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Do You Have Trouble Saying “No”?

“Sure Mom, I’ll help.” As soon as I spoke the words, my internal thought was, “I do not have time or energy for this! Why did I agree to help?” Sometimes we just say yes automatically. We feel emotionally tied to a situation or we feel an enormous amount of guilt and before we even think what Read more…

Caregiver Consultations: How We Help With Frail Elderly Parents

Did you know that family caregivers provide upwards of 80% of care and support for aging parents or spouses? Phew! That’s a lot of time and energy. When I was seven months pregnant, my father had a massive stroke. The next few months were like a rollercoaster as our family struggled with the many difficult Read more…

Caregiving Can Be Risky Business

There are some people you meet in life that you remember for a lifetime and who always bring a smile when you think of them.  This is always the case with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson.  Last night I was out having a beer with a colleague and our conversation found its way to our work Read more…

Difficult Diagnosis, Difficult Decisions for Caregivers & Seniors

Today was a very hard day for me as a gerontologist and case manager. I have a client who has Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s been five years since her diagnosis. She is on the highest dosage of Aricept and is well supported in Assistive Living. She is very functional and maintains a high level of independence Read more…

Long Distance Caregiving

As we approach Father’s Day, I can’t help but think of Dad and my two brothers, who are such exceptional fathers.   I’ll be away in France and I’m planning ahead with Carly to make sure her dad feels appreciated for the positive role he plays in her life. The love she has for him Read more…

Comox Valley Senior Peer Support’s New Program

The Senior Information and Assistance Support program (SIAS) is a new program for Comox Valley Senior Peer Support. Trained volunteers help seniors navigate the world of online information and forms, provide assistance with applications for programs and supports such as the Shelter Allowance for Elderly Renters (SAFER), help seniors navigate phone trees, contract for service Read more…

Keystone Eldercare Solutions Has A New Website

I am really excited to announce Keystone Eldercare Solutions’ new website! Click HERE to go right through to the site OR watch the video below and I will give you a quick tour of the new site.     If you have any comments, feedback OR find errors, please connect with me – my team Read more…

Did You Know It Takes Up to 4 Years before a Family Caregiver Asks for Help?

So for goodness sake, don’t be a statistic! Last week, we celebrated Family Caregivers Week in BC.  You probably didn’t hear about it on the news, because, family caregivers are rarely recognized in our communities even though without them, our health care system would come crashing down. So most importantly, thank a family caregiver and Read more…

Guiding Principles of the Canadian Caregiver Strategy

Psst…Do you know a family caregiver?  Pass it on. When someone who is known to be looking after or helping someone is asked, “Are you a family caregiver?” several are quick to reply, “No.”   When the question is re-framed as, “Do you look after a sick, disabled family member, aging parent or friend without Read more…

Who’s Who On Your Care Team

I met with Mr.D, a 59 year-old who suffered a pretty serious stroke a few months ago.  He has two kids, both out of town.  Mr. D is doing quite well considering his brain injury.  He needs some support in organizing his day to day activities and needs some help with reminders. When I arrived, Read more…

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Caregiver Consultations: How We Help Frail Elderly Parents

Long Distance Caregiving

“You are amazing! What I tried to do in 2 months, you did in 1 week. You’ve helped us navigate the system, made sense of Mom’s disease, and gave back her independence and control. Thank you for making such a difference in Mom’s life and giving us, her family, complete peace of mind.”

– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC

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