Tag Archives: family caregiving

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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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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End of Life Care Giving Permission to Let Go
15 Feb

How soon is now?

By Donna RandallUncategorized

The more I talk with others about caregiving for someone close to you (family member or not), the more I can be certain that I will remain uncertain about knowing when the time has come to place the care recipient into care. The answer to that question varies depending upon the people involved and the

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donna and her mom
02 Jan

How Do we Know How to Care?

By Donna RandallUncategorized

A close girlfriend and I managed to carve out a couple of hours over these holidays to catch up while walking and over lattes. We both are old orphans (meaning both our parents have died), and we got to talking about my creation called The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement She made reference to a conversation

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Difficulty with Changes
05 Dec

Letting Go In Stages

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Partially because of space constraints, and because the recent memories were not particularly pleasant, neither my brother nor I wanted to keep all sorts of Mom’s “stuff”. Katie had acquired some very nice old furniture along the way, which was distributed before they moved west, and Dave and I had long ago decided upon who

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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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donna and her mom
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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