How to help your senior loved one live independently

Having senior relatives that live alone can be a worry. You may feel concerned they are not getting the help they need and that life is difficult for them trying to live independently. It can be challenging to balance helping your loved one without interfering and taking over. So, if your senior relative seems keen to maintain their independence but reluctant to ask for help, there are several ways you can make life easier for them without interfering. Here are a few ideas to help you make life easier for your loved one without taking over:


Take a Gentle Approach


When it comes to helping loved ones, it is crucial to ensure you don’t assume they need help with everything. One mistake that many people make is making decisions on behalf of their loved ones without listening to their needs. Rather than rushing in and deciding they need help, it is better to take your cue from them. Taking charge and ignoring the opinions of your loved one can have a detrimental impact on your relationship, and the time you spend together will suffer as a result. Making the time to sit down and listen to how they feel about their current living arrangements and which parts of their life require extra support is an excellent place to start. Once you have established their needs, you can provide the support they need while respecting their independence and opinions. 


Research Help at Home


If your senior loved one wants to live independently, you may find they need a little extra support. Taking care of them yourself can be a challenge when you have a job and other responsibilities. You may also find your relative does not want you to help them in case it changes your relationship. An excellent way to get your relative the help they need is to arrange to have In-Home Senior Care. Looking for a home care provider will ensure your loved one is relieved of the worry of carrying out household chores and other tasks around the home. Instead of using their time and energy to complete these tasks, they will have greater freedom to enjoy quality time without worry.


Make Home Improvements


Making it as easy for your relative to live independently is the ideal way to respect their wishes. Discussing which areas of their home they find problematic will enable you to arrange alterations to take place to make their life simpler. Adding handrails to areas of the house with steps and looking into the possibility of an accessible bathtub and shower are just a few options to consider.


Stay in Touch


Maintaining consistent communication with your loved one is essential to ensure they are comfortable with their living arrangements. Staying in touch will help you detect any problems and ensure they are resolved quickly. It will be so much easier for your senior relative to continue living independently, knowing they have your support and you are there for them should they need you.

4 Simple Ways to Level Up Your Looks

For some people, looking good is near the top of their list of priorities, while others might differ in opinion. Either way, it will probably appear somewhere. The good news is that, even if you’re far too busy to spend much time on your appearance, there are some simple ways to level up your looks.

1, Your Smile

Often, someone’s smile is one of the first things that you notice about them. Keeping your teeth generally clean and healthy can do wonders, not only for your health but for your appearance as well. Brushing and flossing can take care of the general maintenance, but be sure to get regular checkups with your dentist. As well as making sure that your teeth are healthy, you could also fix some dental problems that can affect your smile. These can include stained teeth, missing teeth, or other common issues. There are several treatments recommended by this cosmetic dentist.

2. Your Skin

Good skin can have a huge impact on your looks, but it’s also important for your general health. Dry skin isn’t just uncomfortable, but it can invite infections through cracks and damage that forms over time. 

One of the best ways to make sure that your skin is healthy and smooth is to keep a regular skin routine. This doesn’t have to be hugely involved, but it does need to be done at least once or twice a day. A regular morning and bedtime skincare routine will keep your skin looking its best.

3. Your Health

In case it’s not clear by now, general good health can do wonders for how you look. More importantly, you’ll feel better as well. If you consider the aforementioned importance of good skincare, there’s another step that will do wonders for your skin. Drink plenty of water, it’s as simple as that. 

A lot of people are perpetually slightly dehydrated. This causes headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms that are usually attributed to just feeling a bit “off”. Rather than only drinking when you’re thirsty, aim to drink at least eight glasses of liquid each day. Also, if you do have an unexplained headache, drink some water and see if it helps.

As well as poor hydration, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are bad for both your health and your appearance. No, you don’t need to turn into a health fanatic. But, if you try to get at least half an hour of exercise a day and swap out some of your food for something healthier, you’ll notice a difference.

