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The Caregiving Years: Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey

Throughout your caregiving journey, which can last from six months to more than 10 years, the role of family caregivers evolves–and so should the services and the support you receive

The Caregiving Years describes the path that family caregivers take—from Expectant Caregiver, to Freshman Caregiver, to Entrenched Caregiver, to Pragmatic Caregiver to Transitioning Caregiver to Godspeed Caregiver. Most important, the stages—and their related Stumbles and Steadies—provide a map for family caregivers (and their travel companions, health care professionals) to navigate successfully through the caregiving journey.

As a Certified Caregiving Consultant & Educator Saskia Jennings is here to help you take the stress out of that journey. To support you and meet you where you are, at any given moment.

In our consultations the focus is on YOU, the family caregiver, who experiences overwhelm, guilt, major stress, health challenges and let’s face it: THE UNKNOWN.

When working together, you will:

a. Find answers to “why me?”, why now?” and ‘what now?’
b. Receive tools & strategies to help take the stress out of your caregiving journey
c. Discover how you can plan during your caregiving years
d. Learn to Ask and Find, to Receive and Allow, to Welcome and to Treasure

Please allow yourself to schedule a 20 min complimentary consult with Saskia, so you can experience what it would be like to work with her. Click here, leave us a short message and we get back to you within 1-2 business days.

Or send an email to saskia@creatingbeingwell.com with in the subject line: consult.

 

May 29, 2018: The Ripple Effect of Compassionate Communication – Online Webinar (free)

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HOSTED BY VHA HOME HEALTHCARE – PRESENTATION BY SASKIA JENNINGS

What is compassionate communication? How can it help you to make your caregiving journey more effective and fulfilling? How does it help the person you care for?

In this free webinar you will learn the essentials of compassionate communication that are easy to apply in your daily caregiver life and will help you:

  • to understand your own needs and the needs of your loved ones
  • how and when to reach out for support
  • to make better decisions & choices
  • to find the right resources.

Do you often feel you’re lacking patience?
Saskia will teach you a simple exercise: From “Impatient” to “I’m Patient” in five seconds flat!
This exercise has been proven to be helpful to keep your mind clear, feel calmer and improve confidence and focus. Practising patience will be easy with this exercise and it is highly effective at work, while caregiving or dealing with family dynamics.

Bonus: Saskia will provide a handout for you to download.

Register here: https://events.huddol.com/event/compassionate-communication/
You will also receive the replay, in case you can’t join us.
       

Presenter: Who is Saskia Jennings?

Saskia is Founder and CEO of Creating Being Well {Caregiver Coach, Holistic Life & Wellness Expert} Saskia is an experienced coach for busy professionals whose life, health and career are affected by the ongoing challenges of caring for aging parents. With her personal coaching programs and caregiving workshops she provides coping strategies that help find relief from personal resentment, guilt and stress that may lead to burnout.

Through years of gained experience as a professional caregiver working with seniors and their adult children, plus hundreds of hours of research, Saskia has developed immediate and practical solutions necessary to effectively support aging parents. These methods instantly bring a sense of peace and fulfillment and improve wellbeing and life balance. In May 2018 Saskia will complete her Certified Caregiving Consultant and Certified Caregiving Educator Training.

 

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All About Women Show – Toronto, April 13-15

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The All About Women Show features three fun-filled days of shopping, learning, and exploring with over 220 fabulous exhibitors carrying the latest products and services tailored to women of all ages. For one special weekend only, explore a women’s world brought together all under one roof, discover local hidden gems and connect with popular brands.we would love to learn more about you, the caregiver.

Stop by our booth, say hi and enter the draw to win fabulous prizes!
We would love to meet you.

Saskia Jennings will be speaking on Caregiver Self-care on the LifeStyle Stage, daily.

Check the schedule here: http://allaboutwomenshow.ca/lifestyle-sub-stage-schedule.html

Save $ 3 on your ticket with promo code: AAWS18.

