Connecting Seniors with Care

Honoring the death of a senior

Honoring the death of a senior

Sep 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

The death of a senior is traumatic. Families need to be able to grieve and bring closure to the death of the seniors. We are a society that brushes dying and...

Over medicated

Over medicated

Aug 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recently daughters from three different families told me about how over-medicated their elderly parents were. Many people have heard of situations like this...

Why Move to Supportive Housing

Aug 8, 2012 / 5:00 am

I still have many families contact me asking how they can get their parents to realize the benefits of moving to supportive housing. They still have the...

Perceptions of seniors

Aug 1, 2012 / 5:00 am

So often, with elderly seniors we have set perceptions that we are not aware of. If we see a senior walking with a cane, we often think that the senior is weak...

Cell phone lifeline: 'ICE'

Jul 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

More than 75% of people carry no details of who they would like contacted in an emergency situation. We all carry our cell phones with names and numbers stored...

Health Authorities differ in the services

Jul 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

The British Columbia Ministry of Health sets the province-wide goals, standards and performance agreements for health service delivery by the Health Authority....

Ambulance transportation

Ambulance transportation

Jul 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ambulance service in British Columbia has roots dating back to the early 1900s. Emergency Medical Services were provided by a wide range of commercial and...

Possible loss of independence

Jun 27, 2012 / 5:00 am

A series of brochures have been prepared jointly by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for Seniors Forum. The Forum is an...

Residential care facility investigation

Jun 20, 2012 / 5:00 am

Residential care facilities provide services for seniors with complex health-care needs requiring 24-hour professional care. They are required to have a...

Don't call me a 'senior'!

Don't call me a 'senior'!

Jun 13, 2012 / 5:00 am

The definition of a ‘senior citizen’ and the age when someone is considered to become a senior is very debatable, especially now that people live...

Protecting seniors' interests

Jun 6, 2012 / 5:00 am

Each year people contact me at Seniors Consulting in Vancouver to find out what they can do to help seniors who cannot manage on their own. When seniors need...

Seniors and summer

Seniors and summer

May 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

The nice weather has arrived, which is great. Finally seniors can get outside for walks or to work in a garden. During the summer months, families have more...

Assisted living & family involvement

May 23, 2012 / 5:00 am

Many families have the perception that when their elderly parents move into assisted living facilities that all of their parents’ needs will be taken care...

Using electric scooters safely

Using electric scooters safely

May 9, 2012 / 5:00 am

Electric scooters are a great mobility aid for seniors. However, seniors must realize that they are ultimately responsible for their own safety when riding...

Understanding BC Health Authorities

Feb 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

Following are sections from the report the Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part2) by the Ombudsperson Kim Carter which was...

BC Seniors: Action Plan

Feb 22, 2012 / 5:00 am

On February 14th, The B.C. Minister of Health, Michael de Jong, announced that B.C. seniors, families and stakeholders are being invited to help shape the...

Representative agreements

Feb 15, 2012 / 5:00 am

It is important for seniors to have their legal documents in place prior to the seniors requiring them. The documents need to be written while they have the...

Family dynamics and elderly parents

Feb 8, 2012 / 5:00 am

What do you do when you have elderly parents who you do not live close by and they are starting to have memory loss and confusion? In addition, you do not get...

Supervised housing needed

Jan 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recently, I was asked to comment on the housing situation for seniors. My reply was not about supportive housing or low-income housing but on the group of...

Descriptions of medical designations

Jan 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

On a daily basis, seniors have a family doctor who is a called a General Practitioner (GP). This is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats most types of...