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 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

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 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 Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is Accredited by Accreditation Canada.