North River Home Care Blog

Christine Patnaude

Receptionist, Human Resource Assistant, Caregiver

Christine likes to stay busy, and it shows. She helps us with Human Resources and serves as a caregiver too.

Christine has always loved helping people and talking with the elderly, which drew her to homecare. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the North River team because she appreciates how caring and dedicated everyone is.

In addition to working at North River, Christine helps her elderly parents and assists an elderly neighbor. She is also a cantor at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Halifax.

Christine has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 28 years. They have two terrific adult children, Paul and Jayme.

If you would like to learn more about our team or any of the services we provide, please contact us today.


Why We Need to Rethink Aging

A simple Google search for the word “aging” brings up topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The negative connotations to aging are, sadly, so ingrained within our culture that it’s estimated that by 2024, the anti-aging industry will exceed $271 billion.

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Could You Be a Helicopter Child?

We have all known helicopter parents, particularly when a child leaves for college. In fact, we could possibly be guilty of hovering a bit too closely ourselves. Discovering that ideal balance between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not always straightforward.

And now, due to the increased number of sandwich generationers providing care for both children and aging parents,

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Why a Trip to the Emergency Room May be in Your Holiday Plans

While we may visualize a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving get-together, with the entire family enjoying high quality time together and Grandma’s classic food, the reality for some families may include something unanticipated: a visit to the hospital. Believe it or not, studies indicate that emergency room visits for seniors jump an astounding 10% – 20% over the holidays.

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[Safety vs. Independence] For Elderly Parents

It’s a conflict that arises for numerous families: older adults adamantly like to age in place in their own homes, while their loved ones worry about their well-being. And there’s an argument to be made in both cases. Seniors, especially individuals who live alone, deal with many different risks: falls that may lead to serious injury,

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Attention Family Caregivers: Here Are the Necessary Crucial Skills You Need

If you’re providing care for a senior relative, it is likely that you fell into the responsibility without having formal training: you saw the need, and gallantly came forward to satisfy it. Yet, at North River Home Care, substantial training is provided to each of our professional in-home caregivers before they’re fully equipped to properly and effectively take care of older adults.

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Missteps We All Make When Talking to Senior Parents & How to Communicate Better

It is always best to tell the truth, right? Even so there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging parents. Although we may have the finest of intentions in wanting to help senior parents navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:

  • Don’t you remember…?
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