THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Stranger Asks, "So, Do You Work?"

A stranger asks, “What do you do?”.  They really mean, ‘do you WORK?’.  When you reply that you care for a loved one, they look past your shoulder, scanning the room for an escape route. At the grocery store, someone you used to know walks by, averting their eyes.  Conversations with people apart from other ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Stranger Asks, “So, Do You Work?”

A stranger asks, “What do you do?”.  They really mean, ‘do you WORK?’.  When you reply that you care for a loved one, they look past your shoulder, scanning the room for an escape route. At the grocery store, someone you used to know walks by, averting their eyes.  Conversations with people apart from other ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: NATURAL CARE IN FAMILIES IS THE KEY TO OUR SURVIVAL

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz. All opinions are 100% mine. The natural, loving care that family members provide to one another is the engine of society.  The care we give to those we love makes all other work possible and is the key to our very survival individually and ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Celebrating the Holidays at Home with Seniors

Guest post by Maria Ramos While generally a time of cheer and celebration, the holidays pose their own set of challenges for seniors and those living with disabilities. The holidays are a time for family and friends, and generally everybody wants to get together for meals and holiday festivities. As a person ages, though, they ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Sick of Caregiving?

I was surprised to see this question as the title of an email I received this morning. “Sick of Caregiving?” isn’t the sort of thing I usually receive.  My inbox is normally filled with things like “Latest stats on why caregivers live longer” or “How I learned to balance my job with caring for my ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: REMOTE CARE VS CARE AT A NURSING HOME: Which Option is Better For Your Parents?

This is a really informative and helpful guest post by the writers at TopTenReviews that I’m more than happy to share. Choosing how to support your parents in their golden years doesn’t have to be a burden. Depending on what you and your parents are looking for in care, you have a choice between nursing homes and ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: On Birthdays and Christmases Past

This December 23rd, I am wistful about time passing.  Tomorrow is my Mom’s 93rd birthday.  It seems like yesterday we celebrated her 90th – time is passing so quickly now that I am older.  We met our daughter at the airport last evening and when she walked out of the international arrivals gate, I was ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Psyche of the Caregiver: A Story of Eldercare Devotion

This is the second in our National Caregiving Month series of blog posts from YOU, our readers and fellow caregivers!  Judy Fox and Andrea Hurley are the co-authors of one of my favourite eldercare blogs, “When The Table Turns“.  Thank you for telling your story here at the Caregivers’ Living Room, Judy!  It happened suddenly…from ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: He Said, She Said: Is Caregiving Hell Where We’re At?

Today, a Forbes blog post caught my eye.  Maybe it was the title: “Informal Caregiving?  Free Caregiving? Seriously?” … or maybe it was because I always enjoy reading what Howard Gleckman writes.  He’s the author of a wonderful book called “Caring For Our Parents” and he’s a fellow at the Urban Institute.  Here’s what he said ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Wisdom of Caregivers: Part II – Our Power and Love

Recently, I wrote about the wisdom and knowledge of caregivers.  Families giving care sometimes feel that they are operating in a vacuum – that the only compassionate place is the home because societies in which we live are driven by an ethic of individualism, consumerism and the perpetual growth of a paycheck.  So, how can ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Humans Live

How humans live: Baby is born (healthy and able-bodied…. or not) and is totally dependent for one year.  If able-bodied, the baby develops and with nurturing, enters school.  Child may have an allergy, asthma, ADHD or a broken leg from learning to ski. In secondary school, child may require treatment for mental illness/anxiety and express feelings ...