57 episodes

This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist 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 • 8 Ratings

This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist 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.

    ‘My Life Completely Changed When my Boyfriend was Assaulted and Suddenly Faced a Traumatic Brain Injury’- caregiving after a very sudden and traumatic life shift, with Katherine Smith. (Episode 54)

    ‘My Life Completely Changed When my Boyfriend was Assaulted and Suddenly Faced a Traumatic Brain Injury’- caregiving after a very sudden and traumatic life shift, with Katherine Smith. (Episode 54)

     Just before her 26th birthday, Katherine’s partner, Ben, was brutally assaulted while on vacation. Ben experienced a severe traumatic brain injury as a result which he has spent the past 3.5 years recovering from. Katherine put her entire life on hold and suddenly became his full-time caregiver, dedicating her daily life to his care and going on an emotional, life-altering journey. Katherine talks all about the past few years in episode 54 , and discusses how she has found light in the darkest of days.
    Find Katherine on Instagram: @kathhsmithh


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    • 31 min
    The Non-Traditional Caregiver- Providing Emotional Support and Assisting Loved Ones in Who are Physically and Emotionally Isolated (Episode 53)

    The Non-Traditional Caregiver- Providing Emotional Support and Assisting Loved Ones in Who are Physically and Emotionally Isolated (Episode 53)

    In this episode, guest Marie (name changed for anonymity) discusses her responsibilities as a caregiver for her parents who are emotionally and physically isolated. She touches upon how supporting their social needs and trying to protect her high risk parents from illness has impacted her marriage, caring for her two young children and trying to balance seeing her own friends and prioritizing life events. 
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    • 44 min
    The Importance of Sleep on Mental Health and Maintaining Overall Balance, with Sleep Consultant Andria Gordon (Episode 52)

    The Importance of Sleep on Mental Health and Maintaining Overall Balance, with Sleep Consultant Andria Gordon (Episode 52)

    The Importance of Sleep on Mental Health and Maintaining Overall Balance, with Sleep Consultant Andria Gordon (Episode 52)
    We have all heard that sleep deprivation impacts our overall lives. But when it comes to caring for others, waking up in the middle of the night and managing mental health issues, sleep can truly mean the difference between positive or negative daily outcomes. So what happens if you can’t sleep or you have known diagnoses that make sleeping difficult? Is there something that can be done to remedy this or help balance the outcomes? In this episode, sleep consultant and mom of 2 kids, Andria Gordon, discusses the importance of sleep. She and Stephanie touch upon what you can do if you cannot sleep, even without external sleep interruptions.
    Andria Gordon is the Owner & Founder of Have Baby. Must Sleep. She is a mom of two boys (Lenny and Nate), a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and is a former fellow sleep-deprived, highly caffeinated, desperate parent ready to do just about anything for even an hour of uninterrupted sleep.
     
    This is about more than just sleep training, we work with you to come up with the perfect approach and guide you through putting that plan into action. Your child will sleep, you will sleep, and you will gain your evenings, nights, and sanity back.
     
    If sleep is what you are after, Andria and her experienced team will get it for you (fast) and have you feeling empowered around all things child sleep in no time.
     
    Website: havebabymustsleep.com
    Instagram: @andriasleep



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

    • 36 min
    When People Question your Abilities as a Caregiver (Episode 51)

    When People Question your Abilities as a Caregiver (Episode 51)

    When People Question your Abilities as a Caregiver (episode 51)


    You are doing your absolute best as a caregiver and you have poured all of you into what you do for your loved one. But yet you continue to receive comments from others about what you are doing, how you are approaching your caregiving and how you are supporting your loved one on a daily basis. This can be SO frustrating- you did not ask for this feedback. Particularly if the commenters are not that involved with your loved one’s care.


    In this episode Stephanie discusses how you can approach this situation and provides examples of what you can say to those who are commenting and criticizing your actions. She also discusses the emotions that can result from others’ comments and how to manage the hard feelings.


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

    • 13 min
    How My Dad First Reacted to my Mom’s FTD Diagnosis (Episode 50)

    How My Dad First Reacted to my Mom’s FTD Diagnosis (Episode 50)

    In this episode, Stephanie shares the real and raw experience of her mom’s diagnosis and how her father responded to the changes and ultimate FTD diagnosis of her mom. 
    Stephanie discusses what it can be like when a family member is not at a place of acceptance, or is at a different stage of accepting a loved one’s diagnosis when it comes to a degenerative disease. Stephanie additionally discusses how her relationship with her father shifted when he had difficulty accepting her mom’s diagnosis and what the relationship with her father is like now. 


    (Please note: full consent was provided by all parties to share this story. All additional parties remain anonymous for this episode for confidentiality purposes).


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

    • 16 min
    What is Palliative Care and Does Palliation Mean that My Loved One is Dying? (with Hospice Executive Director, Nadine Persaud)-Episode 49

    What is Palliative Care and Does Palliation Mean that My Loved One is Dying? (with Hospice Executive Director, Nadine Persaud)-Episode 49

    In this episode, social worker and hospice executive director, Nadine Persaud discusses,in detail, the differences between palliative care, comfort care and hospice care and the philosophies behind palliative care. The accessibility and barriers to accessing palliative care are additionally explored in this eye-opening episode.
    About Nadine:
    Nadine Persaud (MSW, PhD (c)) is currently the Executive Director of the Kensington Hospice and the Senior Director of Client Services at Kensington Health. Nadine has been working in the hospice palliative care field for the past 16 years. She sits on the Accreditation review panel for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and is on the Board of Directors for the Hazel Burns Hospice. Nadine is a trainer for the Core Concepts Hospice Palliative Training for three of the hospices in Toronto and is a facilitator through Palcare for the hospices in York Region. Nadine was instrumental in redeveloping the Palliative Care Certificate Program through Durham College. This year, Nadine is the co-chair of the provincial conference for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. Nadine received her Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Psychology at Ryerson University, a Master of Social Work at York University and recently successfully defended her PhD in Palliative Care through Lancaster University in England. Her research interests include the importance of making palliative care equitable and accessible to individuals who are structurally vulnerable, maximizing supports that are available to healthcare providers working in the field, and the supports that are available to adolescents and young adults living with advanced cancer at the end of life.
    Find Nadine on Instagram: @_nadinepersaud_
    Find Nadine on Twitter: @NPersaud5
    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

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Carrayyy ,

Such a useful resource for caregivers!

Stephanie is such a light! She is a lovely interviewer and you can tell she has so much experience. I love every guest she has and all of their wisdom they bring.

Must listen for all caregivers!

SXSW Guy ,

Validation for caregivers

The podcasts on Caregiver’s Compass are informative, validating and helpful for all caregivers.
Caregiving is an often overlooked job that is stressful and overwhelming. Stephanie is compassionate and empathetic in the trials of caregiving. She is a gem to those of us who need support in our roles of caregiving.

Thank you, Stephanie.

Maria Beers ,

Informative, Validating, Feel-Good Podcast

Stephanie curates a wonderful mix of guests that show the many different perspectives and aspects of caregiving. Her input and observations are thoughtful and spot-on. A great podcast for caregivers.

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