9 episodes

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.

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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.

    The Gift of Letting Go

    The Gift of Letting Go

    Becoming a caregiver can creep up on you. Maybe it starts with dropping by your mom’s house to do her laundry or taking your dad to a doctor’s appointment or delivering groceries to your friend. Gradually, you find yourself doing more and more as the person you are caring for needs more support. You may not even realize it, you are making a commitment to care for someone else.
    Today we speak with Katrina who shares her experience of caregiving for her mother with Dementia. Katrina has strong values rooted in family and supporting family, which led her to care for her mother at home. Katrina’s episode is honest, raw and real. It is very inspiring to hear despite her caregiver challenges and lessons, she evolved and deepened her spiritual connection with self and with her mother.
    Highlights:
    Introspection during caregiving. Learning from the challenging and suffering moments of life. Her self-reflection and insight have helped deepen her connection with her mother and also advocate for her mother in the health system. Resources:
    New to Caregiving Flipbook- https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/caregiver-learning-center/read-resources/new-to-caregiving/ Challenges and Benefits of Caregiving: https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Challenges-and-Benefits-of-Caregiving.pdf New to Caregiving: Finding the Right Information - https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/category/new-to-caregiving/ Navigating the HealthCare System Resource -http://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Tips-for-Navigating-the-Healthcare-System.pdf Caregiver Support Line, Toll-Free in BC: 1-877-520-3267. Learn more about Katrina at https://designyourpath.ca/ 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
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    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/patients
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    • 14 min
    Grief is a Human Experience

    Grief is a Human Experience

    Grief is a human experience and it often feels messy or is accompanied by not knowing if you are "doing it right". Grief and loss can feel isolating. And many caregivers share different examples of grief, such as grieving the loss of your old life during caregiving and then also grieving the loss of the person you are caregiving for.
    Normal does not exist during grief and in today's episode, we chat with Tricia Wallace, a Clinical Counsellor with Parkinson Society BC about the topic of caregiver grief and loss and suggestions on how to work with these emotions.
    Highlights:
    Grief and the grief process. Mourning rituals and practices. Grieving during caregiving (loss of 'old life') and also loss of the person you are caregiving for. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Normal does not exist during grief. End of life planning. Resources on Grief and Loss:
    Grief is a Universal Experience (Caregiver Grief Process and Life after Caregiving) https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/emotions-of-caregiving/life-after-caregiving/ Canadian Virtual Hospice on Grief and Loss - Explore the process of grief and get support from the privacy of your home. https://www.mygrief.ca/ Canadian Virtual Hospice, Grief and Loss Articles  https://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home/Topics/Topics/Emotional+Health/Grief+Work.aspx Grief and Loss Webinarwith Thomas Attig https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/coach-caregiver-loss-grief/ The Grief Response Article, written by Janet McLean on Thomas Attig Work https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/emotions-of-caregiving/the-grief-response/ BC Bereavement Helpline https://www.bcbh.ca/ - Support Line: 1-877-779-2223 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/

    • 17 min
    Grief as a Healing Gift

    Grief as a Healing Gift

    13 million Canadians or nearly half of the total population have provided care at some point in their lives. Yet caregiving may be a new term for many people. And often, unpaid caregivers do not identify with this title, as they feel it is part of their relationship with family or friends. 
    In today’s episode, we speak with Pat, who acknowledges that she was initially unfamiliar with the term caregiver, but learned more about this important role as she supported her husband, also named Pat, through his journey with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. 
    Pat was engaged in a caregiver “learning process”, where she listened to her husband to better understand the effects of Parkinson's Disease in his daily life. Because of the value of their partnership, Pat’s relationship with her husband during his changing health conditions was sustained through humour and care.
    You will gain insight into her caregiving journey, awareness of the caregiving role, and the unfolding responsibilities; including end of life care and her current caregiving stages of grief, bereavement, and honouring her husband and life-partner.
    Highlights:
    Caregiving was a new term for Pat and then she was full-in caregiving mode. Supporting her husband with humour and care for their relationship was very apparent. Loss and grief - knowing he is still there with her by showing up in signs or thoughts. Giving back by supporting others in a caregiver support group. Resources on Grief and Loss: 
    The Grief Response Article, By Janet McLean. Webinars around Grief and Loss: https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/coach-caregiver-loss-grief/ and https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/video/navigating-the-end-of-life-a-road-map-for-caregivers/  Links Mentioned in Episode: 
    Janet Fast, “Caregiving for Older Adults with Disabilities: Present Costs, Future Challenges” Institute for Research on Public Policy Study (December 2015). Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver Support Groups Parkinson Society BC Resources  Caregiver Support Line, Toll-Free in BC: 1-877-520-3267.
     
    Connect With Us!
    Family Caregivers of BC Website
    Visit us at our office:
    #6 – 3318 Oak Street
    Victoria, BC  V8X 1R1
    Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
     
    Telephone: (250) 384-0408
    Toll-Free Line Within BC: 1-877-520-3267
    Fax: (250) 361-2660
    Email: info@familycaregiversbc.ca
     
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    Thank you!
    BC Ministry of Health - Patients as Partners Initiative
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    • 12 min
    Trailer 2021

    Trailer 2021

    No matter where caregivers live, you have access to support.
    Welcome to “Caregivers Out Loud”, a podcast powered by Family Caregivers of British Columbia. This season's podcast is hosted by Bill Israel who will be leading heartfelt, connective conversations with caregivers.
    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.
    Listen wherever you go by subscribing and listening to the podcast for free on your favourite podcast listening app or wherever you listen to audio. You can also listen, read through notes from each episode, and find additional caregiving resources on our website at https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/podcast/.
    For direct support, call our Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free in BC at 1-877-520-3267, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Pacific time.

    • 1 min
    How to Make Time to Care for Yourself with Self Care and Boundaries

    How to Make Time to Care for Yourself with Self Care and Boundaries

    When was the last time you felt truly rested? For caregivers, making time for self-care can feel almost impossible with all the other demands on your time. And yet, it is an essential skill to learn in your role as a caregiver. In our final episode of the season, we look to why self-care is a fundamental part of being a caregiver. Without self-care, how can you sustain caring for your family or friend and not run the risk of burning out?

    • 27 min
    Why Speaking Up For Your Needs Matters

    Why Speaking Up For Your Needs Matters

    Successful relationships are all about communication. In today’s episode, we share how for caregivers, relationships with others can be more complex than usual. It can be hard to find ways to speak up for your own needs. If you are the primary caregiver, recognizing your own need for support might be difficult - particularly if the care receiver is uncomfortable with the idea - but still, you need to make these choices for yourself.

    • 28 min

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