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A GIFT AND A BLESSING: Debunking 11 of the most common myths about hospice care

It’s not the “beginning of the end” Hospice is a hard reality for many people to accept and they cringe just thinking about it. They […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulwor...
by The Mindful Word on Dec 19, 2016

CAREGIFTED: Respite, Poetry and Other Gifts for the Caregiver Soul

Recently, I've had the pleasure of corresponding with a great champion of caregivers, the award-winning poet and founder of CareGifted, Heather McHugh.  Heather won a McArthur Fellowship and decided to create a charity that would fund respite ho...

WRITE YOUR OWN SIZZLING POST-CAREGIVING RESUME

How many caregivers feel 'less than' and employable after their caring responsibilities are over? As a caregiver activist, I write a lot about how society should value us and our role in society. I write about caregiving as a civic contribution and a...

Senior Home Care Benefits

Understanding the Primary Senior Home Care Benefits Senior home care services provide a plethora of senior home care benefits; from providing a companionship to ensuring there is someone that looks after your loved one’s well being. We can all agre...

Benefits of Senior Home Care

Understanding the Primary Benefits of In Home Senior Care Senior home care services provide a plethora of benefits; from providing a companionship to ensuring there is someone that looks after your loved one’s well being. We can all agree that secu...
by The Important Things on Jul 18, 2016

THE LIMITATIONS OF LOVE

Nearly two weeks ago, everything was going along smoothly. Writing was coming easily and I'd just had a visit with my Mom in Montreal, buying her fresh flowers for her balcony pots.  I'd done grocery shopping for our holiday at the cottage and t...

WHAT BREXIT MEANS TO UK CAREGIVERS AND WHY POLICY MATTERS EVERYWHERE

News feeds are awash in stories of the BREXIT referendum debacle in the UK.  Weak and deceitful campaigns on both sides of the argument about whether to leave the European Union or not resulted in a surprise victory by the 'Leavers', prompting t...

A Stranger Asks, "So, Do You Work?"

A stranger asks, "What do you do?".  They really mean, 'do you WORK?'.  When you reply that you care for a loved one, they look past your shoulder, scanning the room for an escape route. At the grocery store, someone you used to know walks...

Applying a Business Plan to Family Caregiving Gives Comfort to All

Family caregiving: a powerful and touching way for you to give back and express all the hope, love, and support that your loved ones have given you when you were younger. Unfortunately, this type of caregiving is also an often underestimated, unappre...

The Divine Spark Inside Me

For the past couple of weeks, we haven't used our front door.  We enter and exit through the garage so we don't disturb the temporary home of a young family of purple finches nesting in our porch light. We don't turn on the light on either, beca...

My Caregiver Worst Fear

Every caregiver has a worst fear - a nightmare scenario that unfolds like an unwanted, sinister guest in the imagination.  It might be triggered by the sound of an unusual thud upstairs, a front door slamming, or the smell of burning toast. &nbs...

FOR YOU, ON NATIONAL CAREGIVER DAY

You won't receive any cards or cakes for National Caregiver Day.  You won't be handed a box of chocolates or a new diamond ring either.  If you did, you would have made it or bought it and wrapped it yourself. That's the thing about ca...

NATURAL CARE IN FAMILIES IS THE KEY TO OUR SURVIVAL

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz. All opinions are 100% mine.The natural, loving care that family members provide to one another is the engine of society.  The care we give to those we love makes all other work poss...

THE WEIGHT OF LOVE IN DEMENTIA CAREGIVING

Recently I had the immense pleasure of reading every poignant and fascinating word in a literary magazine called The Sun.  The January, 2016 edition is on the subject of care. I highly recommend this magazine (and particularly this edition) to c...

Can We Care For Ourselves if We Don't Value Care?

Last week I agreed to lead a fall workshop on the subject of caring for the caregiver. I proposed exploring the premise and possibility of matching a self-caring action with each caring action we perform for a loved one. An example might be to nurtur...

'SETTLING FOR' - THAT'S WHAT CAREGIVERS DO

settling for, to be satisfied with:to settle for less.I had a dream and it was to become an actor.  I studied performance at university and went on to work in professional theatre as an actor, director and...

WHAT DOES 'SETTLING' MEAN TO CAREGIVERS?

SETTLINGsettling down,a.    to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision.b.    t...

TREATING OURSELVES AS WE WOULD TREAT OTHERS

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Recently, I was chatting with friends about why caregivers have so much trouble asking for help.  “Maybe it’s because asking for help sometimes feel...

Rhetoric vs Reality: The Real Role of Families in Hospital Care

If you've ever gone to the Emergency Room with someone you love who has mobility or cognitive impairments, you know that hospitals are very unsafe places for vulnerable people.  Unless your loved one needs life-saving care such as in the Intensi...

My Caregiver New Year's Resolution for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone!Yesterday, I happened upon an article titled '7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People'.  It was number 5 that caught my eye: You Strive to Control Your Life.  Now, I'm a very happy person - I'm an optimist by nature.


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