A Zoom presentation “Urban Strolls with Nathalie Prezeau” – If you want to rediscover Toronto in the months ahead

May 13, 2021 in Keynote |

Join Mosaic Home Care Services & The Sumach by Chartwell – Retirement Living in Toronto in presenting a lively presentation on Zoom by Nathalie Prezeau, author of popular walking guides!

Nathalie Prezeau is an author and self-publisher. She moved from Montreal to Toronto almost 30 years ago and she instantly feel in love with the city. She has shared her enthusiasm with us since the publication of her first guide in 1999. She followed the five editions of her family guide Toronto Fun Places with four walking guides. Her latest, Toronto Best Urban Strolls, was released during the pandemic, to help Torontonians get some fresh air!
One big takeaway from 2020’s worldwide roller-coaster is our renewed appreciation for little pleasures. Never again will be take for granted: long walks with a dear friend, surprising little nooks at every turn, sitting at a table for our caffeine fix while people watching, savouring a treat on a patio, soaking in the sun.

Nathalie will present the colourful neigbhourhood of the Canary District and stimulate us to plan delightful local outings with a traveller’s mindset.

Date: Tuesday May 18th, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register for all programs or to find out about our #homecare services and #social programs call our offices at 416-322-7002 or info@mosaichomecare.com if you need assistance or more information. A Zoom link for the program or telephone link to call in will be provided one you have completed the registration.

You can also review our Mosaic’s Life in Canada podcast, Directed and hosted by Jane Teasdale, Co-owner & Director of Business Development of Mosaic Home Care Services featuring Mimi Lee from North York Seniors Centre www.nyseniors.org

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Join us for our Community Life in Canada Podcast – New to Mosaic!

May 9, 2021 in Keynote |

My Podcast experience over the last couple of months has been a steep learning curve for me, but each time I do a taping it is getting easier!  I also had input from my colleagues Nathalie Anderson (who listens to podcasts quite frequently), Beth Eshete (Mosaic’s lead on community resources and social engagement) and Christian Teasdale (actor, artist, photographer, podcast producer and editor) and his own recording studio.   

For those thinking of starting a podcast, I suggest you do some research in this area, so you have an understanding.  You may also need to design some artwork for the logo (see ours).   Once you are all set- up with your links and a hosting site it seems fairly easy to manage and upload – thank you to Christian for all his tech work in the background. 

You will also need to invest in a good computer, preferably a couple of monitors and a proper broadcasting microphone, headset and expertise in editing and sound.

The next part of the process is that of interviewing and choosing your guests.  This takes a while as it reinforces the theme of your podcast. 

Some things to consider: 

Have you done the research on your desired theme?    

What type of questions would you like to ask your guest?  This needs to be communicated with your guest prior to the date of taping the podcast. You might also benefit from a pre-discussion with your guest prior to the podcast.  I do this on Zoom and you can decide to tape it if you wish for a trial run.  Mosaic usually provides an agenda and a framework for our guests.

Filming day:

Take some deep breaths; try stay relaxed; make sure your cell phone is in another room; make eye contact with your guest on Zoom and leave some pause between comments to facilitate any necessary editing.  If you make a mistake in a section, make a note and see if you can come back to that point to retape. 

For our first podcast, we were delighted to have as our guest Mimi Lee from North York Seniors Centre www.nyseniors.org.  Her role at www.nyseniors.org is Human Resources Coordinator.  Mimi was an easy guest to have on our Mosaic Podcast: I have known Mimi through the North York Seniors’ Centre for the last 20 years.  I refer to this organization as the “Jewel of North York”.

In this Podcast we discussed the importance of social connection through community organizations in your local neighborhoods and of attending social programs, either online or in person.  We also talked about some of the research behind staying socially connected, volunteerism, connections, developing friendships, and intergenerational programs such as their letter writing programs.  We also discussed person-centered care and the importance of implementing this within organizations. 

How do organizations connect with the community and home bound seniors? 

