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31 May 2022

Home Care or Assisted living: How to Choose

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If you or your loved one are in need of professional, regular care, there are many options readily available, including in-home caregiving and assisted living. However, what if you’re having a difficult time figuring out the differences between these two solutions?  Fear not, as we’re happy to clear the air for added peace of mind. Let’s help you choose the right option for you or your loved one. What is Assisted Living? An assisted living facility is a residence that provides more intensive round-the-clock supervision and assistance. This is the more appropriate option for individuals who live with severe conditions…

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6 May 2022

Understanding and Empathizing with Seniors About Retirement Home Care

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Senior citizens are exactly that: citizens! They’re unique and well-travelled individuals, human beings, who have lived long and eventful lives. It’s also likely that they enjoyed ample independence and self-sufficiency up until recently. Sometimes, however, the need arises to consider whether retirement home care is a better solution for them, and this is not something that a senior will normally greet with open arms. The prospect of leaving home for somewhere new and entrusting their care needs to others can trigger a wide array of emotions. But together, with compassion and attentiveness, you can both navigate this stage of their journey in life with newfound optimism and contentment. Here are some ways on how to do exactly that. Listen and Learn! Even when a senior loved one lives with a difficult or impossible-to-cure debilitation, they are still human. They still feel. They don’t lose all their knowledge or cognitive control…

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6 Apr 2022

The Importance of Managing Chronic Stress as a Caregiver

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When working as a dietary aid, personal support worker, caregiver or otherwise, it can feel as if the world is on your shoulders. Patients – and their families – rely on you every single day. With our services in such high demand and only so many caregivers to go around during these ever-trying times, the risk of experiencing chronic stress is high.  Put short and simply, you must look after yourself first. There is no alternative. Today, let’s explore why that is. Performance and Efficiency Your performance will likely wane if you’re burned out in your role. This isn’t due…

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23 Mar 2022

How to Work with Siblings to Care for an Aging Parent

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For many families, figuring out how to work with siblings to care for an aging parent can add a lot more stress to your already full plate. There can be a lot to manage, from arranging meals to taking them to appointments to dealing with clashing personalities. Below, we share some of our best advice to help you, your parents, and your siblings get through this challenging time. Host Family Meetings One of the best ways to avoid conflict right from the get-go is by arranging family meetings before your parent needs a serious level of care. This way, you…

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16 Mar 2022

5 Tips for Building a Positive Patient-Caregiver Relationship

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Building a positive patient-caregiver relationship can make all the difference in the experiences they have on a daily basis and how they feel. Whether you’re providing care for a loved one or are seeking out the support of a professional caregiver, here are some of the essential ingredients for ensuring it’s a successful relationship. Taking Time to Get to Know Patients If you’re planning on hiring someone, like any new relationship, it will take time for both the caregiver and patient to get to know each other and feel comfortable. Professional caregivers are also trained in these scenarios and have…

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