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The Story of Shelia

We had the privilege of assisting Sheila when she moved into her retirement residence in Burlington. We sent her off to get her hair done while we moved her items into her suite. We hung her clothes, set up her bathroom and kitchen and made her bed. When she came in, we had fresh flowers and her favourite music playing. She was so happy! She said that we had "changed her story of her move into the retirement home". It was the greatest compliment we could have received.





A Visit to Appleby Place Retirement Residences! 


Sunrise of Oakville 

Sunrise of Oakville      www.sunriseseniorliving.com

Local heroes are taking care of our seniors at Sunrise of Oakville.  Pat and I have had the honour and privilege or moving a resident into Sunrise of Oakville so we know, firsthand, how amazing the staff there are!  During this pandemic, they are working overtime and harder than ever to keep their residents happy and healthy!  "Beach day", complete with cocktail service was a big hit!  Thank you to all of you for working so hard.  We appreciate you and are grateful for you every day! 

LaSalle Park Retirement Residence

Checking In With LaSalle Park Retirement Community.    

        GOOD NEWS! They are taking very good care of our residents.

Keeping Spirits High At LaSalle Park Retirement Community

by Jelena Milivojevic-Balogh

In the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, our reality has changed drastically over the last month. We have been following all the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) and the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy. Some of these guidelines include:

• restricted visitors and active screening of any essential visitors including temperature taking • cancelled activities and closed common areas including the theatre, gym, swimming pool • room service for all meals • twice-daily monitoring and temperature taking of all residents and staff • restriction for LaSalle employees to work at any other healthcare facility • 14-day isolation for any residents returning from hospital • enhanced cleaning especially high-touch surfaces.

Though the routines are different these days, the same commitment to support our residents and make their daily lives as enjoyable as possible remains. One-on-one engagement and activities continue in addition to special weekly activities. Our LaSalle fun cart makes its way around regularly with fresh fruit, coffee, tea and treats, wine Wednesdays, ice cream Thursdays and special themed days such as 1950s and Western. On these theme days, like the 1950s theme for example, the staff dressed up in poodle skirts to deliver root beer floats, 1950s trivia and dinner that night was 1950s diner inspired.

Our staff also delivers themed crossword puzzles, exercises that residents can do safely in their suites and LaSalle isolation Bingo. We have an iPad that is used to coordinate FaceTime calls with residents and their families.

Even during this time of isolation, we find that this situation is bringing people even closer together. We have had incredible support from the community. Recently Domino’s Pizza in Aldershot donated a pizza lunch for all of our staff. Foundation Building Materials in Burlington also generously gifted us with N95 masks so that we can continue to keep our residents and staff safe.

Our residents and their families continue to show their gratitude with letters and emails. We have been so touched by these accolades that we have designated a wall where everything is posted to celebrate our staff and keep reminding them that everything they do makes such a big difference every day.

We continue to be grateful for all of our residents who make it such a pleasure to be at work. We continue to rely on each other and are incredibly appreciative of all the support and love from our community. We truly are in this together and we will get through this together.

Trafalgar Lodge is taking good care of their residents! 

I was talking to Angela Bosco, Sales Consultant, at Trafalgar Lodge to see how they are doing during this pandemic. She was kind enough to send me this video to show us that they are all well and looking forward to the time when they can see their families again! Angela told me it is heartbreaking for the staff to see the residents missing their loved ones but they are keeping them safe for the time this is all over and life goes back to normal.   Check out the pictures and the amazing video below! 

