July/August - Be Aware

The following sites have valuable information on current health issues:

  • Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Healthy Debate
  • Dying With Dignity
  • End-of-Life Planning Canada

Choosing Wisely Canada

The Facts. As much as 30% of healthcare in Canada is unnecessary.

When it comes to your health, more medical tests, treatments and procedures are not always better. In fact, sometimes they’re unnecessary. Find out when you need medical tests, treatments and procedures — and when you don’t.

Talk to your doctor about what you need and what you don’t.
Four questions to ask your doctor:

 1) Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?

2) What are the downsides?

3) Are there simpler, safer options?
4) What happens if I do nothing?
Over 30% of residents in. Long term care are taking anti-psychotic drugs without a diagnosis of psychosis.

Healthy Debate

Canadians want to know more about the health care system that they care about, yet there are currently few places to go for factual, easy-to-understand information about the health care system. Healthy Debate fills this gap by providing comprehensive, unbiased information.
Here's an article worth reading. Why don’t doctors screen more for frailty?

Dying With Dignity 

Drive Change

The Supreme Court has spoken: Canadians facing unbearable suffering have the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. But now, small but noisy special interest groups are working to curtail your rights. We must act. Stand with the 84 per cent of Canadians who support compassion and choice at end of life.

Know Your Rights

You have choices. But all too often, overworked doctors and other healthcare providers don’t have the time to tell you about your full range of choices. Don’t be left in the dark: arm yourself with the right information to get the treatment you want and the peace of mind you need.

Find Support

If you have received a catastrophic diagnosis and want information about your end-of-life choices, a new independent charity called End-of-Life Planning Canada (ELPC) can help.


Support for Those Living with Dementia

Alison Kennedy provides one-on-one cognitive stimulation and emotional support to clients living with dementia. This is her story.
 I was once hired to work with a client in a locked personal care home unit who was sleeping excessively. My first challenge was to get him to wake up! The unit nurse suggested I start reading to him when I visited. I did. A few weeks later another nurse on the unit popped her head in the room, called to my sleeping client who to all appearances was comatose and told him to wake up as I was there. He rolled over opened his eyes and told her that he was listening to a great story, did she mind??  I almost fell off of my chair!
Eventually he was staying awake. One day I gave him a set of letters and had him spell “Thanksgiving” on the table.  I then said we are going to take turns creating original small words out of those letters. You go first and create five words. He did as I wrote them down. Then it was my turn.  We went back and forth for an hour. Do you know that between us we created 102 original words out of those letters! Towards the end he was starting to squirm in his seat. He did not want to lose to a woman!
He came to life and made me marvel at the hidden talents in sleeping bodies in nursing homes. You know something else…he could do math faster than I!

Visit Alison's website Kennedy Cognitive Services, Inc. 

Adaptive Clothing

April Showers and Taxes

Be sure to maximize tax credits and deductions:
  • Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
  • Disability Tax Credit
  • Eligible Medical Expenses

Clothing for Seniors with Disabilities

Many seniors with physical and mental limitations have unique clothing needs. When my mom's dementia became severe she frequently stripped off her clothes. Fortunately, I discovered anti-strip underwear which allowed her to wear her own clothes and also protected her dignity. I recently visited the Adaptive Clothing Store at 1320 Portage Ave. In my experience they have quality adaptive clothing for seniors and are extremely helpful. I invited them to share information with us.

Adaptive Clothing Store in Winnipeg

  Adaptive Clothing is a relatively new term, that’s why you’ve probably never heard of it. So what is it? Adaptive Clothing is medical device that is specifically designed to aid the dressing process for people with limited mobility. Adaptive Clothing simplifies the process of putting on and taking off clothes for both staff and patients, relieves stress and anxiety levels associated with the process as well as shortens the time of the procedures. Due to Adaptive Clothing being a medical device, the purchases are Tax Exempt if a doctor’s prescription is present. The following are the examples of the features unique to Adaptive Clothing.

We can also carry wrap-around skirts and capris, bermuda shorts and many other clothing items for both men and women. These are just a few of the options that can provide a solution for arising challenges that are associated with the dressing.
Another unique feature of Adaptive Clothing that comes usually without mentioning is the material that garments are made out of. Majority of our clients reside in personal care facilities, meaning that their clothing will be washed in the industrial machines using high temperature and harsh detergents. A regular garment will not withstand that and Adaptive Clothing will. Special designs will hold its shape and will not deteriorate and color pallet will remain vibrant longer as well.
There can be a lot more said about adaptive clothing but it is best to see it with your own eyes to understand its benefits and feel the difference for yourself. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about Adaptive Clothing to stop by our store located at 1320 Portage Avenue, where our friendly staff will educate you and help you select the right option for your loved one if necessary. Our Spring Summer 2015 collection is already here, so there is no better time to stop by then now!
Nadia Tuhari 
Adaptive Clothing Store Manager