4. Your Clothes

Finally, your clothes can make or break your look. Even if you don’t want to make much effort every day, some tips can work with every style. One simple thing is to have well-fitting clothes. True, not all of us can afford fitted clothes for every occasion, but if there’s one special event that you’re dressing up for, perhaps you can get something fitted for you. 

Most people have their own style, whether it’s technically “on trend” or not. Whatever you like, find clothes that you like and that you’re comfortable with.

4 Things you can do to remember a loved one

Losing someone close to you is never easy, and it can take some time to come to terms and accept how things are. I still remember losing my grandfather. We were so close, in fact or nickname for each other was “my favourite.” I remember my last moments with him, the last memories. Everything still seems so vivid even though it was over 10 years ago. It is only natural to hold onto that feeling of closeness even after they have passed, and there are things that many people do to help them remember their relationships. Everyone has their own way of holding onto people, and it’s about finding what feels right for you – and what brings you happiness in such a time. Losing someone can be so overwhelming, but you may find doing things to help you maintain the feeling of closeness can help you cope with it.

Carry something to remember them by

When someone close to you is no longer around, it can be hard to maintain how they made you feel – however, you can still keep a piece of them close to you. Carrying something to remember them by, something that was theirs or something that reminds you of them can help make you feel better. It can be big or small. In many cases, this will likely be a piece of jewelry, or something small. Whatever it takes to make you feel closer to them!


Pay them a visit

For a lot of people, it can help significantly to go and visit the ones they have lost. Paying a visit to where they were buried just to say a few words, leave an item of your choosing, or even just spend some time to remember them can be a great way to let you relive your memories with them. While you might not be ready for it right away, it can help to close that distance emotionally and maybe what you need to feel a little less overwhelmed. If you visit often, you might even be curious about lights for cemetery graves. It’s common practice to leave items at a grave of a loved one, and this is just something extra.


Pick a day to remember them

Losing someone close to you is never going to be easy to handle, but you might find it necessary to honor them in your own way. One way people do this is by dedicating a day of the year to them, to do something that reminds them of their loved one. It’s almost like you’re treating it as their birthday, and celebrating it with them. It might not seem like much, but many people do this as a way to help them feel better overall. It’s a nice way to celebrate them as a person and can be shared between you and others who felt the same way about them.


Put together your memories with them

Now would be a good time not only to reminisce over the things you’ve done with them but to put together the proof of the good times you’ve had with them. Any pictures of them, things that you made together, tickets of places you’ve been together. Not only will it help to have it all in one place, but the activity itself can help to remind you of how positively you felt about them.

How to create a healthier home

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I know this might be pretty obvious, but everyone wants to feel healthy and at their best right? I know during this pandemic feeling our best doesn’t come as easy. It has been mentally and emotionally draining on all of us but you are probably still trying to do what you can to wake up feeling good. Some steps you might be taking is easting right, exercising regularly, and making sure you  get enough sleep. Each of these is vital, but there may be one influence on your health you overlook, and that is your home. Your home plays a significant role in your wellbeing and impacts everything from your mood to your physical health. Creating a healthy home is an investment in your wellbeing and can enhance every area of your life. If you want to create a healthier home, here are some things you can do: 

Improve Air Quality

You may not have thought about your home’s air quality, but if indoor air quality is poor, it can cause various problems. Low indoor air quality can cause allergy symptoms and exacerbate conditions such as asthma. A reduction in indoor air quality can occur if your home has inadequate ventilation or if your air conditioning is not functioning correctly. If you spot an issue with your air conditioning unit, it is wise to call an emergency ac repair service to get the problem solved and ensure your air conditioning is working efficiently once again.

Keeping up with maintaining your HVAC system is the best way to keep it working efficiently for longer. 

Another important way to keep your home healthier is to install a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide can pollute your home without you even knowing as it is an odourless gas. The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are potentially severe, so it is vital to reduce your exposure.


