Contributor : Amy Friesen

The Benefits of Respite Care During the Holiday Season

The holidays can mean different things to different people. For many, the holidays are a time where eggnog flows freely and folks come to visit from near and far. Everyone is merry and goes home, with full bellies and with visions of sugar plum fairies.

For many others, it might mean juggling the special needs of a family member that you’re the primary caregiver for. This can present its fair set of challenges.

Stir Crazy? Explore the World Through Virtual Travel

Although international travel remains pretty much off the table for the foreseeable future, you can still visit some fascinating destinations across the world. Think virtual travel.

The First 14 Days After Moving into a Retirement Home

During the pandemic, the Ontario government requires that all seniors moving into a retirement residence self-isolate for 14 days.

My Family Member With Dementia Got Lost. Will It Happen Again?

Someone in your family has dementia. They recently wandered away from home and no one could find them. At the time, you panicked, but fortunately everything turned out all right. But you wonder: Will it might happen again? And if it does, will things turn out as well?

How to Support a Senior After a Move to a Retirement Home

Moving to a retirement home is a major life transition. Leaving behind a home that you’ve lived in for years, possibly decades, comes with a sense of loss. Loss of a home full of family memories. Loss of autonomy.

Why Retirement Communities are Still a Safe Choice

Blog provided by: Seasons Retirement


In this weeks blog we hear from Seasons, who operate retirement communities in the Toronto and surrounding area as well as Alberta. Although there are specific references to what is happening in their homes, the scenario is very similar in the many retirement homes across Ottawa. All and all everyone is trying to keep their residents, families and staff as safe as possible. Have a read.

Retirement Community Options in the Ottawa Area

There are a lot of different types of retirement homes in the Ottawa area. They cater to a range of seniors, from those who want to downsize but have no intention of slowing down to those looking for support with things like meals, medications, and personal care.

How to Explain Dementia to Children

Children have a strong understanding of the world around them. However, when it comes to explaining an illness like dementia, it may be difficult for your child to understand what it means for both their loved one and for themselves. 

Can I Tour a Retirement Home During COVID-19?

As we approach Fall 2020 in Ontario, the pandemic is now in its sixth month. You’re considering a move to a retirement home, but you’ve yet to tour any of the homes on your short list. And you wonder, how do tours even work nowadays with physical distancing restrictions?

Are Retirement Homes Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Are you grateful your aging parent didn’t move to a retirement home before the pandemic hit? You’re not alone. 

Now that the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario has passed, you still may be not be convinced that it’s safe for them to make such a move.

Next Steps: After Your Loved One Moves Into a Retirement Home

We understand that it can be a difficult process to have our loved ones move into retirement homes. However, retirement homes offer a wide range of benefits for seniors — including social and communal opportunities, safety and security, additional assistance on-hand and more.

Self Care For Caregivers: Tips For Burnout

Providing care for a loved one is an admirable and rewarding vocation that strengthens bonds between family members and friends. Offering this necessary care, however, can take its toll on the caregiver as time passes. As a result, people can find that they start to suffer from caregiver burnout.

Long-Term Care Crisis

As an add-on to the CTV National News interview. Here are my thoughts on the long-term care crisis currently happening with Covid - 19.

Mental Health & Covid-19

Many families thought they could “get through this” much like I did with my two year old. But as days turn into weeks the toll it is taking on everyone's mental health is beginning to compound. 

Feeling Anxious? Try Nesting!

As the old expression goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s only natural that we intuitively want our personal space to resonate with us and provide a sense of calm, comfort, and belonging. Our need for comfort is intensified when the outside world is full of change and uncertainty.

Strategy Session: Retirement Home vs Nursing Home

This is the number one question I am asked as a retirement living expert. Some people may not realize that “retirement homes” and “nursing homes” are two separate entities, each with their own processes and costs.

Word of Mouth: Timely Advice for Seniors’ Oral Care

April is recognized each year as National Oral Health Month. And here’s some good news.

Strategy Session: A Loved One with Dementia

Beyond what the situation is today, have you thought – honestly, now – about what things might look like in, say, three years from now? Two years? Or even next year?

Kidney Health

While we hear a lot about the importance of having a healthy brain, heart and lungs, kidneys aren’t always top of mind. But given what they do for our bodies, they probably should be.

Seniors and Covid-19: How All of Us Can Help

Tea & Toast is now offering a first of its kind service to seniors and families who would like to tour, or need to tour retirement homes, but are unable to visit in person.