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Take advantage of the Disability Tax Credit

Do you face challenges with your sight, speech or hearing? Is getting yourself dressed, eating and getting around feel harder each day? Have you noticed changes with your bladder and bowel function? While you might be painfully aware of the physical and cognitive changes you or a loved one is facing, you may not be Read more…

Income tax preparation – Resources for seniors

  One of best decisions I made last year was to have a professional prepare my income tax. I was recently reminded of the stress income tax time created for me and those within arm’s length during a consult with an 85-year-old widow last week. She called me initially to discuss her increasing need for Read more…

Caregiving from a distance is difficult but can work

I returned from holidays to learn we had several new clients, many of which were initiated by out-of-town family caregivers. Statistically, 22 per cent of family caregivers provide care to aging loved ones long distance. Many out-of-town adult children are taken aback to see how much a parent has declined mentally, physically or emotionally from Read more…

BC Housing program helps low income seniors make homes accessible

A big thanks to BC Housing for responding to my column on falls and the elderly by providing details on a new program for low-income seniors to make home modifications for continued independence. Would a new ramp, handrails or walk-in shower help you maintain your independence at home? BC Housing’s new Home Adaptations for Independence Read more…

Caregivers need vacations too!

I woke up today and realized we are into August! Many of our clients and their families are enjoying summer holidays and I’d be remiss if I didn’t re-run a column on planning a vacation and ensuring your loved one’s care is also being planned and looked after. It isn’t particularly easy for caregivers to Read more…

Tips for avoiding sibling rivalry when caring for aging parents

I’m delighted to have Frances Ferguson, a registered clinical counsellor in the Comox Valley, offer strategies for siblings to work together in caring for aging parents. Frances brings over 15 years of experience helping individuals and couples to solve problems and make decisions, improve communication and set and reach personal goals. Fifteen years ago, Cheryl, Read more…

Taking care of the caregiver: avoiding caregiver burnout

  One of the main reasons family members take on the role of caregiver is because they love their aging loved ones and they want to help them with a better life and prolonged independence. Sometimes though, the rewards of caregiving are outweighed by the stress, physical and emotional work, which invariably leads to burnout. Read more…

Tips for Comox Valley residents seeking private in-home support for seniors

Mr. Smith is caring for his wife of 60 years, and although he’d be pressed to admit it, he’s finding it hard to keep his head above water. His wife has Parkinson’s disease and at the moment, she needs help with bathing, grooming and getting dressed. Mr. Smith loves his wife dearly and is happy Read more…

Loss and grief are part of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

  With trepidation, I enter the long-term care facility. Bounding up a flight a stairs, I pause before opening the door to the second floor. The pause is two-fold. I need to search my memory bank for the code to enter the special care unit and secondly, to take a deep breath as I prepare Read more…

Grief is a normal reaction to any loss

  Drawing on local expertise, the following column is written by Ruth Barry, a qualified psychotherapist. Ruth works with palliative and bereaved individuals and families referred to the Comox Valley Hospice Society in addition to her local private practice. Grief is our normal reaction to loss of any kind. Whatever you are feeling is normal Read more…

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“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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