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Local Health Spotlight

Reliable Home Care is dedicated to serving with compassion, dignity and respect. We strive to provide in-home care services that are custom-tailored to meet diverse needs of various age groups; from assisting individuals with medical ailments to supporting vibrant centenarians. Trusted by hospital OT’s and PT’s for post-hospital care, and relied upon by assisted living and personal care homes for resident support, we prioritize inclusivity and personalized care. Reliable Home Care’s commitment to diversity is reflected in a contemporary approach, ensuring everyone feels valued and supported.

Mother’s Day Floral Delight

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate with intention and support local florists. Beyond the bouquet, gifting from a nearby florist nurtures community ties and sustains local economies. Your choice echoes appreciation for craftsmanship and personal touch, ensuring Mom receives freshest blooms with care and attention to detail. Amidst online convenience, there’s unmatched warmth in the familiarity of a neighborhood florist, where each arrangement is a labor of love. By patronizing these artisans, we not only honor maternal bonds but also cultivate thriving local businesses. This Mother’s Day, let’s bloom together, fostering connections that transcend mere petals. Choose local, celebrate love, and cherish Mom.

Words To Live By

“Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in. When you are in your rocking chair talking to your grandchildren many years from now, be sure you have a good story to tell.” — Amal Clooney

Grass-Fed Beef Benefits

Understanding grass-fed, grass-finished, and grain-fed beef reveals significant advantages. Grass-fed and grass-finished beef offer numerous benefits: 1: Fewer Calories: Switching to grass-fed beef can save calories yearly due to lower fat content. 2: Supports Healthy Blood Sugar: CLA in grass-fed beef aids insulin sensitivity, promoting better blood sugar control. 3: Electrolytes: Grass-fed beef replenishes essential electrolytes, crucial during dietary changes. 4. Healthy Fats: Grass-fed beef offers six times more omega–3 fatty acids than grain-fed, reducing inflammation and improving mental health.

Keep Living Your Best Life

A good retirement residence is not just a convenient place to live, it’s an environment in which you can pursue your passions, thrive and continue living with purpose. It may be daunting to think about moving into a retirement home, but have you considered how your life might improve by making this change? Meet a new network of friends, build new relationships, and take part in activities you once enjoyed, or commit to learning something new! Leave the worrying behind when it comes to home maintenance, meal preparation and your own safety – and have us do it for you!

Clean Ducts, Healthy Homes

Regular duct cleaning offers several key benefits. Firstly, it diminishes dirt and debris buildup, reducing the need for constant cleaning and preventing potential pest infestations. Secondly, it lowers the levels of toxins like mold, mildew, and bacteria, ensuring a healthier living environment. For individuals with allergies or asthma, clean ducts can alleviate symptoms by minimizing allergen circulation. Additionally, maintaining ducts prolongs the life of your HVAC system, saving on potential replacements and reducing monthly electricity costs by optimizing system efficiency. Routine cleaning also lowers the risk of fire hazards associated with debris accumulation in ducts.

April is Oral Health Month

Oral health is important for everyone, including denture wearers. Gum disease, dental decay, and tooth loss are some of the main problems that denture wearers experience, so it is important to take good care of your gums, any remaining natural teeth, and to keep your partial or complete denture(s) clean and properly fitted! If gums, natural teeth, partials, and complete dentures are not cleaned properly, you are likely to experience a build-up of plaque, leading to bad breath, cavities, gum disease and further tooth loss. Denturists play an integral role in the maintenance of your oral health. Be sure to book an appointment today.

