As promised, I’m here today to serve the action-oriented folks amongst you with practical strategies to survive the summer season with aging parents and/or other relatives. Last time, we focused a lot on the underlying feelings that get triggered when you spend more days or even hours together. Make that too much for many of you!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!
OK, I admit it. Even I didn’t have the guts to take on sacred Mother’s Day or celebratory Father’s Day when they were upon us a while ago. It seems the hue and outcry too quickly becomes enraged if you don’t worship Mom or respect Dad.
For those who genuinely do, consider yourself lucky. You’re in the minority amongst my circles. My heart personally goes out to those whose parental relationship is at best checkered.
Please understand,Read More
Ironically but totally in keeping with today’s theme, I received a desperate outreach last week begging for insight on how to navigate Un-cope-able Medical Systems. Good luck!
The family doctor is not supporting a diagnosisRead More
Allow me to start with a quote from leadership expert, John C. Maxwell: “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.”
Provocative, eh? How many people would look upon their greatest day in this fashion? I know I didn’t when a corporate facilitator suggested the same notion almost 20 years ago. Yes to a wedding or birth or other happy occasion. Not so much for developing true personal accountability, right? Prepare to be challenged.Read More
So, are you ready to venture into the next letter of the COMPLETE SUPPORT Manifesto of Caregiver Rights to denote the treatment you deserve? It’s ‘O’ for Openness. Believe me, that question was never more relevant than this week.
Alone, three friends had dealings with doctors and hospitals whereby two are about to enter the ultra-complex labyrinth called Canada’s Healthcare Model. Did I just say that out loud? Yes. I shall be tracking their experiences with hawk-like vigilance to witness how much Openness they encounter from professionals supposedly there to strengthen them.Read More
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
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