THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Local Communities Can Help Caregivers

If you imagine a caregiver at the beginning of a care journey, he or she might be represented as a dot on the map of a neighbourhood.  She would be surrounded by other dots – neighbours, friends and co-workers. Slowly, as care needs at home increase, the caregiver dot floats further and further away from ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Local Communities Can Help Caregivers

If you imagine a caregiver at the beginning of a care journey, he or she might be represented as a dot on the map of a neighbourhood.  She would be surrounded by other dots – neighbours, friends and co-workers. Slowly, as care needs at home increase, the caregiver dot floats further and further away from ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: HOME: The Making of a Sanctuary

Guest Post by Vickie Cammack (Originally published in Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities by Al Etmanski) For one glorious summer in the ’70’s, an old tamarisk tree with wide sweeping branches down to the sand of a Greek beach was my home.  Its branches opened like ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Technology & Teamwork Can Ease Transition for Kids With Disabilities

For most, high school graduation is a happy and hopeful celebration as parents launch their children into a successful, independent life.  But there’s an expression that parents of children with disabilities use to describe graduation and their child’s transition to adulthood. They call it ‘falling off the cliff’.  This turn of phrase especially epitomises the ...

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 ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Envisioning a Better Future for Caregivers

Arthur Kleinman understands families like mine.  I know he does, because he wrote this: The chronically ill often are like those trapped at a frontier, wandering confused in a poorly known border area, waiting desperately to return to their native land.  Chronicity for many is the dangerous crossing of the borders, the interminable waiting to ...