Now that Mother’s Day is behind us and Victoria Day weekend has been celebrated in Canada while Memorial Day is being honored in the U.S., let me return to the manifesto of COMPLETE SUPPORT I propose for weary caregivers worldwide. No, make that demand.Read More
“The Wits-End Caregiver”
Yup, that’s exactly how you feel. Forget sucking it up! Try some real tips and tools based in lived experience so you stop feeling like a burnt-out triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich. Your courageous advocate Carol-Ann says it like it is. And that’s no bologna!
When we were last in this space, I began to set forth the likes of a Manifesto to bolster beleaguered Sandwich Generation caregivers everywhere. My purpose remains to call out those who claim to serve aging populations (in healthcare, legal, insurance, financial, automobile, real estate and funeral realms) butRead More
Who here recognizes this statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
A one-sentence statement bespeaking basic human dignity – considered an act of treasonRead More
With my last blog, I began what will become a series of action calls directed toward bullying institutions and consumer service providers who claim to support caregivers of aging parents while making your eldercare nightmare worse.
I also coined a unique slant on the termRead More
If you’ve been tracking my stalwart-cousin experiences, then you’ll know the nightmare it was for both of us to see him spend almost 72 hours inside a supposedly leading-edge Ontario hospital. You’ve borne witness to my honest sharing about verbal abuses I faced from irate and frustrated employees within said system.Read More
Are you ready for the next installment in what I call The Hospital Ordeal that plagued my cousin and me? Here’s what happened next.
Aren’t You Done Yet?
Sometime during hour 2 in the chilly Emergency holding-pen (like the public were cattle), an impatient nurse dumped a pee bottle on the bed. She demanded my out-of-it cousin produce a urine sample on command. Many folks can’t. Graphically,Read More
Just when I thought I was “done” with hospitals on the heels of my father passing away almost five years ago, I had a recent “opportunity” to re-experience this horror-filled reality. Yikes is the only (polite) word to describe our treatment – or lack thereof.
My cousin needed to be hospitalized in the same institution that housed him in 2003. To say the place has gone severelyRead More
You know what? On the heels of composing my series about a typical caregiver’s day, I realized something.
While a lot of my writing orients toward championing the beleaguered Sandwich Generation, there exist some further distinctions. Coaching and workshop clients have mentioned these. I’d therefore like to extend huge kudos to three types of peopleRead More
What is an “un-cope-able” parent?
Let me put it like this. If you’ve ever:
- Verbally fought just short of coming to blows over gently proposing a new life-chapter to your elderly parents;
- Met unquantifiable resistance in merely hinting your headstrong duo leave their soothingly-familiar residence (or at least consider in-home care because they no longer manage basic daily tasks);
- Applied your full catering power and still your exhausted capacity comes nowhere close to satisfying their needy bottomless pit.
Congratulations! You have impossible parents!
Oh, to have cooperative aging folks. Alas, you drew the proverbial straw’s short end and pulled resistant seniors.
You mean there’s a Part 3 to this series of blogs about a caregiver’s day? Actually, we could have 365 parts to this topic and not be done! That’s how much responsibility rests on caregivers’ plates daily. You know it.
Further, it would be helpful to have about 50 pairs of hands and legs to be in about 50 places at one time. OK, I exaggerate. But not entirely…Read More