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Navigating Health Care Series | Finding Extra Help When You Need It

Mr. Jones is an 83-year-old widower living in his own home. When asked, he’ll tell you he is doing “fair to middling.” He’ll go on to tell you his legs are tired and wobbly and he doesn’t get out as much as he’d used to. He has a scooter, which gets him to town and Read more…

The ins and outs of private home care

In the past month, I’ve had numerous calls from individuals asking about various private home-care agencies and the ins and outs of private care. It seems like a good time to reprint this column, with a few updates. Mrs. Robson is a 92-year-old widow with Alzheimer’s disease. In her younger years, she was a schoolteacher Read more…

BC Housing program helps low income seniors make homes accessible

A big thanks to BC Housing for responding to my column on falls and the elderly by providing details on a new program for low-income seniors to make home modifications for continued independence. Would a new ramp, handrails or walk-in shower help you maintain your independence at home? BC Housing’s new Home Adaptations for Independence Read more…

How Home & Community Care can help Comox Valley seniors

  One of the most common questions we hear from seniors (and family caregivers alike) is, “How do I get someone to help me with bathing, medications or getting dressed in my home?” There is more than one answer to that question! For the purpose of simplicity, I’ll start with the program called Home and Read more…

Navigating the eldercare healthcare maze

Are you confused about what kind of help you or your aging parent is eligible for in the community? Don’t worry! You aren’t alone. Knowing the who, what and how is challenging when you are at the start of any maze. Before entering a maze, it’s helpful to have clues at the start to help Read more…

Seniors’ housing options in the Comox Valley

It’s time to finish up the “Seniors Housing” series by reviewing options in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley has a variety of housing choices depending on care needs and available monthly income. Independent Living or Retirement communities or housing geared at seniors (usually 55 years and over) are intended for seniors who do not Read more…

Seniors housing options can be complicated

Understanding seniors’ housing options is pretty complicated stuff. From all the clients I work with, it is by far the most complex issue we deal with. Last week we introduced the idea of how to assess the type of housing best for you or your loved one.x. I actually want to take a step back Read more…

If you need solutions, you’d better get to work

“Are you part of the solution or just ALL of the problem?” My mother’s spin on an African proverb packed the same punch around our household and quickly shut down any whining and complaining. It’s easy to spot the problems. Solutions, on the other, require us to work (usually harder than we want to!). Busy Read more…

Which Seniors’ Housing Option is Right For You?

There may come a time when your aging loved one or as an older adult, the decision to move or downsize is the right one. Most families think the hardest part is making the decision to move. That may true, however, understanding the breadth of seniors housing options is a close second! The Comox Valley Read more…

Which Seniors’ Housing Option is Right For You?

There may come a time when your aging loved one or as an older adult, the decision to move or downsize is the right one. Most families think the hardest part is making the decision to move. That may true, however, understanding the breadth of seniors housing options is a close second! The Comox Valley Read more…

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