Comfort Keepers Canada Resources and Recommendations for Family Caregivers
Many friends and family members elect to be the primary caregiver to a senior themselves. Caregiving is a rewarding endeavor, yet it introduces a range of challenges, difficulties, and concerns that demand considerable attention and planning. Family caregivers should take advantage of the many articles and informational resources that are widely available, and they shouldn’t hesitate to seek professional services, including respite care, if they feel the need for assistance.
Below is a collection of articles and resources created by Comfort Keepers Canada to provide information about Caregiver Resources and related topics.
Featured Caregiver Resources Articles:
Caregiving is an emotional subject which is likely the reason so many myths surround it. This article focuses on dispelling some of these caregiving myths. It’s a must-read for anyone currently involved in caregiving including those who are considering hiring or perhaps even becoming a caregiver.
In Canada alone there are more than 750,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. One-in-five Canadians age 45 and over are providing some form of care to seniors who have long-term health problems. These unpaid family members are performing a great service to both the individuals with dementia and society as a whole, but they pay a hefty price with their own wellbeing and an increased financial burden.
As a caregiver, it is important to encourage independence in seniors, but also to interact with them in ways that provide the opportunity for them to maintain a better quality of life for themselves. By participating in activities with your senior loved one, not only are you showing that you care – the acts you undertake together can help improve their overall health.
The free Care Assessment Guide helps families identify senior care needs and options. Many of us are faced with the difficult decision of when to provide additional care for senior loved ones. Knowing how to assess potential care needs and the types of care available can provide peace of mind during the decision process.
Today’s seniors have lived through significant historic events and change. And along the way, through times both challenging and prosperous, they have collected a treasure trove of experiences and wisdom that could guide us today and in the future. We need to create opportunities now, while we can, for seniors to share their life stories with younger generations.