November is National Caregiving Month, so I could think of no better reason than to tell you about two new trends in caregiving. And they’re both good news for families.
The first is called The Greenhouse Project. It’s an international movement in humanising eldercare, but it was a small project in Wyoming that caught my eye. Green House Living for Sheridan (Wyoming) is about as far from a traditional nursing home as you could imagine, and the residents of Sheridan like it that way.
From the Green House Living for Sheridan website: We envision homes in every community where (Read more…) . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Family Caregivers Face the Future
At first, advocating for care seems like a daunting, almost impossible task. But like any unwieldy job, the trick is to break it down into manageable building blocks. I’ve tried to simplify the how-to’s of advocating for care in a workshop that I give for caregivers called “How to Know What You Want and Get What You Need”.
To begin advocating for care, it’s important to understand the ‘givens’, or what you already have in the way of support. A tool for that analysis was part of my last post on this subject.
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In the days, months and years since my father’s first stroke, since the birth of my two children, since the diagnosis of our son’s disabilities and more recently, since my mother’s increasing infirmity, I have scoured books and my own memories to find meaning in my caregiving experiences.
With my Dad and with Nicholas, there was, for a time, a chorus of ‘whys’ in my head…. why them? why us? why me? My Mum’s challenges are more organic, they come at the end of her long life, so I don’t rail against them in quite the same way.
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I’ve been buried under a pile of blankets recently trying to keep warm – it’s been -30 degrees where I live in Canada! But I’ve also been holed up designing the meat of a workshop on advocacy for family caregivers.
A quick google search into other such advocacy workshops reveals….nothing. There are lots of advocacy workshops, but they relate to political advocacy. There are lots of workshops for caregivers, but none that teach family caregivers how to use best practice political advocacy strategies to advocate for care. So, the first “How To Know What You Want and Get What
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