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Caring for Your Spouse

Caring for Your Spouse

Many caregiving resources, from books to podcasts and everything in between, are targeted toward adult children. Some of us might assume that all senior care is orchestrated by children, or at the very least by younger relatives, and this assumption isn't unfounded: almost half of all caregivers in the US are between 18 and 49 years of age. But according to an analysis conducted in 2015, 34% of caregivers are over 65 years old. This is not an insignificant portion of the caregiving population, and these caregivers, many of whom are the spouses of the persons receiving care, require different support than adult children caregivers do. 

This post offers advice for spouses who have found themselves, along with their partners, at the stage in life during which “in sickness and in health” has transitioned from being a promise to being their daily reality.

9 Ways to Fight Caregiver Burnout by Getting Organized Today

9 Ways to Fight Caregiver Burnout by Getting Organized Today

As you loved one ages, certain things will change. They will probably need increased levels of care, assistance with mobility and potentially more medical support. It’s important to be honest with yourself about this and plan for increased time and costs. 

Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

The process of healing can be a precarious one, this is further exacerbated by radical inconsistencies in how different hospitals approach discharge planning. There exists very little obligation for hospitals to provide extensive services in this regard to their patients or any consideration to you as a family member or caregiver. Awareness continues to grow for the roles that families an unpaid caregivers play in a patient's long term health care, but until then it is very important for you to adopt a proactive approach. With the careful consideration of your options you may reduce the patient’s chances of readmission, avoid medicinal side-effects and help to promote their quality of life.

Family Caregivers: Don't Forget to Make Time for Relationships

Family Caregivers: Don't Forget to Make Time for Relationships

The relationships we have sustain us.  We need them to survive, especially during the times when we think we can’t possibly maintain them because of other overwhelming responsibilities.  Please take the time to care for yourself and make sure that you maintain your relationships because chances are you’ll need them to help you.  Just as you help others.

Managing Respite Care on Victoria Day

It’s the first long weekend with a little warm weather and everyone is looking forward to a much needed, relaxing break. For those of us caring for vulnerable seniors at home or wanting someone to check in on our elderly family members over the weekend while we are away, such weekends can present a challenge. The solution for you and your family might just be respite care. Respite care provides a short period of rest and relief for caregivers. Caregivers are typically a family member, friend or spouse. Respite allows caregivers a necessary break to join in community activities, rest and renew their energy. During occasions like Victoria Day, when many Canadians open their cottages for the summer, respite care is an easily accessible option to provide peace of mind and security for the whole the family.

The two most commonly used methods of respite care during weekends, holidays or any short period of time are:

Day Centers/Family Home Programs  

There are several day centers throughout the GTA that provide attentive care and supervision to individuals in need. This is especially helpful for those suffering from cognitive disorders. For longer periods of time, there are Family Home Programs where a senior lives in another family’s home for the short term.

Certified Caregivers

Hiring a certified caregiver (Personal Support Worker) is also an excellent option for respite care. This is usually the most common choice of care, the most cost efficient, and the option preferred by most seniors, as they are able to remain in the comfort of their own homes. A caregiver is sent to an individual’s home to assist with activities of daily living while ensuring the senior remains safe.  Experienced caregivers can be highly equipped to manage situations which are more complex, like advanced and aggressive dementia care, severe immobility, and emergency situations. A caregiver can stay at a family’s home for a specified duration of time, visit periodically or provide strictly overnight care.

Certified Caregivers are experienced in assisting with Light housekeeping, Meal preparation, Bathing/Showering, Transferring, Safety checks, Medication reminder, Companionship, Exercise, Running errands/grocery shopping to name a few.

We all need a little relief at some point.  Having respite care on weekends such as Victoria Day, can ultimately make us better caregivers, restore our health, allow us to catch up on errands/projects and, of course, have some fun!