Author Archives: Donna Randall

senior care
21 Jan

Going the extra mile

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

When first I took on the role of family caregiver, my focus was clear: My mother was the care recipient and I was the family caregiver. Over a period of time, this delineation of roles became even more evident, with my mother taking a rather steep dive into dementia, while I became more experienced and

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End of Life Care Giving Permission to Let Go
14 Jan

Giving Permission to Let Go

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

In my experience, end of life care, helping someone through the process of dying most often is wrought with emotions. Not only are we attempting to comfort the person who is dying, but at the same time we are attempting to comfort ourselves. Oh, and let’s not forget that we are expected to communicate with and

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some consequences of checking out
19 Dec

Some Consequences of Checking Out

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

When last you left Annie Oakley, although her hip fractures were healing well, she had decided to forego her rehabilitation program, explaining that she was tired at 93 years of age and, happy to rest in the bed and be taken care of. Fair enough, many of us said, adding that we likely will feel

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Can't we stop the scams
11 Dec

Can’t we stop the Scams?

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

Please excuse me if I’ve written about this subject in the past. But truly, we MUST be able to stop the mail scams directed toward seniors. Pretty much every one other than vulnerable seniors can see at a glace that the envelope in question contains a scan designed to relieve said elders of their money,

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When our elders check out
03 Dec

When Our Elders Check Out

By Donna RandallUncategorized

I think I am safe to say that many of us have heard the adage that a broken hip in seniors most often is the beginning of the end. While this didn’t seem to be the case for Annie Oakley at the time she broke her hip and for about one week thereafter, things quickly

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annie takes a tumble
29 Oct

Annie Takes a Tumble

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

With my last family caregiving blog post being about UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) and seniors, it is almost spooky that this post is about Annie’s trip that sent her in an ambulance to a local hospital. And, if this is not spooky enough, as is so often the case with seniors and UTIs, who have

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Knowledge is power long term care
24 Sep

Knowledge is Power

By Donna RandallUncategorized

On Tuesday, September 15th, the Vancouver Sun ran an article carrying the following headline: B.C. seniors have high levels of anger and worry, and quotes the Seniors Advocate in B.C. on a number of topics. Perhaps the most striking and telling part of the article is the photograph in the heading, which shows a very

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How Soon Is Now?
13 Aug

How Soon Is Now?

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

While the 1990s song by the Smiths has nothing to do with family caregiving, the title of it gets to the heart of the matter. Whether or not your family members have been open about the matter of who will take care of your elders and how that will happen, the matter of when usually

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obstinate or fearful
30 Jul

Is it Obstinate or Fearful?

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

Should you be “blessed” with a very strong willed elder for whom you are caregiving, this blog post might well speak to you about senior care. In addition, I hope it will help you see your elder’s behaviour in a new light. Annie always has liked to do everything her own way…you know, my way

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