Articles Written By Barbara Small

Live-in Caregiver Program

By Barbara Small on Mar 1, 2014

Many families reach a point where they realize that in order to safely continue to care for their family member at home they need to bring in paid help in the form of a home support worker or an eldercare nanny Read more...

Finding Balance While Caregiving

By Barbara Small on Aug 26, 2010

Balancing the demands of caring for another and taking care of one's own physical, mental and emotional health is essential for family caregivers. It is hard to predict when caregiving might become part of your life and, when the time comes, the additional tasks are often squeezed into an already busy life packed with the responsibilities of children, spouse, work and daily chores. Read more...

Caregiving and Residence Placement

By Barbara Small on Aug 3, 2010

One of the most challenging caregiving transitions is moving a family member into residential care. This decision is often made during a time of crisis, either because the care recipient is no longer able to safely stay in his or her own home or because family members can no longer provide the required level or type of care. Read more...

Family Dynamics and Caregiving

By Barbara Small on Dec 31, 2009

Providing care for a family member can bring out the best - and the worst - in everyone involved. People can come together to support each other or the stress can lead to frustration and conflict between family members. Read more...

Caregiving Over the Holiday Season

By Barbara Small on Dec 1, 2009

The holiday season can be stressful. Add it to the busy schedule of a family caregiver and it can become overwhelming. It may be unrealistic to try to celebrate traditionally, while at the same time ensure your family member is cared for as needed. Read more...

Reducing Your Feelings of Guilt

By Barbara Small on Oct 30, 2009

Guilt arises when there is a gap between the way family caregivers are and the way they perceive they should be. They spend time berating themselves for what they see as failure instead of focusing on the caring and compassion they bring to a family member's situation. When energy is focused on how things "should" be, it's more difficult to find solutions for the actual situation. Read more...

Taking Care of Your Caregiver

By Barbara Small on Jul 28, 2009

Although family caregivers are good at taking care of others, they are not always good at taking care of themselves. As the demands for caregiving increase, their own needs often get pushed aside. Caregivers can quickly become exhausted, overwhelmed and burnt out. Read more...

Palliative Care Resources

By Barbara Small on Jun 1, 2009

Palliative care focuses on care and comfort at end-of-life and consists of medical care and personal care along with social, emotional and spiritual support. As a family caregiver, you play a significant role in ensuring both physical and emotional quality of life for your family member who is ill. Read more...

The Emotions of Caregiving

By Barbara Small on Mar 30, 2009

Family caregivers can experience a wide range of emotions in response to the demands of caregiving: anger, sadness, guilt, frustration and worry, as well as happiness and satisfaction. Read more...

Navigating the Healthcare System

By Barbara Small on Feb 26, 2009

The Home and Community Care program (HCC) of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) provides community-based health services intended to support people with an acute or chronic illness or a physical disability to remain at home, as independently as possible. Read more...

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