Reduce Excess Moisture

Having excess moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew forming. Mold and mildew not only look pretty gross, but they also are not great for your health. Depending on your sensitivity to mold spores, they can cause you to have allergy-like symptoms including a runny nose, itchy eyes, and headaches. 

Mold can appear in many forms in the home and could look like patches of black dots on your wall or other surfaces, or even have a ‘furry’ appearance. If you notice mold in your home, you may want to get it removed to prevent it from spreading and get your home looking great again.

To prevent mold from forming in your home, it is essential to keep your moisture levels low. The most crucial step in reducing moisture in your home is to prevent condensation. Condensation often occurs in the bathroom and kitchen. Activities such as taking your daily shower and cooking can create large amounts of condensation, leading to mold developing. Improving ventilation in your home while you are showering or cooking is the best way to keep moisture at bay. The simplest solution is to open the window before you shower or start cooking, as this will prevent condensation. If you hang wet laundry around your home, this can also increase moisture levels. If possible, it is best to let your laundry dry outdoors rather than inside, where it can create condensation.

Here is to a healthier and happier home my friends,



What you can do about work related health issues

I have shared quite a bit on my social media channels how much I love my job and how lucky I am to be part of a team I care about doing work that  I am passionate about. One’s job should have a positive impact on one’s life, but let’s be honest, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. And sometimes, when we don’t take the time to check in, the work life balance can tip a little too far one way and impact your health. It might not be a physical impact, but more so a mental one that you might not even know is effecting you until it is a little too late. So I wanted to share with you some ways that you can make sure your work doesn’t impact your overall health.

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Start Moving More 

It’s easy to forget, especially since many of us have had to pivot to working from home and may be at a computer for longer hours than usual, but humans were really not supposed to sit down as much as we currently do. While it can be comfortable to sit, comfort in itself is probably overrated! Here is the thing, many of us are now going from our bed to our office chair to the couch in the evening and then right back to bed, and that is too much sitting! Research suggests that this might have severe long-term health consequences. The solution? Move more. You can take regular walks throughout the day, get a standing desk, or even cycle or run to work. I also wear an apple watch to remind me to get up for at least a minute each hour. 

Better Work Set Up

As well as sitting, humans were also not really designed for typing all day long. We get used to it, but it can have a harmful impact on certain aspects of our bodies, most notably our wrists and hands. Mine is doubled because of a previous life as a tennis player. If you’re feeling pain in this part of your body, then visit a hand surgeon. I recently booked an appointment and found out that I have a cyst in my wrist. Other common concerns could be carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a common consequence of typing in an incorrect position. Beyond that, it’s about reviewing your work setup. There are ergonomic keyboards and mouse setups that are easier on the wrists. 

Work/Life Balance

It’s normal to feel a little bit of stress at work. But if you’re feeling overly stressed, then there’ll be a problem. This level of stress can have short- and long-term impacts on your health, not to mention your overall enjoyment of life. If you can’t see how your working life will calm down, then it’s important to take steps to improve your work/life balance. Having a cut-off time for work, doing relaxation activities, and taking time throughout the day to get some headspace will all prevent a build-up of stress. Whenever I think I have a busy or stressful day ahead I try and start my day with meditation to clear my head and get me ready for the tasks ahead. 

Maybe it is time for a career change 

I must say I am so lucky to have a job I love, but trust me before working at the Weather Network I had many jobs I did not love. Sometimes I was working several jobs at once and the stress was just overwhelming. I understand making ends meet, I bought a condo straight out of university and so money and finances is important, but it isn’t everything. Sure making a steady income can take a lot of the stress away. You know that you can pay your bills each month, you can invest in activities that have a positive impact on your overall health, and you can do things that do create a healthy lifestyle like purchasing a gym membership or healthier (and usually more expensive meals). Maybe it is time to ask for that raise that you know you deserve. Or if you don’t think it is the right fit and it isn’t benefiting you both financially and emotionally, than maybe it is time to move on.