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The Positive Benefits of Social Interaction in Seniors

By Cynthia Hood  |  17 January 2019


One of the many reasons why seniors are encouraged to stay in a retirement home is because it increases the opportunities to socialize with their peers. Social interaction, especially in seniors, have a lot of advantages. It can help improve both their physical and mental health. As you get older, it may be a little challenging for you to maintain an active social life but the advantages are worth the effort.

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Calculating Return on EHR Investment

By Cynthia Hood  |  14 August 2018


A recent survey done by the National Physician Survey derived that physicians in Canada believe that electronic medical records enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare. The value of EHRs is gaining traction, and more facilities like retirement communities are investing in them.

Special care facilities that cater to residents who need long-term care may find it difficult to invest in an EHR system due to the hefty initial costs. Fortunately, these systems improve the accuracy of coding and boost overall productivity which means the initial investment gets recovered eventually. If you are considering implementing an EHR system, several factors will help you determine the return on investment:

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The Future of Home Care in Canada

By Cynthia Hood  |  09 July 2018


The popularity of chronic diseases, an aging population, increasing doctor acceptance of home health care, medical developments, and the drive toward cost-effective treatment alternatives from private and public payers have all promoted the growth of home healthcare market. Over the last few years up to 2018, the revenue of this industry is expected to rise at an annual rate of 3.40% to 93.4 billion dollars, including a growth of 3.10% in 2018 alone. 

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Ways to Improve Quality Life for Seniors in Canada

By Cynthia Hood  |  13 June 2018


Canada remains one of the countries with high life expectancy. The Canadian homes for seniors are responsible for many Canadian elders living past 80 years. The improved living environment in the elderly home together with other measures contribute to the healthy living of the seniors. Below are some ways that result in the quality living.

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The Wave is Coming!

By Cynthia Hood  |  05 April 2018


There is a giant wave travelling throughout the entire health care system — it is the Boomer Generation (those born between 1946 and 1964). This generation is generally outspoken, and one that expects, and even demands, customer service. The fringe of this generation is just now entering the LTC and Retirement Home sector as residents. More importantly, the parents of this generation (those who are 75 to over 90 years of age) are the clients within the circle of care.

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Should Hospitals Get Into Retirement?

By Cynthia Hood  |  15 January 2018



Money is tight in Hospitals and they are becoming much more creative and entrepreneurial as a result. Keeping patients in an acute care ALC bed is very expensive, when they are unable to discharge patients due to a shortage of nursing home beds. Hospitals know the opportunities the senior population offers as a supplemental revenue source, while fulfilling their mandate to address the needs of their community.

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Generational Values Predict Behaviours and Priorities

By Cynthia Hood  |  08 November 2017


There is a shift occurring in our society. In the not too distant past, it was the exception rather than the rule for families to challenge care providers.

Understanding generational values is key to predicting behaviour and priorities. Go back 20 years in time when those who are in their 80’s today were in their 60’s and responsible for their parents. The foundation for that generation’s values came from their experiences during their childhood – the Depression and the second world war. 

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Are Your Residents Compliant With Self-administered Medication?

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 October 2017


Ability to self-administer medications has emerged as the main predictor of appropriate placement and level of care for residents in Retirement and Care Homes.  These results underscore the importance of assessing: 1) the resident’s ability to answer questions related to self-medication and their diagnosis and 2) the actual auditing of self-administration over several days related to the answers above to ensure comprehension and reliability of the initial questions asked.  

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Critical Thinking: Strengthening Your Muscles

By Cynthia Hood  |  11 October 2017

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Critical thinking is a skill like any other. It is the ability to focus on an issue, examine all possible and potential solutions, determine the probable impact each solution may create and make a decision accordingly. Compare it to a muscle. The more it is used, the stronger it becomes.

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Organizational Cultures are Fragile

By Cynthia Hood  |  06 September 2017


It can take a great deal of investment and time to create a positive and supportive organizational culture. It takes a short time to destroy it.

The expectation that an organizational culture can be developed quickly is usually proven false. Demonstrating that the past will no longer be the practice and getting complete buy-in is a progressive process.

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