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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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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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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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In Canada, seniors make up the fastest-growing age group. As life expectancy increases and the baby boomer generation continues to age, this trend isn’t expected to change anytime soon. Looking forward, caregiving and care work will become even more essential to Canadian families and communities.

“More than 13 million Canadians will at some point serve as a caregiver to family members or friends when their health fails.” ~ Kayla Wolf

Caregiving isn’t free of risks. Caregivers often face injuries, poor health, social exclusion, financial pain and burnout. It’s time we start to care about caregivers. When caregivers need it, transParent Concierge is here to help.

We specialize in companion care for seniors and persons with disabilities. Whether it be an outing, playing a card game, baking together, or just having someone there for your loved one, we are at your service.

Caregivers Need Breaks Too. Why Companion Care Benefits Caregivers:

  1. Recharge and recover if you feel overwhelmed
  2. Prevent burnout by alleviating stress and pressure
  3. Enjoy some space apart from your loved one
  4. Become more emotionally available for your loved one
  5. Take time for yourself, while your loved one has company and supervision
  6. Experience a change of pace

If you have had concerns about your ability to be your loved one’s sole caregiver, then it is likely a good idea to begin exploring 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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Family caregivers play a critical role in the lives of ageing loved ones – a role that can be overwhelming, exhausting and sometimes thankless. At transParent Concierge, we know that concierge services are not only beneficial to the seniors and persons with disabilities that we serve, but can also be very helpful for caregivers. In the reasons that follow, we explain why.

Lighten Your Responsibilities

You already have enough on your plate. Why not delegate some of the errands to trained experts. Whether it is a trip to the grocery store, arranging an event, or transportation to an appointment, utilizing concierge services can prevent caregivers from becoming stressed and overwhelmed.

Free Up Your Time

For most modern day caregivers, there is a lot to juggle. In addition to caring for your loved one, you are likely working full-time at a 9-5 job. Caregivers become so busy assisting everyone else that they struggle to find time to care for themselves. Concierge services are an ideal way to free up your time and still get everything done.

Get More Quality Time With Your Loved One

Caregivers wear many hats and transitioning from caregiver to loved one can be challenging. The more you can step out of the caregiving role, the more quality time you’ll be able to dedicate with your loved one.

Keep Your Loved One Healthy For Longer

Positive social connections can have a high payoff for seniors and people with disabilities. When we use our brains and bodies the way we are intended to, we age better. The more engaged your loved one is with others, the healthier and happier they will be.

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