Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

Too Much, Too Soon

Too Much Too Soon

When was the last time you asked your aging parents to help you? As a family caregiver you do everything within your means to be of service to the people you care for – you run errands; you cook and clean; you attend medical appointments. Caregiving

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Palliative Home Visits are the Future

Palliative Home Visits

“What I fear the most – what really terrifies me – is being short of breath and not being able to swallow.” So said the husband of his dying wife. This is terrifying to me, too, so I listened closely to the response given by Palliative Care 

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Solutions for Dressing with Arthritis

Magnetic Buttons Shirt

Those who suffer from arthritis experience painful and frequent occurrences of joint pain.  It is the most common symptom in nearly all forms of the disease. The pain individuals experience from arthritis is caused by inflammation around the joint. Over 52 million adults in the

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Sharing the Caring

Sharing Caring

The Change Foundation ‘is an independent health policy think tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system.’ They completed an in depth review based on the 2012 General Social Survey of Ontario’s family caregivers. A few of their key findings include: “An estimated

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Are You On The Hook For Mom’s Nursing-Home Bill?

On the hook for surprise nursinh home bills?

Attention! A judge ruled in May of 2012 that a Pennsylvania nursing home could collect an unpaid bill of $92,943 from the son of a patient who received care at their facility. Yikes!!! Everyone knows that parents have an obligation to support dependent children. But, did

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Be Kind To Yourself

Caregiver stress syndrome

Your sister is critical of how you are caring for Dad; your husband resents the amount of time you spend away from home; you missed your daughter’s piano recital once again; your boss is slowly losing patience waiting for overdue reports. When we take on the

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Medical jargon: even single-syllable words can confound

Who’d’ve thought that simple, one and two-syllable words – which is one of the the criteria for Grade 6 reading level – could cause so much confusion, upset and medication errors. Out of context, even every-day words can confound. Consider these (true) examples: In a maternity

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How to Dress your Aging Mom at Home

Elderly Clothing

As mom ages, her routine will begin to change.  Some changes will be positive, like maybe mom is able to relax a bit more. Often enlightenment comes with age as well. Meanwhile, some changes may be a little harder to handle.  If one of the

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Bathing Tips for the Elderly

Showers for elderly

Professional and family caregivers agree that bathing is one of the greatest challenges they face.  Seniors, especially those with some dementia, often avoid bathing as it can cause feelings of unease.  These feelings are typically heightened when there’s been a fall or negative experience. Adding in

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How To Adapt Your Bathroom For An Aging Parent

Handicap bathroom design

One of the most challenging areas of daily life for many people with a disability and their caregivers is the bathroom and bathing routine. Before getting dressed in the morning, getting out of bed and getting a shower or bath can sometimes seem like an insurmountable

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