Get your tickets online here: http://allaboutwomenshow.ca

 

JANUARY 22, 2018 – SASKIA SPEAKS: “HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAREGIVER JOURNEY MORE COMFORTABLE, FULFILLING AND HAPPY”.

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Join this free event hosted by: Barrie Sandwich Generation Group

Saskia Jennings, Caregiver Coach & Consultant will speak on the topic: “How to make your caregiver journey more comfortable, fulfilling and happy”.

As a sandwich generation caregiver your challenges are significant. It’s easy to let deadlines, doctor’s appointments and parenting demands derail what used to be a fulfilling life. Saskia will teach tips & tricks to support you in your role as a caregiver for your parent or elderly loved one.

This event is open to the public, please join us! There is no cost. No pre-registration required but a phone call or text will help us determine the numbers (647.528.2037)

Please bring your notebook and your questions. And yes, your friend is welcome as well!

Date | Time: January 22, 2018 @ 7.45 am

Location: Suite Success at ESS Direct, 411 Huronia Road #5, Barrie, ON

FYI:  Saskia will stay after the meeting to answer more questions as needed.
If you wish to meet with her to talk on a more personal level, please call or email and you can set up a meeting with her for the same day (January 22nd): saskia@creatingbeingwell.com

Are you in Barrie or surrounding area? Check out the Barrie Sandwich Generation Facebook Group.

If you have more questions, please connect with Saskia HERE 

Click here to get to know Saskia Jennings

Here’s a blog to help you start off 2018 on your terms: Visit the blog. 

 

Saskia Jennings, CEO and Founder
Caregiver Coach, Consultant and Strategist
saskia@creatingbeingwell.com
Phone: 647.528.2037 (Canada only plse)

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Saskia Jennings offers a unique, different and effective combination of Wholistic Health & Wellness Coaching, 10 yrs of gained experience in the Caregiver Service Industry,  and proven caregiving strategies & tools to help busy professionals who care for aging parents. We are connected with trusted professional partners who can assist with planning and solutions to help your elderly loved ones and your family. Set up time with Saskia to determine your needs.

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THE TOP 3 GOALS FOR CAREGIVERS TO LIVE BY IN 2018

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Time is flying, we entered a new year. Do you dare thinking about New Year’s resolutions or is your mind spinning with all the ‘must-do’s”, ‘can’t haves” and “there’s never time for _______ (fill in the blank) anyways”?

Of course you love your mom and dad, of course you take care of them… but what about you? Who cares for you?

I get it, when you care for your loved one your life may be turned upside down. You deal with things and situations you never believe would happen or become a part of your life… but they do. Nowadays they call it your “new normal”.

Your ‘new normal’ requires that you take good care of yourself in the first place so…  have you set your New Year’s goals? If yes, great! And I hope the goals I suggest here are high on your list. If not, why not making them a priority for your own sanity and wellbeing?

Your goal #1: Be Happy.
How? By setting time aside every week to care for yourself.
And I don’t mean a movie-night, or a dinner with your friends. The reality is that most caregivers can’t really relax (aka shut off their phone) when they are away from their loved one and their outing doesn’t have a lasting impact as it’s tough to be fully present. So what do you do?
You take care of yourself by setting aside at least 2 hours a week and during your time alone you silence your phone and choose what makes you happy: a walk with picnic in the forest, bake your favorite cake, go shopping for a new pair of heels, read a book, go golfing, volunteer at your favorite charity, take a workshop, grab a towel and head for the ocean. Whatever makes you happy, go for it!  YOU DECIDE!

Your goal#2: Choose Your Friends Wisely.
Years ago I attended a workshop and the teacher told us to look at our phone contacts and delete every person that has a negative attitude and impact on your life. That definitely caused some uproar but despite it being a challenge (who wants to delete their negative uncle as he is family?!) it turned out that it was empowering and pretty easy to do.
If you want to delete negative people from your life, start with your phone. You don’t owe anyone an explanation, you won’t regret,  and it’s one less stressor. So go for it!  YOU DECIDE!

