Thursday, September 15, 2016

What’s The Difference Between Adult Lifestyle/Long Term Care/Retirement Homes?

This Information is care of The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat



These communities provide independent living residents for retirees or semi-retirees. Your local real estate agent can help you find an adult lifestyle community.



Long-term care homes are designed for people who need help with daily activities, supervision in a secure setting and/or access to 24-hour nursing care.  They are also known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged or charitable homes for the aged. This link will take you to the Ontario Long Term Care Association.  The Association’s member homes are funded and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.



Retirement homes are private businesses that sell various combinations of accommodations from shared rooms to large apartments as well as support services and personal care. The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority licenses and inspects the province’s retirement homes and maintains a public register of all homes that have been granted or have applied for a license.



If you are living in a Long Term Care, Adult Lifestyle of Retirement Home and you require some assistance with daily living, NHI has friendly, professional and caring health care professionals that can assist you.

Depending on your needs, you can receive services from registered nurses, registered practical nurses or personal support workers.  Services are provided from 2 hours at competitive rates

For more information about how NHI can help you, please visit our website at or call us at 416-754-0700 and speak to one of our Healthcare Coordinators.  You may also email any staffing request at




Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ontario Ensuring Quality Care at Long-Term Care Homes

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



•Since the fall of 2013, Ontario added 100 new inspectors.

•The vast majority of long-term care homes in Ontario are substantially compliant – on average that number is currently approximately 80 per cent. The percentage of substantially compliant homes varies due to ongoing inspections.


•There are about 78,000 residents in Ontario’s 630 long-term care homes.

•Since 2003, 10,000 new spaces in long-term care homes have been created and just over 13,500 older long-term care spaces have been renovated.

•The number of nurse practitioners in Ontario’s long-term care homes will be increased from 18 to 93 over the next three years.

•Ontario is also funding additional resources at long-term care homes, including increasing Resident Care Needs Funding (RCN) by two per cent over the next three years, investing an additional $10 million annually in the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) initiative and redeveloping more than 30,000 older long-term care resident spaces by 2025.

Supporting high-quality care at long-term care homes is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.









We offer our Caregiver Plus program working side-by-side as a care provider delivering acute, primary homecare, community care in any setting. 

NHI provides Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers and Caregivers for work in hospitals, long term care facilities as well as private duty in the home.  For more information about how NHI can help you, please visit our website at or call us at 416-754-0700 and speak to one of our Healthcare Coordinators.  You may also email any staffing request at

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ontario Improving Alzheimer's Support Services
March 10, 2016 12:30 P.M.

Seniors' Secretariat

Ontario is investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way program to help improve training and reach more people who come into contact with persons affected by dementia.

The Finding Your Way program is a multicultural safety campaign that helps people with dementia stay safe and active, while helping to prevent the risk of wandering and going missing. The program's training services will be enhanced this year to include first-responders as well as supportive housing and retirement homes staff.

Investing in services and supports to help keep seniors safe is part of the government's plan to build stronger and healthier communities.

Quick Facts
•By 2020, nearly 250,000 seniors in Ontario will be living with some form of dementia.
•Three out of five people with dementia go missing. There is greater risk of injury, even death, for those missing for more than 24 hours.
•Ontario has invested more than $2.8 million in funding to the Finding Your Way program.
•The Finding Your Way program safety kit is available in 12 languages: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog, Arabic, Urdu and Tamil.
Additional Resources
• Find out more about the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat.
• Learn more about the Finding Your Way program.
NHI provides care and compassion for family members for over 30 years. During this time we’ve developed a real understanding of the activities of daily living to promote the optimum quality of life.
Our highly trained health care personnel have a broad understanding of the different types and stages of Alzheimer’s and they can provide compassionate care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
NHI is determined to provide ongoing support and recognizes the need for continuity and consistency and caring for people living with Alzheimer’s in their own homes.
Speak to our healthcare coordinator at 416-754-0700 or email us at

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Call 416-754-0700 or email for more information.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NHI Health Care Professionals JOB FAIR September 23 & September 24, 2016

Health Care Professionals Job Fair

September 23rd & September 24th

9:30 am to 3:30pm

Dental Receptionists

Dental Office Managers

Treatment Coordinators

Must have a Diploma & Experience in these fields


Dental Assistants Level I & II

Registered Dental Hygienists

For work in:

·         Dental Practices

        Registered Nurses

            Minimum One Year Work Experience Required

For work in:

·         Hospitals

·         Long Term Care Facilities

·         Private Homes

·         Community


For locations in:

·         GTA

·         York Region

·         Durham Region

·         Peel Region

Call 416-754-0700


Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This information is care of Eat Right Ontario

You may feel the effects of food poisoning right after eating a contaminated food or you may not feel sick until a few days or a month later. In most cases, the symptoms don’t last very long. Often people don’t even realize they have a foodborne illness because it can feel like the flu.

Foodborne illnesses, however, can be very serious and even fatal. Some people are more likely to become seriously ill than others. These include infants and young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems, such as those with cancer, liver disease and AIDS. In some cases, foodborne illness can cause long term problems such as kidney damage, arthritis or heart problems.

Which bacteria are to blame?

