Tuesday, April 18, 2017



On April 22, 2017 the largest civic observance in the world celebrated by over one billion people in 19 countries will participate in Earth Day activities.  You can involve seniors and loved ones of all ages with reduce, reuse, and recycle campaigns across the GTA this Saturday.  Here are a few ideas to help them with some activities;

Community garden – Seniors who are agile enough to get out and enjoy the outdoors can visit community gardens which provide fresh products and plants as well as contributing to a sense of community and connection to the environment and an opportunity for satisfying labour and neighbourhood improvement.

Energy audit - You can assist seniors at home with a self-home energy checkup to help determine where homes are losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make your home more energy efficient. 

  • Try looking for air leaks, check insulation, vapour barriers, ductwork seals, weather stripping, check heating and cooling equipment for service update and cleaning
  • Change old lighting for more energy efficient lighting products
  • Unplugging an item when it is not in use to prevent phantom loads
  • Changing the settings or using items less often
  • Purchasing new, more efficient home products like appliances

Clean out old unused clothes and donate to a charity – A great example is the Canadian Diabetes Association. One of the few charities that offers a pickup service for smaller donations of clothing, the Canadian Diabetes Association sells donated items on to chains like Value Village in order to fund diabetes research. You can schedule a pickup online or by phone, or find a dropbox. (Just a gentle reminder: Don't leave bagged clothing sitting outside boxes.)

Plant a tree – For tree planting activities across Ontario, check out sites like; http://www.treesontario.ca/programs/planting_maps.php

Volunteer for an environmental charity – To volunteer activities across Canada, check out sites like https://www.goodwork.ca/volunteer

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


What is workplace violence?

Under Ontario Bill 168 now known as Section 32 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario OHSA), workplace violence is defined as:  
  • The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker;
  • An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker; or
  • A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker. 

What are the requirements for Ontario Employers?
The law breaks down into a series of steps that every employer must take. These include:
  1. Develop written policies that are posted with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment.
  2. Conduct a risk assessment for workplace violence.
  3. Develop a workplace violence and harassment program.
  4. Incidents or threats of workplace violence must be reported to the employer or supervisor.
  5. Establish practice of how the employer investigates and manages incidents, complaints, or threats of workplace violence.
  6. Reassess policies and programs.
  7. Train employees in these policies and procedures.
  8. Employee refusal to work where he/she has reason to believe that he/she is in danger of being a victim of workplace violence.

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)

The Basics

This information is from The Ministry of Labour


1. Payday

Expect a regular pay day and a pay stub that is clear. Keep a record of the hours that you work.

2. Deductions from wages

Some employers require you to pay for your uniform. Deductions from your wages to pay for a uniform may be made only if you agree in writing to have a specified amount deducted.

If a customer leaves without paying, or your error costs your employer money, that amount cannot be deducted from your wages.

3. Tips and other gratuities

Employers cannot withhold tips and other gratuities from employees or make deductions from their employees’ tips to cover things like spillage, breakage, losses or damage, etc. However, employers can make deductions from employees’ tips and other gratuities if it is authorized by statute or a court order, or if the amount will be distributed to other employees as part of a tip pool.

4. The Employment Standards Poster

The Employment Standards Poster describes important rights and requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The poster must be posted in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. Employers are also required to give every employee a copy of the poster.

5. What is work time?

Time spent in training that is required by the employer or by law counts as work time. If you have to transport materials from the workplace to another job site, that is work time, too.


6. Can I be required to work on a public holiday?

If you work in a hotel, motel, tourist resort, restaurant, tavern, hospital or an establishment with continuous operations, you may be required to work on a public holiday. If you work on a public holiday, you are entitled to premium pay.

7. Special rules

Some jobs have special standards or exemptions.

8. What’s my vacation pay?

Vacation pay is at least 4% of wages (excluding vacation pay). Any vacation pay not already paid is owed to you when your employment ends.

9. Are you a “temp”?

Temporary employees generally have the same rights as other employees under the ESA.


Employment Standards Information Centre

416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)
1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Mumps Outbreak Investigation

The compiled information is from Toronto Public Health, February 28, 2017


Toronto Public Health is seeing a rise in mumps cases in the city among 18-35 year olds.  Currently, there have been 18 confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto in 2017 (as of noon on February 28, 2017).  Increased mumps activity has also been noted in Winnipeg and Western Canada hockey teams.

