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This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist and caregiver Stephanie Muskat takes you through real-life caregiving stories from her own therapeutic experience and gives you the raw and personal on her own caregiving experiences as a young caregiver. Plus hear from tons of incredible experts and caregivers who are living through their day-to-day journeys. It's all here at Caregiver's Compass.

Caregiver's Compass Stephanie Muskat

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist and caregiver Stephanie Muskat takes you through real-life caregiving stories from her own therapeutic experience and gives you the raw and personal on her own caregiving experiences as a young caregiver. Plus hear from tons of incredible experts and caregivers who are living through their day-to-day journeys. It's all here at Caregiver's Compass.

    What does a mom of 3, a business owner and a therapist do for self-care and balance (Stephanie’s ‘self-care’ routine)? (episode 88)

    What does a mom of 3, a business owner and a therapist do for self-care and balance (Stephanie’s ‘self-care’ routine)? (episode 88)

    Although I truly do not think that anything I am doing is ‘more busy’ than the next person (especially if you are a caregiver!), I am sometimes asked what my personal care routine is and how I balance and wear so many hats. So here you go for something a little different! And you will see very quickly that I am anything but perfect in this. Enjoy!


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    • 12 min
    Family and friends who used to show up, stopped coming to visit when my loved one was diagnosed (episode 87)

    Family and friends who used to show up, stopped coming to visit when my loved one was diagnosed (episode 87)

    This topic hits hard. Being a caregiver can already be so isolating and difficult and as caregivers, we rely on others to come forward, show up, and support us when we need it the most. In this episode, Stephanie talks about what we can do when people we have been connected to stop showing up for us and our loved ones and explores possible options for navigating this very difficult aspect of caregiving. 

    Today's episode is sponsored by Compassionate Callers. To learn more about their services, visit their website at https://www.compassionatecallers.com/ !
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    For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving

    • 13 min
    The shock of becoming a caregiver while already working as a psychologist in the healthcare system and finding true joy in the smallest moments as a caregiver of a daughter with a life limiting illness- with Dr. Naomi Saperia (episode 86)

    The shock of becoming a caregiver while already working as a psychologist in the healthcare system and finding true joy in the smallest moments as a caregiver of a daughter with a life limiting illness- with Dr. Naomi Saperia (episode 86)

    In this episode, Dr. Naomi Saperia opens up about her experience caring for her daughter with a life limiting illness from birth to age 5, at a time when she was also working as a psychologist in the healthcare system herself. Naomi is vulnerable and personable in this very special episode. 


    About Naomi:


    Dr. Naomi Gryfe Saperia is a Clinical and Health Psychologist in Ontario. With experience working in hospitals and private practice, her clinical practice focuses on supporting the mental health and well-being of those caring for a loved one with an illness or disability. Dr. Gryfe Saperia is published in numerous medical and psychological journals, has been featured on provincial and national platforms, teaches medical professionals how to effectively communicate with families, and is an advisor on multiple hospital committees. Incorporating her professional expertise with her lived experience as a caregiver herself, Dr. Gryfe Saperia is a passionate advocate for caregiver support. To learn more about Dr. Gryfe Saperia, you can visit her website at www.gryfesaperiapsych.com


    Visit us on our website:
    www.compassionincaregiving.com
     
    Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassioncaregiverconnection
     
    For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving

    • 33 min
    Getting raw and personal about all forms of parental guilt and how to cope with this very strong and real emotion- with Kelly Polci (episode 85)

    Getting raw and personal about all forms of parental guilt and how to cope with this very strong and real emotion- with Kelly Polci (episode 85)

    In today’s episode, Kelly Polci, registered social worker and psychotherapist, shares her personal experiences with mom guilt parenting her 3 children, balancing a hospital job and a private therapy practice. The different techniques and resources she employs with her clients facing deep parenting and caregiving guilt are also explored. 


    Find Kelly on Psychology today at: Kelly Polci psychotherapy 


    Website resource mentioned in this episode: https://expectful.com


    Visit us on our website:
    www.compassionincaregiving.com
     
    Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassioncaregiverconnection
     
    For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving

    • 30 min
    Our healthcare system is broken: case examples of how our healthcare system fails to support the patient and family caregiver, increasing caregiver stress, anxiety and burnout (episode 84)

    Our healthcare system is broken: case examples of how our healthcare system fails to support the patient and family caregiver, increasing caregiver stress, anxiety and burnout (episode 84)

    In today’s episode, Stephanie explores 3 common cases she has seen as an inpatient social worker in the hospital system and looks at how these scenarios end up directly impacting the mental health and capacity of family caregivers and those they care for. Suggestions for systems change and advocacy are noted throughout the episode. 


    If you have ever been a caregiver of a loved one in the hospital system and have felt more overwhelmed as a result, this episode is for you. 


    Visit us on our website:
    www.compassionincaregiving.com
     
    Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassioncaregiverconnection
     
    For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving

    • 23 min
    I do not have control, predictability or answers when it comes to my loved one with dementia (episode 83)

    I do not have control, predictability or answers when it comes to my loved one with dementia (episode 83)

    While caring for a loved one with dementia, do you ever feel as though you wish you had more answers for the future? That you wish you knew what to expect over time? That you had more control over your situation?


    In this episode, Stephanie talks about common feelings when it comes to dementia caregivers, the difficulty in knowing what the future may hold and alternative ways you can think about this process while validating the very real frustration, anger and anxiety in this moment. 


    Visit us on our website:
    www.compassionincaregiving.com
     
    Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassioncaregiverconnection
     
    For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

TOListener#1 ,

A Must Listen!

I love this podcast! This is a must listen for anyone caring for a loved one - even children. Stephanie regularly brings interesting guests that share insights and challenges when caring for someone and focuses on tips on how to care for yourself in the process. A very well put together podcast that is great to listen to.

Dangey75 ,

Finally!

A podcast that I needed to find and hear. Stephanie covers such important topics in such a meaningful way. So happy that I found her and this podcast. I will for sure be reaching out when I need one-one-support.

Lianne Kim Coach ,

Helpful and comforting

As someone who is juggling caring for a sick parent as well as a lot of other life duties, I find this podcast full of tangible strategies that help me feel like I’ve got this. Thank you for your helpful, compassionate approach.

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