April/May

Caring for Aging Parents? 

This workshop will give you the information you need.

Sunday, May 3 - Sturgeon Creek 1 Retirement Residence 1:00 - 4:30 pm Fee: $20.00
                             10 Hallonquist Drive (West of Grace Hospital)
                             Click here for Details
Read  Offering Advice to Caregivers published in the April 22nd issue of The Metro.

Register at wherenext@shaw.ca.


April Showers and Taxes

Be sure to maximize tax credits and deductions:
  • Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
  • Disability Tax Credit
  • Eligible Medical Expenses


Clothing for Seniors with Disabilities

Many seniors with physical and mental limitations have unique clothing needs. When my mom's dementia became severe she frequently stripped off her clothes. Fortunately, I discovered anti-strip underwear which allowed her to wear her own clothes and also protected her dignity. I recently visited the Adaptive Clothing Store at 1320 Portage Ave. In my experience they have quality adaptive clothing for seniors and are extremely helpful. I invited them to share information with us.

Adaptive Clothing Store in Winnipeg


  Adaptive Clothing is a relatively new term, that’s why you’ve probably never heard of it. So what is it? Adaptive Clothing is medical device that is specifically designed to aid the dressing process for people with limited mobility. Adaptive Clothing simplifies the process of putting on and taking off clothes for both staff and patients, relieves stress and anxiety levels associated with the process as well as shortens the time of the procedures. Due to Adaptive Clothing being a medical device, the purchases are Tax Exempt if a doctor’s prescription is present. The following are the examples of the features unique to Adaptive Clothing.


We can also carry wrap-around skirts and capris, bermuda shorts and many other clothing items for both men and women. These are just a few of the options that can provide a solution for arising challenges that are associated with the dressing.
Another unique feature of Adaptive Clothing that comes usually without mentioning is the material that garments are made out of. Majority of our clients reside in personal care facilities, meaning that their clothing will be washed in the industrial machines using high temperature and harsh detergents. A regular garment will not withstand that and Adaptive Clothing will. Special designs will hold its shape and will not deteriorate and color pallet will remain vibrant longer as well.
There can be a lot more said about adaptive clothing but it is best to see it with your own eyes to understand its benefits and feel the difference for yourself. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about Adaptive Clothing to stop by our store located at 1320 Portage Avenue, where our friendly staff will educate you and help you select the right option for your loved one if necessary. Our Spring Summer 2015 collection is already here, so there is no better time to stop by then now!
Sincerely,
Nadia Tuhari 
Adaptive Clothing Store Manager

February/March

I Am a Rock

A few years ago, I shared with a friend that I was going through one of those "challenging times" that life throws at us. She looked at me and said, "You don't need to be a rock you know."
I replied, "Yes, I do. I'm the Queen of Rocks."
A brief argument ensued about which of us was tougher.
I've been trying to write my February article all month but it has been difficult. My mom passed away peacefully on January 18th and I had the honour of being with her. I was her caregiver for over 8 years.
Today as I think about most of my close friends, I find I am surrounded by "rocks".
Linda's mom is in hospital awaiting placement in a nursing home. She has dementia and is in kidney failure. The doctor is not pleased that the family has decided against a pacemaker for their elderly mom.
Lisa and Tom are caring for three elderly parents. They've just moved Lisa's dad to assisted living. Tom's mom and dad are in the same facility but his dad is in deteriorating health with dementia and Parkinson's.
Judy just lost her 66 year old husband to cancer after two years of treatment including stem cell transplants that required them to live in another city for months.
Sharon's dad has terminal cancer and is now at home with palliative care. He has been caring for her mom who has dementia. Sharon goes over at least twice a day making meals and checking in with her parents and staff. Sharon herself has recently been diagnosed with MS.
Catherine has been her mother's caregiver for six years since her dad passed away. Her mother is legally blind and is in early stage dementia. I'm particularly concerned about Catherine because I see the signs of a serious depression common in long term caregivers.
But we are not rocks. We are human beings. When the weight of love, duty, guilt, and responsibility becomes too much it is NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. It's just time to call for reinforcements. Talk to your friends who've been there. Join a support group. Find a counsellor. Tell your doctor. Don't try to go it alone. Ask for support before you are crushed.

January

 
Don't Miss This!
Caregiving With Confidence Conference  January 23rd.
Register now:

 

What is RLCS? 

I heard a story the other day about Gayle, a woman who contacted Rupert's Land Caregiver Services for help. Her husband, Warren, loved to walk their dog Taffy, but as his dementia progressed Gayle became increasingly concerned that he might become confused in the neighbourhood. Rupert's Land found a solution. John, one of their wonderful volunteers, was willing to accompany the two. Their walks continued for many months. Warren and John enjoyed each other's company. Taffy got her exercise and was happy to spend time with her master and his friend. Gayle had some time to herself knowing Warren and Taffy were safe and happy.
When Gayle had her initial meeting with Rupert's Land Caregiver Services, she asked why her name rather than her husband's was written on the file. The answer was, “There are other supports for your husband. We're not here for him. We're here for you. "
Rupert's Land Caregiver Services is  located in Winnipeg. It is Manitoba's non-profit caregiver support organization.
Services Offered
·         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 not available through Rupert's Land Caregiver Services
For more information call RLCS at 452-9491

Keeping a Caregiver's Journal

 
I  recently received this email. It is always great to hear about strategies that work.
Wendy,  in your class you said to do up a book with information in it, so did one for my husband with his prescriptions, test results, medication changes, etc. I had already kept a spreadsheet from 2006 with his appointments, so added that as well. This year he had tons of doctors' appointments and results/letters from specialists, etc.
Every time we went to a new specialist, I was able to show them the previous treatments and results. Had it all listed. They were all amazed at it. Business cards included. Doctors at the Victoria especially. I take it to every appointment and update it every time. Who can remember all that stuff!!!??? Not at MY age!

Thank you for this essential, informative idea!