For those interested you can subscribe to our podcast or follow the links below to have a listen.

google:  https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81NWJiZmQyOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mosaics-community-life-podcast/id1564979634

Stay tuned for our next guest Marta Hajek, Executive Director from Elder Abuse (Prevention) Ontario Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, Stop Abuse, Restore Respect – La maltraitance des personnes âgées Ontario, Arrêtez les mauvais traitements, Restaurez le respect – EAPON.ca

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Virtual Seminars from one of our long standing community relationships – Ward Funeral Homes:

April 15, 2021 in Keynote |

If you are planning for yourself or a loved one, healing from a loss; or want to be an informed caregiver……

Join this Virtual Series for up-to-date information straight from the experts.  Some of the topics discussed are:

  • The Financial  emotional benefits of advanced planning
  • How the covid-19 pandemic has impacted estate planning.

Dates:  May 4th, 11th & 18th, 2021 – Time:  1 p.m.

For more information please see the link below:

https://www.wardfuneralhomes.com/virtual-seminars/registration

Mosaic’s Online Program Schedule Spring and Summer 2021

April 9, 2021 in Keynote |

My experience with booking and receiving the COVID-19 Vaccination

March 30, 2021 in COVID-19 |

As I will be turning 60 this year I qualified for the Astra Zeneca vaccination pilot for those born between 1957 and 1961. I considered myself lucky to be able to receive a vaccination and turned up early morning Saturday 20th March at Rexall Pharmacy on Bloor St East. This was may early birthday present and one of the most significant events in my COVID-19 world! 

A not so flattering picture of me receiving the COVID-19 vaccination to encourage others to do their part in the fight against COVID.

The booking process through Rexall was quite easy and allowed you to select a location close to where you live.  All you needed was information on your medical history, your doctor, and of course your health card number. 

Once I had inputted my information and dates of availability I received an e mail with a final set of dates to choose from.  I decided to have the vaccination on a weekend so that I would have time to recover from any side effects.   

The whole process took no more than two weeks, a couple of e mails and a pre vaccination list of questions. On arrival at the pharmacy Rexall also provided me with information on what would happen and what to expect.  After filling in all the final details and presenting my health card I only had to wait 10 minutes untill I was called. 

Medical questions were asked again: if I had a cold, fever, if I had ever had COVID-19, if I had recently travelled outside of Canada and a few other questions.  I entered the small room with the nurse and the AstraZeneka vaccine was administered.  I was asked to sit for 15 minutes to see if there were any possible side effects or allergic reactions.  The effects of the COVID-19 vaccine could be a sore arm, fever, chills, and dizziness.

Once I left Rexall, I was feeling great and ready for a little treat. Fortunately there was a McDonalds was in the same block as Rexall, so I had my favourite breakfast: egg Mcmuffin, hash browns and coffee!  I then headed back home to the safety of my condo.

I was fine for the rest of the day until around 6 p.m. Then it hit me. I did not have a fever, but I was feeling extremely tired, dizzy and light-headed; I felt like I was on a ferris wheel, going round and round.  This lasted for two days before I started to feel normal again. Such a reaction to a vaccine can be a good sign that your immune system is gearing up and I was happy that my body had responded!

COVID-19 is not like the flu. It can make you extremely ill, you may even require hospitalization and for some there is a risk of death. The young and healthy are not immune. So getting vaccinated is important.

The more we are vaccinated the less likely COVID-19 and its variants will spread amongst us. There are many reasons why we need to be vaccinated: the many needless deaths and severe illness that persons and families have experienced, the impact on mental health, financial security and the economy, on our health care system and our education of the young are some of the many reasons. Perhaps the most important reason going forward is to prevent opportunities for the virus to mutate and develop into strains that can bypass the defenses built by vaccination.

I have posted a not so flattering picture of me receiving the COVID-19 vaccination to encourage others to do their part in the fight against COVID.

Stay safe and socially distanced and Roll Up Your Sleeves for the COVID-19 Vaccination!

Welcome to March and our Spring events update!

