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05 Sep

The Praise and the Guilt

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Without a doubt, the decision to become a family caregiver can bring with it a feeling of doing the right thing. In fact, I think it safe to say that this feeling often accompanies this decision. Often the other family members are very excited about your decision, perhaps mostly because you’re taking it on means

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19 Jul

The Family Caregivers Need a Time Out

By Donna RandallUncategorized

When I was conducting research into family caregiving so I could create a realistic caregiving agreement, something that came up time and again was that as caregivers we need rest and relaxation. Now I can assure you that this statement is true. Another truth is that as our commitments grow in duration, we need longer

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04 Jul

Multi-Generational Company

By Donna RandallUncategorized

More than a decade ago I toured a beautiful, small community that integrated a seniors’ care facility along with a townhouse complex and a pre-school facility. I clearly remember the executive director of the facility explaining that this mix of age groups was designed to help everyone help everyone else. I remember thinking at the

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24 Jun

The Dreaded Denial

By Donna RandallUncategorized

So, the conversation goes something like this (as the caregiver is displaying to the care recipient a ripe to bursting incontinence pad) – Caregiver:  But if you don’t have a drip, would you please explain to me how this pad became so full of urine? Care recipient:  I don’t know, but you’d think I would

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14 Jun

The Knowing Look

By Donna RandallUncategorized

For two years, my mother lived in a care home in the heart of downtown Victoria, British Columbia. There exists a Starbucks Coffee joint just one and a half blocks from that care home, and on many days, when the weather was good, we would take a trek to said coffee shop for treats and

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06 Jun

Little Do We Know

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Without a doubt, or at least as my experience to date has revealed, one of the most challenging issues involved in caring for elderly seniors involves the control of bodily functions, and lack thereof. I have yet to converse with other caregivers without this topic being raised, and usually at the outset of the visit.

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31 May

Like Child Rearing but Different

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Early in this journey called family caregiving, when helping care for my own mother, I made the comment to my brother (the primary caregiver) that taking care of Mom was not unlike taking care of a child, except that the movement was in the opposite direction. As we made our comparisons, the differences became clear.

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24 May

A Labour of Love?

By Donna RandallUncategorized

As I talk with more and more people about taking on the responsibility of family caregiving, a specific theme runs through the conversations. This theme is that of feeling really good about helping their family member or members fulfill this dream. This aspect of making an important decision makes sense, especially in situations in which

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