Your goal #3: Get support but don’t ask the whole world for help.
Love Facebook? Caregiver Support Groups are very popular, but are not always your best resource. The personal stories are often heart-breaking and since venting seems to be encouraged in different groups this often leads to more “raw” shares, rants and hurtful experiences in the endless stream of comments. And while you read it, your brain absorbs other people’s problems and sometimes it is hard to find one that offers the support that really helps you feel better, have less stress and (very important!) gives you better tools for caregiving.
And no one warned you for “possible disturbing images” in the group, right?
Just think for a moment: when you are 86 yrs old, you have Alzheimer’s and are not in control of your own life anylonger (try to picture it…) would you want to be exposed in public groups on Facebook? You can guess my personal answer: NO WAY!!”

What can you do instead?
Reach out and ask for support from professionals who know and understand your challenges. They are trained to help you find resources, stay focused and learn how you can manage your caregiving journey while dealing with your so called ‘new normal’. Without compromising your own health, values and relationships.  Think of your family doctor, social worker, Alzheimer’s live support group, service provider, church groups, caregiver coach, local family counselling services, geriatric care manager etc. When you care for a parent or elderly loved one, it is important that you acknowledge yourself as a caregiver so you can take the right steps to prevent overwhelm, guilt and burnout. No one else can do it for you. It is your life, go for it! YOU DECIDE!

Since I assume you love Facebook though, here are 2 of my favourite uplifting , fun and caring resources you can check out:  “Working Daughter” and “Happy Healthy Caregiver”.

To wrap it up… I am curious: are you ready to commit to these 3 goals in 2018?
Yes? Awesome, go for it!
If not, why?
Let me help you! Here’s a previous blog that you may like and the tips are really easy to implement in your life. Visit the blog.

Maybe you’re not sure if your parents are in need of more help? visit this blog by Silver Sherpa. It will help you recognize the warning signs.

 

Do you want to learn how these goals can actually help you?
Ready to dive deeper into your caregiver journey, discover strategies and tools to be your best self AND be the amazing caregiver who feels confident, valued, informed, happy and loved?
Let’s have a conversation. Leave me a short note and I will personally schedule a 20 min complimentary chat with you. Wanna go for it? YOU DECIDE!

Happy 2018! With love,

 

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Saskia Jennings offers a unique, different and effective combination of Wholistic Health & Wellness Coaching, 10 yrs of gained experience in the Caregiver Service Industry,  and proven caregiving strategies & tools to help busy professionals who care for aging parents. We are connected with trusted professional partners who can assist with planning and solutions to help your elderly loved ones and your family. Set up time with Saskia to determine your needs.

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A Hug In A Bottle to Uplift and Inspire You

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It’s been one of those days. Your presentation at work didn’t go as hoped, traffic was terrible, your mom’s appointment at the Doctor got postponed, it’s raining, your to-do list is 10 pages long, and someone ate the last of the leftover takeout you were planning on for dinner. All you want to do is crawl into bed with a blanket over your head and call it a day.

We all have days that feel overwhelming, hard, sad, or exhausting. Whether you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, lonely, or homesick, the pure, gentle aroma of essential oils can help you reset, reflect, and spiritually rejuvenate. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils for when you’re down in the dumps.

Valor Essential OilValor®: A hug for courage

It’s easy to identify the things we want to change about our lives, but it’s much harder to have the courage to actually take action. Fear of obstacles, embarrassment, and failure can leave us in a constant state of analysis paralysis. When you find yourself with a high-stakes day on the horizon, the aroma of Valor essential oil blend can help invite feelings of courage and strength.

Usage tip: Establish a daily practice of reciting self-affirmations in the mirror while inhaling this grounding blend to promote feelings of self-love and confidence.