March 14, 2021 in Keynote |

Welcome to March: Spring is almost here and we are looking forward to finally getting outside again and coming together apart!  Mosaic Home Care would like to thank you for your very important support especially over the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

You can review our March 2021 video on You Tube  for all the upcoming programs featured.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T7LJ8BcypQ

Join Joanne Picot

March 16th from 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join Joanne Picot in our Zoom Functional Fitness Program  Zoom Functional Fitness with Joanne Picot – Mosaic Home Care

A chance to knit or crochet

Every Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. we have our knitting group, a chance to knit or crochet, have discussions and make some new friends online.  Zoom Functional Fitness with Joanne Picot – Mosaic Home Care

Julie Williams, visual artist, story teller and photographer

Since we can’t get away to travel Mosaic will be featuring Julie Williams, visual artist, story teller and photographer who will take us on a visual tour of France on Friday March 19th at 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join us as Julie takes us on a delightful visual tour of France!  You will experience the sights and cultures of this magical and breathtaking old-world country.  Through Julie’s images we will savour quintessential memories of Provence’s narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured homes, timeless ivy-covered walls, and terra-cotta tiled rooftops.  The final stop will be in Paris!

Mosaic’s Zoom Community Café & Lianne Harris (Luck O’ The Irish)

Our ongoing Mosaic’s Zoom Community Café which we have been running for quite a number of years now and has been very successful.  In March we will be featuring Lianne Harris who has presented many times to our Mosaic Community.  She will be featuring a presentation call the Luck O’ The Irish.  This will be held on Monday March 22nd from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mosaic’s Zoom Community Café – Mosaic Home Care

Toronto Council on Aging “Seniors Surviving COVID-19” Webinar Series

The Toronto Council on Aging (TCA) is a registered, non-profit organization that addresses the issues and concerns of older adults in Toronto.  Our vision is to create a community that respects, values and empowers seniors.

The “Seniors Surviving COVID-19” Webinar Series will provide seniors in Toronto with a series of online educational sessions.  The topics features were based on the needs and interests of TCA members shared through surveys and phone conversations.

All webinars will be presented through Zoom and instructions on how to use Zoom are available on the TCA Website in the under the “Resources” section of the website (www.torontocouncilonaging.com).

Upcoming Dates:  Wednesday March 17th, 2021 join Jane Teasdale from Mosaic Home Care Services speaking on “The Importance of Social Connections within our Communities:  A Person-Centered Community Model of Care.

Cost:  Free

Registration:  Visit the Toronto Council on Aging Website for more information at www.torontocouncilonaging.com

My Life as an Opera Singer With Maria Soulis

Join us on ZOOM for a conversation with Maria Soulis about her life on the operatic stage!  Her presentation will highlight how she decided she wanted to be a classical singer, the training and auditioning process, and the lucky breaks.  Maria will share stories and pictures of some of the beautiful opera houses throughout Europe where she had the privilege of singing.

Mezzo-soprano Maria Soulis began her operatic career as a resident singer with the Regensburg Opera in Germany (1999-2002), afterwards branching out as a freelance artist in theatres throughout Europe.  Nominated for the Juno in 2016, Maria continues to perform with Canadian Theatres and orchestras, in repertoire ranging from Baroque to new works.

Date:  Thursday March 25th, 2021

Time:  1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registration required

My Life as an Opera Singer With Maria Soulis – Mosaic Home Care

Join Mosaic Home Care Services for Zoom Programs Online.  Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centres have taken some of our programs online during COVID-19 Pandemic.

To register for all Mosaic Home Care programs call our offices at 905.597.7000 or info@mosaichomecare.com or beth@mosaichomecare.com if you need more information.  A Zoom link for the program will be sent once you have completed the registration.

Service development update – EC Plus® and Family Counselling Services & Navigation

As you know Mosaic provides home care support services with an integrated holistic person centered care approach.  We will be introducing EC Plus® and Family Counselling Services & Navigation  for our clients, families and community as needed.   This is provided by our team approach of nursing, social work, counselling and geriatric expertise.  Stay tuned for more information.  For more information about our home care services click here.  Home Care Services – Mosaic Home Care

Vaccinations!

