Not sure if caregiving is on your radar? Get the scoop on Stage 1 of The Caregiving Years!

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As promised I’m diving deeper into the concept of The Caregiving Years and start right at the beginning:

                                                      Stage I – The Expectant Caregiver.

This is the stage where you tell your friends that your parents are healthy and independent and that you won’t be looking after them for a while. The “all is well” kinda thing.
I hear this a lot and when they allow me to share some insights in person or during a workshop their eyes are opened and they ask me: “Oh, really?!” I never forget the looks on this man’s face when he had that “AHA-moment” at the Health Expo in Nanaimo in September.

One of the things that parents don’t tell you… is that they just don’t tell you!
They keep many things for themselves even though you believe you know them well.

Who are you as Expectant Caregiver?
No matter what they (don’t) tell you, you have a growing concern that, within the near future, they may need more and more of your assistance and time. You’re concerned because of your relative’s age, past and present medical condition, and current living condition.

Your keyword: ASK
— Ask questions of your caree. (The individual receiving your care is your caree.)
— Ask questions of health care professionals.
— Ask questions of lawyers and financial planners.
— Ask questions of your family members who may be involved in the caregiving role.

Don’t be shy and get answers!

Your Challenge
To learn and understand your caree’s needs: health, financial and emotional.

Your Purpose
You now understand you become a caregiver, and this is your time to prepare. You should
research options, gather information, and provide the opportunity for your caree to share his or her feelings and values. This is also your time to concentrate on taking care of yourself: keeping up with family and friends, enjoying your hobbies and interests, pursuing your career goals.

BUT HOW? WHO? WHEN? WHAT?

Often clients tell me: “OMG Saskia!! Where were you when my caregiving started?”. Well, I am here now.
If you’d like my help, I invite you to book a 20 min complimentary caregiving consult with me. I help you gain insights, I answer your questions in our time together.  I LISTEN. I UNDERSTAND. I HELP.
Our Goals with Our Clients
 We validate the family caregiver’s experience.
 We help the family caregiver stay well.
 We encourage the family caregiver because that will give them
courage.
 We allow the family caregiver’s decisions, which are the
decisions that are best for them at that moment.
 We anticipate what could be next knowing we can’t predict the
future.
 We do our best to minimize a family caregiver’s regrets.
 We ask empowering, thought-provoking questions to help a
family caregiver find a healthy perspective, make an effective
decision, take the first step forward and let go.
 We position the family caregiver to transition successfully into
a life after caregiving ends.

We help the family caregiver see the forest through the trees.

Remember, it is never too early or too late to reach out for support!
Book a 20 min complimentary caregiving consult (by phone) with me and let me help you.  Just click this link and you can choose your time directly from my calendar: http://calendly.com/creatingbeingwell

My work: I listen. I understand. I help.

With care and love,

Learn something important about caregiving today!

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Dear Caregiver,

The chance is that you became (or are to become) a family caregiver by need, not by choice. Of course, you help.

  • Do you know what to do?
  • Are you wondering: “WHY ME”?

Caring for a parent or elderly friend takes patience, insight, knowledge, time and lots of self-love.

What if you felt heard and understood as a caregiver?
What if you have someone at hand who helps you to find relief, resources and even relaxation? (Even though you might think that’s impossible…)

You know, when you expected a child, all your family and friends overloaded you with good wishes, encouraging words and shared tips and wisdom on how to prepare and how life will look like. But when it comes to caring for your parents or an elderly friend you may find out that hardly anyone knows what to do or how to help. Often times you have to figure it all out on your own and having many new and unknown responsibilities and challenges is hard. Agree?
And the results? Possible isolation from friends and community, lots of self-doubt, fear and stressors and struggling to manage health, life, work and caregiving.

Caregiving is an emotional journey and you can’t do it alone.
Wouldn’t it be great to understand how important and impactful this caregiving journey is for yourself, your caree (the person you care for) and your family?

But remember: there’s no “one size fits all” solution to caregiving.

Today I’ll introduce you to this amazing concept:
“The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey”

The Caregiving Years is separated into six stages, each stage defined by the intensity of the caregiving role.
In the early 90’s this concept was developed by Denise Brown of http://caregiving.com. Denise is my teacher and mentor and she is truly the best resource on the planet when it comes to caregiving.
Don’t they say: “Learn from the best?”. I did and still do! As a matter of fact, I just returned home from the 4-day National Caregiving Conference in Chicago, hosted by Denise Brown.

