Age In Place In Ottawa

Having to take on the elderly caregiver role for your aging loved one can be overwhelming. While being an elderly caregiver can be equally rewarding it is important to set yourself up for success when taking on this caregiver role.

5 Tips Below to Help Your Senior Age in Place in Ottawa


As soon as you begin your role as the elderly caregiver, the first and most important step is to assess the needs of the senior you are caring for. Does this include home support; assistance with household chores and tasks. Perhaps, medication reminders are necessary or accompaniment to appointments. Is your senior at the stage where they need assistance with personal care; dressing, bathing, toileting? In Ottawa specifically, this can include outside maintenance especially during the changing seasons. Once you have established all the needs you will have to fill as the elderly caregiver you can begin to take action.


It is very evident that being an elderly caregiver can put a lot on your plate. It is important to create a team to help execute all the needs without putting everything on your shoulders. If you do not take precautions to prioritize your health and wellbeing you will not be the best elderly caregiver you would like. Enlist any family members who are willing and able to help and find a team or professionals who can help as well. Ottawa has many options for home care for the elderly as well as activities, seniors groups, funding and more!


Getting outside in Ottawa during the cold winter months can be challenging, but it is important to keep your senior active! As the elderly caregiver you may need to find programs and resources that can help keep them active and you may have to be the source of motivation to keep them moving. As memory continues to decline as your senior ages you as the elderly caregiver will need to help stimulate their mind with activities such as puzzles, riddles, reading, word searches, etc.. to keep their brains healthy.


Showing love through small gestures is one of the most important jobs in your role as the elderly caregiver. Having patience, making their favorite meal, taking them to an appointment or simply just a hug can have a huge impact on a senior. Setting your senior up with social media if possible can be a great way to keep them connected and engaged with family, seeing pictures of grandchildren and even older memories will create more treasured memories and benefit not only their mental health, but the mental health of the elderly caregiver.


As an elderly caregiver another important role, while unpleasant, is to ensure your senior is protected. This can include protection from a lot of factors; having their home assessed for safety – ensuring rugs are secured or removed, safety devices for stoves and other appliances, adequate lighting and grab bars in the bathroom. Ensuring there is adequate and nutritious food available – scheduling grocery delivery, meal prep or delivery. Talking about their wishes as they enter the final stage of life – is the paperwork completed for their will and final wishes? Is it time to take over on your seniors decision making?


There are so many aspects of becoming the elderly caregiver and while you don’t have to figure it all out at once it is important to be on top of things. Ottawa has a wide variety of guides and resources available to help you every step of the way and we can help! Speak to one of our home care experts for advice on transitioning into your role of the elderly caregiver.

City of Ottawa Caregiver Support Program 613.580.6744

City of Ottawa – Support services Call 311

The Council on Aging of Ottawa



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Highly recommend Life At Home! Quick to reply and kind staff. We had the chance to ask questions during our in-home assessment and they took the time to really understand what we needed for my Father and involved us in every step. We have referred a few friends and everyone raves about their staff and services. We also really loved having access to their Family Portal, which other companies did not provide.

Serge Savard Dec 12, 2023

My mom received around the clock care from Life At Home for a little over a year before she passed away. She had memory issues (dementia) that progressed very fast but it was her wish after my father's passing to remain in their condo. Living 5 hours away, it was hard to know if she was truly being taken care of by the previous agency we used. Life At Home's consultation process was a breeze, after the assessment I knew she would be in great hands. The caregivers chosen for my mom were wonderful. I received a report after every visit and the office staff were always pleasant to chat with. Thank you again, I am truly grateful.

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As a result of diagnoses of Myasthenia Gravis and Parkinson’s disorders, My wife, Charlotte, has not been able to get around without the use of wheelchair for well over a year. She requires assistance for transfers from bed to a reclining chair in our living room and for showers or to attend appointments or personal outings such as to visit family. We have been receiving Personal Support Worker (PSW) services from Life at Home since November 2022. We have also received services from other providers. We have been entirely satisfied by the exceptional services provided by Life at Home. Dependability We have found Life at Home to always be totally dependable. On numerous occasions, we have needed a PSW on… Read more

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I have been a member of the Life At Home team for almost a year now and have had nothing but a positive experience. When I first started working for LAH in March of last year, I was a bit nervous as this was the first job that I would have in this field. Thankfully the staff at LAH really helped me and guided me through the process. They introduced me to new clients and they provided a clear and precise Care Plan for each client, outlining what their diagnosis are and what we are there to help them with.The staff at Life At Home create a stress free and easygoing environment for us employees. They are quick to respond… Read more

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Breathe of fresh air! Life at Home provides quality home care services for seniors that values their quality of life over everything. Their experienced staff make you feel like family, even on the administrative and coordination side of it, they keep it friendly and personable! It’s always a pleasant experience when dealing with them and they make every client feel like they matter and are priority #1!

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