Caregiving is an extremely demanding role -- it can drain you physically, mentally, emotionally, and even socially. Of course, due to most circumstances, caregiving is extremely challenging and although each case is unique, there are some key stages in which every caregiver experiences.
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Founder & CEO of Thistlecreek Health Care a private in home care company, providing care giving service for seniors since 1995. Founder & Admin of BoomertoBoomerOnline.ca, a website designed to help family caregivers with useful articles to help them cope with mental, physical and emotional demands of caregiving. <br> My hobby and passion is to sincerely help people. I have a personal mission to provide informed support to families, caregivers, and individuals who need care.
The day has come, mom needs some assistance in order to stay in the comfort of her home. What do you do? Although many take on the responsibility of caring for aging loved ones, this simply isn't an option for everyone. With your own family, career, and financial responsibilities, it may not be practical.
09/26/2015 11:06 EDT
It is challenging for many people to accept a loss of control as their independence gradually declines. Based on this loss of control, many become anxious, demanding, or resistant. This creates a new set of challenges for the caregiver.
07/17/2015 05:05 EDT
If you are currently transitioning from a full-time career to a full-time career <em>and </em>caregiving, you know how challenging it can be. Finding the right balance can seem near impossible, which leads to overwhelming levels of stress and concern. Family is priority but what about your career? The number of unpaid caregivers in Canada continues to rise, as more and more family members require care. As a caregiver, you know that your duties are a full-time role in itself.
06/05/2015 05:12 EDT
As there will be some special days that make it painful, you can plan ahead. If you have recently lost your father, than make sure you're with supportive individuals on his birthday, or on Father's Day. You will want to surround yourself with people who respect your grieving process. Make sure you accept the love and support of your friends and family members.
02/20/2015 05:37 EST
Over eight-million Canadians currently provide care for chronically ill or disabled friends and family members. If you're a caregiver, you know how demanding it can be. Your role as a caregiver, can greatly interfere with all other aspects of your life. Although you may feel as though your career is being negatively affected, there are ways to keep your career skills sharp.
12/15/2014 01:27 EST
Individuals who have a chronic illness or are above the age of 65, should understand the importance of avoiding the flu. When you take the proper precautionary measures, you can avoid further complications. Unfortunately, fatalities are not uncommon within this population during flu season.
11/09/2014 06:27 EST
Whether you have already made this tough decision or you need to, please remember that guilt is not the healthiest emotion to feel and express. Although guilt is normal, do not let it consume you. Focus on all the positives. Just because your loved one is in a home, does not mean that you can no longer tend to them.
10/17/2014 12:24 EDT
Many Canadians are in need of mobility options. I work in the community with a lot of seniors, but it is not strictly seniors that need assistance. With many individuals struggling within their own homes, it's refreshing to see the selection and level of innovation. Such is the newly opened the ReliAble Living Centre.
08/29/2014 03:52 EDT
You may need personalized care, yet all of the options are far too expensive from what you've heard. It is time to explore your options, maintaining your independence and your bank account. You deserve a comfortable retirement.
07/16/2014 12:30 EDT
People would love to tell you more about themselves if we would only be open enough to listen properly. Listening effectively is a skill which is lost in today's society unless you are a trained counsellor. With a few tips and tricks, you too can learn to be an effective listener: you will be amazed at what you learn.
04/13/2014 10:46 EDT
Remember that when you take on the role, often the condition of the parent is not too bad, but one must be aware that in reality they most likely going to decline in the future. Can you cope with this? Generally caregivers do not stop until they drop from exhaustion.
01/26/2014 02:52 EST
In today's world of fast paced communication, it is helpful to go back to basics and try to remember how our elders communicated back in the day. Communication is the critical factor in any good relationship and communicating effectively with the elderly can smooth many a rocky and frustrating relationship.
12/20/2013 05:18 EST
Being a family caregiver, caring for an aging parent, is a tough assignment. It is one that many baby boomers are just beginning to encounter. Here are some suggestions for making a welcome difference in the lives of friends like these based on using your common sense with respect to your friend's needs and your own availability.
12/07/2013 11:40 EST
Most of us have the desire to end our days in the comfort of our own homes, but the reality is that more often than not, we will spend our last days in hospital or in a nursing home on palliative care. With this type of care, the only medical intervention provided is purely for comfort and pain relief. But palliative care doesn't end with the patient; it extends to their family, and the entire process of accepting what will be a peaceful, dignified death.
12/02/2013 12:36 EST
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