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It’s important to challenge a common stigma, which assumes people living with Alzheimer’s disease can’t enjoy quality of life and lose all their abilities.
Caring for a parent could have a significant impact on your psychological and physical health. About 60% of Canadians caring for an aging parent report multiple signs of distress, and over 1 in 5 say their overall health suffered. To stay healthy, balance caregiving responsibilities with self-care. Eat healthy meals regularly, exercise to boost energy and improve sleep, and ask for help so you can do things you enjoy.
Nearly 30% of Canadians provide informal, unpaid care, and those between 45 and 64 provide 75% of informal care for older adults. Many feel squeezed by the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent and childrearing, especially women in the workforce, who typically spend more time on caregiving tasks than men.
Let me tell you a story. Alyssa* was 25 years old when her grandmother, Margie, started to need some help with household tasks. Over the next couple of years, Margie’s needs increased and Alyssa’s mother and her siblings spent more time providing care to help their mother decide whether to stay in her home or to move to a retirement residence.
Common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease stand in the way of understanding the disease and helping those affected.
It is admirable to be dedicated to providing excellent care for an aging loved one; however, it may be important for you to take a step back and examine if your role is affecting your wellness.

Diane* walked in to her mother’s house and saw that her mother, Elaine,* had several large bruises. Elaine explained she had fallen getting out of the bathtub. Diane immediately got upset and told her mother that she needed grab bars installed in her bathroom and really should have someone there to assist her when she showered. Elaine replied that she had been fine living alone for most of her adult life and she didn’t need any help now. Diane brought up other times her mother had fallen or slipped, and other ways she thought her mother needed help to be safe in her home. By the end of the discussion, both Diane and Elaine were very agitated and nothing had been resolved.

In the over 30 years I have worked with and on behalf of older adults and their families, countless times I have witnessed families operating on assumptions when it comes to helping plan for their aging parent’s care or housing. Some of these assumptions include:

To help your parent stay positive and looking forward to the next chapter of their retirement, here are some tips on how you can make their move to a retirement community as streamlined and stress-free as possible.

When your parent or aging loved one gets to the point of needing more daily support to live well, do you assume they will be moving in with you or a sibling? I’d like to discuss this scenario by imparting to you a true story I was recently told.
“My aging parent is lashing out in unexpected ways following a mutual decision to move into a retirement residence and it is hurting my feel ...
The holidays are almost here! For many adult children who don’t live nearby their aging parents or perhaps don’t get the chance to visit oft ...

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