North York Seniors Centre – The Gem of North York

Posted by admin on April 10, 2018 in Community Centres, North York with Comments closed |


After a long delay creating Mosaic’s latest newsletter and participating in community events, Mosaic’s Kevin Lopes has finished this blog featuring our wonderful friends at North York Seniors Centre.

Mosaic’s Jane Teasdale has always referred to North York Seniors Centre as the gem of North York for the incredible contributions the Centre makes for the older adult community in the North York area.

This past January 15th 2018, Mosaic’s Kevin Lopes was taken on a guided tour of North York Seniors Centre with Arlene de Vera including meeting with staff members Kate Kukor, Rose Gyasi, and Liza Frances to learn more about the Centre, the programs and services that are available.  Kevin was also able to sit down and interview volunteer Josephine Harauz about her experience volunteering at the centre.

It was an informative day that gave Kevin insight into the incredible work, programs and services that North York Seniors Centre offers to the community. With day programs, caregiver support groups, transportation services, and a community hub at the Active Living Centre, North York Seniors Centre provides a variety of incredible services to older adults in the community. For older adults looking to be active members of their community, North York Seniors Centre is a fantastic place!

On a snowy day in January, Kevin began his day learning about some of the services that North York Senior Centre offers to the community through speaking with Kate Kukor and Rose Gyasi which include:

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Creative Collage: I (Dina Campeis) have always been “drawn” to mixed media art….

Posted by admin on March 23, 2018 in Collage, Community, Creative, Events, Person Centered Care, Social and isolation with Comments closed |

…… when Mosaic Home Care booked Lesley White to facilitate a collage class, I thought, Wow, this is great.  I get to play and work at the same time!


As Community Relations Manager, I can often join the various programs that we provide for free at our Community Resource Centres, and this was one such program.

The program was 1.5 hours in length, and Lesley gave instructions and provided all the necessary tools and magazines to get us started. And then the race against time began! I came across the words ‘Road Trip’ and so started my search for pictures that spoke to me about my upcoming trip to the east coast with 5 lifelong girlfriends. Yellow rubber boots got me started.

At first, the group was silent…………… So much concentration! But then a beautiful thing happened: the group started to chat and laugh and ask questions.

At the end, each collage was different, which I found fascinating:


They ranged from an entire collage of dogs by someone who wants a dog, but doesn’t have one, to all women (it was the day after International Women’s Day), to colourful pictures that went with the words ‘Feeling Jazzed’. One of my favourites was done by a cancer survivor who used pinking shears to cut stamp sized pictures and descriptive words of all the places she had visited all over the world. There was one gentleman in the group and he created a nature v’s building structures. They were all very inspiring!

This program, and others like it, link back to Mosaic offering programs that help reduce social isolation by creating opportunities to meet new people. While this program was meant to be fun and creative, the stories of ‘how’ and ‘why’ the pictures were chosen were really quite therapeutic. I obviously am looking forward to the ‘girls road trip’ and this was a fun way to get excited about it!

The “learnings” from this collage class are easily transferred to our caregivers who can use old magazines to create collages with our clients and have great conversations while doing so. How easy it would be to find pictures and words to cut out for dog lovers, gardeners, musicians, travellers, car enthusiasts. So many ways to create together – now THAT is Person-Centred Care!

For those of you who knit or crochet, or just like to work with textiles, stay tuned for a fun event we will be having!

For more information on organizations that offer creative programs, visit:

And for information about the collage class offered by Lesley White:

The week that was Social Work Week 2018: “Social Workers on The Front Line of Real Issues”

Posted by admin on March 10, 2018 in Events, Hospitals, Mosaic, Social Work Week, Social workers with Comments closed |

Mosaic Home Care, myself (Jane Teasdale), Dina Campeis, Kevin Lopes and our co-op student Laura Lee made our ways to three separate hospitals, Michael Garron, Mackenzie Health and North York General and hosted lunches for the social workers.


The North York General Hospital event was sponsored by Mosaic Homecare Services & Community Resource Centres, Elder Care Home Health and Revera.

The tag line for Social Work Week this year was “Social Workers on The Front Line of Real Issues”.  Sometimes it is easy to see the health system as just the doctors and the nurses, but the gel that holds it all together is represented by the professional social work community.  They are the front line as are indeed the people they serve. 

We also know how tough a job social workers perform day in and day out, and how difficult it must be to work with the limited resources they are given when set against the significant issues of the social front line.  As our society ages and the number of socially vulnerable adults with complex care needs grow this conflict between available resources and the needs of the front line is set to grow.

