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Helping to choose senior living options for your loved one or for yourself

May 9, 2011

Long-term, short-term, home care, assisted living, retirement communities, with so many choices it is best to involve everyone in the decision making process.  Many things must be taken into consideration, the needs and wants of the elderly person as well as the costs, determining both short and long term plans. If you are making a decision to change your own living situation, then it is good to research your options and discuss with your family.

Types of housing options available:

If deciding to stay in the familiar surroundings at home, there are numerous options to provide part-time in-home care and assistance. Everything from nursing assistance, transportation, housekeeping services and companionship are available in the home.  Discuss the option of family members possibly providing some of these needs instead of or in combination with an outside company, this will assist financially with a long term plans.

Independent living facilities have a variety of social activities, services and available options which can vary from site to site. Outside caregiving companies can be obtained for extra assistance as well.

Assisted living provides an option to seniors who do not require medical or nursing home assistance with on site benefits such as housekeeping, meals, laundry and various other personal support services

Nursing homes are available for those needing continual medical and living needs, these facilities would have full time attendants to provide continual medical attention.

If you have siblings or other family members, get them involved in the conversation with your elder family member(s).  

  • Ask what they want, do they feel confident living at home alone? 
  • Are they active in the community?  Would they benefit from more social activities?
  • What type of assistance do they require, i.e. cleaning, transportation?  Take note of their current living conditions to help determine whether or not they may need more assistance. Check for items such as cleanliness/maintenance of the home, are there fresh groceries stocked in the kitchen, do they seem to be eating properly, are there unpaid bills or forgotten mail lying about?
  • Do they still drive? How long will this be possible for them to continue? What options are there once they can no longer drive themselves?
  • Do they have medical needs? Part-time or full-time?

Once you have decided on the type of care, it will be time to check out the local senior residences and services available in your area, see what options are available.  Call local homes and retirement communities and make an appointment to view their facilities, find out more about their options and match one to your needs and finances.

To find companies who can assist you in your decision making for residences, real estate and moving assistance and in home care options go to

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Walk to Remember June 18, 2011

May 3, 2011


Bereaved Families of Ontario Halton-Peel would like you to attend our 14th Annual Walk to Remember & Second Annual Butterfly Release on June 18th, 2011.

According to an American Indian Legend, if anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a but-terfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful but-terfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish and by giving the but-terfly its freedom the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.

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Welcome to Collaborative Minds!

May 3, 2011
Collaborative Minds
59536 – 321 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga, ON L5H 1G9
Contact: Andriana Mantas
Phone: 416-803-5321

People encounter moments in their lives that can be challenging due to a loss of a loved one. Each and every one of us has our own experience with a person passing away.  For some of us it surrounds the ‘finality’ or ‘permanent’ factor while for others it can be mystifying especially with the constant reminders of the people we love so dearly – we miss.  Counselling can assist with providing as many unique perspectives as there are unique individual situations.  Andriana and her years of training, experience and undersatanding ways can assist you through this difficult transition.

Upcoming Event – Disenfranchised Grief in the 21st Century

April 29, 2011

An upcoming educational seminar being offered by Ward Funeral Home.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, PhD  – Disenfranchised Grief in the 21st Century:  New Problems, New Strategies

This presentation describes disenfranchised grief as grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned. The presentation explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement. The seminar emphasizes the cultural factors that can disenfranchise grief. A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.

Wednesday May 25th, 2011

Mississauga Convention Centre,

75 Derry Road West (at Hurontario), Mississauga, Ontario

Registration and Refreshments from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
Lecture from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(Attendance is limited to 200 people. Please R.S.V.P. to one of the Ward Funeral Home locations)

Brampton (905) 451-2124  Oakville (905) 844-3221

Woodbridge (905) 851-9100  Weston (416) 241-4618

Welcome Mortgage Architects!

April 21, 2011

Mortgage Architects

Contact: John Cavan
Phone: 905-878-7213

We welcome Mortgage Architects of Milton, Ontario as a directory lister on  John Cavan designs the mortgage around you and delivers it stress free.

Welcome Giulia Delannoy of Royal LePage!

April 15, 2011

Royal Lepage Real Estate Services Inc
3031 Bloor ST. W.
Toronto, Ontario, ON M8X 1C4

Contact: Giulia Delannoy
Phone: 416-236-1871
Fax: 416-239-5493

We welcome Giulia and her many years of specialized experience with the 50+ age group. Assisting and guiding with gentle ways through to a new phase of their life, her 18 years of real estate experience and many years of volunteering give her that extra edge.