THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS: COMMUNICATING IN CAREGIVING

Here’s a scenario that every caregiver will recognise: Your elderly parent has fallen and you’ve left work to be with her at the ER. Tests will be performed including x-rays and it will be a few hours before a diagnosis is made. A paid caregiver for your parent is due at home in an hour ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Applying a Business Plan to Family Caregiving Gives Comfort to All

Family caregiving: a powerful and touching way for you to give back and express all the hope, love, and support that your loved ones have given you when you were younger. Unfortunately, this type of caregiving is also an often underestimated, unappreciated, and misunderstood calling. With the rising costs of long term care and more ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Applying a Business Plan to Family Caregiving Gives Comfort to All

Family caregiving: a powerful and touching way for you to give back and express all the hope, love, and support that your loved ones have given you when you were younger. Unfortunately, this type of caregiving is also an often underestimated, unappreciated, and misunderstood calling. With the rising costs of long term care and more ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Want to Be Included in Your Loved One’s Home Care Team? Here’s How

I spend a lot of time reading about how families manage caring for loved ones all over the world.  Today, developed nations share common challenges –  aging populations, more people trying to balance employment with caregiving, and governments trying to get the most out of family caregivers. All while trying to manage their governments’ over-stretched ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT IS A SUPPORT NETWORK AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

I wrote this for an audience of adults with disabilities who want to get started using a tech tool to coordinate the help of friends and family in a circle of care.  But the model works for seniors too, as well as anyone who requires some assistance to get through a life challenge.   Here, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My Best Caregiving Tip

After twenty-five years of intensive caregiving, the most important thing I’ve learned is that giving good care over time requires a team.  Trying to manage alone and without the help of others inevitably leads to exhaustion, depression, ill health and even family breakdown.  But with a coordinated ‘network of support’, it is possible to locate ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Sharing the Care Online – Can It Really Help?

When my son Nicholas was born with severe disabilities in 1988, my husband and I struggled to care for him on our own.  Nick turns 25 at the end of this month and all these years of giving care have taught me one great big lesson.   Caring alone is not a good idea.  Caring ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: This Christmas, We are Thankful for Tyze

This Christmas, our family is grateful for Tyze Personal Networks.  For those new to my blog, I am the mother of a young man with severe disabilities who is adored by everyone in our family.  I’m also the daughter of an almost 91 year old who has never listened when folks told her she was old. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Caregivers’ Best Friend – TYZE

My son Nicholas’ care is complex.  He has round the clock one-to-one caregivers including awake night nurses by the bedside.  Nick has a nasty habit of stopping breathing and the nurses rub his cheek or ear to get him going again.  They reposition him frequently for pain and help him settle after seizures.  The day ...