In fact, we see an ever growing need for increased social worker involvement, especially in the community, as the front line pushes out.  As more and more care is pushed into the community we see the need for higher levels of focus not just on the delivery of care but on the non clinical psycho social engagement and infrastructure critical to social and emotional well being.  We see a strong need for social workers to become actively involved in the growing macro..ness of our communities’ social ecologies, both structurally in terms of looking at how we can all work together as well as organically in terms of facilitating social interaction. 

There is currently a growing interest in the on-going debate between the macro and the micro focus of social work and the following is some interesting literature on the subject:


Balancing Micro and Macro Practice: A Challenge for Social Work Jack Rothman and Terry Mizrahi

Social work and macro-economic neoliberalism: beyond the social justice rhetoric Gary Spolander, Lambert Engelbrecht & Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Revisiting the Relationship Between Micro and Macro Social Work Practice Michael J. Austin, Elizabeth K. Anthony, Ryan Tolleson Knee, & John Mathias 

Re-Envisioning Macro Social Work Practice Bowen McBeath, Ph.D., MSW

Perceptions of Macro Social Work Education: An Exploratory Study of Educators and Practitioners Katharine M. Hill Christina L. Erickson Linda Plitt Donaldson Sondra J. Fogel Sarah M. Ferguson


Welcome to the Memory Café/Alzheimer’s Café, starting next week!

Posted by admin on February 23, 2018 in Alzheimer's, Alzheimers Society of York Region, Dementia, Education, First Link Memory Cafe, Social networks with Comments closed |

The First Link® Memory Café, York Region and the Toronto area Memory Café start next week!

Welcome to a café style environment geared towards people diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias, their care partners as well as those who worry about memory problems. The cafés provide a friendly atmosphere where people can socialize and share experiences over a cup of coffee or tea/refreshments.

The “café environment” idea was pioneered by Dr. Bére Miesen, a Dutch clinical psychologist in 1997, with his key message:

“Do not hide away – come and participate with us, in this safe space, and in society and life as much as you can. You did not ask to get dementia, and it could happen to any of us. Here we understand – and want to talk about it and learn to live with it.”

According to Dr Marco Blom “an Alzheimer’s Cafe is much more than a social gathering. Its purpose is to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia by facilitating social contact and providing education about dementia, for everyone affected by and interested in all types of dementia…..topics relating to dementia are presented and discussed knowledgably, sensitively and openly with people with dementia their carers/caregivers

These programs can be held in community/senior centres, clubhouses or any place with a relaxed atmosphere where individuals can socialize, play games, listen to guest speakers, and ask questions in a non-threatening environment. Support staff from the Alzheimer’s Society, social workers and other professionals are there to provide support and guidance.

According to Dementia Partnerships, a UK organization:

Peer support and social contact, without stigma, rapidly becomes the main focal point of the service…..Many people make friendships as a result and are able to support each other outside the Memory Café setting. This informal setting provides emotional support and also reduces the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families.”

We find that our own café members thoroughly enjoy themselves and many say the Memory Café feels like “home”.   We always look to have a number of interesting speakers, activities as well as outings that make our cafés a place to look forward to.  

Mosaic hosts two memory cafes one in the Toronto Area, the other in York Region.  The York Region Café is organized by the Alzheimer Society of York Region and partners with Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre.

The First Link® Memory Café in York Region: to find out more information contact or call 888-414-5550 and ask for Jonathan.    The First Link ®Memory Café at Mosaic will run the last Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  To contact Mosaic please call 905-597-7000 for more information.

Toronto area Memory Café: last Wednesday of every month from September to May, held at Mosaic’s mid-town office at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Call 905-597-7000 for more information.

Cafés usually feature educational sessions from community organizations and professionals; discussion topics and conversation; a focus on the arts (music, movement and art), interesting hobbies and hands on workshops

To find an Alzheimer’s Café in your area: contact your local Alzheimer Society for Services and information. Alzheimer Society in your area at or call 800-879-4226

Jane Teasdale

Director of Business Development & Community Relations

Aromatherapy: A complementary treatment for Chronic Pain by Tara Johnston

Posted by admin on February 16, 2018 in Essential oils, Health and alternatives with Comments closed |

Unfortunately, pain is something we have all faced or will face in our lifetime; anything from a tooth ache or cold to a severe injury or chronic conditions which may have limited treatments. But symptoms don’t necessarily present with just physical pain as I have discovered with my own health journey.

Anxiety, insomnia, stress, isolated, depression, digestive issues, fatigue as well as side effects from countless medications have all affected me in the last four years alongside chronic pain in my back, hips & legs. I have seen nearly every holistic & medical specialist available to me, changed my diet numerous times, meditated, exercised and tried a pile of medications & supplements purported to treat all of my symptoms. These things helped marginally in one way or another but they couldn’t address the big picture nor could I feasibly do some of these things every day for one reason or another.

