children in post-baby boom families, chronic illness trends, economic stressors, and the current policy environment. A section on the support of caregivers includes technology-based solutions that examine existing models, personal health records, and mobile applications, big data issues, decision-making support, person-centered approaches, crowd-sourced caregiving such as blogs and personal websites that have galvanized caregivers, and new methods to combine paid and unpaid forms of care. Provides a concise "roadmap" of the demographic, economic, health trends, and policy challenges facing family caregivers Presents potential solutions to caregiving so that scientists, policymakers, and clinical providers can best meet the needs of families and communities in the upcoming decades Includes in-depth, diverse stories of caregivers of persons with different diseases who share perspectives Covers person-centered care approaches to family caregiving that summarize effective community-based services of psychosocial intervention models Examines how existing efficacious models can more effectively reach and serve individual families

Caregiving--leisure and Aging

Has been co-published simultaneiously as Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 24, number 2 1999.

Retooling for an Aging America

Building the Health Care Workforce

As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs. Retooling for an Aging America calls for bold initiatives starting immediately to train all health care providers in the basics of geriatric care and to prepare family members and other informal caregivers, who currently receive little or no training in how to tend to their aging loved ones. The book also recommends that Medicare, Medicaid, and other health plans pay higher rates to boost recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and care aides. Educators and health professional groups can use Retooling for an Aging America to institute or increase formal education and training in geriatrics. Consumer groups can use the book to advocate for improving the care for older adults. Health care professional and occupational groups can use it to improve the quality of health care jobs.

The Caregiver's Survival Handbook

How to Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing Yourself

A practical handbook for women confronting the problems of caring for an aging parent explains how to deal with the changing parent/child roles, foster aging parents' independence, get help from other family members, find time for oneself, and balance work, family, and caregiving responsibilities. Original.

How to Say It® to Seniors

Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders

A practical guide to bridging the generation gap. In How to Say It to Seniors, geriatric psychology expert David Solie offers help in removing the typical communication blocks many experience with the elderly. By sharing his insights into the later stages of life, Solie helps in understanding the unique perspective of seniors, and provides the tools to relate to them.

Online Resources for Senior Citizens

THIS BOOK FACILITATES AND EXPANDS INTERNET ACCESS BY SENIORS, ASSISTS THEM IN FINDING THE INFORMATION THEY NEED, AND CONTRIBUTES TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE AGING PROCESS BY PROVIDING A LIST OF ONLINE RESOURCES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO THEM.

Medicare Matters

What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care

Assesses the current state and the future prospects of Medicare, perhaps the most influential health care program of our time. Author Cassel draws upon the latest developments in science and medicine in an analysis of Medicare's social, demographic, institutional, political, and policy contexts. Writing in accessible language, using case studies to illustrate how policies translate to everyday lives, and applying lessons from the practice of geriatric medicine, Cassel makes a powerful argument for reforming and modernizing Medicare. Anchoring her discussion of Medicare in the idea that care for the elderly represents a social contract between government and its citizens, Cassel describes both the principles and potential of a progressive approach to geriatric medicine. She offers a vision of what healthy aging could be and delineates what is needed to reach this vision, including changes in the medical sector, in the policy arena, and in our cultural beliefs about aging.--From publisher description.

