My mom will be 93 in November. I have been her primary care provider while she has been living in an independent retirement home for the last 7 years. During the last year or so she has needed more and more care, has had several emergency room visits and each time we’ve been pushed for her to apply for nursing home placement. It has been a real battle to get and keep minimal home care support through the local Community Care Access Centre. We are very fortunate for the many services our family health team provides, for both my aging mother — including home visits for foot care and dietitian — and for myself — including counseling. Family health teams are so very valuable and I am very grateful for the social worker counselor and support groups they organize and provide.