Fast forward to about a year ago when I was introduced to aromatherapy. I was hooked in a serious way. After doing some initial research on my own, I went to a workshop and walked away with a small collection of oils which I could use for various things. Most importantly, I had something for everything and I felt empowered to go home and start diffusing right away!

Lavender was the first bottle I went through. I diffused it & topically applied it to help relax me. It helped to calm me before bed; relaxed my mind when I had anxiety along with my pain & eased my headaches. Gradually, coping with my pain was not so overwhelming if I was using Lavender essential oil along with my prescribed treatment.

I soon became so intrigued with the inherit benefits of using Lavender to relax me that I branched out to some more uplifting oils such as Lemon to brighten my mood, Digize blend for digestive discomfort; Peppermint for my joint & muscle pain; and diffused R.C. blend when I came down with a cold to help ease my symptoms.

I since have been educating others around me how to safely use oils, make all-natural cleaning & personal care products, and identify oils that fit in with their personal self-care journey.

So how can Essential Oils help you?

· Headaches

· Acne

· Cough or Cold

· Eczema & Dermatitis

· Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains

· Digestive Discomfort

· Burns, Cuts, Bruises, & other minor skin irritations

· Stressed & uptight

Not all Essential Oils are created equally. To find out more about using oils, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a workshop at Mosaic Home Care Services Resource Centre located at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) on Friday, Feb. 23rd/18 @ 1:30pm. Located at 1929 Bayview Avenue, Suite 215H. For more information contact Mosaic at 416-322-7002 or visit our website at

* The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with the appropriate healthcare providers before making any health decision.

Rani Glick’s Bon Appetit!

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Keynote with Comments closed |

10 Essential Tips to save you time and money for meal prep and meal planning!

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP).

Today, we live in a society of extreme planning. Everything is broken down into lists for self-help goals, career development, children and family events or managing our own health care. But one thing we don’t do is plan for the food we eat!

Meal planning can save you time, money and energy!

When I plan about what I’m going to make each week, I find it is more cost effective and I purchase less stuff. Besides, home cooking has much more nutritional value than restaurant or prepared meals. It’s also less stressful!

In a study by the Food Marketing Institute, the average household wastes 14% of the food they buy due to poor planning and wastage. If you spend $100 a week on groceries, 14% is the equivalent of three homemade gourmet meals.

The question is how do you figure out what meals to make each day?

Do you plan for each day or for the week?

You can begin planning your meals anytime throughout the year! Just because your kids are out of the house or that you live on your own, it doesn’t mean you can’t think about menu planning.

Here are 10 tips for setting up an easy menu plan for the week:

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Restocking your Kitchen by Rani Glick

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Health & Nutrition with Comments closed |

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP).


Good healthy living is all about adding variety into your diet! Restock your kitchen with a variety of ingredients that are tasty, delicious and nutritious to enjoy.

This is a recommended list that you can buy in advance or purchase as needed.  You may have some of these ingredients already in your kitchen.



black beans, white northern beans, kidney beans, chick peas, adzuki beans, lentils (black, green, red), green peas, yellow peas, mung beans, edamame, tempeh, miso, tofu.

Recommended to buy cumin powder and seeds and coriander powder and seeds*

Grains selected here are gluten free recommendations. Recipes will indicate substituting gluten free grains from wheat based grains. If you wish to use white rice, spelt and others no problem.

Many of these products can be purchased in larger supermarkets. Some sweeteners, oils and grains are available at health food stores.

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP). She has followed her love of food and cooking to nutrition and applying its healing properties towards living with better health. Her health coaching practice is dedicated to educating active ageing adults about living well through food, fitness and mindfulness. For more information visit: or by email at


Rani Glick’s Menu Planning and Shopping List Templates

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Health & Nutrition, Meal Planning with Comments closed |

Menu Template:


Shopping List:


Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP). She has followed her love of food and cooking to nutrition and applying its healing properties towards living with better health. Her health coaching practice is dedicated to educating active ageing adults about living well through food, fitness and mindfulness. For more information visit: or by email at


Staying Socially Engaged Within Your Community

Posted by admin on January 16, 2018 in Community, Events, Life and art, Loneliness and isolation, Social networks, Talks with Comments closed |

Mosaic will be teaming up with North York Seniors Centre on Friday, January 19th for an informative event at our Markham Office where you can learn ways to contribute to the community, techniques to connect with others, and discover programs and services that are available to you.

North York Seniors Centre will speak about the programs that they offer to the community.

A week later on Friday, January 26th Mosaic will host the same event at our Toronto Office, this time featuring a speaker from the Anne Johnson Health Station along with Mosaic’s Jane Teasdale.

If you are looking to become an active participant within your community, and find meaning in contributing to your community these are great events to attend.

