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Powered by Family Caregivers of British Columbia and hosted by Bill Israel, "Caregivers Out Loud" will explore the ways in which the role of a caregiver can be both rewarding, while also emotionally, psychologically, and physically taxing. By sharing stories of caregivers and insight from community experts, we bring you perspective and connection, and ensure that you have support and balance from inspired caregivers, who are caregiving out loud.

Please share this podcast with family and friends who could also benefit from hearing these stories. Discover more episodes and find more caregiving resources at https://www.FamilyCaregiversBC.ca or call the Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver Support Line toll-free in BC at 1 (877) 520-3267.

Caregivers Out Loud Family Caregivers of BC

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    • 4.5 • 6 Ratings

Powered by Family Caregivers of British Columbia and hosted by Bill Israel, "Caregivers Out Loud" will explore the ways in which the role of a caregiver can be both rewarding, while also emotionally, psychologically, and physically taxing. By sharing stories of caregivers and insight from community experts, we bring you perspective and connection, and ensure that you have support and balance from inspired caregivers, who are caregiving out loud.

Please share this podcast with family and friends who could also benefit from hearing these stories. Discover more episodes and find more caregiving resources at https://www.FamilyCaregiversBC.ca or call the Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver Support Line toll-free in BC at 1 (877) 520-3267.

    Creativity as a Form of Self Care

    Creativity as a Form of Self Care

    Engaging with creativity is a form of self-care that can benefit both a caregiver and a care recipient in many ways. In 2015, psychologist and art therapist Dr. Cathy Malchiodi cited multiple studies confirming that being creative can increase positive emotions, lessen depressive symptoms, reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and even improve immune system functioning. A 2016 study in The Journal of Positive Psychology supported these earlier findings, concluding that spending time on creative goals during a day is associated with higher activated positive affect (PA) on that day. Positive affect is the extent to which people experience positive moods, such as joy, happiness, and optimism. Higher positive effects lower stress and expand our perspective so that we notice more possibilities in our lives.
    In today’s episode, Bill chats with Faye Melling, a caregiver for her adult daughter. Faye talks about how being creative has helped her deal with some of the ups and downs in her caregiving journey. She also shares how her daughter is using artistic expression as a way to deal with some of the challenges she’s experiencing due to her condition.
    Resources: 
    Article on outcomes of art therapy and colouring for caregivers of cancer patients: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462388919301152 Article on how creativity is an advantage for self-care: https://nyctherapy.com/therapists-nyc-blog/creativity-is-your-secret-advantage-for-mental-health-and-well-being/ Study on benefits of creative arts leisure program to caregivers: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2055102915581563 Study on the connection between heart, healing, and public health with links to psychologist and art therapist Dr. Cathy Malchiodi https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/ “Caregiver Well-Being” in the Resource Center at https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/caregiver-learning-center/read-resources Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
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    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions https://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 20 min
    Facility Placement: Managing the Transition to Long-Term Care

    Facility Placement: Managing the Transition to Long-Term Care

    For many people as they age, living as long as they can in their own home is ideal. We love our comforts, our routine, and our independence. But there comes a time when the decision to have more support or to move into long-term care becomes a reality, whether because of a medical condition or safety concerns. This decision can be a significant challenge as there are many factors to consider when needing additional support.
    In this episode, Janet Power, Executive Director of Sunrise Senior Living in Victoria BC, shares great information around transitioning to residential care and steps for gaining more support for the care recipient and caregiver.
    Resources: 
    Moving from Home to Facility Flipbook FCBC Resource  https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Moving-from-Home-to-Facility-Podcast-Resource-1.pdf For Long Term Care, to arrange LTC through the Health Authority, call the local Home and Community Care Office. (The BC Health Authority General Enquiry Lines that we have listed in the back of our Quarterly Newsletter) https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/how-to-arrange-for-care  If you are interested in receiving assisted living services or know of someone who might be in need of these services, you can contact the home and community care office of your health authority or you can have a health care professional make a referral on your behalf. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/care-options-and-cost/assisted-living Finding an Assisted Living Residence https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/assisted-living-in-bc/finding-an-assisted-living-residence Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover- What to Look for in a Care Facility https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Facility-Selection-Checklist.pdf How to Check Care Facility Records https://www.healthspace.ca/clients/viha/viha_website.nsf/CCFL-Main?OpenView Who Pays for Care? https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/who-pays-for-care Online Tools and Apps:
    Route 65 was developed by EngAge BC, a non-profit operating arm of the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), in response to a visible gap in quality information about seniors’ living and wellness options in the province. On Route 65, seekers can find more information on independent living, assisted living, long-term care and home health care options.
    Route 65 also helps users navigate the seniors living and wellness continuum through our Glossary, Frequently Asked Questions and Resource pages, along with Walter, our 24-7 virtual concierge chatbot, who helps triage seekers to the most appropriate options.
    Call 1-877-955-6565 or learn more at https://route65.ca/.
    Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyCaregiversBC/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/familycaregiversofbc/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/18122187
    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions https://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 19 min
    Moving from Home to a Care Facility - Next Steps

