But what if you don’t happen to know another family caregiver? Or maybe you do, but you’re reluctant to approach them. Well, we’ve made it easy for you. We sat down with four seasoned caregivers and asked them to talk about their experiences. From those conversations, we picked out highlights that we thought most eloquently spoke to challenges many of us face when looking after someone we love.
A now-retired health care manager, Eileen Cunningham looked after her partner, Michael, while he received treatment for liver cancer and then a liver transplant. He died in June 2015. She talks about the importance of finding a service provider who is willing to act as a point person to help you stay informed about what’s going on with your relative.
Madeleine Roske is a retired public health nurse whose husband, Arno, is living with dementia. She talks about the difficult time before Arno was diagnosed and how things actually improved afterwards. She also has an interesting take on stigma.
Cheryl is an only child with an infant daughter of her own. She did her best to help her mother through a mental health crisis while living in another town. She talks about the challenge of playing multiple roles and knowing what approach to take with her mom when.
Gord Schacter is a family physician and clinical lead for primary care in London-Middlesex. He also has experience as a family caregiver. He talks about how many patients and caregivers assume that family physicians have a comprehensive knowledge of community resources and how valuable CaregiverExchange.ca can be for finding the right service.