March 7, 2021 in Keynote |

Dear Readers to our Mosaic Blog.

March is here at last and we appear to be getting closer to resolving many things COVID. Canada and especially Toronto has had a slow start to vaccinations but vaccine availability is now improving – that was then but this is now, fingers crossed.

Mosaic has participated, over the last few weeks and months in the many Zoom calls held for health professionals. We have engaged actively with the LHINS, community groups, Ontario Health Care teams and hospital IPAC units. We have aimed to stay on top of all things COVID including the latest information on vaccination rollout and registration for our front line teams, our clients and family members.

There are still too many loose ends and unanswered questions:

  1. Mosaic has been pushing, under the auspices Family Funded Care Partners Alliance, for all community PSWs and nurses to receive vaccinations.
  2. How do those without computers register for a vaccination, especially the older adult who may rely on others for their advocacy and support? Can a home care agency or a PSW register their client if the client doesn’t have anyone to do this?
  3. There are many home bound seniors who will not be able to get to the designated vaccination points.  Other countries have provided at home vaccinations and so should Toronto Public Health .
  4. What about Family Caregivers, will they be able to get vaccinated irrespective of age?

At the end of the post we provide a list of resources and links about registration and vaccination from a number of different hospitals across the GTA.

Updates from hospitals and the Toronto Public Health will be provided to the communities on protocols with regards to proper Personal Protection Equipment, social distancing, protective masking and handwashing. 

Mosaic Home Care will continue to do our part in providing resources and information to our Mosaic families, clients, staff and community.

Stay safe and socially distanced and “Roll up your Sleeves for the COVID-19 Vaccination”  And stay tuned for our next blog from our Mosaic Client Services team and responses from our caregivers receiving the COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Finally, we know that there is some vaccination hesistancy across our communities. We believe that taking the vaccine is a monumental social and moral responsibility. Over the last year and a bit many families have been left devastated by the virus itself. The impact of COVID extends to the social, emotional and economic consequences of the world-wide response to the virus. If we decide not to get vaccinated we not only increase our risk of contracting COVID but of passing it onto others and of incubating and passing on a mutation. If you have concerns and are worried about vaccination then please contact your doctor or your local hospital for direction.

COVID Resources and Vaccinations updates from March 5th, 2021

North York and Mid-town

North York Generalhttps://nygh.on.ca/covid19vaccination

Sunnybrook:  https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=novel-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-information

Downtown Toronto

University Health Network: COVID-19 Vaccine Information at UHN

East GTA

Michael Garron HospitalOnline booking for COVID-19 testing | Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network (MGH/TEHN)

Scarborough Health Network: COVID-19 Vaccine Information – Scarborough Health Network (shn.ca)

West

Trillium: https://trilliumhealthpartners.ca/covid-19/A/vaccine.html

Humber River:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Booking – Humber River Hospital (hrh.ca)

North GTA

Simcoe Muskoka: https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19

York Region: york.ca/COVID19Vaccine

Toronto Public Health: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

For more information on our home care services and supports and a full listing of our social programs visit our website at www.mosaichomecare.com

Dementia-Friendly Creative -Arts Classes for Life Enrichment (Bitove Method)

March 4, 2021 in Keynote |

Here is some information on The Bitove Method Arts Classes. Anyone looking for more information should connect with them at https://www.thebitovemethod.com/

More than ever before the world needs Social Workers…

February 28, 2021 in Social Work Week |

Social workers are a part of the helping profession. I first learned about social work when I was in Highschool because my mother works at a hospital and works closely with social workers daily. After learning more about the role of a social worker, I was drawn to this field. I graduated from Ryerson University with my Bachelor of Social Work degree and minored in Family Supports and Community Practice.

Throughout my years being a social worker, I have learned that life can be joyous and exciting, but it can also be very difficult. Social workers are the individuals who support people through these hard times.

