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Don’t Let Caregiving Turn You Into A Grinch

I was in a gift shop yesterday and, as I am often noted for, spoke out loud to no one in particular, “Wow, this holiday season has really snuck up again on me this year.” In a shocking turn of events, someone answered, “Tell me about it! I wish I could get into a time Read more…

Caring for a Loved One With Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is difficult for the person affected and the person caring for them.  As part of my work with Family Caregivers of BC, I write for Senior Living INSPIRED and recently had the experience to write on self-care for someone caring for a loved one with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be overwhelming. Chronic Read more…

Balancing Work and Caregiving

You have a looming deadline at work and your mother keeps calling because your father has fallen yet again. You are notified by your mother’s housing provider to find immediate overnight care due to your mother’s dementia and wandering at night time. You are for late for work due to taking your Dad to this Read more…

Take a hike! Or in my case, a bike!

It’s that time again – summer holidays – and for myself, that meant a 6-day solo excursion to Oregon tackling some road cycling, enjoying some great new sights and recharging my batteries.   You can skip down to the end for some photos. Before I left, I had several calls from caregivers wanting to take a Read more…

Self-Compassion For All

It becomes understood that happiness is not dependent on circumstances being exactly as we want them to be, or on ourselves being exactly as we’d like to be. Rather, happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential Read more…

Speaking Up & Getting What You Need After Brain Injury

  Speaking Up & Getting What You Need After Brain Injury with Wendy Johnstone, MA (Gerontology) Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30 – 3:00 pm Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street Suffering a brain injury or stroke is an overwhelming experience that takes from you a sense of control, over your physical and mental health, and Read more…

Caregiving: Unexpected Changes

My Dad is 95 years old and honestly, some days I can’t believe he is still alive. I’m his only daughter and caregiver. I’ve been looking after him for 4 years now. In those years, we’ve had pneumonia, a broken hip and a stroke. What I’ve really learned is there are always unexpected challenges. I Read more…

The Ins and Outs of Hiring Private Care

In the past few months, Family Caregivers of BC received numerous calls from individuals asking about how to hire private care, through an agency or an independent care provider. Most cases we come across involve care for the elderly. Hiring private care is sometimes an option in other cases involving other disease specific illnesses or Read more…

Coach Caregiver, aka Wendy, LIVE to Answer Your Caregiving Questions

Join me and the fantastic Jodie McDonald, Executive Director for the Cowichan Valley Caregivers Support Society, for our final live Coach Caregiver session of the year, next Thursday, Dec. 15th at 6:30pm. Wearing my Family Caregivers of BC hat, Jodie and I will answer your caregiving questions drawing on tips learned from recent webinars – Read more…

Advance Care Planning Isn’t Just For Seniors

  “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit This quote reminds me of my mom. No, she wasn’t a dragon. Not in the literal sense anyway (I am in so much trouble when she reads this!) She did, however, drill the Read more…

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