December 4th, 2013
Here’s a guest post from contributor Stephanie Lynch. If you feel you are close to burning out, read on! And if you are looking for ways to share the care, don’t forget to explore online tools such as TYZE Personal Networks, Lotsa Helping Hands, Google Calendar and even private Facebook Groups. Chores, lists of help needed and offers … Continue reading
December 2nd, 2013
Last week, I visited my Mom for the day. Her seniors’ residence is a couple of hours away by car, so when I go, I stay for as long as I can. There’s a lot I can do to be helpful in her apartment, so I try to make the trip every couple of weeks.
I know Mom enjoys my … Continue reading
November 27th, 2013
My son Nicholas has been seen by a dentist many times, but he’s never really had his teeth examined. He’s never had a dental x-ray and he’s never had his back teeth scaled and polished.
Nick has severe cerebral palsy and for him, that means he has an uncontrollable bite reflex. He’ll chomp down hard on anything in his mouth,… Continue reading
November 23rd, 2013
What does pain look like in a person who cannot speak? Most often with Nicholas, it looks like this:
When his smile suddenly turns to a ‘stricken’ look, we know that Nick is in pain. There are other signs too – sweaty palms and feet, high heart rate, staring, not responding in his usual way, and whispering “ow”. We know Continue reading
November 19th, 2013
It was several years ago in London when I first met Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon. My husband Jim is retired now after 37 years in the diplomatic corps but between 2006 and 2011, he served as the High Commissioner… (Ambassador) for Canada to the United Kingdom. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in Canada, Continue reading
November 15th, 2013
For caregivers who are exhausted and lonely, the idea of creating a home celebration can be outlandish. Often, we think, “what is there to celebrate? I’m too tired to take on a project that isn’t absolutely necessary!”
But celebrations can heal. And they don’t have to be big or fancy affairs. They can be as simple as a cup of… Continue reading
November 14th, 2013
From our friends at Caring.com, comes this great info-graphic about caregiving roles. To check out the original post, at Caring.com, go HERE…. What roles are you playing today? My day will be mostly helper, chef and companion. But I will do a little advocacy here on my blog and at home as well. I used to be a Continue reading
November 13th, 2013
Caring for family is a job that often defaults to women. In some cultures, it is a tradition that is discussed from an early age. In other cultures, it is an unspoken norm that is tucked away until it becomes a reality.
As cultures evolve, these default settings are being disrupted. It is no longer unusual for a man to Continue reading
November 13th, 2013
Nicole Scheidl is the CEO and co-founder of Fit Minds, a ‘brain training’ program designed to assist caregivers communicate with their loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
I wanted to know more about Nicole’s story and her work helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their families. Recently, I asked her to … Continue reading
November 11th, 2013
Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery from King George and was mentioned in dispatches. Near Antwerp, my Dad was off-duty and walking back to barracks when he noticed a crowd gathered around a field. He went over to investigate. Two children had … Continue reading