• From Person to Patient and Back by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 15, Issue 4

    Three very different ladies, but they have much more in common than a broken hip. Each one will be negotiating a similar journey - from person to patient - and ideally, back again to their former lives. Their ability to weather this transistion and support from family and friends, will be the key to their post-hospital life.

  • Be Travel Smart by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 16, Issue 3

    They’re in every magazine, in Tilley hats and travel shorts, working on their “bucket list.” Older adults have become synonymous with retirement travel—and why not? They have the time, income, curiosity, temperament and, hopefully, the stamina. Passports are renewed, travel and health insurance booked, email and phone on “roam,” arrangements made for the lawn, snow and mail, and the Kindle is loaded up. Ready to go, right?

  • Who Rescued Who? by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 19, Issue 2

    The benefits for older adults of spending time with a pet are well documented. Pet attachment is linked to strengthened emotional health, reduced depression and lower psychological distress. Seniors with dogs, for instance, go to the doctor less and report fewer illnesses.

  • Savvy Travelling by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 19 - Issue 3

    Adventure doesn’t have to stop just because you have a medical condition or need some extra help. If you stay flexible, consider travelling with friends and family rather than alone, pack light, plan carefully and keep your sense of humour then you can still travel the world for business or pleasure. Here are some stories and lessons learned.

  • Pets and Seniors by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 21, Issue 2

    The benefits of having a pet are welldocumented, and are particularly true when it comes to seniors and those who live alone. Pet attachment has been linked to better emotional health and reduced stress, depression and psychological distress.

  • Seniors are Green - by Pat Irwin

    Caregiver Solutions - Volume 21, Issue 3

    Many of today’s seniors were influenced by the fallout of the 1930s’ Great Depression. They may remember those days, and consequently their values and practices reflect the lessons learned from hard times.

“Every aspect was perfectly done – the cleaning up and sorting, packup, the move, the setup of my mother’s new room, etc. She is incredibly efficient. I would not have survived this experience without Pat (nor would my mother.)”

Ginnie Welsman

VP Audit Services, SunLife Financial

“Pat Irwin has been a godsend. Faced with trying to assess available care facilities when it became apparent that my aged parents could no longer cope with independent living, I emailed Pat early one morning. She responded within hours, saw my parents that day and had them placed in a week. My mother loved her.”

David R. Allgood

Executive Vice-President & General Counsel Royal Bank of Canada

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