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Sometimes the rewards of caregiving are outweighed by the stress, physical and emotional work, which invariably leads to burnout
Being a successful caregiver requires care for the one you are looking after, but also requires looking after your own health
The first step to openly discuss touchy subjects is to learn about your aging loved one's feelings related to aging
Comox Valley columnist Wendy Johnstone provides tips to ensure your aging loved one's doctor visits provide the most answers
Thinking about private in-home support for a senior? First, know what you need, write it down and be specific, then get looking
What kind of help is needed? How much help is needed? What questions should you ask of health care agencies beforehand?
Home and Community Care of the Vancouver Island Health Authority can help seniors living at home who need assistance
Provides information for people who want to continue living at home, but now need extra help to do so in the Comox Valley
Changes in the normal course of aging can affect the degree to which an aging loved one can engage in holiday celebrations
Loss and grief are part of the daily experience of those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
I like reading the obituaries. It’s the first section I flip to in our local paper.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming.
Continuing with the education theme, September’s columns by Wendy Johnstone are going to focus on Alzheimer’s disease awareness and resources for family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Going back to school isn’t dissimilar to caregiving. Caregivers are constantly faced with new situations and usually have to learn on the go, ranging from navigating the health care system, how to push a wheelchair safely or helping Mom transfer from bed to her commode. We rarely have all the answers and sometimes it means asking others to help us. Some caregivers sign up for workshops and seminars as a way to “school” themselves.
Being a caregiver and taking a vacation don’t always go hand in hand. Here are some tips to make going on vacation a little easier.
Talking to your transportation company and accommodation provider well in advance is probably the most important thing you can do (and of course reading this column!) to make travel as a senior or with a senior easier.
Older adults are at a greater risk of being affected by the hot weather and sun during summer months. There are many physiological changes that affect a senior’s ability to stay cool during the summer months.
Distance caregiving is quite the ride — guilt for not doing enough or for not being there, sadness in accepting our aging loved one’s decline, anxiety and stress of frequent and unpredictable travel and fear of the unknown.
Our third and final column on Work and Eldercare, gives a summary of options to assist in balancing caregiving roles with your work.
Assessing work situation + assessing how eldercare activities affect your work = identifying a plan to achieve balance. Our last column talked about the first part of the equation — assessing your work situation; that is the level of impact eldercare is having on your work, your job responsibilities and how much flexibility you have in your workplace and the level of trust with those you work with. The second part of the equation is to better understand your caregiving role in relation to your work life.