Canadian Caregiver Symposium 2019, Nanaimo B.C.

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You asked… we listened and we are thrilled to present the Inaugural, First Annual Canadian Caregiver Symposium in Nanaimo, on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Our one-of-a-kind event is brought to you by Saskia Jennings of Creating Being Well – Certified Caregiving Consultant, & Educator and Permelia Parham of Vibrational Healing, Certified Emotion Code Practitioner.

Mark your calendar for the whole day, as we offer you a special program of learning & interaction with Expert Speakers, our Caregiver Panel and much more… and you don’t want to miss our Caregiver Cocktail Hour!
Coffee/tea, treats and healthy buffet lunch are all included.

HOW TO SAVE $25:
Choose to buy 1 ticket at $ 149 (all inclusive) or SAVE when you purchase 2 tickets at $273 (all inclusive, regular $298)

If you like or are in need of help to find someone to provide respite care, please contact us to discuss resources and options. We are happy to help.

Feel free to reach out to us: saskia@creatingbeing well.com or call us on the numbers above.

We are inviting a small group of exhibitors and organizations, especially those who can support caregivers and their families in a unique way.

With love & care,

Saskia & Permelia

Learn more about us and our story, click: www.creatingbeingwell.com and www.vibrationalhealing.ca

All event images and logos are proprietary & copyright to Creating Being Well & Sin Design, and Vibrational Healing, and cannot be used without consent.

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What if you are caring 24/7?

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Dearest caregiver,

when you care 24/7, your own life has pretty much come to a standstill and is now filled with twists and turns and so many questions around caregiving. Are you:

  • totally exhausted and way too overwhelmed?
  • having sleepless nights?
  • confused and lost with all the to-do’s?
  • tired of getting advice from everyone?
  • missing time for yourself and fun with your friends?
  • mourning the loss of your caree’s abilities and functions and often long for the days before caregiving?


You are in Stage 3 of your Caregiving Years: the Entrenched Caregiver.
This stage may be the most difficult for both of you. Your involvement with your caree is almost daily if not constant. Your caree may live with you or your involvement means that your day is structured to be available to your caree. Your mood is sometimes upbeat as you’re proud you’ve been able to provide such wonderful care and make decisions that support your caree’s best wishes. Sometimes you feel melancholy–why you?

Your Keyword: Receive
— Receive help–from anyone who offers.
— Receive breaks from caregiving.
— Receive support.

Your Challenge
To find the support and strength to continue.

Your Purpose
To develop a routine, create a familiar schedule for both yourself and your caree.
A routine will help you deal with the overwhelming stresses and responsibilities that wear you out. It will provide comfort for you and your caree.

HERE IS HOW CAREGIVERS WANT US TO HELP
When Denise M. Brown, Founder of  http://caregiving.com, surveyed Family Caregivers on how we can help as Caregiving Consultants, these were some of the answers:

— An empathetic and caring attitude helps build up confidence between patient, caregiver and professional.
— Please forgive me when I’m crabby and want to take it out on you–I’m really trying to do better.
–Caregiving needs help from all directions. It is a job one has to learn as you go along. Just like learning to skate or riding a bike you are mostly on your own.


And last but not least:
— The first thing you say to a caregiver who is struggling should not be–“put her in a nursing home”.

What is bugging you on your caregiving journey?

With Love & Care,

Saskia

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Blog: The Top 3 Goals for Caregivers To Live By in 2019

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Time is flying, another year of caregiving has gone by and here we are in 2019! Happy New Year!

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions or is your mind spinning with all the ‘must do’s”, ‘can’t have” and “there’s never time for _______ (fill in the blank) anyways”?

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

Who cares for you?

I get it, when you care for your parent your life may be turned upside down. You deal with challenges 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? AND want my honest & bold opinion?
Caregiver Support Groups on Facebook are very popular and not all are always your best resource. The personal stories are often heart-breaking and since venting seems to be encouraged in some 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?
OMG!! I can’t believe what I see happening online… It makes my stomach turn!
Just think for a moment: when you are 86 yrs old, you have Alzheimer’s and are not in control of your own life any longer (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 relative, 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 3 of my favourite uplifting, fun and caring resources you can check out:  “Working Daughter” and “Happy Healthy Caregiver”.
And one of the pages with the truest caregiver wisdom is Caregiving Support by Denise Brown of Caregiving.com. Denise is my mentor and trainer with more than 25 years of experience with caregivers.

To wrap it up… I am curious: are you ready to commit to these 3 goals?
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. 

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, and loved? Don’t’ get stressed, get healthy!
I’d love for you to book a 20 min complimentary consult with me. Wanna go for it? YOU DECIDE! JUST CLICK THIS LINK TO GO TO MY CALENDAR.

Happy 2019! With love

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Saskia Jennings is a Cert. Caregiving Consultant & Educator who focuses on you, the caregiver. She offers a unique and effective combination of Wholistic Life & Wellness Coaching, 10 yrs of gained experience in the Caregiver Service Industry,  and extensive training in caregiving strategies & tools to help busy professionals who care for their parents. We are connected with trusted professional partners who can assist with planning and solutions to help your elderly relatives and your family. Set up time with Saskia to determine your needs.

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