Memory Lane Home Living Event: “Lemonade & Butterflies” on August 17th, 2017

Posted by admin on August 14, 2017 in Alzheimer's, Dementia, Education, Events, Memory Lane |

Come and spend an evening with our staff at Memory Lane Home Living and learn why this model is the way of the future for dementia care and the success of this type of model in Europe.

Memory Lane Home Living will be organizing this event called “Lemonade & Butterflies” on August 17th, 2017 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m.

Memory Lane Home Living Inc. is opening a Christian co-operative house in Richmond Hill, Ontario for 5 elderly women with mild dementia who cannot live Safely on their own.  clip_image002

For more information contact 905-237-1419.

More information on Memory Home Living:

Memory Lane Home Living Inc. is a small, private, non-profit home for up to five (5) elderly women with mild dementia who can no longer safely live on their own. These women continue to have their independence in a supervised setting. They participate in everyday living within the home and in the community. We are located in the heart of Richmond Hill, ON and have walking access to parks, churches, community and senior centres, the library, shopping and more.

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Memory Lane Home Living Inc. is a small private not-profit home for up to 5 elderly women with mild dementia who can no longer safely live on their own. These women continue to have their independence in a supervised setting. They participate in everyday living with in the home and in the community. We are located in the heart of Richmond Hill, On, and have walking access to parks, churches, community and senior centres, the library, shopping and more.

Using a non-medical model for dementia care from Europe we create a co-housing type of structure where families and their loved ones have a say in their care and experience a sense of community with the other residents and their families. This specific model of care is from Berlin, Germany and is called “Freunde alter Menschen” in partnership with the “Les petits frères des Pauvres” organization originating in France. There are over 300 of these homes successfully operating in Berlin and over 600 of these homes operating in all of Germany for the past 20 years. The success of these “living communities” is the home setting where a small number of residents are given opportunities to feel useful, and they have a small constant reference group which gives them a sense of “belonging” in this dementia journey. Klaus Pawletko, the sociologist who has been in charge of setting up these homes in Berlin believes that these small home environments help to reduce medication and give the families of the elderly “a peace of mind” that their loved one is being well cared for.

At Memory Lane Home Living, we use a person-centred care model and insist that all who volunteer and are part of the in-home support team have training/experience with this model of dementia care. Person centred care is usually achieved in a small setting were the ratio of supervision is low and the emphasis is on relationships. Dr. David Sheard out of the UK believes that relationships are the most important part of dementia care. He would say that in order to develop relationships we have to be able to meet the elderly where they are in their dementia journey. This chapter of their life should be a journey of love, compassion, care and belonging.

For more information please call us at 905-237-1419 or visit our website at www.memorylane homeliving.ca

24th August Open House & Statement from Evergreen with respect to its new community partnership with Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centres

Posted by admin on July 10, 2017 in Community, Events, Evergreen Hospice |

Evergreen is delighted to be partnering with MOSAIC to provide counselling and support services in the Thornhill community.  Moving away from their site near Dufferin to MOSAIC, allows Evergreen bereavement clients, caregivers and people with a life-threatening illness, receive counselling and group support in a more central location.

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MOSAIC will also host the Thornhill Hospice Palliative Care Team community meetings monthly. MOSAIC already hosts the Healthy Living Now program, which is facilitated by Evergreen volunteers and the Caregiver Support group managed collaboratively by Evergreen and CHATS (Community Home Assistance to Seniors).  The next series will be starting on September 28th and running till November 2nd, 2017.   For more information on this program contact Evergreen 416-499-2185

Evergreen’s bereavement counsellor, Lerryn Pitcher, will be working from the MOSAIC storefront in the Mall a couple of days a week, meeting with local bereaved people, caregivers and those struggling with the impact of a life-threatening illness, who are registered with Evergreen.  Twice a month there will be a Caregiver Support group for clients registered with Evergreen or CHATS (Community Home Assistance to Seniors) who are caring for a loved one or friend, to share the joys and challenges of caregiving. 

Join Mosaic Home Care Services on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 to visit our Community Resource Centre and learn about our upcoming events, including our First Link® Memory Café, Knitting Group, and much more.

Our Open House is also a great opportunity to learn about our upcoming FREE SIX WEEK WORKSHOP facilitated by Evergreen which will be starting on September 28th, 2017 and running to November 2nd. This program will help individuals learn strategies to deal with anxiety and depression, poor quality sleep and dealing with healthcare teams.

All MOSAIC clients who are interested in these programs are welcome to register through Evergreen at 416-499-2185.

Evergreen looks forward to this expansion of their relationship with MOSAIC!

July is here….Mosaic’s Pole Walking Groups Return this Week.

Posted by admin on July 5, 2017 in Health and exercise, Pole Walking |

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July is here and that means Mosaic’s Pole Walking Groups will be starting up again this week! Mosaic is excited to offer the community this fantastic event yet again throughout the summer to help people get into shape and socialize. What are the benefits of Pole Walking? The Huffington Post has a few of the health benefits of Pole Walking in this article. A recent article in The New York Times also shows us how outdoor exercise has a lot of benefits, giving you the perfect excuse to join us every week! Below are some of the details for those interested in attending any of you walks this summer.