Scientists have identified hundreds of different foodborne illnesses. Some are rare, while others are much more common. The following five bacteria are common causes of food poisoning. Click on the links below to learn more about the common food sources, symptoms and prevention of each of these:

Common sources
Symptoms may include 
Prevention Tips
Raw poultry, unpasteurized (raw) milk and untreated water.(Note: dogs, cats and farm animals can also carry this bacteria.)
Fever, headache and muscle pain, followed by diarrhea (often bloody), stomach pain, cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Keep raw meat and poultry separate from ready-to-eat foods. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Drink only pasteurized milk and use a safe water supply.
Improperly prepared home-canned, low-acid foods (e.g. corn, mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, salmon, garlic in oil). Honey may also be contaminated with C. botulinum.
Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, and dryness in the throat and nose. In some cases, these may lead to respiratory failure, paralysis and even death.
Never eat food from cans that are dented, leaking or bulging. Be sure to follow proper canning processes when canning foods at home. Refrigerate all foods that are labelled “keep refrigerated”.  Do not feed honey to children under one year.
Raw or undercooked meats (especially ground meats), raw vegetables and fruit. Untreated water and unpasteurized (raw) milk and unpasteurized apple juice or cider.
Stomach cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and fever. Some may develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, an unusual type of kidney failure and blood disorder, which can result in death.
Keep your hands, food preparation surfaces and utensils clean. Avoid cross-contamination. Rinse raw vegetables and fruit well. Store and cook foods properly.
Non-dried processed meats (hot dogs and deli meats), unpasteurized (raw) milk and milk products (soft cheeses), raw vegetables, raw or undercooked meat, poultry or fish.
Vomiting, nausea, fever, headache, cramps, diarrhea and constipation. Some may develop meningitis encephalitis (a brain infection) and/or septicaemia (blood poisoning) which can result in death.
Thoroughly cook meat, poultry and fish. Heat hot dogs to steaming hot. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for a maximum of four days and reheat thoroughly before eating. Wash fresh vegetables and fruit well. Avoid unpasteurized milk and milk products.
Raw or undercooked poultry, meat, fish, and eggs, raw vegetables and fruit, unpasteurized (raw) milk and milk products (soft cheeses), sauces and salad dressings, peanut butter, cocoa and chocolate.
Stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, vomiting and nausea. Some may experience chronic symptoms, such as reactive arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome) three to four weeks later.
Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a food thermometer to be sure. Use pasteurized egg products instead of raw eggs, in foods such as eggnog, mayonnaise, salad dressing, ice cream and mousses. Wash raw vegetables and fruit well.

What can you do?

Harmful bacteria can infect our food at any point in the food chain, from the farm to when it reaches our plate. The good news is - most cases can be prevented by using safe food handling practices and using a food thermometer to check that your food is cooked properly.

Remember, you usually can’t tell whether foods are contaminated by the way they look, smell, or taste. So the safe rule of thumb is - When in doubt, throw it out!

If you think you have a foodborne illness, report it to your doctor or health department.


How can NHI help?                            

If you or a loved one has fallen ill to the effects of a foodbourne 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  You can find more information about our service by visiting our website at

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


This information is provided by The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care



Home Care Ontario CEO Sue VanderBent was invited to today's announcement by Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins for the $100M being invested this year for home and community care, which includes:


·               Home and community care services support people of all ages who require care in their home, at school or in the community.

·               In 2015, Community Care Access Centres provided home care to approximately 650,000 people — 60 per cent of whom were seniors — including 28.7 million hours of personal support and homemaking, 6.9 million nursing visits and 2.1 million hours of nursing shifts.

·               This investment will be allocated to support enhanced care for clients with high needs and respite for caregivers who need it the most.

·               Information about funding allocations by Local Health Integration Networks will be available in the coming weeks.
ü  350,000 additional hours of nursing care

ü  1.3 million additional hours of personal support

ü  600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers

ü  100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation

Included in the Ministry's announcement was a quote from S. VanderBent:

"Home Care Ontario, representing front-line home care providers across the province, strongly endorses the Minister's announcement of increased funding support for enhanced home and community care across the province. This very welcome additional funding of $100 million will assist thousands of Ontarians to receive greater nursing, personal support and therapy service, ensuring that they can comfortably stay at home with the help they need."


This additional funding is part of Ontario's 2015 Budget commitment to increase investments in home and community care by more than $750 million over three years. These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, the province's plan to improve and expand home and community care.

Helping more people access better health care faster and closer to home is also part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.




“Improving home and community care is one of our government’s most important health care priorities. This $100 million investment greatly expands the amount of nursing and personal support services that will be available to people across the province. These additional hours will make it possible for more people with complex conditions to receive care where they want to be — in their home and community.”

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“Home Care Ontario, representing front-line home care providers across the province, strongly endorses the Minister’s announcement of increased funding support for enhanced home and community care across the province. This very welcome additional funding of $100 million will assist thousands of Ontarians to receive greater nursing, personal support and therapy service, ensuring that they can comfortably stay at home with the help they need.”

Susan VanderBent

CEO of Home Care Ontario



As progressive as Ontario is with its newest initiative Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, NHI is also available to assist with the improvement of community care and stands by the Government of Ontario’s commitment to enhance health care priorities for Ontario residents.  We are committed to provide our dedicated front-line staff with ongoing training to better support clients with care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we provide services in over 70 languages.  NHI will customize a care plan for your individual needs or that of your loved one.
NHI Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is a Canadian owned corporation operating since 1985. We provide cost effective and efficient nursing & support services to clients in the Greater Toronto Area.  NHI is accredited by Accreditation Canada, a member of the Ontario Home Care Association, the Canadian Homecare Association and the Better Business Bureau.
We are also the 2016 winner of the Canadian Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence in Nurses Services.

Talk to one of our healthcare coordinators by calling 416-754-0700, email - or visit our website at for more information.