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A multigenerational household can be a wonderful experience for all involved. With ample time to learn and share with one another, this living arrangement is sure to bring lots of joys and smiles. However, it is also sure to bring its challenges. As in any family, the closeness of living space may result in arguments and challenges. Here are some tips to make the most of your multigenerational living experience.

Play Together

One of the best parts about multigenerational living is the chance for grandparents, parents, and grandchildren to spend lots of time together. While a lot of interaction is sure to happen naturally, make sure you also intentionally make time for play. Choose board games, puzzles, or other fun games that everyone can participate in and enjoy. You may also consider making a family tree, sharing old picture albums, or having a story night to encourage learning about your family’s history.

Share Chores

Make a chart of chores that everyone will help with to share responsibilities. Ensure that the activities are appropriate for each person who will complete them.

Allow for Independence

While time together is great, ensure that each person has his or her own space as well. Grandparents may grow tired of playing with active children, and parents and children also need some space of their own. Making rules such as knocking on doors or setting up quiet hours can help ensure this space is made. Take advantage of services such as transportation and companion care through transParent Concierge to ensure independence for all family members.

Family Meetings

Make time to talk about how everyone is doing and plan upcoming events together. This can be an excellent opportunity to talk about how the family deals with disagreements and how to handle emotions safely and respectfully.

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Susan suddenly became a caregiver when her mother fell and broke her hip. In the blink of an eye, she went from checking in on her mom once a week to daily care. While not all caregiving begins so abruptly, when it does happen, you may feel as though you will need a plan in place to keep everything going. As a caregiver, you must take care of your own responsibilities as well as those of others. We suggest you follow our planning guide so that you can take care of your needs and those of your loved one.

Get Organized

First, you’ll need to figure out which tasks need to be performed and when. Consider everything from everyday care and hygiene to doctor’s appointments as well as your usual activities including social events. If you didn’t use a calendar before, you may want to start using one now so that you don’t miss anything.

You’ll also need to make sure you have access to any legal documents such as birth certificates, insurance cards, and other relevant paperwork you may require. Make copies and keep these all in a safe place.

Find Support

Life as a caregiver is physically and emotionally taxing. Be sure you have supports in place to give yourself a break. This is also helpful so that others are aware of how to perform basic care should you become ill or need to travel. Resources such astransParent Concierge are great options when you need help with transportation or simply require companion services when you or another family member can’t be with your loved one.

Talk

Finally, talk with your loved one. If the person is able to discuss his or her needs with you, do your best to have a conversation about what is expected and how needs can be met.

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Having a pet dog can lift a senior’s mood and has even been linked to health benefits. However, this isn’t reason to run out to the pet shop and pick the first cute puppy you find. A dog intended as a senior companion should be considered carefully. Here’s our list of what to look for.

Active or Sedentary?

When considering the lifestyle of the senior you’re hoping to find a companion for, notice whether the person is active or sedentary. You’ll need to find an appropriate match. Some dogs may be too high-strung and active for quieter seniors, while others may seem too lazy. Do your research and find out what is typical for the breed.

Low Maintenance

For most seniors, it’s ideal if the dog doesn’t require frequent grooming, walks, and a lot of time outdoors. Check the breed’s grooming requirements before purchasing. Small dogs are often easier to handle and look after as they can be bathed in the sink.

Well Trained

A dog that’s already trained can save your senior a lot of headaches. The last thing you want is your senior cleaning up after a messy puppy, time after time. Older dogs that have been trained are often a great option.

Not Aggressive

You’ll want to make sure that the breed you pick isn’t typically aggressive. This way your senior can take the dog out for walks with confidence and interact with others without fear of having to control the dog.

Some great breeds to consider are Shih Tzus, Italian Greyhounds, or a Bichon Frise.

Will you need help to ensure your senior is able to safely walk the dog or enjoy an outing? Contact transParent Concierge and we’d be happy to provide accompaniment services.

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For children, the stages of life can be confusing, especially when faced with a major transition such as a loved one moving into a senior living facility. However, you can help children manage the change with helpful conversations and continued contact with their grandparents or other loved ones. Here are some ideas.

