Family Caregivers of BC is celebrating Family Caregiver Week in BC May 7-13, 2016. Join our digital Family Caregiving Tree! We invite you to share your own caregiving story by writing a few words and uploading a picture of you and/or your loved one. Visit our tree here.
I met with Mr. D, a 59-year-old who suffered a pretty serious stroke a few months ago. He is now living back in his home after discharge from hospital. He doesn’t have a spouse. He has two kids, both out of town. Mr. D is doing quite well considering his brain injury. He needs some […]
Navigating difficult or awkward conversations can, if not handled correctly, create conflict between caregivers and the people they are caring for. Whether it is someone caring for a relative with a disability such as a brain injury or developmental disability or an adult child caring for an aging parent, avoiding conflict or dealing with tension […]
Financial abuse happens more often than many people think. In fact, it is the most common form of abuse. It is estimated that one in twelve seniors experiences some kind of financial abuse. Sometimes financial abuse happens just once such as when a stranger steals a wallet or a dishonest tradesman overcharges for a repair […]
Many caregivers ask, “What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to the many different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for approximately 64% of all cases in Canada. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, Pick’s Disease, Lewy-Body and Creutzfeldt-Jakob […]
In our January 2016 Network News, we featured an article “Stepping Over The Invisible Line!” , which addressed the ever tricky question of knowing how to tell if someone we are caring for needs more help. Once the discovery is made that more support is needed, the following question from family caregivers is often, “So […]
With trepidation, I enter the long-term care facility. Bounding up a flight a stairs, I pause before opening the door to the second floor. The pause is two-fold. I need to search my memory bank for the code to enter the special care unit and secondly, to take a deep breath as I prepare myself […]