Accompanied by narration that offers lessons and encouragement to new caregivers, a raccoon and eaglet form an unlikely bond as they both evolve through their caregiving journey. In this series, we hope to connect with caregivers who are finding themselves on similar paths, and generate awareness about caregiving through heart-warming short stories.
Told via the story of two foraging chipmunks, we learn that often during the caregiving journey the best laid plans can be dashed if parties aren't communicating. Caregiving is a difficult adventure that changes constantly. To ensure that everyone gets what they need it is incredibly important that all sides communicate. It is only once we understand and recognize the needs and wants of both our loved ones and ourselves that true caregiving synergy can take place.
To say caregiving is complicated is an understatement. In the face of changing health needs, financial costs, and raw emotions a caregiver must also be an advocate for their loved ones. They must ensure the correct resources are in place to get the necessary care required. In this episode we discuss building a caregiving team, including experts for support when you're feeling out of your depth. Remember, caregiving is a responsibility that doesn’t have to be handled alone.
When someone first becomes a caregiver it can be incredibly difficult to accept. We are resistant to the idea of things changing so drastically. Eventually though, the time comes to accept the caregiver label and all that it encompasses. It is when we do this that our real strength can emerge.
During the first chapters of our lives it's our parents who support us, protect us, and pick us up when we fall. As life goes on however, this relationship reverses as our parents age. In this episode we share strategies for approaching this new chapter, the role of parenting our parents; supporting them, protecting them, picking them up when they fall, and reminding them of the positive impacts they've had on the world.
For those new to caregiving it's common to feel like you're in over your head. In this episode we tackle the importance of developing a caregiving plan and working together to create a way forward that works for all involved. A caregiver and their loved one can often have different ideas about how things should be, but it's only through communication and understanding that a solid foundation can be attained - a strong nest for the journey ahead.
Caregiving is a long, winding journey filled with triumphs and setbacks and like any journey, eventually it must come to an end. The emotions that go into caring for a loved one as their health declines can be incredibly difficult to comprehend. In this episode we discuss what to expect when it's time to let go and share expert perspectives on managing and accepting emotions, and celebrating beautiful moments with our loved ones while they are still here.
Story told through the perspective of a tugboat. Caregivers often experience a great deal of anxiety. With the responsibility of caring for a loved one comes new things to learn and more to do than you ever thought possible. In this episode, we delve into where this anxiety comes from, how to cope with it, how to engage in self care, and most importantly to remember... your best is enough.
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