Nursing and Physical Care

We provide comprehensive services in the area of nursing and physical care. Click on the links below to read the details about each of our services.

Bathing and Dressing

Hygiene is one of the greatest pitfalls for seniors. Falling in the shower or bath in your eighties can change everything. We understand the embarrassment of needing help at a very private time. However, the right caregiver, someone you get to know well, can assist in keeping you safe while being sensitive to your need for privacy.

Lack of mobility, stiff joints and weakness are just some of the problems when getting dressed. Pulling on socks, doing up tiny buttons, zippers etc. can be such a challenge.

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Hairdressing and Skin Care

There is nothing like having your hair done to make a lady feel better! We can arrange to have a hairdresser come to your home or take you to your own familiar salon. Often shampooing in the shower beforehand is easier than trying to tilt your head back in the sink. Many of our caregivers enjoy styling our clients’ hair and are quite talented!

Skin integrity is so important for a senior. Changes in skin lesions, bruising and rashes can all mean some underlying problem. It is important that any new skin issue is reported to your doctor.

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Manicure and Pedicure

Having a manicure is always a psychological boost. Keeping your nails and cuticles filed and smooth reduces the chance of infection. We can arrange to have a certified footcare nurse visit your home at regular intervals to make sure your feet are in good condition. Poor circulation and diabetes are two of several conditions that require extra attention to your feet.

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Feeding and Diet Monitoring

There may be a need for a soft, low-sodium or diabetic diet, or for help with feeding, cueing or prompting for those with dementia. We will monitor changes in appetite or weight. Checking the refrigerator and cupboards for outdated or spoiled food is also part of our role. Most seniors do not drink enough water. Your caregiver will remind and encourage you to increase fluid intake.

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Exercise and Walking Program

We can help with a prescribed exercise program from your physiotherapist or general exercise that incorporates your need for fresh air and physical activity. Strong leg muscles reduce risk of falling and walking daily will increase circulation, maintain bone density and reduce swelling of the lower legs. Changes in mobility or balance will be reported.

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Monitoring of Vital Signs and Medications

Hypertension requires monitoring of blood pressure and diabetics need their blood glucose measured. Temperature, pulse and respirations are all indicators that your caregiver can monitor to help your doctor diagnose your condition.

Keeping track of your medications can be difficult, especially if you are taking several. A caregiver can remind you of the appropriate time and ensure that you receive your refills when needed. Swallowing pills is difficult for some seniors, so pills can be crushed for you or dissolved in a liquid with your pharmacist’s permission. Would a weekly pill container help? We can arrange one with your pharmacy.

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Alzheimer’s and Impaired Memory Cueing

When memory loss, confusion, anxiety or depression affects someone we love, it has a devastating effect on the whole family. While there is often a feeling of helplessness, there are some things that we can do. Gentle reminders, given in a discreet way, allow you to maintain a sense of dignity and independence. With a patient approach and clear, simplistic directions, a person with memory loss is less likely to become frustrated or disheartened. Your caregiver will assist you to be the best that you can be while ensuring your safety, comfort and optimum health.

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Assistance at Medical Appointments

Your caregiver will help you get ready, take you by car or taxi to your doctor or dentist, wait with you and help you to give the doctor the necessary information about medication, symptoms and medical history. Follow–up prescriptions can be filled and the caregiver will report the date of the next appointment or consultation.

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Nighttime Assistance

As we age, having to get up during the night becomes a certainty rather than a possibility. Perhaps you are concerned about falling on your way to the bathroom or have difficulty getting out of bed. Having someone stay with you overnight can alleviate these concerns.

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Incontinence Management

Incontinence management is critical to maintain good skin integrity. Symptoms of urinary tract infection and prolonged constipation are two important issues that your caregiver will monitor. It is important to address these conditions to avoid an unnecessary hospitalization.

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Physiotherapy and Reducing Risk of Falls

Our physiotherapist is available to visit in your home as needed to help you regain strength following an injury, surgery or hospitalization. He / She will evaluate proper body mechanics and the need for a cane, walker, or other devices for safely maneuvering from bed or chair in order to reduce your risk of falls or injury.

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Cardiac and Diabetes Care

If you have a cardiac condition, our caregivers are trained to check your blood pressure and heart rate. Blood sugar monitoring and making sure the appropriate medication is taken at specified intervals is critical to optimum health for diabetics. We have charts so that this monitoring can be recorded over a period of time and may help your doctor in your ongoing treatment.

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Post-Operative Care

After abdominal surgery or hip replacement, recovery is often a painful and lonely time! A private caregiver at the bedside will notice if your IV is about to run dry, call for the nurse for pain medication on time, and support you safely when getting out of bed. Sometimes, just a hand to hold during the night and knowing you are not alone is as healing as your medication.

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At Home Palliative and Cancer Care

Often a person’s last request is to be allowed to die at home. As overwhelming as this may seem, it is often possible with careful planning and a team of our professional caregivers and nurses. There is dignity in spending this private journey at home.

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In-Hospital One–on–One

Being in hospital can be very unsettling for an elderly person. The new environment is strange and many different people are involved in your care. Think of how nice it would be to have a friendly consistent face appear at your bedside to stay with you and help with your personal needs. Your caregiver will relay information about your condition to your family.

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