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Mosaic will be hosting two different Pole Walking Groups this summer, meeting on the same day every week. The first group will be held at our Toronto Office at the CNIB Centre on Thursdays from July until October. While the second group will be held out our Corporate Office at The Shops on Steeles & 404 on Fridays in July & August. The walks at both locations will start at 9:30 a.m. until about 11:00 a.m., after which Mosaic will serve coffee, tea and treats for our pole walkers while they take a much needed rest!

Mosaic’s Pole Walking Groups are great for individuals looking to get regular exercise, want to socialize with other member in the community and that want to try out pole walking before making a purchase. With both groups meeting regularly over the next few weeks these groups are a fantastic place to get regular exercise since the event will run every week. Mosaic Pole Walking Groups are also a great place to socialize. By attending you will be able to meet and chat with other walkers and have the opportunity to create new friendships. Finally, Mosaic’s Pole Walking Group is a great opportunity to learn about Pole Walking, the benefits and most importantly to try out the poles themselves. With Greg Bellamy of Nordixx Pole Walking Canada being a regular community partner at Mosaic you can expect him to stop by a few of our walks to answer questions and have poles available for purchase if you need them.

We hope to see you attend one, a few, or all of our walks this summer! If you would like to know more about our Pole Walking Groups please contact Kevin at Mosaic at 905 – 597 – 7000 or by email at kevin@mosaichomecare.com. See you on the trails!

Important News Update: Mosaic Homecare Services & Elizabeth Gray Compassionate Care Inc.

Posted by admin on June 26, 2017 in Community, Corporate, News |

We would like to formally announce to the general public, community partners, client families and others who know and work with Mosaic that we have recently taken under our growing wings Elizabeth Gray of Elizabeth Gray Compassionate Care, her clients and families and caregivers.

Elizabeth Gray came to us in January of this year, after some 15 years of running her own business, with a view to Mosaic taking over responsibility for the management and care of her client families.

We were very pleased that Elizabeth had chosen Mosaic, a company that she believed shared similar values to those that she had herself instilled in the running of her business. We likewise feel that we share a very special and common bond with Elizabeth, in particular with respect to the human values which defined her own business.

From EGCC’s website: “We are a PSW and companion caregiver agency who understands the need for professional and competent levels of care, as well as the importance of connecting with others with warmth, a hug, a smile and a gentle touch. Such simple gestures of heartfelt care and appreciation can truly do wonders and are more needed than most realize.”

We know that Elizabeth spent a lot of time with the families and people under her care, going at times far more than the extra mile. We hope that we can live up to those same expectations. We therefore welcome her families and her caregivers to the Mosaic family, a family with similarly shared passionately held values.

Elizabeth will continue to remain close to those families that she has entrusted to our care and to those caregivers who have looked after those families, in many instances, for a great number of years. This is very much a part of the transition arrangements. Elizabeth will also be working part time within Mosaic helping us in a few roles as needed. So, for those who have worked with Elizabeth Gray over the last decade or more, please remain in contact.

At a later date we would like to get Elizabeth to provide us with biographical highlights of her life in the homecare industry, how she got involved, some important moments and other reflections on her own values and experiences.

While the change will mean a transition to different ways of doing things for many, certain things will stay the same: these are our jointly held beliefs that the person and the lives of the people we look after lie at the heart of everything.

Moving Home? You are not just moving furniture and belongings but memories and moments! What do you keep, what will you need?

Posted by admin on May 3, 2017 in Moving home services |

If you, or one of your family, are moving from a family home to a retirement community or condo, you may well be faced with some difficult decisions about what to keep and what you may need. 

We recommend professional services that offer more than just packing and transport.  Red Coats is a moving company that is experienced in helping people through one of life’s most important transitions:

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Seniors Social Hour – Afternoon Tea

Posted by admin on April 26, 2017 in Keynote |

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

Still space available for this lovely event!

Call Mosaic at 905-597-7000 to book.

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Wednesday, April 26th / 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Call Mosaic at 905—597—7000 to RSVP.

Join the Markham Library and Mosaic Home Care Services for an afternoon filled with socializing, tea tasting, and fun.

Light snacks will be served.

Thornhill Village Library

10 Colborne St, Thornhill, ON L3T 1Z6

Spring Cleaning Help From SAINTS!

Posted by admin on April 19, 2017 in Keynote |

Need help getting your “spring cleaning done this year? Student Assistance in North Toronto for Seniors (SAINTS) can help you get your “spring cleaning” underway. Here is information on how SAINTS can help!

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Welcome SPRING! Time to tidy!

Now (we hope) the last of the snow has fallen in Toronto, it’s time to look around and think about spring cleanup. Whether you live in a house with a large garden, or have a small garden space on your balcony, there are probably chores you wish you didn’t have to do to get ready for the summer weather. Or perhaps you look in your closets and think it’s high time you donated some of those unused garments to a resale store. SAINTS workers can help you!

