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Caring for the Caregiver: Avoiding Caregiver Burnout (CA)- It's most important that the caregiver, care for themselves as much as their loved one. First and foremost they must communicate with medical personnel, family, friends and their support network.
 
Achieving Quality Care in Retirement and Long Term Care Homes in Ontario (ON)- Relocating your loved one to a care facility is a difficult, stressful and emotional process. Finding the best place that can provide quality care for your loved one, takes time, tremendous effort and, even then, until they are settled in, worry prevails. Helping them adjust to their new home and ensuring that the care they receive is good are the main issues of concern once the move has happened.
 
Important Documents Every Senior Should Have Easy Access To (CA)- One never knows when crisis will hit and you or someone other than yourself will need access to your important documents, but not have the time or ability to search for them. Be it an unexpected illness, hospitalization or something else - a purse can get stolen or lost, a home can get broken into....
 
Working Caregivers - Balance or Burn Out? (CA)- Putting the words "caregiving", "work" and "life balance" into the same sentence is almost comical. Yet it is no joke to manage all three at the same time. It is very hard, focussed work to be the caregiver that you think you need to be, productive in the workplace and still have time in your life to enjoy other things and other people.
 
Seniors Living with Family (CA)- It's difficult for most people to consider moving their loved ones into a "care setting". Many "˜boomers" grew up watching their parents provide care for their grandparents and either it was an assumption or expectation, that when the time came, they would do the same.
 
How Much Does In-Home Care Cost Per Hour? (CA)- This article targets families seeking information on the varying costs of home care in Canada - both skilled nursing and non-medical assistance.
 
What is a Personal Support Worker? (CA)- They wear scrubs. Different colours & patterns, with enough pockets to hold a pen, gloves and anything else they may need to help them with their job.
 
What is a Caregiver and How is Their Health Impacted? (CA)- Caregivers may include family members and other people who provide support to a person in need. It is estimated in 2021, over 3.3 million residents of Ontario provide some level of care to a family member or friend with a chronic mental or physical illness or disability. Long-term caregiving may cause you chronic stress or other symptoms of stress if it is not addressed. More than half of caregivers between the ages of 45 years old to 65 years old will have to juggle work and caregiving responsibilities to a loved one and this may result in disruptions at their work.
 
The 7 Signs of Caregiver Burnout (CA)- Caregiving can be extremely difficult, both emotionally and physically. Because of this, it's important to know and understand the many signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout so that you can take a break or get some help before it escalates and you are unable to provide that very important care to a loved one.
 
What to Do When Aging Parents Need Help (CA)- Aging parents may need help at some point in their lives, despite what they may want you to believe. The actual help and support that you can provide for your parents will vary depending on your own situation as well as their situation and needs (medical and otherwise).
 
Understanding How to Help Mom and Dad (CA)- Kids always see their parents as superheroes, but as they age, that belief shifts, especially when they start to need more help.  When trying to understand exactly how you can help them, you need to really take a moment and figure out what form that help should, and will, take.
 
The Right Place for Mom -- What are the Options? (ON)- Our parents' age and need help, no matter how much we may not wish for them to.  Part of your responsibility as their child is to make sure that they are always cared for in the best way possible.  When it comes to Mom, do you know what the options are for a safe and enjoyable place to live? 
 
Mindfulness Practice – Helping Caregivers Survive and Thrive (CA)- Developing a practice of Mindfulness can help to combat the harmful effects of stress and allow us to stay connected to our purpose.