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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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The Future of Home Care in Canada

By Cynthia Hood  |  09 July 2018

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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

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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 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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There Isn’t Enough Time

By Jing Chen  |  08 February 2018

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The curse of today’s society! It is amazing how fast and complex things have become. Although people do not use “snail mail” as they used to, there are some pluses to that system – it took time for any request to get to you and you had time to respond based on your schedule. Now the expectation is almost instantaneous with everyone believing that their issue or request is your priority.

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This is a Tough Job – Recruitment Challenges!

By Alana Rennie  |  24 January 2018

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There is tremendous competition for qualified staff within the health care industry. The causes are many:

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Should Hospitals Get Into Retirement?

By Cynthia Hood  |  15 January 2018

 

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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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Celebrating You - Retirement Home and Long Term Care

By Alana Rennie  |  07 December 2017

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Having fun? There is no question that Retirement Homes and Long Term Care are becoming more complex. In many instances for both industries, there is:

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Technology in Healthcare Versus the Horse and Buggy

By Jing Chen  |  29 November 2017

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There must have been some interesting dynamics when automobiles replaced the horse and buggy. There were those who refused to let go of their horse. It was reliable and only needed hay. It served them well for years, why change? Besides, automobiles were noisy, smelled and unreliable. Those who embraced the automobile and abandoned the horse, were confused why others continued to use a horse. Horses smelled, were slow, would kick and were unreliable.

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Generational Values Predict Behaviours and Priorities

By Cynthia Hood  |  08 November 2017

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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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