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Caregiver and rehabilitative assistant helping elderly woman with mobility and move with walker, Adult Care, Awareness, Care, Caregiving, Client Care, Fall Prevention, Senior Care, Youth Care, Community Resources

Protecting Your Path:
Fall Prevention Tips and Strategies for Children and Older Adults

As we journey through life, maintaining our independence becomes a priority, especially as we get older. However, the risk of falls can significantly impact our ability to live on our own terms. Fall prevention plays an essential role in preserving our well-being and autonomy. In this article, we will explore...
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Do You Need a PSW Certification to Be a Good Caregiver?

10 years ago, if someone had offered me a job as a caregiver, my response would have been, “Sorry, I’m not a certified Personal Support Worker.” Back then, I thought you had to be a PSW, not just to be a caregiver, but a good caregiver. Well, after 8 years...
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Spark Lifecare Campus, Caregiving, COVID-19, Frontline, Healthcare, Pandemic, Brad's Blog, Spark Updates

The Last 21 Months: A Letter to the Team

I sent this letter to the Spark team, to take stock of, and say thank you for what they’ve done over the last 21 months. Dear team, With the year coming to an end, and with our 10-year anniversary approaching, I’ve been reflecting on the last 21 months. If there’s...
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Caring for someone with Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, Caregiving, Client Care, Dementia, Family, Senior Care, Community Resources

Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Has someone you love recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you looking for guidance on how to support them in the day-to-day? Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia, and it can be extremely overwhelming and demanding for both patients and families who are juggling the many details...
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COVID impact on mental health, Caregiving, COVID-19, Family, Mental Health, Pandemic, Community Resources, Guest Spotlight

Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Are you a parent in a pandemic still trying to balance work and family life simultaneously? Are you a caregiver or medical professional who’s been burning the candle at both ends since the  Covid outbreak? Are you a human being who is tired of hearing about Covid-19 and the relentless...
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Grinch, Care, Caregiving, Christmas, Dr Seuss, Empathy, Family, Health, Holiday Season, Holidays, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mental Health, The Grinch, Inspiration

It’s OK to be “Grinchy” at Christmas. You probably have a reason.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a Christmas classic and I’ll brook no argument on the subject. I’m referring, of course, to the original 1966 television special (I haven’t seen the new film currently in theatres, and I’ll save my opinions on the Jim Carrey version). When I...
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Man Reflecting Outdoors, Business, Care, Caregiving, Conversation, Entrepreneur, Failure, Growth, Health, Learning, Mental Health, Brad's Blog

Let’s Talk About Failing, Learning and Growing Up

I’m not going to shock anyone with this statement, but growing up is hard. It’s painful at times. It involves a lot of mistakes and a lot of unexpected twists. I’m a different person than I was six years ago. And though our core mission has stayed the same, Spark...
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Lion, Care, Caregiving, Health, Neuroscience, Planning, Stress, TED Talks, TED Time

Planning for Stressful Moments & the 3 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor

You may have noticed that we love technology, education and design. This makes us suckers for Ted Talks. They’re short, accessible, and offer insights and inspiration from innovative thinkers, cutting edge researchers, and passionate practitioners. So, we’re beginning a little series that is seriously called “Ted Time”, where we’ll periodically...
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Bradley with son, Caregiving, CHEO, Developmental health, Health, Occupational Therapy, Parenting, Speech Therapy, Brad's Blog, Inspiration

What My Son Taught Me About Limits, Parenting and Listening to Experts

My son Cooper is five years old. He is a beautiful, amazing, hilarious bundle of joy. Everything changed for me the moment he was born. There’s nothing else like holding your child for the first time. Nothing else like the feeling that he needed me and his mom more than...
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