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Congratulations to Chloe!

I could not be more proud of Chloe for winning the Young Professional of the year award last night at the KW Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala! I could not think of a more deserving recipient for this award. Chloe is a hardworking and determined young entrepreneur who faces any obstacle head on. She inspires me and the rest of the Warm Embrace team every single day!

 

Chloe was extremely humble going into this award. She said many times “it’s an honour just to be nominated among such exceptional professionals.”

 

Chloe founded Warm Embrace Elder Care ten years ago and has been operating the business ever since. She has overcome many obstacles over the years and she always holds her head high while tackling anything that stands in her way! She is truly an inspiration as a business woman.

 

Over the last ten years, Warm Embrace has had the honour of assisting hundreds of local families by providing dignified care to seniors. Our amazing caregiving team make it possible to serve so many families simultaneously and ensure that we never leave anyone in need. 

 

Congratulations Chloe, It is such an honour to work with you every day helping you to operate the amazing business that you have created! 

 

 

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Enduring Love

 

One of the greatest honours I have in my position at Warm Embrace Elder Care, is to witness the lives of our incredible clients, and to be invited into their lives at such an important moment.  I am frequently astounded at all the challenges my elderly clients have overcome, and their subsequent life view.

Witnessing love that has developed over a 65 year marriage is phenomenal. I recently met a couple who is in their mid-eighties and is approaching their 66th wedding anniversary.  I marveled at the feat and asked how they had initially met.

 



She was 19 and he was 22 years old.  He arrived late to a dance, and just as he was arriving, she was packing up to leave.  He thought she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, and he overcame his usual shyness and requested a dance with her.  She conceded, and they danced the night away.  Sixty-five years later, that couple is still waltzing through life together.

 


How incredible!  As very young adults, they were attracted to each other, and then created love out of that union.  The gentleman told me that: “she was so beautiful that I thought I loved her. I didn’t even know what love was yet! It is now that I truly love her.  I love her more and more each year.”

 

To be in the presence of such enduring love, such dedication and loyalty, is truly humbling.  In today’s world, young people in their late teens and early twenties feel they don’t know themselves yet, much less have the ability to truly know someone else.  Today’s young generation wait to “fall” in love and find a “perfect” partner.  The generation that married 65 years ago had a totally different approach.  They found a partner with whom they could connect, and they determined to create love and create a life together.  Quitting wasn’t an option; when trouble arose, they faced it together and created a solution.

 

The couple was curious about my fascination with their 65-year marriage. They don’t  view it as being extraordinary in anyway; I was clearly impressed.  I explained how there are entire sections of bookstores dedicated to self-help guidance on relationships, love, and marriage.  They guffawed and thought that was ridiculous; then the woman said: “I’m not saying it was always easy.  It wasn’t.  We had our troubles just like anyone else.  But we made a promise to each other, and we’re people who keep our word. So when it got tough, we just decided to keep going and wait for the feeling of love to return.  Sure enough, it did!”  I teased her that with advice as simple and straightforward as that, she might put the relationship section of the bookstore out of business!

 

These two marvelous people are so interconnected that they almost operate as one.  They’re beyond finishing each other’s sentences; it seems they sometimes communicate without even saying a word! 

They know each other’s likes and dislikes right down to the correct teaspoon served with afternoon tea.  They can only recollect being apart for a handful of nights their entire marriage. 
 
Now, life has become just a little more challenging, and living together at home requires some assistance.  What an honour it is for us to provide the caregiving this couple needs to remain at home together. 
I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for this couple to be split up if one person were sent to a nursing home and the other remained at home. They can’t even fathom it!  Thank goodness home care allows them to remain together, and allows their touching love story to continue.

They tell me that this is the final chapter of their love story.  With all the adversity this couple has faced and survived, I wouldn’t be surprised if they celebrated their 70th and 75th wedding anniversaries!  I’m so privileged to witness and be inspired by this enduring love.

If you have a story of Enduring Love, please share it with us!  We love to hear inspiring love stories!
 

 

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Holiday Traditions

 

It’s no secret that the holiday season has become increasingly complicated with a heavy focus on commercialism—lots of shopping, busy malls, huge meals, many parties...the list goes on.  While some people may enjoy making detailed desserts that look like a Martha Stewart display, many others find it stressful. When did all this pressure become the norm?

 

If you ask your grandparents what Christmas used to be like, I’ll bet they would tell you a different story.  If they were of the generation that lived through the depression era, you can be certain that there was very little—if any—Christmas shopping to be done. 

 

Instead, the focus was on being together with loved ones, and participating in activities together.  Rather than rushing around trying to have everything in perfect order before family arrived, the focus was on doing things together as a family.  Decorations were much simpler, but usually included extended family members.  Popcorn was strung and used as a garland hung outside for the birds to enjoy. Fruit featured prominently in 

décor—orange peels were used creatively as little baskets, or peels were dried and cut into shapes. 

 

These simple traditions are low-cost and allow everyone to focus on quality time together, rather than individually rushing about stressing about fancy décor.  Perhaps this year you can slow down the pace of the holiday season and revert to some time-honoured traditions from your grandparents’ era. What a special tribute for your grandparents or great-grandparents this holiday season!

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10 Year Anniversary Party

 

 

We had a wonderful time at our 10 year Anniversary Party! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, it was so nice to see you! We appreciate all of the support over the last 10 years! 

Brenda, Chloe & Avery Hamilton

 

 

 

 

For more photos please visit our Facebook page. Be sure to like us on Facebook or share our page with a friend while you are there! 

 

 

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Welcome to our new website!

 

We are so excited to announce our new and improved website! 

 

Please take a look around, we hope that you enjoy it.

 

We have added lots of information about our dementia & companionship services, as well as a section about what makes Warm Embrace Elder care unique
 

Do you know someone who would make a great caregiver? Encourage them to view our Careers page to learn all about the position. 
 

Be sure to check our blog regularly and feel free to request any blog topics!

 

We'd love to hear your feedback! 

 

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