Depression in the elderly

I’ve noticed that ever since my dad passed away, my mother has never really been the same. She has lost a lot of weight and I suspect she is drinking more than she should. Is this normal?  Do ...Answer Dear Margaret,   Thank you for reaching out to ask about your mother and I am sorry to hear that your father passed away. It sounds like your mother is struggling with the grief of your father’s ...

Long term care facility or home care

Will the Occupational Therapist force me to go to a long term care facility if they don’t think I’m safe enough at home?Answer As an occupational therapist, we base our entire practice on a client-centered approach and believe that clients are experts regarding their own occupations and life and that the client must be an active ...

Falls and Associated Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for falls?Answer There are a number of risk factors that can increase the chance that a fall may occur. Some of the key risk factors include a diagnosis of osteoporosis, impaired vision, lack of physical activity, those ...

Quality of life for Elders

My father is feeling depressed as he feels he can no longer do the activities that used to give meaning and purpose to his life. How can I improve his quality of life and allow him to re-discover ...Answer It is helpful to assist your father in following a realistic daily schedule, balancing self-care, work and leisure. Encourage him to become involved in social groups and maintain involvement in meaningful ...

Intervention for Home Care

What is the best way to suggest receiving care to an elderly loved one?  Is there a proven method to avoid angry reactions or backlash?AnswerUnfortunately, there is not a particular, proven method that guarantees no emotional reactions to a suggestion of care. However, this is an excellent question and I am glad to hear that you are considering ...

Providing Care For My Mother is Affecting My Relationship With Siblings

My relationship with my sister and brother has been going downhill because I am providing most of the care for my mother and my siblings live further away from her and have not been providing help. What ...Answer Dear cjp,   This sounds like a very challenging situation and is unfortunately quite common. I am not sure of the specifics regarding your siblings’ situations but regardless, you must be feeling ...

How to Know When to Get Assisted Home Care?

What are some of the signs I should get assisted living care for my mother? She has no immediate health concerns, she is just getting older and can’t do everything for herself anymore. She is quiet resistant to accepting help, and often has old age irritability. How can I properly ...

When Do I Know When I Need Home Care Services?

My single mother is home alone in Toronto most of the day, and she doesn’t want to be sent to a nursing home. She is able to walk up and down stairs independently, albeit barely. She needs to take ...AnswerEnsuring your mother’s safety, while still maintaining her independence and mobility within her home is very important. According to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists of Ontario ...
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