We believe that the answer to aging well is a holistic approach based on the lifestyle choices of the longest living and healthiest population on Earth- the elders of Okinawa. Scientists have been studying this group of seniors to see if we could learn from them and live longer, more productive lives ourselves. They have discovered several secrets to the longevity of these elders including healthy nutrition, maintaining an active mind and a sense of purpose.
Home Care Assistance developed the Balanced Care Method™ based on these studies. It is a revolutionary approach to senior care that each of our caregivers is trained in and practices with each of our clients. It promotes smart lifestyle choices and focuses as much on the quality of life as on longevity.
Healthy Nutrition. A high-fiber, plant-based, low protein diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoids promotes good health. Our caregivers encourage healthy eating by preparing nutritious meals while taking into account dietary preferences and restrictions.
Physical and Mental Stimulation. Active seniors are happier and healthier as they age. Our caregivers are trained to encourage regular physical activity and mental stimulation and are sensitive to any individual limitations. These activities help to delay memory loss and muscle loss and to encourage independence
The sense of Purpose. Seniors with a calm and purposeful lifestyle are better equipped to avoid stress, disease, and symptoms of depression. Our caregivers bring meaning and purpose to older adult’s lives by engaging them in their favourite topics, hobbies, and activities. One of the primary challenges of aging is a sense of isolation and withdrawal, particularly when mobility issues or difficulty driving creates barriers to socialization. Home Care Assistance caregivers provide companionship and a natural partner for the activities seniors enjoy, allowing them to maintain their independence and quality of life.
Our Balanced Care Method™ training is unique in that it teaches caregivers the importance of nutrition, exercise, social ties, mental and spiritual health, and how all these things can contribute to longevity and wellbeing for seniors and individuals of all ages. We complement this training with nutrition and culinary education for our caregivers so that they know which foods are most beneficial, depending on the client’s health, habits and goals. This approach to senior care not only promotes overall health, but it also creates maximum independence for the elderly. As our caregivers strengthen, your aging loved one, you and your family have the peace of mind knowing that he or she is aging safely and comfortably at home.
You can find out more about the Balanced Care Method™ on our website, and learn how we incorporate it into all of our home care services. Our website posts several resources that will help you learn about caregiving issues and include webinars on issues ranging from wills to Alzheimer’s care; videos from our clients and caregivers, and books like Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life, an informative book on the lifestyle choices that improve long-term health.