Release essential oil blendRelease™: A hug for liberation

As we go about our day, we pick up emotional baggage—a hurtful comment, a negative thought, a troubling news article—and after a while it can start to build up and weigh us down. It’s critical that we take time each day to unload and free ourselves. The balancing aroma of Release essential oil blend can help you let go of negativity and lighten your spirit.

Usage tip: During a difficult conversation with a family member or loved one, diffuse this blend to help you stay open-minded and positive.

Present Time essential oilPresent Time™: A hug for gratitude

It’s easy to find yourself focusing so much on the regret of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow that you forget about the gift and beauty of today. Diffuse Present Time and practice mindful meditation to help yourself embrace and celebrate the present moment. Let its aroma remind you to slow down and notice life’s little joys—the mesmerizing beauty of raindrops streaming slowly down a windowpane, the sound of birds singing in the morning. There is beauty and wonder all around if you just take the time to look for it.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend while tackling a mundane chore like laundry or dusting to help you stay mindful and grateful even during less-pleasant tasks.

Do you want to explore the benefits of Young Living’s pure & therapeutic grade essential oils?
Send me an email: saskia@creatingbeingwell.com or click connect and send me a note. I’m happy to chat with you… because I care for you and your family.

The real deal about self-care

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The other day I was reading comments on an article about self-care-tips for caregivers and the tone of the comments struck me. Believe it or not, they mostly sounded like this:
• “I know about self-care, but it just doesn’t work for me”
• “Self-care for me is when you send me someone who can take over my caregiving for the next hour… please!”
• “Self-care? Not for me! I have no time since I have to look after a loved one 24/7”
• “When I go for a walk around the block, it feels good for a few minutes and then it’s all about the caregiving again and the good feeling is gone”
• “My mom starts yelling at me every time I want to be by myself”

I felt sad reading this.

Are you a caregiver who is immersed in caring for your loved one and is it taking its toll on you? Does thinking about self-care stresses you out even more, or it makes you upset as you may believe you can’t have it?

STOP! And pause… are you ready to learn something different?

Here are some insights and tips that help you to start thinking differently about self-care.
Self-care is not just about going to see a movie or having a massage.

The “real deal” about self-care is caring for yourself from the inside out, for instance:

  1. Learning to let go of negative thinking and instead create more positive thoughts
  2. Understanding your current belief system and being willing to make necessary changes
  3. Gain awareness about your limiting beliefs that may keep you stuck
  4. Discover what it is that you want for yourself in life and take action to move forward
  5. Commit to self-acceptance and self-love

Self-discovery and personal growth are important keys for a happier life, on your terms.
To become stronger, improve confidence and make better decisions. After all, you came on this planet to fulfill your calling.

Taking care of aging parents may be a part of your life, however it doesn’t mean that it has to take over your own life completely.

You have a choice… and it takes courage to be your own advocate.

Carrie Jolie Dale wrote the book: “The 2 choices”.
It’s an easy read with a powerful message. In one of the chapters I came across “The 2 choices mantra”.
After I read it, I jotted it on an index card and I have it visible on my desk. I have the permission to share it with you:

“The 2 Choices Mantra”

Right now, I have 2 choices:
One will get me more in alignment
with things I desire and the other
will move me away from it.
This ability to choose is a gift and
my source of passion, connection and power.

Ultimately it means: when you make a powerful decision you create powerful results. If you make a weak decision (and you know this in your heart) you will get a weak result.
This wonderful quote comes from Carrie Jolie Dale’s book and I resonate with it:
“Choose the things that just feel better”

Choose to keep an eye on yourself and when feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion or resentment creep up,
ask yourself: what 2 choices do I have?

Take a few minutes for yourself to look at your options and then choose powerfully.

When you take care of yourself, become truly honest and confident with yourself, caring for others will be easier.
And it will be more fun to choose deliberately for the movie or massage. You deserve it!