Caregiver's Guide for Canadians by Rick LauberCaregiver's Guide for Canadians by Rick Lauber

Caregiver's Guide for Canadians

byRick Lauber

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One in five Canadians are now providing eldercareto a parent in need, and as baby-boomers age, thisnumber is likely to grow.What do you do when your mother or fathergrows old? It’s the natural course of life, but so manychildren of aging parents are unprepared. When aparent’s health begins to fail, an adult child is leftscrambling to find help, to balance their time, and tocope.The Caregiver’s Guide will provide readers withvaluable tips and advice to help them to provide thebest eldercare possible while balancing the demandson their time.This is not a mental “self-help” book. While itdoes provide encouragement and support forcaregivers, it also provides practical advice on howto care for elders in need. This comprehensive guideanswers all a caregiver’s common questions, such as:• Should my parent stay at home or move toassisted living?• How do I balance caregiving responsibilitieswith my personal life?• When to apply for guardianship and/ortrusteeship• How to hire a professional caregiver shouldthe need arise - 20131025
Rick Lauber is a professional freelance writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has helped to care for both of his elderly parents and written extensively about elder caregiving. His publication credits include The Edmonton Journal, Canadian Parent, Caregiver Solutions Magazine, EverythingZoomer.com, CaregiverSpace.org, The Alberta Care...
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Title:Caregiver's Guide for CanadiansFormat:PerfectDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.32 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Self-Counsel PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770401881

ISBN - 13:9781770401884

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest, True, Applicable to everyone, a Must-Read A book everyone should have. Contains experiences, tips, resources, list ideas for information necessary to have when a caregiving situation approaches. This true to life approach is required for all people whether caregiving for a loved one or in the event a person by accident or decline ends up needing a caregiver. To be prepared means better care in the long run. Having been in three caregiving situations, I wish I had been able to obtain this type of help prior to the first need. To have had all the information at hand would have alleviated much distress in every way. The resources listed in the book could also have been accessed if they had been known. Great resources for Canadians.
Date published: 2010-09-13

Table of Contents

Preface xiii1 sharing My Story 12 Defining Caregiving 151. Understanding the Roles of Caregivers 172. R emember to Take Care of Yourself 183. What Kind of Caregiver Are You? 223.1 Independent caregiver 233.2 Sharing caregiver 233.3 Collaborative caregiver 243.4 Coordinating caregiver 243.5 Delegating caregiver 253 C aregiving from a Distance 271. T he Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving 281.1 Communication 291.2 Frequent travel 331.3 Travelling with your parent 341.4 Finding accommodations 362. What to Do When You Get There 372.1 Find the necessary information and documents 382.2 Check the safety of your parent’s home 393. R espect the Decision That Not Everyone Wants to Relocate 414. E motional Distance 424 F inding and Moving Your Parent intoSu itable Accommodations 451. T he Different Types of Living Arrangements 451.1 Home care 47contentsvi Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians1.2 Independent living 471.3 Supportive living 481.4 Assisted living 481.5 Long-term care 482. T hings to Consider When Searching for Accommodationsfor Your Parent 492.1 Location 512.2 Maintenance and cleanliness 522.3 Care staff interactions with others 522.4 Additional services 532.5 Residents’ rooms 532.6 Meals 542.7 Cost and subsidization 552.8 Safety 553. Moving Your Parent 564. When Your Parent Can No Longer Drive 595 O rganizing Your Parent’s Documents 611. Keep the Documents Organized 612. Understanding the Important Documents 632.1 Your parent’s will 642.2 Trusteeship and guardianship 646 V isiting Day 691. A ctivities to Do with Your Loved One 702. F inding the Best Time to Visit 733. C elebrating Holidays and Birthdays 737 Working with Other Family Membersand Maintaining Harmony 771. What to Discuss During the Meetings 811.1 Finances and banking 811.2 Medications 811.3 Diet and personal care 821.4 Parental quality of life 821.5 Responsibilities 83Contents vii8 T aking a Break 851. Delegate Some of the Work 862. S ocialize and Pursue Hobbies 863. Join a Support Group 874. Pamper Yourself 885. F ind a Day Program for Your Parent 896. I nterviewing and Hiring Help 907. Make Sure You Schedule Time for Yourself Regularly 929 R emaining Active 951. Preparing and Taking Your Parent for Seasonal Outings 962. F ind Time for Your Own Physical Activity 993. A ctivity Isn’t All about Physical Exercise 9910 C aregiving versus Career 1011. Work Options 1022. C ompassionate Care Benefits 1053. T hink before You Leap 10611 Mobility Aids and Em ergencyS afety Devices for Seniors 1091. Mobility Aids and Other Useful Items 1091.1 Walk-in bathtubs 1101.2 Stair lifts 1101.3 Lift chairs 1101.4 Walkers 1111.5 Scooters 1111.6 Grab bars 1121.7 Grab poles 1121.8 Reachers 1121.9 Faucet grippers 1121.10 Magnifying glass 1121.11 Large-buttoned telephone 1121.12 Bell 1131.13 Non-slip grip mat 113viii Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians1.14 Wall calendar 1131.15 Raised toilet seats 1131.16 Weighted cutlery 1131.17 Medication reminder 1141.18 Pill crusher 1141.19 Cushions 1142. E mergency Safety Devices 1152.1 Personal security alarms 1152.2 MedicAlert bracelets 1152.3 Emergency telephone call buttons 11512 F inding Joy in Caregiving 11713 F inal Thoughts 121Resources 125Caregiving Checkl ists and Worksheets 1331. Y our Circle of Caregiving 1332. S cheduling “Me” Time 1343. C aregiving Self-Analysis 1354. C aregiver’s Document Worksheet 1375. H ome Safety Checklist 1386. R esearching Long-Term Care Facilities 1407. Driving Safety Checklist 1428. Medical History Log 1439. Medication Log 14410. C aregiver’s Financial Expenses Log 145TAB LES1. Percentage of the Population Aged 65 Years and Older 162. Persons Aged 65 Years and Older in the Canadian Population 16 - 20131025