The Caregiver Helpbook

Powerful Tools for Caregiving

Family and Aging Policy

Learn how public policies can help families provide the care their elderly relatives need Family and Aging Policy examines how public initiatives to assist the elderly in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Denmark, and Sweden can impact families who provide them with long-term care. For the majority of older people, the aging experience involves their families directly and indirectly, affecting income security, housing, and health care. This unique book addresses the aging issues that matter most to families struggling to deal with the demands of care giving and provides answers on how the public sector can help. As the traditional nuclear family becomes a memory and the notion of extended family disappears, the need for public interventions to help the elderly increases. A significant number of people grow old without families they can depend on. Others have families who want to help, but lack the financial means or the housing needed to provide care. Family and Aging Policy offers options on how families and formal services can share responsibilities, including how families can juggle jobs and care giving, the effects of the Family and Medical Leave Act, consumer-directed service options, community-based care programs, accessory dwelling units and zoning ordinances, and provisions for caregiver support in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Family and Aging Policy examines: extensive welfare programs in Sweden publicly funded home care programs in Denmark family-oriented social policies in Singapore shared responsibilities of families and formal services in Canada the Administration on Aging’s National Family Caregiver Support program in the United States California Caregiver Resource Centers and much more! Family and Aging Policy is an invaluable tool for researchers and policy analysts working in family policy issues and as an essential supplemental text for course work in gerontology, sociology, family relations, and social work.

How to Care for Aging Parents

Thoroughly updated and expanded, a compassionate, single-volume reference to the many emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues associated with caring for aging parents covers such areas as nursing homes, finances, finding a good doctor, legal arrangements, redefining parental relationships, and handling emotional challenges. Original.

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Revera Retirement Living - Retirement Home - Burlington - Appleby Place

Private retirement residence.
* 3 storey, 90 independent supported living suites
* air-conditioned, non-smoking residence located near shopping and community services
* call bell system in rooms
* recreation/exercise program on site
* facility is located on public bus route
* check with facility for care services available at additional cost

Respite and short-term stay available as space permits for caregivers to have a break while at home or on vacation or for seniors discharged from hospital who require more care and supervision than can be provided at home. Trial stay available to experience retirement living.

Member of Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA)

Sunrise Senior Living - Sunrise of Burlington - Burlington

Also offers an aging-in-place alternative to Long-Term Care for seniors including Alzheimer care, support services and a secure environment for those with memory impairment.

Accommodations:
Two-room suites, single suites and companion living (shared accommodation), all suites have a bathroom and kitchenette * registered practical nurse on site * recreational activities and programs

Included services:
Meals and snacks * housekeeping and laundry service

Optional services (may be additional cost):
Medication coordination and administration * assistance with personal care

Short term, trial and long term respite accommodation available for caregiver relief * also available for seniors discharged from hospital requiring more care and supervision than can be received at home

Dundas Community Services - Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities - Grafton Square

Comprehensive service provides seniors and people with disabilities, with home support.

Services include:
Security checks and Reassurance programs
Caregiver education
Counselling, support and crisis intervention
Canada Post Alert Program
Meals on Wheels
Frozen Meals
Volunteer friendly visiting services and calling
Volunteer assisted transportation

Halton. Finance Department - Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program

The program allows older adult homeowners in Halton with low incomes to defer their full property taxes for as long as they remain eligible.
This allows participants to focus their financial resources on their day-to-day needs, helping them to stay in their homes and improving their overall quality of life.
If you qualify, the deferral of your property taxes is interest-free.

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for older adult clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Chartwell Christopher Terrace Retirement Residence

Offers 71 private bed-sitting suites.
* three meals daily in dining room
* nursing consultation available 24 hours/day
* emergency in-house call system
* weekly housekeeping services
* located on public bus route

Independent/assisted living services
* may include medication administration, continence care, mobility and transfer assistance
* on site physiotherapy services available
* variety of organized social activities offered (invites any Burlington senior to participate in any of its programs or outings)

Respite or short stay/trial available (minimum 7 days) to enable caregivers to have a break while at home or on vacation
* rehabilitation care available for seniors discharged from hospital requiring more care and supervision than can be provided at home

A member of the Ontario Residential Care Association

Park Avenue Manor Retirement Home

Offers:
* 70 private suites of various sizes in a single-storey building
* 24 hr emergency response, health care monitoring, medication administration, safety and security systems
* meals, snacks, housekeeping, towel and linen laundry and activities program are provided
* facility is close to public bus route

Respite or short stay/trial are available
* enables caregivers to have a break while at home or vacation
* available for seniors discharged from hospital requiring more care and supervision than possible to receive at home
* transitional stay program for residents waiting for long term care placement

Member of Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA)

Hearthstone by the Lake

Two five-story, 174 condo apartment buildings that provide an alternative to renting for seniors who need some assistance and wish to continue living in their own homes.

