Caring for a loved one? Get help today!

As a family caregiver, much of your time is taken up with caring for your loved one and that leaves little time for anything else. When you are not “on call”, you may be so exhausted that all you want to do is put your feet up and…relax. We get it and understand that the last thing on your mind might be downsizing. But, what if simplifying your home could make your … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to go to The Caregiver Show!

Are you a family caregiver? Here are 10 Reasons to go to The Caregiver Show! MEET other family caregivers. ASK QUESTIONS and GET ANSWERS from the experts. FIND community resources to help you care, cope and connect. JOIN in “Table Talks” discussions. Discover a new support network. WATCH “Sybil and Betts” – a film about two long-time friends and a  dementia … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… How can we teach compassion?

These days, Len doesn’t get out and about as much as he’d like. Sometimes, I suggest we take a drive to do an errand, so we can get out of the house and Mary can catch a quick nap. One afternoon, Len and I were headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things. The journey through the store was relatively uneventful. Dad pushed the buggy and I chatted as we walked up and … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… Sometimes you get a wake-up call!

There’s lots of things we ought to do – our “woulda-shoulda-coulda” list. If you’re lucky, you get a wake-up call and realize what’s really important before it’s too late! My wake-up call came on a Wednesday morning at 5:36 am. First, my home phone rang and startled me out of a deep sleep. It took a few seconds to get my bearings and I missed the call. Checking my voice … [Read more...]

Notes from a caregiver’s diary… If the teeth fit, keep them in!

This experience began innocently enough with a trip to the family cottage for Thanksgiving weekend. Plans also included a family dinner at my brother and sister-in-law’s on Sunday, and I was taking my parents up north for a quiet fall weekend at their cottage. We were late leaving the city and stopped for a dinner of wings and fries. Not healthy, but filling and… Len’s … [Read more...]