I’ll give you an overview of the 6 stages of The Caregiving Years so you get a bit more insight on your journey and what to expect.
Then over the next months, I will dive deeper into the concept and share tips and strategies. I’ll map out “Stumbles” (wrong turns, unexpected challenges and unplanned crises)  and ways to “steady” these stumbles.

Let’s get started!

Stage I: The Expectant Caregiver
In the future, I may help a family member or friend.
Your Keyword: ASK
Your Challenge: to learn and understand your caree’s needs: health, financial and emotional.

Stage II: The Freshman Caregiver
I am starting to help a family member or friend.
Your Keyword: FIND
Your Challenge: to discover solutions that work.

Stage III: The Entrenched Caregiver
I am helping a family member or friend.
Your Keyword: RECEIVE
Your Challenge: to find the support and strength to continue.

Stage IV: The Pragmatic Caregiver
I am still caring for a family member or friend.
Your Keyword: WELCOME
Your Challenge: to gain a greater understanding of yourself and your caree.

Stage V: The Transitioning Caregiver
My role is changing.
Your Keyword: ALLOW
Your Challenge: to let go of the fear of the end, to understand that reaching the end isn’t about your failure but about the natural cycle of life. Now, you’ll move from the “doing” of caregiving to focus on the “being.” You’re used to doing and going; it’s time to put the priority on being with your caree.

Stage VI: The Godspeed Caregiver
My caregiving role has ended.
Your Keyword: TREASURE
Your Challenge: to integrate your former role as a family caregiver into your new life.

What stage are you in right now? What’s next and how can you prepare?

Is it time for you to reach out for support? Don’t hesitate!
Book a 20 min complimentary caregiving consult with me and let me help you solve a challenge. Just click this link and you can choose your time directly from my calendar: http://calendly.com/creatingbeingwell

I listen. I understand. I help.

With care and love,

Unique 2-part Caregiver Series – Nanaimo, B.C.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

More and more Canadians are struggling with the emotional and financial demands of caregiving. According to Statistics Canada, there are eight million Canadians currently providing care to dependent family members.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it could take an army to care for an ageing loved one.

We invite you to our unique 2-part Caregiver Series where you will discover tools, strategies and resources to support you on your caregiving journey.

Nov. 19th – The Caregiving Years: Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey

Supporting the caregiver with insights and a roadmap to navigate the emotional side of their caregiving journey.

Presented by: Saskia Jennings – Certified Caregiving Consultant & Educator


Nov. 26th – Preparing Financially for a Loss of Independence

Supporting the dependant by offering caregivers the practical information, advice and support to successfully navigate the administrative side of accessing care services and funding opportunities (tax savings, benefit programs and health care planning)

Presented by: Peggy Hoult – Tax, Benefit and Care Navigator & Tax Accountant

Limited space. Room: Boardroom: follow signs.

Pre-registration required. Tickets are non-refundable but transferable.

Please register and choose the ticket that suits you best, click:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unique-2-part-caregiver-series-tickets-52334651351

For information, please connect with Saskia

I talk about this all the time, do you?

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Dear friend,

Are you a caregiver? Supporting a friend or neighbour who is caring for a parent or elderly friend?

Most of us will be a caregiver for a parent at some point in time.
Local, or long distance. Or maybe you are helping to care for your grandmother.
Maybe you don’t think about caregiving as your parents are healthy and independent (well, that’s what you think because they say so.)

Are you taking your parents to a doctor’s appointment, help with groceries?
Or already fully entrenched in caring for your parents?
How is that affecting your own life and health? Who do you turn to ask for help?

I talk about the topic of caregiving daily, online, offline and with random people who I meet in the coffee shop. It’s on top of almost everyone’s mind…

Are you wondering:

  • Why me?
  • Why now?
  • Now what?
I can help you with answers!

Your caregiving journey can take 8 months, 6 years, 15 years… who knows?!
Did you know there are six stages during your caregiving years?
It really helps to know where you’re at so you can use the best tools and strategies for that stage and be much better prepared.

