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Award – Health and Wellness

Award Winner
Owner of First Class Home Care, Terri-Lynne Rade presented with award from Misssissauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Owner of First Class Home Care, Terri-Lynne Rade presented with award from Misssissauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Congratulations to Terri-Lynne Rade!

We are proud to announce that our President, Terri-Lynne Rade is a recipient of a Forty over 40 Health & Wellness Achievement Award.  Also on behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council she was recognized and congratulated on the occasion of International Women’s Day with a certificate which was presented to her on March 5th, 2017.  This certificate was particularly meaningful as she celebrated with other women who are passionate about what they do and who have demonstrated tremendous leadership while inspiring others through sharing their vision in the community.

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Caregiving for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease




Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurological disease that affects cognition and movements.  Some symptoms include balance problems, stiffness causing muscle aches, tremor, and loss of agility.  As the disease progresses, seniors with Parkinson’s may also experience swallowing challenges, speech issues restlessness or difficulty writing.

No one is really prepared to be a caregiver when someone close to you has Parkinson’s disease.  It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with new responsibilities but offering physical and emotional support will better equip you to cope with daily obstacles.

Here is some guidance on how you can help your loved one:

  • Managing medication is an important part of controlling Parkinson symptoms. We recommend keeping a record of medication and any side effects including abnormal movements, nausea, or hallucinations.  Share your observations with the doctor.
  • Be sure to educate yourself about symptoms, treatments, and the progression of the disease. Understanding behaviour can prepare you how to best help when the changes occur.
  • Exercise is an essential therapy for seniors with Parkinson’s as it helps with building and maintaining connections in the brain. It can also help with reducing fatigue and improving mental function.
  • Offering love and support is essential and can be a rewarding aspect of caregiving. Research shows that caregivers with genuine quality relationships have reduced depression and better physical health.

Caregivers must take care of themselves too.  Talk openly with a friend, family member or support group and understand that you are not alone.  Remember to take care of yourself, even when the physical demands of caring for a love one increases.  Exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are ways you can stay in control of your own wellness needs.

Please join us in raising awareness of this terrible disease. If there is a concern that you or a loved one may have any of the symptoms of early Parkinson’s, contact us. You are not alone. The experienced team at First Class Home Care can help guide you through this difficult time and answer all of your questions.


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Tips for Making Valentine’s day Special for your Elderly Loved One



This Valentine’s Day, show your elderly loved ones some extra love and appreciation.  A little extra effort  can make a big difference.

  • Share a special breakfast or lunch together.
  • Involve kids – seniors love homemade valentine’s day cards, cookies and crafts.
  • Frame an old photo of you with the senior and include a card how much they mean to you.
  • Play cards or board games with them.
  • Take them out for coffee, a movie or another place they would be interested in visiting.
  • Invite an old friend or loved one for a special afternoon tea party.

Most of all, be present.  Let them know you are thinking about them and you care.  You will both cherish your time together.

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Give Your Heart Some Love


Keep My Love Alive

Canadians are aware that heart disease is a major health threat that rises as one gets older.  To help curb the incidence of heart disease, the month of February is dedicated to “Heart Month” – a time to focus on taking care of your heart and the things you can do for your health.  Having a strong and healthy heart will ensure you can make the most of your life and allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones.

First Class Home Care would like to challenge our readers including seniors, to learn more about heart disease and its risk factors.  “We want to join in the mission to promote healthier families and communities”, said Paul Rade, Director of Operations.

Do you suspect something could be wrong with your heart?  Watch out for these signs & symptoms.  See your doctor if you are concerned about them:

  • Dizziness or feeling light-headed
  • Shortness of breath or chest discomfort
  • Extreme fatigue or weakness
  • Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats in your chest)
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
  • Your feet swell
  • You get migraines
  • Anxiety, sweating and nausea attack you all at once

The good news is that making changes can control risk factors.  Heart health is important for everyone, seniors, and caregivers alike.  Whether you are taking care of someone who has heart challenges or simply wanting to improve your heart health, here are some tips to keep in mind this month.

Eat Right

Making small dietary changes will promote heart healthy eating.  For example, using spices to season food instead of salt may lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.  Focus on fruits and vegetables which contain essential vitamins.  Seniors can prevent and control many heart disease risk factors by engaging in a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Encourage Exercise

Adding 20 minutes of physical activity a day can help control weight and reduce stress.  Exercise can include walking up stairs, parking further in a parking lot or getting involved in exercise programs – all efforts will make seniors feel better and more energized.

Talk to Your Health Care Professional Regularly

If you are having any side effects or concerns about your medication, speak to your health care professional right away.  Getting check-ups on an annual basis and talking to your doctor when you have a concern is essential to long-term heart health.  These appointments are great opportunities to check if any new risk factors have arisen.

If these recommendations seem overwhelming, do not worry.  Take it one step at a time and know that there are people that love you who want to support you.  Make healthy choices and learn how to live heart smart.


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Best Practices to Ensure Safe In-Home Care

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In Canada, coordinating and strategizing in-home patient safety is immensely important to senior home care providers. As baby boomers reach their senior years, homecare assistance for themselves or aging parents becomes a reality and an integral component to their future health care needs.

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Helpful Tips – What Your Pharmacist Can Do For You

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When you imagine a pharmacist you may picture an individual behind a tall counter wearing a white coat or a person who simply dispenses your medications. But in Ontario, pharmacists are able to offer you a wide range of services to help with chronic disease management and make your home care easier.

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Strategies for Mid Level Dementia – Supporting Your Loved One

Mid Level Dementia

Imagine a place where expressing yourself becomes even more difficult and you are confused about things in every day life that used to seem simple. Joyce, one of the thousands of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s, found the transition from the early stage of dementia to the mid stage, a stressful time. This increased anxiety for her and her caregivers made dealing with mid level dementia emotional and sometimes scary. But by utilising positive strategies and having home care for seniors it is possible to build a comfortable, safe and less frightening lifestyle for people suffering from this chronic medical condition. When dementia is positively managed, it can help you or your family member continue to live their best life possible. Read more ›

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Alzheimer’s – Raising Awareness and Conquering Your Fears

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Joyce is one of more than 200,000 people in Ontario alone who lives with dementia. Every day she must manage her chronic disease and this has affected not only her life, but also the life of her family. When at long last she received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, she felt relief at finally understanding what was happening.By seeking out the necessary supports available to help with current and future chronic disease management, she could plan for her future. Read more ›

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Care for Seniors: Considerations for a Successful Rehabilitation

Seniors Rehabilitation

Suffering from injuries as a result of a fall, stroke or cardiovascular event can be challenging for seniors. The good news is that with time spent in a senior rehab program and then followed by working with a caring and professional in-home senior care team, you can quickly improve your health, maintain your independence and get back to your normal routine much quicker.

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Prevent Unintentional Injuries: Simple Ways to Fall Proof Your Home

Fall Proof Your Home

Today people are living longer, are more active and enjoy healthy lifestyles. A fall can affect all of these wonderful things by decreasing your mobility and impacting a senior’s overall health. Having well-informed homecare assistance to suggest minor alterations to your home or routine can help lessen this possible impact on your life.

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