There are various sectors within social work that you can specialize in. I’ve worked in many different sectors including disability, homelessness, mental health, but I was drawn to gerontology and working with older adults. Through case management at Mosaic Home Care, I have worked specifically in areas involving senior’s mental health, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, addictions, palliative care and end of life, outreach, advocacy, and navigation and support for older adults and their families. As the Family Social Worker Consultant, I work very closely with families daily. Advocacy has been a very important part of services provided, and Mosaic provides resources, services, and programs within the community that individuals can access. There are many challenges that older adults face as they age, and it’s been my goal to assist individuals in the aging process.

During the pandemic many social workers have taken on an increased role that has led to higher rates of burn-out, general fatigue, and we continue to manage various challenges. However, providing solutions to individuals and working closely to increase their overall well-being has been rewarding. It’s also been important to focus on self-care and I’ve been enjoying exercising, going for long walks outside, golfing in the warmer months, spending time with close family and taking part in Zoom birthday parties and celebrations. I’ve also spent a lot of time reminiscing on my favourite memories and activities before the pandemic began. One of my favourite memories includes an annual baking event at my aunt’s house around the Christmas holiday.

In the photo I am seen with my Nana, who is very special to me. I’ve been able to see her ‘from a distance’ during the pandemic and I cannot wait to continue our baking tradition when it’s safe to do so.

As we always say at Mosaic Home Care, “compassion is our passion” and the world needs us (social workers) now more than ever before.

– Sarah McGilvray

Family Social Worker Consultant

Get Moving with Canada’s National Ballet School This Winter!

February 22, 2021 in Keynote |

Take part in an interactive presentation and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Program. Tune in to the First Link® Memory Café on February 23rd from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

Article provided by Canada’s National Ballet School:

At Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), excellence, access and inclusion fuel our belief in sharing the transformative power of dance to change lives for the better. NBS knows how dance affects our bodies, minds and souls. We know it because we live it and help others live it every day. People of every age, ability and aspiration have a transformative experience waiting for them in dance.

Why dance?

Dance is a powerful, yet underutilized tool for health and well-being across all spectrums of Canadian society. Creative movement has the unique ability to connect people and provide comfort during challenging times. Research also suggests that dance is an exciting new direction in the study of aging and cognitive neuroscience, offering a unique combination of physical, mental and social benefits for seniors at home, in retirement and care facilities and with age-related illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

The physical benefits of dancing in older adulthood may include:

● improved aerobic power

● improved balance and gait

● increased muscle endurance

● reduced risk of falls

● greater strength and flexibility

Dance may also be emotionally and socially beneficial for older adults by helping to reduce isolation, encouraging a sense of community and providing a space for creativity and artistic expression.

“Participating in Sharing Dance Seniors truly changed my life. It helped me
physically do things I haven’t been allowed to do for more than 50 years.” – Participant “When I dance, I feel free, ageless and euphoric.” – Participant

Discover the joy and benefits of dance – at home!

Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors – at Home

Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), industry leaders in geriatric care and dance training, are offering FREE six-week dance courses for older adults, which can be accessed at home.

Weekly online classes are taught by professional dance teachers from NBS, are accompanied by a live musician, and include a variety of movement options to suit participants’ needs. Classes are 20 minutes in length and both seated and standing course options are available. Join any time and engage in these fun, creative and musical classes at your own pace. No dance experience required! Visit www.nbs-enb.ca/sharingdanceseniors and start dancing today!

Want to learn more? Take part in an interactive presentation and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Program. Tune in to the First Link® Memory Café on February 23rd from 1:00 – 2:00pm.


Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and Baycrest, industry leaders in aging and brain health and dance training, have collaborated to develop meaningful dance activities for older adults. Through its artistry and physicality, dance supports overall physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Take part in this interactive presentation, and hear more about the benefits of dance and the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Programs.

Photos courtesy of Canada’s National Ballet School

Alzheimer Society of York Region – https://alzheimer.ca/york/

Canada’s National Ballet School Senior’s Dance Program – www.nbs-enb.ca/sharingdanceseniors

Mosaic Home Care – https://www.mosaichomecare.com/

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