Amenities include clubhouse * housekeeping service * dining facilities * in-suite social and health care services, including 24 hr emergency response * shuttle service to local shopping and organized outings * private transportation available

Additional support services available, including nursing supervision * personal homecare * handyman support * meal plans * three medical doctors * foot care * in home lab service * physiotherapy * hearing specialist and pharmacy services available on site

Village of Walkers Green - Heritage Place and Heritage Walk

Heritage Place: 4151 Kilmer Dr
Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with balcony
Includes: kitchenette * private bathroom * 3 meals daily * weekly housekeeping and linen service * 24-hr emergency response * 7 day/week nurse consultation * recreational activities * parking available * pets permitted

Heritage Walk: 4081 Kilmer Dr
26 two-bedroom bungalows for independent seniors with patio
Includes: access to all Village of Walker's Green amenities * 5 appliances * 4 meals per week * weekly housekeeping * 24-hr emergency response * 7 day/week nurse consultation * designated parking * pets permitted

Offers: health support program (pharmacy and nurse consultation) * library with computer/internet * theatre * games room * fitness and wellness centre * baker's kitchen * chapel

Additional services available, at extra cost, include: hairdressing and spa services * foot care * personal laundry * medication reminders * companionship and personal care support

Transportation for excursions

LaSalle Park Retirement Community

Offers:
* independent living and assisted living suites
* studio, 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den, and 2-bedroom suites
* all suites have kitchenette, en suite bathroom
* personal emergency response system and fire system consisting of smoke detectors and sprinkler system
* support staff on duty Mon-Sun 24 hours
* small pets permitted

Includes 3 meals daily (can accommodate most therapeutic diets, including diabetic, low-sodium, and renal * in-suite meal service available) * weekly housekeeping and linen service

Assisted living services (also available on a la carte basis in independent living suites) include: health care * assistance with daily living * medication administration * bathing assistance * companion services

Transportation provided for routine trips and special excursions

Additional amenities include: exercise room * fitness studio * indoor heated salt-water pool * beauty salon

Respite Stay offered based on availability

Chartwell Lakeshore Retirement Residence

Offers 135 residential care studio and one-bedroom suites with private baths
* couples' options available
* some units have kitchenettes
* flexible meal plans

Offers 42 assisted daily living suites for the physically and/or cognitively challenged, which provide assistance with: dressing, bathing, special diets, medication, specialized activities program * available in secured or unsecured environment * available for short-term and permanent accommodation

24-hour nursing supervision provided for both residential care and assisted daily living care residents * hairdressing salon * tuck shop * games room * exercise programs * foot care available on-site

Respite or short stay/trial
Available to give caregivers a break or for seniors discharged from hospital requiring more care and supervision than can be provided at home

Transitional beds available for people on a wait-list for Long Term Care (this process goes through the hospital case workers of your Local Health Integration Network)

Burlington Gardens

Senior living community * provides accommodation and meals for seniors
* not a licensed retirement home (does not provide the minimum 2 listed services required for definition and licensing as a retirement home under Ontario's Retirement Homes Act)
* additional assistive services are available onsite from a private homecare provider located in the building

Accommodations include:
* studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom suites and cottages
* meals in dining room, linen service and housekeeping included
* additional services available through your Local Health Integration Network or private service provider, including one located on-site
* each suite has an in-room communication system that links to management personnel 24/7
* pets permitted
* activity room, residents' kitchen, billiards room, library, chapel, hair dressing and Internet and computer use

Provides transportation for shopping trips, doctor's appointments and other scheduled activities
* close to public bus route
* regular planned excursions

Respite/short stay available to provide caregiver relief, and for seniors discharged from hospital who require more care and supervision than can be obtained at home