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Looking Out For Seniors' Safety November 6 to 12

Posted by Brian Shevel on 5 November 2014

November 6 to 12 is National Senior Safety Week and as the leading provider of live-in senior care in Vaughan and York Region, Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region offers a variety of resources for family members looking to improve their loved one's safety.

With more and more seniors choosing to remain at home, the need for live-in caregivers is growing. Our caregivers are highly trained in creating a safe environment for your family member. We realize that our clients have unique safety needs; that's why we only assign caregivers who will be a good fit for your loved one.

As we get older, the risk of injuries from falling greatly increases. Our workers will take the time to make sure that your loved one's home is free of any potential hazards. There are also steps seniors can take to strengthen their bone density, such as drinking more milk or taking vitamin D supplements. We will also look to see if your loved one is taking any medications that may impair their balance. And if your loved one's eyesight is starting to fail, they should take steps to improve it, such as a better glasses prescription. And most importantly, getting exercise to stay limber can also help to prevent slip and fall injuries; a live-in caregiver in Newmarket can assist your loved one with this and more. And should the unthinkable happen, our caregiver will be there to get your loved one medical treatment immediately following the accident; this can be especially vital with winter approaching.

Unfortunately, seniors are often the targets of fraud. However, one of the advantages of having  live-in senior care in Vaughan is that our workers can screen calls for your loved ones, as well as register for the national Do Not Call list. While this will not prevent all telemarketers or scam artists from calling them, it will greatly reduce the number of attempts.

National Senior Safety Week draws attention to a number of additional issues facing seniors and their safety, such as keeping their driving skills sharp. If your loved one can no longer drive, their live-in caregiver can drive them to appointments and shopping, as well as other errands. At Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, we realize that public transit can be unreliable at times, plus taxis can be expensive; having someone with the senior means they won't get lost.

When you hire a live-in caregiver in Newmarket, they will take steps to make sure that your loved one leads a healthy and active lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Whether it's going for a walk every day or finding ways to keep their minds stimulated, our caregivers will make sure that your loved one gets out of the house, as well as has companionship.

One of the goals of National Senior Safety Week is to empower seniors to live safely. As the leading provider of live-in senior care in Vaughan, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region strives to do this year-round. Contact us today to find out more about how your elderly loved one can stay safe or visit the link at the bottom of the page for more information about National Senior Safety Week.


"National Senior Safety Week," Canada Safety Council web site; www.canadasafetycouncil.org/campaigns/senior-safety, last accessed November 3, 2014.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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