Caregiver’s

A place for Caregiver’s to find resources, tips and information about being a caregiver.

The Services to Seniors Resource office at the Winkler Senior Centre has a wealth of information and resources for those who are currently, or expecting to be caregivers.

For information and resources contact Resource Coordinators

Cathleen Bergen or Denise Enns

At 204-325-8964 or wsc@mymts.net

 

An article of interest for caregivers or adult children of seniors.

Deciding when it’s time for Seniors to quit driving.

Caregiver Links

Where Next? Pathways to Eldercare

Comforts of Home Care Inc

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba

Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety’s Safe to Ask Program

Manitoba Caregiver Coalition

Caregiver-Connect.ca

Care Aware

 

Government Links

A Guide for the Caregiver

Manitoba Seniors Guide

A Legal Information Guide for Seniors

Enduring Power of Attorney Guidebook

Personal Care Services: A Guide to Services and Charges in Manitoba

Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Pharmacist

Excerpt from Where Next? Pathways to Eldercare

Caregiving: The Heart of the Matter

Caregiving is a hot topic these days. More and more Canadians fall into the Sandwich Generation, caught between children, grandchildren and aging parents. Freedom 55 becomes advertising rather than a possibility.

Caregiving is not optional. A medical crisis occurs, and overnight you’ve been drafted. You will quickly discover that services are not coordinated. Your parents’ physicians are likely just as much in the dark as you are about available community supports. Statistics Canada tells us that you will likely be your parents’

advocate for at least 5 years. You are now an “informal caregiver”. Welcome to the club. We provide 80% of support given to aging Canadians.

“There are only four kinds of people in the world; those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers; those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalyn Carter

What should you expect?

Expect the unexpected.

Expect frustration with the systems you encounter because there is minimal integration of services.

The Special Senate Committee Report on aging confirms this. “Caregivers need to know not just what supports their parents are eligible for, how to apply and what forms to fill out, but also how to navigate through the system and what to do when things go wrong. They need to know what to do, what to expect and what the limits are.”

Expect resistance.

Expect discomfort. You will be confronted with the reality of aging.

Expect stress. Family relationships may be strained. When it’s family it’s emotional, personal and difficult.

Excerpt from Comforts of Home Inc. Newsletter Katherine Peters President & CEO Comforts of Home Inc.

I’m curious. How often do you, as a family caregiver, have to change or cancel plans, miss work or an appointment because you had to tend to the escalated behavior of the person you are caring for? As a caregiver, how many times have you succumbed to your cancelled plans thinking ‘That’s okay, that’s just the way my life is now.’

When is it time to get some outside help? Where is the line? How do you know when you can’t do it all anymore?

I was surprised to hear recently it is not only the senior who is resistant to accepting care, it can be the family caregiver who is resistant to getting help. Here are some of the reasons Family Caregivers don’t want to reach out for help:

• They feel obligated to their loved one; or guilty. Perhaps they made a promise some time ago they would be there for their loved one.

• They experience the syndrome that ‘no one can care like they care.’

• Denial about their loved one’s condition; they don’t want to accept their loved one has declined as much as they have.

• Caregivers don’t always see how caregiving affects their own health; they don’t see the need to take care of themselves.

• A married spouse may have to come to terms with being a ‘married single’ upon making plans to go out without their partner who can’t go on outings anymore. That’s a difficult transition!

Caregivers are extraordinary people! But taking a realistic look at reality may be the best thing for everyone. As care needs increase, more help is needed. Maybe you know a caregiver who needs this encouragement to not wait until they are hanging by a thread before they look for outside help. Reach out to that person today. Offer some help, or give them our phone number!

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