Every year around this time, we start to think about Thanksgiving. For those working or in school, it’s a much-appreciated long weekend. For many, it’s a time to gather friends and family together and share in a feast of turkey, gravy, roasted vegetables and, of course, pumpkin pie! And, for others, it’s a reminder of family traditions that may no longer occur but are fondly remembered.
It is a time to Give Thanks. Thanks for all of the small things in your life that happen daily as well as the big things. Thanks for the sunshine and warm breeze on a fall day. Thanks for the transit system that gets us around safely every day. Thanks for the 3pm cup of coffee that keeps us going! Thanks for a charged cell phone that lets you connect to people 24/7. And, thanks for the (traditional) end of work day at 5pm. Not many would think to give thanks for these small things. We tend to think bigger – good health, good friends, positive family relationships, a roof over our heads and financial stability.
Maybe it’s time to rethink what it is that we are thankful for. Let’s go back in time to when our parents and grandparents were young. Did they have an indoor bathroom? Running (safe) water? Electricity? What about a fridge? A TV? A car to get you to the grocery store and back? A computer with internet, and email? And ATM machines! It was not so long ago that people did not have these. Now, we can’t imagine life without them. When you give thanks about these modern conveniences, think also about our elders who may not use them and offer assistance when they may need help. For them, writing a cheque is easy, online banking, not so much.
Many years ago, the Salvation Army, was one of the few agencies that provided much needed help to those in need. They had Thrift Stores and food boxes for families in need. My grandmother was a recipient after her husband died at age 41, leaving her with 4 children to feed and clothe. So I am thankful for the Salvation Army and all of the other agencies of today that provide services to those in need. You can never know what kind of help you will require, be it financial, medical or otherwise.
As a home care agency, Mosaic provides help in many ways to those in need. In addition to providing health and homemaking supports in the home, Mosaic also provides free social programs for seniors at two Community Resource Centres. We are currently knitting Twiddlemuffs to donate at our knitting groups. But there are all kinds of programs to be able to participate in the community and meet new friends.
In keeping with the theme of Thankfulness at this time of year, consider donating (supplies, time, money) to an organization that offers programs that are close to your heart. If looking for a way to help those in your community or look for services in Toronto, here are a few organizations that may be of interest:
Call Mosaic Home Care at 905.597.7000 to inquire in to programs and services.
Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action: International Federation on Ageing, 14th Global Conference, 7th to 10th August 2018
Mosaic (Nathalie Anderson and I) attended this major global conference where I was also a presenter and a session chair. I also attended one of the Master Classes, on Ageism, on the Tuesday, before the conference and was invited by AARP to an evening event at the Berkeley Bicycle Club, on Wednesday, where I had the opportunity to speak to many of the leading lights of age friendly cities and healthy aging. This post provides more detail on the conference and its content.
A Guide for Members, Families and Caregivers
Take a tour of our wonderful city of Toronto with Mosaic’s Activity Booklet. Every month Mosaic compiles a list of festivals, shows, classes and more events that are happening in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Our Activity Booklet looks to provide the community with a number of events that are available to them every month to encourage socialization and participation in a number of fun events.
Our Activity Booklet is designed for older adults, their families, friends, personal support workers and caregivers in providing a number of options for fun outings in the community. Use our Activity Booklet to plan a fun outing with the family, or to catch your favourite artist when they are in town. With socialization being an important part to our overall health, our Activity Booklet will help people get out and provide them with options to remain social in the community. You can also find all of Mosaic’s events at our events page for both our Markham and Toronto locations, and sign-up for Mosaic’s quarterly newsletter to receive news about Mosaic and our upcoming events.
Mosaic’s commitment to lifestyle and socialization extends with our Activity Booklet. Use our activity booklet to help you discover all the wonderful events and activities that are available to you in our wonderful city of Toronto. Come back every month to find out what wonderful activities are happening in the community for you to attend!
For more up to date information on events in and around the GTA please go to our community twitter handle @MosaicGTALinks
Regarding – EX34.2, Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0
Mosaic Homecare & Community Resource Centres would like to formally extend its support to the recommendations made in Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0.
Mosaic is a private homecare company with a strong history of community outreach and has been providing community resources, space, fun and educational events throughout the Greater Toronto Area for the last eight years since its incorporation. It is committed to reducing social vulnerability through community interaction, education and outreach and has a strong history of non profit community engagement and focus.
For the last eight years Mosaic has been promoting the importance of collaboration between for profit, not for profit and public sector entities in addressing the need to make our cities age friendly, inclusive and accessible and fully supports the World Health Organisation’s plans and directives for healthy aging and age friendly communities.
Addressing social vulnerability, especially the social and emotional aspects impacting isolation and loneliness shapes both our service delivery and our non profit community interaction. As an entity operating in the private sector we are one of the very few firms operating in accordance with what we believe to be the evolution of the firm with primarily for profit objectives to one that incorporates a theory of the community at its operational core. We believe that successfully implanting an age and community friendly strategy across our cities will rely on much higher levels of private, not for profit and public sector engagement.
Mosaic has received global recognition for its person centered community integrated model of care in the community and has received Gold Medal Award recognition from the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare. It has been asked to speak at a number important conferences with respect to healthy aging in the community and will be speaking at the upcoming IFA Global Conference in Toronto In August, where Jane Teasdale our business development and community relations director will also be a session chair.
