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The Balanced Care Method™

Home Care Assistance caregivers throughout North America are trained in the Method, offering the first senior care solution with an emphasis on balance and longevity. By working with specific lifestyle behaviors, Home Care Assistance caregivers extend and enhance the lives of seniors, helping them live longer, happier, more balanced lives.

There is no single explanation for how and why some people live so much healthier and more active years than others. But there is a place where more people live longer and healthier than any other place on earth: Okinawa, Japan. And recently, scientists have been studying this group of seniors to see if we could learn to live a longer and more productive life. Home Care Assistance has developed a revolutionary and proprietary approach to senior care based on these centenarian studies.

The Balanced Care Method™ is based on studies of the extraordinarily long-lived elders in the Okinawa region of Japan. Life spans of over 100 years are not unusual in Okinawa. More important, people in their 70s, 80s and beyond enjoy incredible good health and independence. Excellent physical health, mental awareness, and inner calm are common among the studied elders.

The Balanced Care Method™ seeks to capture some of the lifestyle factors that go towards creating such long-lived and healthy people. Its philosophy can be summed up in two words: moderation and variety.

The Balanced Care Method™ is an evidence-based program built on studies that demonstrate that only one-third of our healthy longevity is based on genetics and two-thirds on lifestyle factors within our control.

Watch the CNN video below to learn more about the centenarians in Okinawa who inspired this movement.

Components of Balanced Care Training Include:

Healthy Diet

A complete, healthy diet can do many wonderful things for senior citizens, including improving health, raising energy levels, promoting good moods, and ameliorating quality of life. Part of the notably high life expectancy and excellent health of Okinawans is attributed to the very healthy local diet, as it contains mostly vegetarian options such as fruits and vegetables. Our Balanced Care Method includes offering similarly nutritious meals that are low in sugar, carbohydrates, and salt, while still catering to individual preferences.

Physical Activity

The many benefits of physical activity for superior senior care have been understood and disseminated for a long time. By stimulating the body with exercise, reducing stress enables seniors to prevent or reduce other diseases. Therefore, we make it part of our mandate to include daily physical activity in fun and non-intrusive ways in order to keep seniors’ bodies in-use and in functional working order.

Sharp Minds

Preserving and maintaining cognitive function is one of our major priorities. The link between the mind and body is well-documented; a healthy brain translates into better quality of life. Using our Balanced Care Method, we employ a variety of different exercises, methods, and stimuli that keep your loved ones at their sharpest mentally.

Social Ties

It is very important for seniors’ health to have a strong social network that supports them and allows them to feel included. Our staff understands that caring personal relationships need to be nurtured on a daily basis. That is why we provide companionship for seniors. We do more than provide someone to talk to—we have built a supportive community that imbues each person with a strong sense of value and self-worth.

Calmness and Purpose

The Japanese senior citizens in Okinawa have a deep-rooted belief of putting in as much work as possible. Many continue to work well into their 80s or 90s. The reason this is beneficial is because our work tends to give us a sense of purpose in life. It is something that promotes health because we always have things to do and people to see.

Above all else, home care services for seniors in Toronto need to include activities that bring mental calmness and meaning to the lives of your loved ones. We offer regular programming, activities, and events that allow your loved ones to feel centered and purposeful.

How We Can Help You

To provide your loved ones with the very best of care, consider allowing us to lend a hand with our Balanced Care Method. Our staff at Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region are personable, knowledgeable, and caring with our approach to providing home care assistance. We offer a variety of services to free you from worry and help your loved ones maintain their physical and mental vibrancy. Contact us today for more information about how we utilize the Balanced Care Method throughout our home care services in Toronto.