A Move During a Pandemic

Life doesn't stop when the world is living through a pandemic.  As a downsizer, I have to admit I was concerned/nervous/cautious about taking a move into a retirement home during a pandemic.  However, our client was a lovely senior who, due to health issues, could not wait until this pandemic was over to move.  We worked with her grown children through email and phone calls.  We were able to move her into Churchill Place in Oakville with minimal personal contact and NO contact with any residents in the retirement home.  Our movers were professional and all in PPE attire.  We, also, were in PPE attire.  During the move, our client was sequestered away safely while we moved her items into the home.  Then we were able to set up her suite as her apartment had been set up so that, when she came in, it was already home.  Her daughter was very appreciative of the hard and safe work that we had done.  It was a stressful and complicated move but it was worth it to work with (and without) such a lovely family.  Churchill Place in Oakville is a lovely retirement home and they were completely professional and strict with rules and regulations.  

Respite Care Checklist ​

Respite care is, essentially, short-term care meant to provide relief for a primary caregiver. This is also a valuable tool when the caregiver is travelling or planning a vacation. Someone recovering from an illness or surgery may require a short-term stay in a retirement/nursing home. This can be a daunting task for the patient and the caregiver. It is important to have a checklist to refer to during this emotional time. Let downsizing-solutions.ca help you!

Don’t forget to pack:

• Medical history, medication(s) with times to administer and doses

• Name/contact information for doctor(s), OHIP/health insurance information

• Who to contact in case of emergency

• Underwear, warm socks, pajamas, everyday clothes, indoor shoes

• Toothpaste, toothbrush, dentures, deodorant, hairbrush, earplugs, sleeping mask, hand sanitizer, personal hygiene products

• Favourite pillow and/or blanket

• Paper and pen, phone numbers of family and friends

• Books, puzzles, crossword puzzles, knitting, etc.

• Cell phone, laptop and chargers, extension cord

• Pictures of family and friends

Let us know if we can assist you with this transition. Visit our website at downsizing-solutions.ca. or call us at 905-630-2605 and don’t hesitate to call if you need anything. We are here to help.

Rightsizing For You! 

March 15, 2020

Downsizing vs. Rightsizing?

Whether you are a senior who is moving to a smaller home or a first-time homebuyer, it is time to consider a simpler, more minimalistic lifestyle. As Michelle Obama says, “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” lists”. Rightsizing for a senior has different options: moving from a big house to a condo or to a beautiful retirement home where your every need is catered to.

Freedom to Travel!

Without a large house and yard/home maintenance, you can jump on a plane and travel the world. Whether in a condo or a retirement home, there is nothing to worry about at home.

Accidents become more prevalent as we age!

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults aged 65 and older. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls are the leading cause of injuries among Canadians 65 years and over. Between 20% and 30% of community-dwelling Canadian seniors experience one fall each year. Research suggests that falls are the direct cause of 95% of all hip fractures, leading to death in 20% of cases.

Reduce mortgage payments.

Ideally, when selling your home, you will have equity in it to help with your next move. Further, with a smaller home, whether a condo or retirement home, your utility bills will be lower and, of course, the home will be maintenance free!

Steps to Rightsizing

What will you do with all your Treasures?

This is an enormous stress for almost everyone. Clearing/sorting out years, and sometimes decades, of items collected and stored in your home can be a daunting task. That is why you need an expert to help you with this process. You could even make some money by selling items.

Take an environmentally-friendly process to downsizing!

Let a professional search out and disburse unwanted items to local charities. Donating items to local charities is a feel-good action. It is comforting to know that others may be enjoying your items that are no longer useful to you.

How to Prepare your Home for Sale.

Sometimes our parents have lived in their homes for years, maybe decades, without updating and renovating. Let a professional guide you through this process before you home goes up for sale to get the best financial reward.

Finding the Perfect Retirement Home For You!

If a retirement home is your next move, how do you find the perfect retirement home for you? With so many beautiful retirement homes in our area, it can seem to be a daunting task. Let us help you! With years of living in the area and being involved in the community, Clinton and Mary are the ones to ask. We will even take you for lunch at the homes we think would be a perfect fit for you!

We have created a video series to expand on these tips. We thought this would be useful. Clinton and Mary can assist you in every aspect of your next move! Call us for a complimentary consultation.