We are actively developing a model of care in the community that we feel provides a blueprint for much wider public sector engagement, especially in the realms of linking the socially vulnerable older adult to meaningful engagement with their communities. We see many gaps and opportunities to link people and their communities and would recommend that age friendly initiatives look at persons in general as beings of meaning and community. Age friendly communities are essentially person friendly communities and, as such, any community friendly initiative needs to develop a multifaceted concept of personhood that all ages and cultures and communities can recognise and closely associate with. We all differ in some respects, but what unites each and every one of us is our personhood, our drive for meaning and being and our engagement with others.
With respect to the Toronto Seniors Strategy Report 2.0 we make the following comments:
MOSAIC’S first SIT & KNIT
We are excited to be a host site for the World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Day on June 9th!
Let it be said right from the start that I don’t knit. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I find it difficult to count stitches and relax at the same time and that stresses me out! I did knit a baby blanket for my best friend’s first child. Thankfully, babies don’t know when a square blanket isn’t really a square and when there are dropped stitches. That was 25 years ago.
More recently, I tried to knit a dish cloth. Much easier than a blanket as there were not so many stitches to count and again, the final shape doesn’t really matter. The unfinished dish cloth is in a bag in the back of my closet where it has sat for almost two years. I only have a few rows left. I’m hoping someone will show me how to cast off when we meet for – wait for it…
MOSAIC’S first SIT & KNIT
We are excited to be a host site for the World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Day on June 9th!
This is a worldwide event that started in 2005 and has grown to cover all continents! Just looking at all the 2018 knit in public locations and names is interesting. Mosaic’s Sit & Knit name pales in comparison to Newfoundland’s Purl with Pints and South Africa’s Chicks with Sticks, but I’m sure ours will be a great party!
WWKIP Day started as a way to get knitters together to meet and socialize. Knitting, like other forms of needlework and art are often done on one’s own. There are many knitters who create and donate their projects to various agencies but never have the chance to meet each other.
What a great opportunity to start a new project! Or, better yet, pull out that bag with your half-finished project and bring that with you. If you need an idea, how about knitting a square for the kittens at the local Humane Society or try a Twiddlemuff to donate to those living with dementia. Neither of these projects require a lot of skill and the recipients would be most appreciative.
Perhaps I will try one of these. Because, really, do I need another dish cloth?
If you know an older adult who used to knit or crochet and has stopped because they have no one to knit for, this would be the perfect outing for a few hours. A chance to look at what others are doing, and maybe get an idea for a new project. While we won’t have any instructors, I am confident that there will be many who will offer to ‘teach’ those who need help. A chance to learn, teach, share, enjoy and laugh. Who wouldn’t want all of this in one event?
We are inviting people of all ages and abilities to join us for a fun filled event and a chance to get to know fellow needleworkers. This event supports our belief that being active in the community contributes to staying healthy.
The Shops on Steeles and 404 has generously offered space in the mall for this indoor event. Mosaic will be providing refreshments in our Community Resource Centre and will be on hand to offer help to those looking for community information.
RSVP now to help us meet our goal of 100 knitters!
Saturday, June 9th
10:30am – 1:00pm
Shops on Steeles and 404 (2900 Steeles Avenue East)
For more information:
RSVP – 905.597.7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Knitters Guild – a resource for yarn stores, events and programs: http://torontoknittersguild.ca
“Personal Support Workers are the heavy lifters of the health care system and now have a day to recognize all their hard work!” P.S.N.O. (Personal Support Network of Ontario).
Mosaic Home Care recognized our front line staff on Friday evening May 18th and Saturday May 19th, 2018. Our caregivers were invited out to a special dinner or luncheon depending on their work schedules.
This was a chance to personally catch up with our family of caregivers, to let them know how much we appreciate all their hard work and to thank them for taking to heart our person centered approach to care in the community. This was also a chance for our office staff, marketing, operations and client services to connect socially and in person.
Here are a few pictures from our two parties at the Mandarin Restaurant, Yonge & Eglinton.
It was nice to find out what our caregivers like to do on their time off and had a change to talk outside of work, about hobbies, interests and family.
Many of our caregivers provided insight on how they provide our holistic approach to person centered care and our “The Meaning of Me®” program.
One of our caregivers mentioned that one of his clients used to be a photographer so our caregiver spends time taking pictures of nature, architecture and other objects and events. When he goes to the client he shows the pictures he has taken and they both discuss some of the finer aspects of photography.
Everyone had an amazing time filled with laughter, fun, conversation and of course lots of food!!!!!
Our caregivers are looking forward to our next event; perhaps a picnic for our staff and caregivers to include our clients and families if they wish to attend.
Nursing Week: “Hashtags” and Social Media; Voices to Lead “Health is a Human Right”; The Impact of Funding and Staffing constraints on holistic person centered care.
International Council of Nurses: “There is no other profession that attends to people’s needs in their most vulnerable periods of time as nursing does. The relationship between the client and the nurse provides a unique and intimate view of a person’s life. “
Mosaic’s Karyn Terrell (RPN), Client Services Nurse Consultant, at a North York General Hospital Event for Nursing week.
The National theme for this year’s Nursing Week is hashtag yes this is Nursing – #YesThisIsNursing. The objective of the theme was how to “leverage social media to raise awareness, promote advocacy and connect people across the globe on important issues.” Social media is of course important and nurses can indeed use social media to raise awareness of issues to the general public. We do not however believe social media or technology itself though is the most pressing issue facing nurses at the moment. Funding pressures within healthcare at a global level is we believe poignant and important and in this respect social media provides an important avenue for carefully weighted nursing communication.
The International Council of Nurses “HEALTH IS A HUMAN RIGHT ACCESS, INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH” provided important definition and context to the type of communication that could be delivered through the social media medium: