“We all have personal concerns, including family baggage and difficult situations to sort out, when we take on the responsibility of caring for someone else. Inevitably, there are short- and long-term decisions to be made, preferences to be considered and issues that arise on all fronts—and time is sometimes of the essence. Learning to pick our battles and choosing how to respond in the pressure of the moment is both an art and a science for busy caregivers. However, there are some matters that should take priority. Here are some of our top-down thoughts on when to sound the alarms, when to take decisive action and when to simply walk away to keep the peace.”
Please read more in my article in the Caregiver Solutions Magazine: http://www.caregiversolutions.ca/caregiving/a-caregivers-worry-guide/.
I am delighted to join The Edmonton and Calgary Prime Times newspapers as a regular columnist! Each month, I will discuss caregiving issues, share current news. provide helpful resources for caregivers, and more. This is my first column: http://www.edmontonprimetimes.com/.
Caregiver's Guide for Canadians
A superbly written and well documented book that guides the reader through typical eldercare issues provided by professional and private caregivers. Rick Lauber is a Canadian author who offers a comprehensive guide to care of our loved ones in their "greying" years, including resources, checklists, and worksheets. The author packs this little gem with practical advice such as wills, trusteeships, guardianships, driving and home safety, mobility aids, hospital visits, accommodation, travel, demographic charts, ideas for gifts, special occasions, the best times to visit one's loved one, activities and support groups, finances, and much more. There is also a section on avoiding burnout. This invaluable book is a must for the one in five Canadians who are providing or will provide care to an elderly parent.
— Kenna McKinnon