    Moving from Home to a Care Facility - Next Steps

    Once the decision has been made that placement in a care community is necessary, caregivers are often faced with the “what next” question. Because there are different levels of care and each community has a different ‘personality’, it’s very important to be as prepared as possible for the transition.
    In this episode, we chat with Kathy Ajas, who for the last 17-years has worked in the retirement industry, including independent living, assisted living, and short and long-term care. Together, we explore questions caregivers have when considering moving to a new level of care with their care recipient.
    Resources:
    COVID-19 Survey Highlights- the Impact of COVID-19 on Caregivers https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/virtual-caregiver-resource/covid-19-survey-highlights/ Moving from Home to Facility Flipbook FCBC Resource https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Moving-from-Home-to-Facility-Podcast-Resource-1.pdf For Long Term Care, to arrange LTC through the Health Authority, call the local Home and Community Care Office. (The BC Health Authority General Enquiry Lines that we have listed in the back of our Quarterly Newsletter).  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/how-to-arrange-for-care  If you are interested in receiving assisted living services or know of someone who might be in need of these services, you can contact the home and community care office of your health authority or you can have a health care professional make a referral on your behalf. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/care-options-and-cost/assisted-living Finding an Assisted Living Residence https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/assisted-living-in-bc/finding-an-assisted-living-residence Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover- What to Look for in a Care Facility https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Facility-Selection-Checklist.pdf How to Check Care Facility Records https://www.healthspace.ca/clients/viha/viha_website.nsf/CCFL-Main?OpenView Who Pays for Care? https://www.healthspace.ca/clients/viha/viha_website.nsf/CCFL-Main?OpenView Online Tools and Apps:
    Route 65 https://route65.ca/
    Route 65 was developed by EngAge BC, a non-profit operating arm of the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), in response to a visible gap in quality information about seniors’ living and wellness options in the province. On Route 65, seekers can find more information on independent living, assisted living, long-term care and home health care options. Route 65 also helps users navigate the seniors living and wellness continuum through their Glossary, Frequently Asked Questions and Resource pages, along with Walter, their 24-7 virtual concierge chatbot, who helps triage seekers to the most appropriate options. Contact 1-877-955-6565.
    Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyCaregiversBC/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/familycaregiversofbc/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/18122187
    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions https://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 13 min
    How to Use Writing for Healing and Self-Care

    How to Use Writing for Healing and Self-Care

    Research shows that family caregivers who list self-care as a priority can better provide care, are at lower risk of burnout and becoming ill, and find more joy in their role as a caregiver. Starting with small acts of self-care can create the opportunity to see the benefits. Calling a friend who lifts you up, accepting help, finding five minutes for a cup of tea in silence, or closing your eyes and breathing for 10 breaths are all acts of self-care.
    Today we'll hear Rick's story, who shares his caregiving experience with both of his parents. Like many caregivers, Rick didn’t expect to be thrown into a caregiving role when he was. He quickly took on the many roles needed to ensure his parents were safe and well-cared for. Caregiving became a full-time job and it was during this time that he started to see his own health and wellness decline. He turned to writing to help him process his experience and feelings and this became a positive and reliant self-care strategy for him. In sharing his caregiving story, we hope you enjoy and feel supported by Rick's point of voice and maybe even consider your own favourite moments of self-care.
    Resources:
    Walking the Talk of Self-Care: Practical Strategies for Caregivers Webinar https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/walking-the-talk-of-self-care-practical-strategies-for-caregivers/ Caregiver Burnout and Feeling Stuck Learning Video https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/caregiver-burnout-and-feeling-stuck/ Checking In on How You are Feeling Article https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Checking-In-On-How-You-Are-Feeling.pdf Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Family and Friend Caregivers Flipbook https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Taking-Care-of-Yourself-Self-Care-for-Caregivers-Booklet.pdf Learn more about FCBC Intensive Journal Writing Program https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/learn-about-our-intensive-journal-workshop-for-caregivers/ What you Need to Know About Power of Attorney https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/what-you-need-to-know-about-powers-of-attorney/ Online Tools and Apps:
    Wellness Together Canada https://wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyCaregiversBC/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/familycaregiversofbc/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/18122187
    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions https://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 15 min
    Juggling Work and Family Caregiving

    Juggling Work and Family Caregiving

    28% of Canadians or 1.8 million people, provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or ageing need in the past year. Three-quarters of this group (6.1 million) were employed at the time, accounting for 35% of ALL employed Canadians. More and more people are becoming caregivers and a lot of these caregivers are balancing employment and caregiving.

