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Respite Care – Helping Family Caregivers Rest and Recharge

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

At some point in their lives, it’s estimated nearly half of all Canadians will become family caregivers. This means they provide some sort of unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

While caregiving can be a spiritually elevating and rewarding experience, it also can put a strain on the caregiver emotionally and physically.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Show Yourself Some Love With Self-Care

Posted by ComForCare on Feb 7, 2019 1:00:00 PM

On Valentine’s Day people send tokens of love to special people in their lives, but some people tend to forget to show themselves some love. This is especially true for family caregivers. 

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Millennial Caregivers: A Growing Population in Canada

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on Jan 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Sometimes Millennials get a bad rap. Some might refer to them as apathetic, entitled or self-involved. But, these are just bad stereotypes. Let’s put a face to the 10.1 million people who make up the Millennial generation: Mine, for instance.

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Topics: Caregiving

Three Ways ComForCare Home Care Can Help Busy Family Caregivers

Posted by ComForCare on Dec 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When caring for an aging loved one, family members may find they are able to reconnect in more meaningful ways than in the past by sharing family stories and just enjoying the moment together. 

Sometimes, though, family caregivers need a helping hand or respite care. Here are three situations in which ComForCare Home Care can help:

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

From upstairs, I hear your alarm and the rustling of bed covers as you wake up and begin your day even before the sun has risen. You tiptoe downstairs as to not wake me from my sleep. I smell freshly brewed coffee and an egg frying just for me coming from the kitchen. Slowly, my bedroom door opens and you call out my name softly, “Dad?” I open my eyes and see a weary but smiling woman. You set my breakfast tray down so you can help me sit up in bed, so I can eat my breakfast and take my morning pills. You then guide me to the bathroom so I can get ready for my day. You steady my hand as I shave my face and wash up. You pick out something for me to wear and my favourite hat you know I like. Then, you hurry to get yourself ready for your day: a presentation a work, a bake sale at the kids’ school, etc. 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

Signs It May Be Time to Consider to Home Care (and Why You May Not See Them)

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

In an NPR interview early in his career, Jerry Seinfeld talked about how difficult it was to perform stand-up comedy in front of his parents. When his parents were in the audience, he felt off balance: “In front of your parents – you always want them to have the power.”

Many of us go through much of our adult lives feeling as if our parents or older loved ones are still in charge. It can be destabilizing, scary and difficult to admit power relationships have shifted, and we may have a new role to play. Since it is always different when it is your mom, dad or great uncle Felix, we have compiled some small signs that led people to realize they needed to get help for their aging loved ones.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

What Are Hospice and Palliative Care?

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 1, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Many Canadians do not fully understand hospice and palliative care. If we do not work in medicine, “hospice” and “palliative care” are terms we only encounter when we are faced with the difficult task of seeing a friend or loved one through a terminal illness. Often, the best place to start is with clear definitions:

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Hospice and Palliative Care

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