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Top Retirement Home Trends in 2018

By Brad Whittaker  |  24 September 2018

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2018 is a year for developing new concepts for all industries, and that also means new predictions retirement home trends in Canada. Based on some research and study from various trusted sources, here is a breakdown of some of these major trends posed to shape the industry over the next few months:

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Hydration in Seniors

By Brad Whittaker  |  20 July 2018

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Not taking enough fluids, especially during warm weather, can pose severe health problems for anyone, but the elderly in particular are at higher risks of dehydration. If severe dehydration goes unchecked, it can lead to seizures because of electrolyte imbalance, a reduction in the blood volume, kidney failure, inflammation, coma or even death. 

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Five Most Used Technologies in Assisted Living Communities

By Brad Whittaker  |  03 July 2018

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Contrary to what most people think, baby boomers are actually knowledgeable on computer stuff. Baby boomers, in this context, refers to elderly people. Elderly people are increasingly using the Internet and other exciting technologies. Discussed below are five of the technologies that individuals in assisted living systems frequently use.

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The Status Quo of Employee Retention in Canada Senior Care Industry

By Brad Whittaker  |  17 May 2018

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The senior population requiring continued care support in Canada is highly increasing. By the year 2026, more than 2.4 million senior Canadians of 65 years and above will require care support offered by the senior care organisations. This is up by 71% from the year 2011. By the year 2046; the number will be approaching 3.3 million. The spending on the senior citizens is highly increasing from an approximated $29.3 billion in the year 2011 to approximately $184.2 billion by 2016. This spending is outrageously exceeding the revenue growth. On the other hand, the labour demand at this point will far much be above the labour force growth.

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Reasons Retirement Facilities Should Make Use of Integrated Pharmacy Partners

By Brad Whittaker  |  07 March 2018

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Today, the role of the pharmacist has changed from counting pills at the counter to extending their services to their client’s homes. This means that pharmacists are now focusing on long-term care as well as provision of various retirement facilities. It is therefore advisable for people to have an integrated partner pharmacy for their retirement. This is the best move since there are several benefits which accrue when your retirement facility utilizes a dedicated pharmacy partner.

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Tips on How the Retirement Home Care Sector Can Attract and Retain Qualified Staff

By Brad Whittaker  |  15 February 2018

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The senior and retirement care sector is one of the job areas in Canada which reports the highest turnover rates. In the past, the industry used to have a high number of qualified staff seeking for various positions. That made things easy for employers as they could quickly recruit and retain as many as they wanted. Today however, that has changed and employers have to struggle even to find and hire a few of them. There are many reasons behind this increased levels such as the rapid increase of the aging population, the low pay and high levels of stress. Below are a few recommendations on how employers in the retirement homes industry can recruit and retain staff in the sector.

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Stay a Step Ahead of Diabetes with our Diabetic Order Sets

By Brad Whittaker  |  14 December 2017

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Are you confused about what an Order Set, Care Plan/Mapping/Pathways, Protocols-Processes, Guidelines, Best Practices etc. are when it comes to nursing?

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Dementia: Discussing Tomorrow's Needs and Challenges for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes Today

By Brad Whittaker  |  18 October 2017

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The increase in the elderly population as the Boomer Generation ages (those born between 1946 and 1964) is well documented. Census Canada indicates that the elderly population will increase from 16.9% today to 23% by 2031. More significantly is the increase in those living to 85 and older. This latter point will result in a doubling of those suffering from Dementia (source: Alzheimer’s Society). Community support resources, hospitals, long term care and retirement homes have already begun to feel the impact of this increase today.

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3 Technology Benefits for Social Care Facilities

By Brad Whittaker  |  19 July 2017

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Individuals with conditions that make them vulnerable members of the society receive a lot of benefits as a result of admission to good social care facilities. The vulnerability arises from disabilities, illnesses, poverty or old age. Today, technology has improved the quality of care that such individuals receive from these facilities. With the right kind of technology, both residents and facilities can expect huge benefits in the following areas:

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