SAINTS (Student Assistance in North Toronto for Seniors) has been working in the North Toronto community since 1978, helping seniors (and long or short term disabled adults) with the basic maintenance chores needed to keep a home running smoothly. Our workers are high school students, who gain experience, earn a little extra cash (or volunteer hours) and bring a fresh perspective to the lives of their senior friends.

Our boundaries are Highway 401 to Bloor Street, and Bathurst Street to Bayview Avenue.

If you live in this area, give us a call and see how we can help you—or call us anyway…we love to chat, and can direct you to other programs which help in similar ways across Toronto.

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Our phone is 416 481 6284, or you can reach us by email at saints@look.ca

Mosaic’s Spring & Summer Events Are Now Up!

This spring and summer Mosaic is excited to host another set of fantastic and fun events for our community.

From the return of pole walking to informative talks Mosaic’s spring and summer schedule offers a variety of free events for the community to enjoy:

Come Walk with Mosaic & Author Nathalie Prezeau – April 28

Overcoming Overwhelmed: What Everyone Downsizing or Settling an estate Should Know – April 11

Blood Pressure & Informational Clinic at The Shops on Steeles & 404 – April 27

Tea Tasting with Mosaic & David’s Tea – 5 May

Safe-Tea & Falls Prevention with Bedford Medical – 11/16 May

Home Accessibility & Safety for Seniors – 26 May

Celebrate with Mosaic: Seniors’ Month & Canada’s 150th Celebration – 23 June

First Link Memory Café – April 25/May 30

Pole Walking Groups – numerous dates

Be sure to go to our website to see the complete version of our latest newsletter to stay up to date with all of the wonderful things that Mosaic is doing. Here is a look at the upcoming events Mosaic will be hosting over the next few months, and remember to contact us to register!

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Featured Event:

Come Walk with Mosaic & Author Nathalie Prezeau

Mosaic is excited to have the author of Toronto Urban Strolls 1 & 2, Nathalie Prezeau, in our Toronto Office at the CNIB Friday, April 28th, 2017! Nathalie will captivate attendees with an amazing presentation that will shed light on the many wonderful walking routes, neighbourhoods and cafes around the city. With spring and summer here this presentation is perfect for those who want to plan walks to enjoy with their family, friends and loved ones. This is sure to be one of Mosaic’s most popular events over the next couple of months to be sure to contact us today to register for it. After hearing author Nathalie Prezeau talk your walks through our wonderful city will never be the same!

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Mosaic community outing to the Gibson House Museum – February 22nd, 2017

Posted by admin on March 14, 2017 in Community, Events, History, Tour Of Our Wonderful City, Trip to Gibson House |

The trip involved learning about the history of the Gibson family, their home and how people lived in the 19th century.

Of course the group had hands on experience on the tour making tasty butter and scones in the 19th century tradition!

Mosaic’s field trip to the Gibson House helped the community to understand the history of York Region and just how far we have come since the house was built in the middle of the 19th century.

This March, Mosaic is encouraging the community to explore our wonderful city of Toronto by organizing outings with friends and families to local museums. With the winter weather coming to an end, March is the perfect time to get out and about and ready for the warm months that await!

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The entrance to the historic Gibson House Museum.

The tour of the Gibson House began in the kitchen.

Our first tour guide gathered us around the large wooden kitchen table and told us about the importance of the kitchen in the 19th recounting the many chores that were necessary during that time to keep the house running. At the time management of the household was done by women. This would involve managing a number of different tasks often determined by the season.

In the kitchen itself we learned small facts like how brown sugar was the sugar of choice at the time since white sugar was expensive, how tea was often used multiple times before being thrown out. Not only did we learn facts about everyday life during the time but we also got first-hand experience!

While teaching us about how to manage a household and kitchen in the 19th century our group got our hands dirty. A few attendees took turns churning butter, a very tiring activity, while a few others helped to create tasty scones! All of this of course was done in the same way that would be done over 150 years ago.

Once we were done churning our butter and making our scones we left the kitchen and ventured into another part of the home: the parlor.

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Our tour guide explains why white sugar was highly valued in the 19th century.

As we entered the parlor we were handed off to another tour guide where we learned about the history of the house, and the Gibson Family.

A Scottish immigrant, David Gibson was a surveyor and came to Canada in the 1820’s. David would later be banished from Canada for his actions in the Rebellion of 1837, he would later be pardoned in 1843.

The house was built in 1851 after David Gibson had returned to Toronto from the United States, after returning in 1848. In the parlor we also had the chance to learn more about the Gibson family which included photos of David Gibson and his family. Finally in the parlor we took a look at some of the fashion from that era. A few garments of clothing were passed around as our tour guide talked about the clothing, informing us how it was made, what it was made out of and the practical uses of the clothing for the time. After learning about the history of the house and the Gibson family we took a final walk through the upper level and through the dining room.

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