Understanding The Importance Of Home Health Care

Hi there, I am Mona Polluza. I am here to talk about my experience with home healthcare. When I was pregnant with my second child, I suffered from severe fatigue and nausea that persisted after the first trimester. Sometimes, the symptoms were so bad that I couldn't leave my bed. My doctor ordered a home health care nurse to come help me on my worst days. The home health care aide helped me move around, eat meals and stay hydrated. The nurse even set up an IV to provide hydrating fluids during a particularly horrible bout of vomiting. I hope that my site will help others understand the value of these heath aides. I will also discuss all of the health conditions that warrant a home visit. Thank you.

Three Types of Retirement Residences and How to Select the Right One for Your Parents


Having elderly parents often means making some hard choices for their welfare. You want as much continued independence and freedom for them as possible, but you also want to be sure their health and hygiene needs are met. There are three types of retirement residences in Canada, and here is how you can select the correct one for your parents.

Multiplex Independent Living

In this living arrangement, dozens of apartments exist within one building and absolutely no assistance is provided. More often than not, there are on-site facilities to exercise, a beauty salon and/or barbershop, a community living room with a massive TV, a clubhouse, and other amenities. The benefit to this particular arrangement for your parents is that they are living in the same building as their same-aged peers, and if something happens to your parents, the neighbors will notice and contact the property management group to perform a welfare check.

Independent Bungalows

This type of residence operates like a community of homes with some very minor assisted living features. Each of your parents can have a separate little bungalow that is similar in size and rooms to a small cabin. You may also request a slightly larger bungalow if your parents want to live under the same roof. Your parents may receive some assistance with food preparation or with housework, but the rest of their personal cares are usually left up to them to manage.

Full Assisted-Living Facilities

Sometimes referred to as nursing homes or nursing care facilities, these apartments or homes are composed of private and semi-private rooms with an attached bathroom. Your parents could share a room or get separate rooms, but often separate rooms means they will still be sharing a space with a roommate unless they pay extra for a private room. All of your parents' health and hygiene cares are managed by nursing staff, from the administration of medication to showers, dressing, and meal times.

Choosing a Facility for Your Parents

If you have one parent with intermediate to advanced dementia, he or she will require a fully assisted-living facility. Parents with little to no dementia present and who are able to move easily enough around their living space can live quite comfortably in an independent apartment in a multiplex retirement residence. If one or both of your parents just needs a little help with cooking or cleaning, then an independent bungalow with some minor assistance will be ideal for them. Every facility usually administers a survey to clients that measures their level of independence, and that will help you figure out just how much and of what kind of assistance your parents need and what type of retirement residence is right for them.


3 September 2015