For those of you who know Mosaic, or have attended one of their many community events you will be aware of the importance it places on social integration through community participation.

The benefits of greater community involvement and social interaction are many. They include the physical and mental health benefits that contribute to longevity amongst older adults. But this is not the only reason older adults should become socially integrated. The wider community itself benefits from the older adults contributing to their communities, through their experience and knowledge acquired throughout their years.

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The Information Sheet on our recent award from the European Society For Person Centered Healthcare

Posted by admin on December 6, 2017 in Awards, Community, Keynote, Person Centered Care, Recognition, The Meaning of Me - “TMOM®”. with Comments closed |

Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centres: AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL OF THE European Society For Person Centred Healthcare for its Person Centered, Community Focused Model of Care:


Mosaic is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare at the Society’s Annual Conference and awards held in London, the UK, in October of this year:

From the ESPCH: “The Gold Medal and its associated Certificate are awarded in recognition of your substantial contribution to the development of home and health care issues in the community and thus to a development of the person-centeredness of care when developing relations between healthcare professionals, home care providers, not-for-profit agencies and other important services providers that are needed to provide the wider levels of support often required by those in need in the community.”

At the conference Mosaic presented on its unique person centered care service in a talk titled ““The Meaning of Me®”: a Canadian blue print for addressing the complex whole that is the person at the centre of the community based homecare services model.”

From Jane Teasdale:“Mosaic’s blue print for Person Centred Care extends the notion that care based services should be implemented collaboratively with the individual and their families to one that also embraces the voice and the rich habitat of the mind and the being of the person being cared for.  It is one that is also especially sensitive to the importance of community, the person’s place in the community and the wider dynamic that encompasses a person’s many dimensions of being. ” 

Mosaic’s model of care looks to integrate for profit and not for profit community services and supports for home health care and to encourage a wider community involvement:

Mosaic has set up and funded community resource centres that combine both educational and fun events for individuals in need of care and their families with information on the many supports and services available in the community. It operates two resource centres across the GTA. Its resource centres provide socialisation opportunities for individuals, help for families and family caregivers, social integration of seniors within the wider community and the building of relationships with many service providers and businesses in the community.

“The Meaning of Me®”

Drawing inspiration from the Joseph Rowntree Report “A Better Life – What older people with high support needs value”, “The Meaning of Me” addresses the needs of the individual outside of the medical and support lens of the homecare model and develops a framework in which caregiver and client, family and client and ultimately the wider community and client can establish a richer set of conversations, relationships and connections. The Meaning of Me® is a journey of potential for the individual to reconnect with themselves, their interests and where possible their communities.

“The Meaning of Me®” closed the loop that Mosaic started with its community resource centres. It reached out to the community and drew it in and then reached out to the people in need of care and drew them in.

Mosaic has set standards and promoted the importance of community, person centred care and the importance of addressing the individual at the centre of care to individuals and families and the wider service and professional community. In so doing it is introducing new models and benchmarks of care.

Recognised as a best practise leader at home and abroad

Mosaic is recognized as a best practice leader in homecare services, and especially so in the way it addresses human values and social and community interaction..

Some Mosaic quotes regarding the importance of person centered health care in the home care model

“Looking more deeply at person centered care has allowed us to look beyond standard models of care, and their assessment processes, to areas that may also have impact with respect to the client’s physical and mental well being to greater extent; addressing typically “non care” areas, for older adults where complex care needs impact being, may well be of critical importance to the person in raising the quality of life otherwise achieved from outcomes limited to nursing and personal supports. “

“As providers of longer term home care service based relationships, that include a great many older adults with complex care needs, we also believe we have a responsibility, as gatekeepers of our specific environ, to address the importance of the person, outside of the typically defined care relationship, as a being rich in meaning, history and creative potential. We are especially aware of the gaps in care that relate to the person as a being of meaning and as a person existing within a wider community“

“To address the impact of gaps, especially those associated with loss of social interaction and reduced engagement in interests, activities and communities, we may have to be creative. “The Meaning of Me®”.”

“We know that loneliness and isolation can have quite dramatic impacts on health, for older adults, yet a healthcare system that does not address these issues somewhere along the chain of care does risk impaired health care outcomes.“

“Home care is one of the furthest points along chain of care that you can get for the older adult and occupies an important space in the care continuum, dominating essentially large parts of the person’s space and time.”

“Importantly the home is especially relevant to aging in place dynamics and community interaction and is therefore much closer to the personal centered care dimensions of the mind and community. It was this proximity to community and place, engendered by our long standing belief in the importance of community towards aging in place and age friendly communities, that helped gather our minds’ eye on “The Meaning of Me®” as an important interface to the person that we care for.”

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