    In today’s episode, we hear from Rachel, who not only witnessed at a young age her mother be a caregiver, but then found herself caring for her Mother in her adult life. Rachel is part of the ‘sandwich generation’, currently raising and nurturing her own child and family, maintaining a full-time job and caregiving for her mother in Ontario. Rachel is an employed caregiver. When we use the term ‘employed caregiver’ we do not mean someone with a formal job as a paid caregiver, but rather someone that manages paid employment and at the same time is responsible for caregiving for a family or friend.
    Referenced Report:
    Vanier Institute of the Family Report, 2017, https://vanierinstitute.ca/download/10536/ Highlights:
    What it means to be an employed caregiver Being part of the sandwich generation - caring for children and caring for ageing parents Being a caregiver while maintaining a full-time job Challenges of caregiving within the workplace Key things that support work and caregiving Resources:
    First Link Dementia Helpline https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en/help-support/find-support-bc/first-link-dementia-helpline Supporting a Family Caregiver (a friend, colleague and/or employee) in the Workplace Webinar https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/supporting-a-family-caregiver-a-friendcolleague-and-or-employee-in-the-workplace/ Work and Care Webinar https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/work-care-a-balancing-act/ Supporting Employed Caregivers Booklet https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Support-an-Employed-Caregiver.pdf Strategies to Make the Workplace more Caregiver Friendly
    Tips and Tools for Employees (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Organization) https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Strategies-to-Make-the-Workplace-More-Caregiver-Friendly.pdf Tips and Tools for Employers (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Organization) http://hpcintegration.ca/media/60791/TWF%20TipsTools-CHCA-Employers-FINAL.pdf Work and Caregiving: A Balancing Act (Ontario Caregivers Association) https://ontariocaregiver.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OCO-Work-and-Caregiving-Toolkit-FINAL-Interactive-3.pdf Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Telephone: (250) 384-0408
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyCaregiversBC/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/familycaregiversofbc/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/18122187
    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions http://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 18 min
    Grieving Before a Death

    Grieving Before a Death

    When we think about grief, we often think of it as something that happens following a death. However, grief can begin long before death arrives. The grieving process can start as soon as a caregiver is aware that death is a likelihood or once death is on the horizon. Many caregivers dealing with an impending death will experience overwhelm, anxiety and dread. As well, before the death of a care recipient, caregivers grieve the loss of the person’s abilities and independence, loss of their cognitive abilities, loss of future dreams, loss of stability and the loss of their identity and the caregivers. Anticipatory loss is not just about accepting the future death, but of the many losses already occurring as an illness progresses.
    Courtney Doherty is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She currently works with Parkinson Society British Columbia, where she helped launch the counselling program in 2015. Today we talk about different forms and stages of loss and grief. And we talk about how a caregiver can plan for loss.
    Highlights:
    Ambiguous Loss and Anticipatory loss. Limbo or frozen grief process. The big role of a caregiver with the preparation of loss (logistics), identity change, and learning a new life (changes of emotions). Self-awareness of feeling the feelings and making them manageable. Resources:
    Anticipatory Grief Package: Information for Patients and Families https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Anticipatory-Grief-Package-Information-for-Patients-and-Families-2021.pdf Navigating the End of Life: A Road Map for Caregivers Webinar https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/navigating-the-end-of-life-a-road-map-for-caregivers/ Advance Care Planning Webinar https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/advance-care-planning-for-caregivers/ How are you Coping with Ongoing Losses? Article https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Grief_How-Are-You-Coping-With-Ongoing-Losses_2018_2020.pdf Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver Support Groups https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/family-caregiver-support-groups/ Parkinson Society BC Resources https://www.parkinson.bc.ca/resources-services/resources/ Caregiver Support Line, Toll-Free in BC: 1-877-520-3267. Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
    Telephone: (250) 384-0408
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyCaregiversBC/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/familycaregiversofbc/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/18122187
    Twitter https://twitter.com/caringbc
    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
    Organized Sound Productions http://www.organizedsound.ca/

    • 15 min

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