When I work with clients, I meet them where they are on their caregiving journey.

I LISTEN… 
One of the critical support tools is to listen. I understand what’s going on and offer support.
What if caregiving would be easier?
What if you know what to say and how to prepare when asking for help?
What if you can sleep again at night because you have more peace of mind?
What if you take control back over your own life and caregiving becomes more fulfilling?
What if you learn about resources you never knew existed?
What if you had more time for yourself because you choose so, without feeling guilty?

As a Certified Caregiving Consultant, I support you in 45 min. sessions (phone/online) that are focused on YOU. I help you find answers and solutions to your current challenges.
And the result? You feel relief from your burden and much more confident to face caregiving challenges.

Now, this is a process. It starts where you want it to start. So let’s talk.
I will give you 20 min of my time and you tell me what you would like to achieve or learn. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Then we’ll explore if working together would benefit you on your caregiving journey and together we decide if ‘we’re a fit’.
Where I can I share relevant resources and/or practical tips with you. With 12 years of experience under my belt, I’m really not short of strategies and tips.

My aim is to help YOU, the caregiver. Period!

I’d love for you to book your complimentary caregiving consult. Just click this link and you can choose your time directly from my calendar: http://calendly.com/creatingbeingwell

Like my dad would say: “If you don’t try… you don’t know“.

And if you want to learn more about me and my work, don’t hesitate to browse my website: http://creatingbeingwell.com

With love & care,
          

Email: saskia@creatingbeingwell.com
Follow me on Instagram: @creatingbeingwell_caregivers

Health Talk: The Caregiving Years, 6 Stages to a Meaningful Journey

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Health Talk Outline:

Throughout the 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 they 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.

A tip sheet will be provided for the participants.

Presented by: Saskia Jennings, Certified Caregiving Consultant & Educator

This Health Talk is part of the Wellnessnews Health Expo, Nainaimo Conference Center.
See a complete list of Health Talks on their website: www.Wellnessnews.ca/HealthExpo

Time of Saskia’s talk: 12.30 pm

How can I help you as a Certified Caregiving Consultant?

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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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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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Introduction to Aromatic Wellness (free classes in Brampton, ON)

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MAKE HEALTHIER & NATURAL LIFESTYLE CHOICES!

Easy steps to improve your Home, Health, Habitat & Heart.

Your Wellbeing Is Most Important. Creating Being Well Is My Expertise. Let’s Work Together!

Come join us as we share what essential oils are all about, where they come from and how to use them safely and effectively for YOURSELF, Your FAMILY, Your HOME.

You’ll learn what aromatic wellness is, why so many people are adopting this lifestyle, and best of all, you get the opportunity to try out different essential oil products.
Many of our products are officially certified by Health Canada as a Natural Health Product. Why? Because it works!

You’re invited to join us! It’s always fun!

 

CLICK HERE for dates, details and free registration.

However: email Saskia if you have any questions: saskia@creatingbeingwell.com or learn more here.

To your wellbeing!

 

Finding Balance with 7 Fall Essentials

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Warm sweaters. Crunchy leaves. Vivid colours.

Our favourite season is in full swing and our calendars are packed with fun festivities to connect with loved ones and enjoy the vibrancy of the season. Whether it’s apple picking, baking pies, sitting by the fire, carving pumpkins or strolling outdoors, fall summons an array of warm scents that inspire reflection, connection and gratitude. 

Autumn is in the air! Regardless of what you’ve got planned for yourself or loved ones, here are seven fall essentials that are perfect to help you find balance in mind, body and spirit!

And who doesn’t want to enter a room that smells like pumpkin pie? Go for “Feel Good”, “Self-Care” and “Quality Family Time” with the wonderful tips you find below.

Here’s my final tip: add a fall blend to your diffuser (orange, ginger, nutmeg), have a cup of tea and cuddle up on the couch with a book or your journal. Read, write or simply sip and enjoy the warmth. This is self-care. This is for you!

Want to learn more about our pure essential oils, why I use essential oils and products from #1 world leader Young Living or how to get a Dewdrop diffuser?  click here, explore and discover.

And don’t hesitate to email me and ask your questions: saskia@creatingbeingwell.com

Happy Cozy Fall Season!