Pat Irwin, BA, AICB, CPCA
Elder Care Expert

Pat Irwin

Pat M.Irwin is President of ElderCareCanada. She founded the company in 1999 to meet the need for effectively managing the family dynamic between seniors, their adult children and adult siblings, including:

Options for support, housing and care

Relocation assistance including moving and house clearing and staging

Ongoing care management

Eldercare / family mediation

Expert opinions for families undergoing mediation and litigation regarding elder care costs and effort.

She is a certified professional consultant on aging (CPCA), as well as holding a BA from the University of Toronto; is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB) and is certified in mediation from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.

Pat is a Professor of Distance Learning at Centennial College, developing and teaching modules in the Retirement Communities Management Certificate program offered by the Ontario Residential Care Association (ORCA).

She also offers onsite lectures and Webinars on eldercare topics and supports corporate Employee Assistance Programs as well as her private practice.

Media includes print and on-line publications including as Caregiver Help’s Here, Dialogue and Comfort Life; s he has been quoted in The Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Macleans and Canadian Business magazine. Radio includes Classical 96.3fm, and CBC Radio including Fresh Air, The Current and Definitely not the Opera; TV includesDiscovery Health television, CTV’s Canadian Business Television and Comfort Live TV.

Personal interests include a 25+ career as a singer, board member and volunteer fundraiser with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, as well as various board memberships in the arts and health care community.

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Posts by Pat Irwin

‘Having the Talk’

Having the Talk – How to Broach the Subject of Retirement Living with your Parents

‘The Talk’ invokes discussion, arguments, tears, laughter and every other emotion, all of which are perfectly natural. While it’s one of the most important talks in a person’s life, there’s no need to dread it if you keep these tips in mind.

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Evaluating Home Care

With so many home care providers out there, I’m overwhelmed. What criteria should I use to find the best care provider for my mum? New caregiving agencies seem to emerge constantly. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with a caregiver’s ability, reputation and affordability.

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Keeping Mom and Dad Safe at Home this Winter

What can an adult child suggest to their parents to keep them safe at home? Here are some ideas:

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Options for Housing Care

Couples who have been together for many years often compensate for each other’s challenges, so that as a couple, they function well. Breaking up this team can be devastating to both parties, but it need not be the case! There are four basic options for seniors…

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Getting the Bottom Line on Retirement Home Costs

Imagine buying a car. You’d check ads, articles, the Internet, and talk to friends. You’d think carefully about the size of car, the features that are must-have’s, its intended use and, above all, your budget. You’d visit a few dealers, ask a lot of questions, do a test-drive and strike a deal you felt comfortable with.

Approaching a move to a retirement home isn’t much different!

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Woman on the Edge – a Boomer Finds her Financial Footing after Divorce

Woman on the Edge – a Boomer Finds her Financial Footing after Divorce

The traditional definition of family is changing in Canada, with four in 10 first marriages ending in divorce, as reported in the 2006 census. For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people.

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Dodging the Boomerang Three Hospital Admissions Three Outcomes

Dodging the Boomerang: Three Hospital Admissions – Three Outcomes

“Boomerang?” The terminology may differ, but every hospital unit knows them – the patient is discharged, but despite everyone’s best efforts, is soon re-admitted with the same health issues, landing right back onto the ward. What causes the boomerang, and how can it be prevented?

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Dollars and Sense – Bringing Sense to Your Parent’s Spending

Dollars and Sense – Bringing Sense to Your Parent’s Spending

Parents, adult children and finances – a recipe for misunderstanding and confrontation, or an opportunity for generations to work together? Is it possible? Decidedly, it is – but, like all good things, it takes awareness, co-operation and planning. It’s essential to understand the dynamics that motivate both generations.

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Emergency Room

Making the Most of a Visit to Emergency

The news is full of horror stories about long waits in Emergency rooms. Is there any point in even taking my elderly parents there? How can I be sure they are seen quickly? It’s important to understand how Emergency departments run, the alternatives, and some tips for preventing a health crisis. Here are some guidelines:

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Emergency Room

Evaluating those ‘Brain Fitness’ Programs

he gist of brain fitness programs is the phenomenon of ‘brain plasticity’, which is a relatively new discovery that the brain, rather than being a static organ, actually changes throughout one’s life. It has been proven that changes in neural pathways and synapses, caused by changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, can continue well into adulthood.

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