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Practical Insights for Busy Caregivers

Four caregivers share survival tips

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June 4, 2018, by Paul Cavanagh, caregiverexchange.ca

Family caregiving is a topic that’s receiving increasing attention in mainstream media. The Minneapolis StarTribune recently launched a series in which the lead reporter, Jackie Crosby, met with dozens of families and interviewed more than 100 experts. One article in the series focuses on four caregivers and their answers to the following questions:
 
  • How did your life change when you became a caregiver?
  • What were your biggest challenges?
  • What were some of your survival techniques?
 
The situations of the four caregivers are diverse. One woman left her job as a chief financial officer to look after both her parents. Another woman transitioned from being a once-a-month housekeeper to the principal caregiver for a lonely widow who never had children. A third woman advocates for her mother, who’s living with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis and the effects of two recent strokes. And one man looks after his husband and partner of twenty years who was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia at age 59.
 
The Caregiving Videos on caregiverexchange.ca offer a similar diversity of experiences. In the space of just a few minutes, you can listen to insightful quotes from several caregivers. To make things easier, we’ve grouped the quotes by theme. For instance, several people we interviewed talk about the importance of seeking help in the community.  
 
You can then follow through on this theme with our Find Services tool to see what community services are available in any part of Ontario you choose. On caregiverexchange.ca, we’ve focused on categories of services that are commonly of interest to family caregivers (for example, respite care). But if you don’t find the services you’re looking for on caregiverexchange.ca, simply head on over to thehealthline.ca. There you’ll be able to search a complete list of health and community services for your region of the province. For example, if you want to find out what meal delivery services are available in Waterloo-Wellington, here are the programs you’d see listed on wwhealthline.ca.