It has been a busy and exciting year at the McCormick Care Group. In the fall, we were pleased to welcome new Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi as well as MP Kate Young and MP Peter Fragiskatos who were interested in visiting our facility. Minister Tassi was eager to hear from our residents, families and caregivers on issues of concern to seniors living in long-term care and in the community. We are grateful to Minister Tassi for her interest in learning more about the specific challenges facing seniors, particularly those who are living with a dementia diagnosis, and the ways we can enhance their quality of life.Read more
The Importance of Collaborative Relationships
I was recently reflecting on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang and the amount of work involved in making the Winter Games happen every four years. It brought to mind the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” To achieve a positive outcome, it really is all about collaboration.
Honing Your Caregiving Skills
“This course is perfect for what we are going through.”
“You’ve made a huge, positive difference in my life.”
“I’ve learned so much…I’m feeling better now that I’ve learned some new techniques.”
These are just some of the comments on a new program at McCormick Dementia Services that is helping caregivers learn practical, hands-on ways to care for someone with dementia.
Is It the Disease or Something Else?
When behavioural changes occur in a person with dementia, you may think to yourself, “That must be the disease.” While sometimes that may be the case, on occasion there may be an underlying medical reason for behavioural changes.
There is no doubt that making the decision to live in long-term care can be stressful. It’s not uncommon to hear from families who need help – help with how to tell someone that they are moving into long-term care.
This story is about Joseph, a new resident to McCormick Home. Joseph didn’t expect to be living in long-term care, and his daughter, Anne, didn’t know how to tell him that he needed to leave the home he knew and lived in for so many years.