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Time for Respite for the Caregivers
16 Jul

Time for Respite for the Caregivers

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

If you are on the outside looking into our world just now, likely you would wonder why all the flurry of activity. Interestingly enough, this is what caregivers must go through in order to get some time away from the care recipients. As one of said care providers, I can assure you that we often

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Helping when the help is not wanted
09 Jul

Helping When the Help is NOT Wanted

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

Once again trying to put myself in the shoes of my care recipient, I surmise that having other people do the work you’ve always done can cause resentment. After all, from the perspective of the elderly one (especially when that person doesn’t see well and had become used to being unclean), all the things being

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Difficulty with Changes
29 May

Difficulty with Changes

By Donna RandallAnnie Oakley

When the condition of a care recipient results in altering daily affairs, everyone involved is affected. Such a change in Annie has just now occurred, and we are considering the implications. We received word yesterday from Annie’s Day Care program that she no longer can attend Saturdays at the centre, given she cannot keep up with

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Now back to Katie-Mom
05 May

Now Back to Katie-Mom

By Donna RandallKatie

While Annie Oakley supplies us with very interesting stories, the far less feisty Katie-Mom and her experience of aging also can give us learning experiences. In the case of Katie, her caregivers were totally and completely without experience, and totally clueless to know what was going on and what to do about it, even if

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Confusedly Filly In Time
09 Apr

Confusedly Filly in Time

By Donna RandallUncategorized

From her living space in the lower level of our house, Annie Oakley conducts her life. There is absolutely no sound deadening between the two floors of the house, so we hear everything that goes on downstairs, and I suspect that she would hear lots of things going on upstairs, save for the fact that she

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Despite our best efforts
26 Mar

Despite Our Best Efforts

By Donna RandallUncategorized

It’s not like we’ve never before discussed the risks and probable outcomes of a fall, but rather it is that Annie Oakley simply doesn’t think that these conversations apply to her. Her Robbie goes so far as to have Annie look into his eyes and promise him that she will take the precautions we all

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