Social Media Impacts Mental Health

Over the last twenty years, social media platforms have transformed the way we talk, share things, and connect with others. Even though they’ve brought many good things, their impact on mental health has become a bigger worry. As millions of people use these platforms every day, experts, psychologists, and the public are paying more attention to how social media affects how we feel.
Social media is attractive because it helps us connect with people around the world and lets us feel like we belong and share ideas. However, always trying to get likes, shares, and followers can sometimes make our mental health worse. Wanting approval like it’s a game can lead to comparing ourselves to others, where we decide our value based on online likes. This can make us feel like we’re not good enough and cause anxiety, sadness, and make us feel bad about ourselves.
Also, seeing pictures of what seems like perfect bodies and lives all the time can make us feel worse about how we look. Studies have shown that using social media a lot can make us unhappy with our bodies, especially if we’re young. When we see fake images of beauty and success, it can make us think we’re not good enough, which can lead to problems like eating disorders and other mental health issues.
Social media can also make us stick with people who think the same as us. While this can help us feel like we fit in, it can also keep us away from different opinions. This might make us believe really strong ideas, become more divided, and get really mad when we disagree with others. These bad online spaces can stress us out and hurt our mental health, as we keep arguing and seeing negativity all the time.
Cyberbullying is another big problem from using the internet. This can really hurt young people’s mental health. Because we don’t have to say who we are online, some people are meaner online than they would be in person. People who are bullied online can feel really anxious, sad, and alone. Since online stuff is always there, they can’t escape from the bullying, which makes it even worse.
But remember, social media isn’t all bad for mental health. These platforms can give us useful information, support, and a way to connect, especially if we can’t see others in person. We can share our own stories, problems, and ways we cope, which can make it easier to talk about mental health and not feel embarrassed.
Because of these problems, social media sites are trying to make things better. For example, Instagram is doing things like hiding how many likes a post gets and stopping hurtful comments. They’re trying to make people feel less pressure and more safe online. There are also ways for users to report bad content and protect themselves from things that might make them feel bad.
People can also do things to keep social media from making them feel bad. They can set limits on how much they use it, take breaks, and choose to see good and different things online. It’s important to remember that talking online should be in addition to real-life conversations, not instead of them.
In the end, how social media affects mental health is complicated and still changing. While these platforms let us connect and talk like never before, they can also make us feel bad in many ways. To enjoy the good parts of social media and keep our mental health safe, we need to find the right balance between using it and taking care of ourselves. As technology keeps changing how we talk, it’s super important to think about how it affects how we feel.

Feeling Dizzy?

Dizziness and vertigo are often related but distinct sensations. Dizziness encompasses feelings of light-headedness and imbalance while vertigo involves a false sensation of movement, typically spinning or tilting. Various causes include inner ear disorders, vestibular migraines, Meniere’s disease, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Treatment depends on the underlying cause. For BPPV, specific head maneuvers like the Epley maneuver can reposition displaced inner ear crystals. Medications, vestibular rehabilitation therapy, dietary changes, or surgery may be recommended based on diagnosis. LifeSmart Medical Osborne is happy to welcome Dr. Aidin Shariatzadeh, CSCN (EEG) to the team. Dr. Shariatzadeh is a Neurologist with a stroke fellowship. If you are feeling dizzy, ask your family physician about seeing a Neurologist. Our LifeSmart Medical Osborne location is accepting Neurology patients.

Claiming Care Medical Expenses

Navigating the financial challenges of supporting aging parents, special needs children, or spouses with severe illnesses often involves significant attendant care expenses. The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) allows individuals to claim annually for attendant care fees incurred in Canada. Eligible expenses include nursing home or full-time care, group homes, in-home attendant care, retirement homes, special schools, or training institutions. Other eligible disabilities span vision, mobility, hearing, feeding, dressing, elimination functions, and mental capacities crucial for daily life. Approval for the (DTC) is necessary to claim these expenses.

Importance of Oral Health

We all want to be healthy, however many disregard their oral cavity and teeth (whether natural or false). We forget that the body is a holistic and interconnected system, one which can only function optimally if everything runs smoothly. False teeth which have become flat over time, prevent proper mastication (chewing or breaking down) of food, which in turn will cause strain on your digestive system. It’s imperative to see the right specialist for any health issues. When it comes to dentures, see a denturist. We believe in this so strongly that we offer free oral exams to ensure your optimal oral health.