Integracare Guide to Aging in Place: What is Aging in Place?

Where do you see yourself in the future? If you’re like most Canadians today, you picture living out your golden years at home. Some 91% of Canadians of all ages told the National Institute of Ageing (NIA) they want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. For those Canadians who are currently 65 and over, this number jumps to nearly 100%. Switching gears from the national to provincial scene, Seniors in Ontario have similar opinions. In a survey conducted on behalf of Home Care Ontario, 91% of Ontario Seniors revealed they want to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. In other words, virtually all Canadians expect to age in place instead of living in a retirement community or nursing home. The question then becomes, how many Canadians will achieve this goal? Here at Integracare, we believe  in-home health care services [...]

How Seniors Can Stay Active During COVID

Staying active throughout COVID-19 has been hard for everyone, even now as we enter a new stage of the pandemic. As the government lifts many public health restrictions here in Ontario, it’s now up to individuals to evaluate their risks and act accordingly. Older adults face higher risks of contracting COVID than those below the age of 50, so it may be a while before you feel comfortable returning to life as you knew it in 2019. Until then, you’ll likely continue restricting your social activities to protect yourself. Here at Integracare, a top provider of Toronto and Mississauga home care, we support our Clients using their good judgement to protect their health during the ongoing pandemic. Our dedicated team of Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), and Personal Support Workers (PSWs) will continue to provide safe home care services in Toronto and Mississauga that reflect Seniors’ unique risks [...]

5 Important Questions to Ask a Home Healthcare Provider

The decision to start looking for a home healthcare provider for yourself or a loved one is not easy. It can be a confusing, scary, and upsetting to accept that additional help is needed. But, with the right home healthcare provider, you can have the peace of mind that you or your loved one are receiving the best care possible and are in the hands of someone who can help them age joyfully. If you are looking for a home healthcare company for yourself or for a loved one, it is important to be aware of all the options that are available to you. Choosing a provider is a big decision that will require a lot of time and research. If this is the first time that you have had to go through this process, you may be unsure of what you should be looking for and what questions to [...]

7 Common Misconceptions About Home Healthcare Debunked

As we age, it’s common to require some additional assistance. Care can look different for every individual, but either way, you will want the best care possible for you or your loved ones. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know what the choice is for your situation. The vast majority of people prefer ageing at home, surrounded by their loved ones. That’s why home healthcare is a fantastic option to consider. For over 30 years, Integracare has provided compassionate, award-winning Senior home care in Mississauga, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Our dedicated team of Nurses (RNs and RPNs) and Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are dedicated to providing the highest quality, and most compassionate home care that allows our Clients to age at home comfortably for as long as possible. Like Dorothy once said, we believe there’s no place like home! It’s where you’re [...]

Common Questions About Mobile COVID Testing

It has almost been two whole years since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, the world has changed significantly, and it’s become difficult to remember a time when wearing a mask, sanitizing constantly, and going in and out of lockdowns wasn’t the norm. While we all can’t wish enough for the pandemic to end, the reality is that it is still a considerable global health concern. We need to continue to take necessary precautions to protect the safety of ourselves and our communities. Going into 2022, the pandemic looks very different than it did even just a few months ago. Thankfully, vaccine rollout over the past several months has significantly minimized the severity of COVID in infected individuals, which has decreased the number of patients in the ICUs and the amount of people who are passing away due to the virus. As [...]

The Mental Health Benefits of Home Health Care

Research has shown that, if given a choice, the vast majority of Seniors would prefer to stay living at home for as long as possible as they age. This, of course, makes sense— who would choose to leave the comfort of their own home to move to an assisted living facility if they didn’t absolutely need to? However, as we age, different health concerns can start to develop that can make it more challenging to live at home without any additional help. But depending on the health concerns at play and the individual's living situation, the first choice when health starts to decline doesn't have to be moving into an assisted living facility. Whether you or your loved one are dealing with a life-limiting illness or are starting to find it difficult to live entirely independently due to age, it can feel really scary and upsetting to notice a decline [...]