For Caregivers

Death and social media

In July of 2013, NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon began tweeting from the ICU of a Chicago hospital. For the next week, as he watched his mother’s condition worsen until her eventual passing, he shared everything from interactions with ICU nurses to his mother’s wisecracks and life lessons with his thousands of Twitter followers. [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|2018 | January, For Caregivers|0 Comments

“I Don’t Want Dialysis” – Living with a Mother’s Wish

I still vividly remember her last night here. She wasn’t fully conscious. Just enough to keep pulling down the facemask providing her with oxygen and opening her eyes to stare at me, before she resumed dozing off. I have no idea if she knew I was there. Yet, I still sat at her side, holding [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|2017 | November, For Caregivers|0 Comments

Family caregiving and self-compassion

Can both co-exist? Society’s rules and expectations of behavior by family caregivers can seem quite onerous. A caregiver is anticipated to be a selfless individual who keeps the needs of the patient above everyone else’s, including his or her own needs. He/she looks after physical, medical, emotional, psychological, financial and legal needs. He is thought [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|2017 | March, For Caregivers|0 Comments

What not to say when visiting a kidney patient

Sympathy Vs. Empathy As a nephrologist, I have witnessed numerous patient-clinician encounters and heard even more from patients during their clinic or dialysis visits. A recent conversation with one of my patients, who has a kidney disease, brought to light how she felt by the reactions and comments of her friends and relatives. […] (more…)
By | December 15th, 2016|2016 | December, For Caregivers|0 Comments

16 Essential Reads about Death, Loss, and Hope

Though death is an ultimate reality of life, no amount of preparation can help us overcome the void that occurs with the death of our loved ones. The eventual shape that mourning takes is colored by the emotional connection we sustained with that person. […] (more…)
By | October 13th, 2016|2016 | October, For Caregivers|0 Comments

Upcoming Book Review: “The Iceberg”

Do you ever consider the unthinkable? What thoughts and emotions would cross your mind if you know that your life partner was terminally ill? How would you imagine the minutes and the hours of the day passing? […] (more…)
By | September 22nd, 2016|2016 | September, For Caregivers, Reviews|0 Comments

Caring for the Caregiver

By Dr. Gavril Hercz The role of the caregiver can be quite onerous, supporting and advocating for a loved one without pause. These activities can become very tiring, without necessarily receiving the reciprocal support which would refuel an individual. As well, there may be feelings of guilt in being the healthy one, with no room [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|2016 | May, For Caregivers|0 Comments

The Caregiver as The Hidden Patient?

Informal caregivers refer to friends and family who provide support to individuals that are unable to function independently. There are at least 8.1 million Canadians providing care to family and friends with long term health conditions, disabilities or aging needs. These informal caregivers account for over $25 billion in unpaid labour to the health care [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|2016 | May, For Caregivers|0 Comments