Stages of Life

Look for books that explain how our bodies get weaker as we grow older. You may also consider using “stages of life” cards when discussing this with young children that show babies, children, adults, and senior citizens. Have your child place each of the cards in order. Explain that as bodies get older and tired, sometimes people need help from nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. This can help children understand the need for the professional care offered at a senior living community.

Discuss Visits, Cards, and Interactions

Focus on the positive. They can still visit their grandparents often and enjoy a lot of the same activities even if their loved one no longer lives in the same house. Encourage children to think of creative ways to interact such as sending cards or calling on the phone.

Validate Their Feelings

However your child feels about this transition, be it sadness, anger, or another feeling, is okay. Tell your child that you understand and that sometimes life is difficult. With time, your child will adjust to the change. In the meantime, give them the space to feel whatever they’re feeling and try to give them as many opportunities as possible to interact with their loved one.

Services such as those offered by transParent Concierge can help with transportation and accompaniment so that your loved one can continue to enjoy mobility and freedom after transferring to a senior living facility.

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The first thing that comes to many people’s minds when imagining activities for senior citizens is bingo. While fun, it can get old after a few sessions. There are many, many other activities that are enjoyable and interesting for senior citizens. Here are some of our top picks:

Community College Courses

Many senior citizens lead active intellectual lives. There’s no reason to stop learning! While most people think that college and university courses are for young people, there are a wide variety of courses that may be of interest to senior citizens as well.

Volunteering

Senior citizens have wisdom and skills that are of great value to others. Whether volunteering at a hospital, mentoring young people or serving at a soup kitchen, this is a wonderful way to spend time. Many volunteers feel a strong sense of fulfillment and achievement due to their participation.

Art Projects

Getting creative and learning new artistic abilities can be a great way to keep a senior citizen’s mental abilities sharp. In addition, activities such as painting, drawing, colouring, and other crafts provide a tangible result that’s quite satisfying.

Bike Riding

A great way to exercise without causing damage to joints is through bike riding. For those concerned about falls or keeping balanced, consider using an adult sized 3-wheel bike that can be obtained or rented.

Cooking

Helping to prepare a meal can be fun and rewarding. Try picking a new recipe from a different culture. This is a great way to stretch your brain and tongue to try new tastes, techniques and ideas.

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Many seniors find their limited mobility frustrating and depressing. Once active and engaged members of the community may find themselves experiencing deteriorating health, aches and pains, or a loss of vision or hearing that makes it unsafe for them to drive. Many also struggle with feeling that they are a burden to others when they ask for rides. However, with senior transportation services, this doesn’t have to be the case. The benefits of these services are many. Here are the ones that stand out to us:

Sense of Freedom

Through a senior transportation service, older adults will regain the sense of freedom they had earlier in their lives. They may be more willing to attend events and initiate activities and outings. These services give them a new sense of control in their lives.

Mental and Physical Health

The ability to have control and freedom is very important for mental and physical health. Spending time outdoors and with other people will do wonders for a person’s mood. This is possible through transportation services.

Safety

Of course, many seniors experience delayed reaction or failing eyesight that makes it unsafe for them to drive. Without an alternative many continue to drive, putting themselves and others at risk.

A quality transportation service can bring much joy and richness to a senior’s life. Whether you are a senior yourself, or a caregiver, consider making use of a senior’s transportation service to improve quality of life and happiness.

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Summer months offer warmth, sunlight and blooming flowers, making the idea of spending some time outdoors attractive for seniors. For those who need to avoid the heat, there are also many indoor and cooler options appropriate for enjoying the summer. Some of our top picks and recommendations are:

Swimming

This activity allows seniors to get exercise and beat the heat. It’s a safe option because it’s low-impact and friendly for those struggling with joint pain.

Outdoor Concerts and Shows

Spending time in the outdoors while enjoying concerts and special shows such as Shakespeare in the Park are great ways to get out of the house.

Touring

Many seniors enjoy visiting museums, aquariums and zoos. Visit local attractions or head over to a nearby town.

Walking

Simply walking outdoors in the early morning or evening can be very pleasant during the summer months. You’ll avoid the main heat of the day, but still get all of the benefits of exercising.

Gardening

Spending time working in the garden can be very rewarding and counts as exercise too! For seniors who have trouble getting down to the garden beds, consider building raised beds.

