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8 Jan 2018

4 New Year’s Resolutions For Caregivers

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Another year has gone by – another year of caregiving. Maybe it is your first experience with this challenging job, and yes, it is a job. Just like parenting is a full-time job, whatever type of work you do is a full-time job, and now add caregiving to the mix. If this is your very first year providing senior care in Toronto or just another one of many, make some promises to yourself as the New Year begins. It’s the perfect time to take a step back and review your priorities, decide what you might do better, and how to cope with the endless challenges. Some folks may call them resolutions, but no matter what you call them, consider some of these ideas. Don’t Take Anything Personally Providing senior care in Toronto can be a non-stop whirlwind of activity. As you add more and more caregiving to your daily life,…

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26 Jul 2017

What Does A Senior Caregiver Do

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Senior Care takes many forms. It could be you checking on your mom each day to be sure she is taking her medications. It could be one of your children visiting their grandad to cheer him up. Or it could be a professionally trained and skilled nurse caregiver. All are essential for the well being of our seniors. Care from A to Z Caregivers perform a range of services, from a simple visit to caring for all physical, mental and emotional needs. What family members need to determine is the what, when and how of care. When a cherished loved one ages and begins to lose the ability to care for themselves, determining what they need comes first. Family members usually are the first to intervene and offer assistance. If mom or dad needs help with bathing, taking medications, buying groceries, or just needs to be checked in on each…

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10 Apr 2017

24-Hour Home Care Vs. Live-In Care: What’s The Difference?

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Whether or not a family member requires 24-hour home care, or live-in care, your elderly family member requires help, and has needs that the rest of the family probably does not. Providing compassionate, specially tailored care for your elderly loved one provides peace of mind for both you and your loved one. If you are debating how to best provide care for an elderly family member, and you want it to be done in the house, below are some of the differences between 24-hour home care and live-in care. Live-in care With live-in care, there is typically only one caregiver who will be living with your elderly family member. They will be living in the same home as your family member and will be on call for them 24 hours a day. This includes a reasonable eight-hour sleeping break. Live-in caregivers typically charge a flat rate per day and have…

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8 Feb 2017

Why Having An Emotional Connection Is So Important To The Caregiver-Patient Relationship

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The caregiver-patient relationship is a relationship that forms under tense and difficult conditions. The patient on the receiving end of care may be initially resistant to accepting help, or he or she may flat out refuse the help altogether. There are many barriers in the caregiver-patient relationship. However, this unique relationship can flourish once an emotional connection grows between both parties. In fact, it is this very connection that not only allows patients to receive the best quality of care but also goes on to have a direct influence on the patient’s health and well-being, thereby improving their quality of life. It Facilitates Open Dialogue The emotional connection that is formed as the caregiver works alongside the patient creates mutual understanding between the two of them. One of the first benefits that begins to emerge from this emotional connection is that it facilitates open dialogue and communication between the caregiver…

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24 Jan 2017

Gift Ideas For A Family Caregiver

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The job of a caregiver is simultaneously rewarding and very taxing on the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers invest so much of themselves into their caregiver role and it can take its toll over time. This role is made even more complicated when the caregiver is caring for his or own parents. Emotionally, it can be particularly difficult and, in general, it presents its own set of challenges due to the personal history between each party. If you want to show your appreciation to the caregiver in your life, a gift is a great way to show them that you care. Here are a few great gift ideas for a family caregiver. Home Health Care Services One of the best gifts you could possibly give your family member is to give them time to recharge away from their duties as caregiver. One way to accomplish this is to arrange for…

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