Are your parents aging and needing more help? Are you supporting an aging friend or family member? Do you work with seniors and their families? Take away a toolbox full of information, tips and local resources.
Alison Kennedy provides one-on-one cognitive stimulation and emotional
support to clients living with dementia. This is her story.
I was once hired to work with a client
in a locked personal care home unit who was sleeping excessively. My first
challenge was to get him to wake up! The unit nurse suggested I start reading
to him when I visited. I did. A few weeks later another nurse on the unit
popped her head in the room, called to my sleeping client who to all
appearances was comatose and told him to wake up as I was there. He rolled over
opened his eyes and told her that he was listening to a great story, did she
mind?? I almost fell off of my chair!
Eventually he was staying awake. One day I gave him a set of
letters and had him spell “Thanksgiving” on the table. I then said we are going to take turns
creating original small words out of those letters. You go first and create
five words. He did as I wrote them down. Then it was my turn. We went back and forth for an hour. Do you
know that between us we created 102 original words out of those letters!
Towards the end he was starting to squirm in his seat. He did not want to lose
to a woman! He came to life and made me marvel at the hidden talents in
sleeping bodies in nursing homes. You know something else…he could do math
faster than I!
Description: The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat is part of the department of Health, Healthy Living and Seniors. It acts as a central point of contact for seniors, their family members and organizations. Website:http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/index.htmlReview:This updated site is a goldmine of information. Save it as a favorite! You will want to come back here again and again on your caregiving journey. Focus: Caregivers of seniors Where to start: Begin with the Home Page. Don't Miss: The publications page. You will want to have your own hard copy of A Guide For Caregivers. Order it. Read it. Fill it full of Post-It notes.
Who Knew? That there is a Seniors Information Line, an information and referral line for seniors, family members and caregivers and professionals working with seniors. In Winnipeg: 204-945-6565 Toll-free: 1-800-665-6565 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Review:When you need someone to talk to, this is THE organization that will give you one-on-one personal support.
Focus: Caregivers of seniors
Where to start: Call (204) 452-9491 and talk to the caring, informed staff.
·Time-out for Caregivers: A volunteer trained as a respite companion comes to the home for a few hours so the family caregiver can have a break
·Telephone Support: Providing information, support and encouragement for caregivers
·Ring-A-Ride: Assisted transportation for caregivers and recipients anywhere in the city limits by prior arrangement. Note: Ring-a-Ride users must live within postal codes, R3L, R3M, R3N, R3P, and part of R3T.
·Support Group for Caregivers: Rupert’s Land Caregiver Services hosts a support group every second Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at 168 Wilton Street.
·Information & Referral: A resource bank of information about services available throughout Manitoba
Who Knew? That there is an organization that offers free support to Manitoba caregivers. For more information call (204) 452-9491 or email email@example.com