Mumps infection and spread during outbreaks

The mumps virus is found in saliva and respiratory droplets. It is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and coming into contact with a person's saliva by sharing drinks or utensils, food or water bottles, or by kissing. A major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team or living in a dormitory with a person who has the mumps


If you are unsure of your vaccination status, contact your healthcare provider or if you attended school in Toronto, call the Toronto Public Health Immunization Information Line at 416-392-1250.

For more information, contact Toronto Health Connection: 416-338-7600, TTY: 416-392-0658.

How can NHI help?                             

If you or a loved one has fallen ill to the effects of any illness and you need short or long-term health care assistance or assistance with the activities of daily living, please contact one of our coordinators and they can help create a care plan for your specific needs. 

You can reach NHI by phone at 416-754-0700, toll free at 1-800-567-6877 or by email at staffing@nhihealthcare.com . Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is Accredited by Accreditation Canada.  


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Balancing work and caregiving
This information is care of The Ministry of Seniors Affairs

As an employee and caregiver, you may face challenges trying to balance your work, your caregiving responsibilities and your own health and personal life.

A good first step to help you manage your caregiving responsibilities is to plan ahead by thinking about possible next steps in your caregiving role, changes to the care recipient’s living arrangements, or changes to the level or intensity of care required by the care recipient.

If possible, share the caregiving duties with other family members and friends, and explore all available community supports and services.

You may, however, face challenges with regards to your caregiving that require your employer’s support. If this is the case, you may wish to talk to your employer about possible workplace arrangements to help you better balance your work and caregiving responsibilities.

How Nursing & Homemakers Inc. can help

NHI is a nursing agency providing Nurse and Caregiver services across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area in over 70 languages.

Please visit our website at www.nhihealthcare.com or call us at 416-754-0700 & Toll Free at 1-800-567-6877 to speak with one of our Healthcare Coordinators. 

You may also email any staffing request at staffing@nhihealthcare.com.

Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is an accredited agency through Accreditation Canada.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 18, 2017 – This information is from the Ontario Public Health Association

Menu labelling will ease health-care costs: OPHA

Ontario’s new Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 will lead to healthier people and ease the pressure on our health-care system, Ontario Public Health Association president Ellen Wodchis says.

 "As more Ontarians enjoy dining outside the home, menu labelling will empower individuals and parents to make informed choices to better their health and that of their families,” Wodchis says. "This will help reduce pressure on our health-care system by reducing visits to hospitals and doctors."

Under the new legislation, which came into force January 1, 2017, Ontario food service providers—such as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres with 20 or more locations—must include the number of calories for food and beverage items on their menus, tags and labels.

Ontario is the first Canadian province to introduce caloric menu labeling for food and drink items, and the OPHA commends the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for taking the first step in this direction.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Cooking

Tips to make sure your cooked food is safe

• After cooking, keep hot food at 60°C (140°F) or hotter until it’s served.

• Serve hot food while hot, or put it in the fridge or freezer as soon as possible once cooled (within two hours of preparation).

• Never leave food out for more than two hours.

• Use clean dishes and utensils to serve food. Never use the same ones you used when preparing raw food.

• Never leave perishable food outside the refrigerator for more than two hours.

• Pack lunches in insulated carriers with a cold pack. Warn children never to leave lunches in direct sun or on a warm radiator.

• Keep cold party food on ice or serve it on platters from the refrigerator.

• Divide hot party food into smaller serving platters. Keep platters refrigerated until it's time to warm them up for serving.


Microwave safety

Microwaves are great time-savers but they can sometimes leaves cold spots in food where bacteria may survive.

Tips for safe microwaving

• Cover food with a lid or plastic wrap that is approved for microwaving. The steam will help food cook thoroughly. Leave a small section uncovered so steam can escape, and do not let the wrap touch the food.

• Stir and rotate food for even cooking. If there is no turntable in the oven, rotate the dish by hand once or twice during cooking.

• Observe the "standing" time called for in recipe or package directions. Food finishes cooking during the standing time.

• Use a meat thermometer to check that your food is ready. Insert it at several spots.

This information is care of The Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care 

How Nursing & Homemakers Inc. Can Help

We are a Nursing Agency providing Nurses and Caregivers servicing Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area in over 70 languages.

Please visit our website at www.nhihealthcare.com or call us at 416-754-0700 or toll free at 1-800-567-6877 and speak to one of our Healthcare Coordinators.  You may also email any staffing request at staffing@nhihealthcare.com. Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is Accredited by Accreditation Canada.