THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: POWER DRESSING FOR CAREGIVERS: GOOD OR BAD?

Yesterday I read a fascinating blog post by the wonderful Denise Brown, founder of Caregiving.com.  Her piece is titled Dressing the Part: Family Caregiver, MD. It argues for caregivers to wear a lab coat when we accompany loved ones to medical appointments.  Brown is fed up with clinical professionals not treating family caregivers as the care ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: LISTEN: Our Family Experience With Disability Told to a Med Journal

This is a podcast and article I did for The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The piece is a shorter version of an address I gave at the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine Conference in 2016. What do doctors need to know about the lived experience of parenting a child with severe disabilities? ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT DO CAREGIVERS NEED FROM THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

What do caregivers need from the health care system?  This was the question I was asked at a recent online Town Hall event sponsored by The Caring Experience, a new project designed to collect the stories of Ontario family caregivers and develop policy options that will reflect what families want and need from the health ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Tragic Death, A Cautionary Tale and Lessons About Protecting Our Loved Ones

Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  I can’t get that name out of my head.  And when I think of Guy, I am afraid for my son, my mother and my future self.  I am afraid for everyone who is at risk of being vulnerable and ‘cared for’ by the state, behind closed doors. Guy ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: LIFE GETS EASIER WITH CONNECTION TO A CIRCLE OF CARE

This week, I was honoured to contribute an article to The Home Care Technology Report, a publication of Rowan Consulting Associates.  Tim Rowan is a consultant and information broker on everything to do with home care and technology.  I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve had a huge and positive response to this article from ...