Caregivers face many adversities, with unknowns, stressors and worries being a normal part of the caregiving journey. With approximately one in four Canadians caregiving for family members, partners, friends or neighbours, who is caring for the carers? Find out more in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
A report by Volunteer Canada revealed that Baby Boomers and Senior Adults provided more than 1 billion volunteer hours in 2010! Clearly volunteering provides non-profits and charities a wealth of expertise, which allows these organizations to provide a multitude of services for free or a very low cost to their communities. However, the benefits of volunteering runs both ways and seniors can also gain many rewards from their volunteer efforts. Find out more in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
Even though caregiving is often thought of as a role assumed primarily by women, a recent survey found that 44% of caregivers are men. Like their female counterparts, approximately 3.4 million male caregivers face tremendous challenges as they simultaneously try to balance work and raise a family with the physical and emotional demands of helping an ailing or aging loved one. Find out more about the challenges men may face as caregivers in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
Imagine for a moment that you were not able to speak for yourself. Who would you want to make decisions on your behalf? Do your family or friends know what your end-of-life wishes are? Many people think that because they have a will and perhaps even pre-planned their funeral that they have discussed advance care planning. However, advance care planning is actually about your health while you are still alive. Find out more in this week's Changing Lives Podcast.
There is a question that often surfaces in the hospice environment: How much should we involve children in dying process family members? Find out how to prepare children to visit a dying loved one in this week's podcast.
Human nature compels us to nurture our loved ones in many ways, feeding being one method - however it is important to recognize that nutrition at the end-of-life is much different than how people eat prior to illness. Find out more in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
As a new caregiver, or even a caregiver of many years, navigating the system in hospice palliative care can be hard to do. Knowing how to navigate the path will not only help you to understand the services available and how to access them but will also help you advocate for the person you are caring for.
Special days and holidays, like Valentine's Day, can often trigger memories and difficult emotions in individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Check out this week's Changing Lives Podcast to learn more about coping with grief during Valentine's Day.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2018 an estimated 25 percent of the population provided some form of long-term caregiving to a loved one. As those with illness face multiple losses and grief, and adjustments to a different life routine, so do caregivers. Caregivers may face losses such as the loss of a job, broken or challenging relationships, and having to learn to adjust to new caregiving routines and skills. Caregiving is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding, yet demanding, jobs a person will ever have. Listen to this week's podcast for some tips to help ease the burden of caregiving.