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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Unique Canadian Story of Care, Innovation and Refugees

Melissa Campbell, founder of The Refugee Response Group, is a young Edmonton mother with a compassionate heart.  When she heard about the plight of Syrian refugees, she wanted to help ensure that any family seeking refuge in her community … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Unique Canadian Story of Care, Innovation and Refugees

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.   . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT IS A SUPPORT NETWORK AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

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 . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: This Christmas, We are Thankful for Tyze

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Right to Give Care to Someone You Love

Recently, I spoke on the telephone with another writer who six months ago, lost her beloved mother to cancer.   Christabel Shaler writes a blog called The Ethical Hustler for the Vancouver Observer and here is how she described her mother in one of her posts there:

We grew up in a basement suite . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Right to Give Care to Someone You Love

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 . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Caregivers’ Best Friend – TYZE

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Help for Caregivers

TYZE is a software programme that helps to coordinate a group of people who care about someone receiving care.  If you care a caregiver, have a look at this video!

We have a Tyze network for Nick and one for my Mum who is 90 and lives on her own.  Thank goodness for Tyze!

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Some Doctors are Better Than Others!

Some doctors are better than others – ask anyone with an ageing parent or a complex child.  Do you know any doctor who still makes house calls?

I DO and he’s our doctor!  Dr. Robert Eaton is my personal hero.  He is a family doctor who is famous throughout our community for ‘taking the dregs’, . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Some Doctors are Better Than Others!

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why Our Special Needs Family Loves Technology

Recently, I was asked to contribute a piece on the subject of technology and parenting a son with disabilities for the blog http://vancouvermom.ca.  Here is what I wrote:

Article by Donna Thomson, disability activist, author and consultant, and user of the Tyze social network.

Technology Became an Essential Tool In January of 1998, Eastern Canada was . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why Our Special Needs Family Loves Technology

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Managing Care Online!

Last week, I noticed a health blog in the New York Times titled “Managing Care Online“.  I had to read it and write to respond, describing our experience with a care coordination tool called “Tyze“.  I’ve written about Tyze both in my book and in previous blog posts.  Here is my contribution to the Times . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Managing Care Online!

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Great Ideas on Housing, Support and Networked Care

One of the people I admire most in the care field is Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus in the UK.  I met Alex about four years ago when we both attended an event – I have forgotten the speaker, but I will always appreciate meeting Alex that day.  Read his latest blog . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Great Ideas on Housing, Support and Networked Care