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Caregiving
28 Nov

Tag Team Care for Katie

By Donna RandallUncategorized

As is the case with my husband and I with Annie, my brother and I used a tag team approach to caring for Katie, but with a couple of key differences, which change the dynamic. With Annie, both her son and I live in the upstairs part of the house in which Annie lives in

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Frustrated woman
26 Nov

The Gamut of Emotions

By Donna RandallUncategorized

I suppose taking care of elderly family members brings with it emotions not unlike taking care of young family members, including one’s own children. But, a clear difference in these two types of caregiving is that when dealing with children we are likely to explain unwanted behaviour as happening because the child doesn’t know better,

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Adapting to the colder weather
21 Nov

Adapting to the Colder Weather

By Donna RandallUncategorized

It seems to me that I often make mention of our care recipient as such, given our respect for her privacy. However, this is an awkward way to identify her through the course of a blog post, so let’s start referring to her as “Annie”. And, why Annie, you might ask (in fact, I think

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17 Nov

Change is in The Air

By Donna RandallUncategorized

In the spirit of the changing of the seasons, we at dfrent have decided to offer you six blog posts every four weeks, as opposed to four. And, while we seem to have lots of stories to tell, we invite you to participate in this blog conversation. From conversations we’ve had with friends, family members,

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The Avoidance Method
27 Oct

The Avoidance Method

By Donna RandallUncategorized

One of the tricks of caring for aged people is attempting to gauge which issues to pursue verses which to let slide. Let me give you an example, which might help you in future situations. From the outset, we have engaged in battles over those pieces of mail that arrive that boldly announce that the

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A little gratitude, please and thank you
16 Oct

A Little Gratitude, Please and Thank You

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Would you agree that thanking people who do things for you is a good practice, and one that result in all parties involved feeling good? I’d hazard a guess that most people would agree. This is where things can become frustrating when care recipients are in the state of denial. Let me provide you with

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29 Sep

Time for Memories and Listening

By Donna RandallUncategorized

More and more often, it seems, we will notice that our care recipient disappears into her suite for relatively long periods of time, such as two to three hours. This seems to us to make sense on a rainy or cool day, but we’ve noticed of late that it happens on beautiful days when it

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senior care
10 Sep

A Trickster Called Memory

By Donna RandallUncategorized

The more time I spend with elderly folk, the more puzzled I am about what appear to be tricks of the mind. From what I’ve read and experienced, I think it safe to assume that the long-term memory is much more dependable than is the short term memory, but then again unless we were part

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