Spending time outdoors is wonderful for mental health. Vitamin D, which comes from the sun, plays an important role in brain, bone and muscle health. Additionally, researchers believe Vitamin D improves cognitive function. Exercise is also a key point for achieving optimum physical and mental health.

Don’t let any obstacles hold you back! If you need help or companionship to participate in summer activities, contact transParent Concierge to learn about our services.

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Do you find yourself wishing there was someone else who could spend some time with your Mom or Dad? Most caregivers looking after a senior find themselves in situations now and again where they need an extra helping hand. For some seniors, spending time alone is a safety issue. Other times, conflicting schedules mean you aren’t always available to take your senior to an appointment or event. We know that as a caregiver it’s impossible for you to be available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

That’s where transParent Concierge comes in. Our friendly and kind companions can provide the presence you need for the care of your senior. We can help by sending someone to spend time with your loved one. Our staff are trained companions who are able to find fun and interesting activities to do such as playing cards, baking or doing puzzles together.

In addition, we are able to provide combined companion and transportation services. This way, we can take your senior to medical appointments or social events when you are unable to do so. After driving to the event or appointment, our companions are then able to accompany your senior and assist as necessary. We offer both male and female care providers and drivers so that you and your loved one feel comfortable and at ease.

Our goal in our senior companion care services is to help seniors and caregivers in their daily lives. When you need an extra hand, allow transParent Concierge to provide the caring companion you need.

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As a caregiver, it is easy to neglect your own needs. Caregivers deal with a plethora of challenging situations. At the end of the day, caring for yourself is last on your to-do list. However, practicing self-care as a caregiver is essential to your own health and wellness. Here are some tips:

  1. Eat a balanced diet. Eat foods that give you energy and also meet your nutritional needs. Getting the nutrients that you need will keep both your energy and your spirits up.
  2. Get plenty of rest. As a caregiver, you are constantly on the go. You may begin worrying about things in which you have no control. As your mind races at turbo speed, sleep falls by the wayside.
  3. Be organized. Developing an organized system will help you do things quickly and efficiently.
  4. Schedule ‘me time’ regularly. The definition of me time, and its regularity will be different for everyone. For some, it could mean something as small as a 10-minute bubble bath. For others, it could mean an hour lunch with the girls. It actually means whatever it takes for you to unwind and recharge.
  5. Release your emotions. As a caregiver, you experience all kinds of negative and positive emotions. Bottling up these emotions will only make things worse. Let go of your emotions by talking to someone who understands what you are going through.
  6. Get some exercise. Aside from keeping you physically fit, working out is an excellent way to manage stress. Consult your physician before starting any new workout program.
  7. Get regular medical checkups. Don’t forget to look after your own health while caring for the ones you love.
  8. Set realistic goals. Be realistic about your limitations. Setting attainable targets will prevent you from being frustrated.
  9. Keep in touch with friends and family. Don’t keep to yourself. Spend time with people who love and support you. You will find that family and friends are a great support network.
  10. Get support. Join a caregiver support group. People in similar circumstances may be able to offer advice on how to deal with caregiver stress.

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As a caregiver, it is important to know that there are various organizations, groups, and websites that can help you make informed health decisions throughout your caregiving experience. Some of these resources provide information on how to nurture your expertise and look after your body as well as your mind, while others offer financial and emotional support.

Resources that might be helpful to you as a caregiver include the following:

Caregiver Advocacy & Support Groups

  1. Carers Canada
  2. Canadian Home Care Association
  3. Family Caregiver Alliance
  4. The Caregiver Exchange
  5. The Family Caregiver
  6. Caregiving Matters
  7. Canadian Virtual Hospice

Federal Government Resources

  1.  Caregiver Assistance from the Government of Canada
  2. Information for Caregivers
  3. Service Canada – Being a Caregiver
  4. Self-Care Guide for Caregivers
  5. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – Family Caregiver Tax Credit
  6. Medication Safety Checklist
  7. Emergency Preparedness
  8. Budget Calculator

If you have concerns about your ability to be your loved one’s sole caregiver, then it may be a good idea to explore Companion Care services in your area. Our team is well trained, friendly, kind, and helpful in their role as companion caregivers. To learn more, visit https://www.transparentconcierge.com/companioncare/.

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