with a network of other care professionals. We provide information and services for families that might be challenging for them to source on their own,” says Carol Bard, owner of Peace of Mind Care. “This helps families continue to work and look after their own children without the worry of trying to source products for their elderly parent. It gives families peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands.”

Bard founded Peace of Mind Care in 2013 as a result of the death of her mother and the subsequent rapid decline in health and eventual death of her father. After looking after her father and her son at the same time, she realized that other families were experiencing the same challenges of balancing schedules and not knowing where to look for help. She created her business with a focus on providing kind, compassionate care for people in need while giving the families much needed peace of mind and respite.

The 2011 Census of Population counted nearly 5 million seniors aged 65 and over in Canada, of which 92.1% lived in a private dwelling. In 2015 the population over the age will rise to 34%. Private home care is supportive and less expensive way to live at home and not be prematurely admitted to long-term care.

“Statistics show that those seniors who remain at home among the things they love and a familiar surrounding live 28% longer,” adds Bard. “We encourage independence, which helps to relieve depression as one gets older. It is important for clients to know they can still do things for themselves with the support to do so.”

By Heather Grummett

Venture Guelph.ca

Peace of Mind Care is a private care service, providing the highest quality of personal care and companionship, with services in Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo, Cambridge, Acton and Georgetown,

Specializing in Senior’s Home Care and after hospital care, professional caregivers permit clients to stay living at home with the support to do so. Assistance is offered with personal care, companionship, respite and palliative care. Care includes personal care, medication reminders, appointment accompaniment, meal preparation, laundry duties, grocery shopping and light housekeeping.

Flexible hours allow client’s to choose the type of care, and when it is needed. Services are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and care plans are customized according to the client’s needs. Services can also be provided in retirement homes, long-term care facilities, or hospitals. “We also work with families to connect them

Compassionate home care for those in need

Local businesses recently attended the Retire in Style Information Fair at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, where community members were able to learn about volunteer opportunities, housing, travel, health services, recreational activities and education.

Pictured from Peace of Mind Care are left: Janet Dyson and owner Carol Bard; right : Karen Ragnan of REMAX Reality.

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