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Our Elizz nurses, personal support team, and rehab staff give you peace of mind, with professional in-home help for the person in your care.
Hands-on caregiving tasks such as bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, management of medications and treatment.
Someone there to help with chores, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and more!
A wide range of specialized medical care provided conveniently in your home.
Elizz offers home care services and virtual support to the residents of Montreal and the surrounding area.
Elizz offers a library of articles created by editors and subject matter experts, a research-based 5 LifeStages of Caregiving assessment tool and resources for family caregivers in Montreal.
When you add up everything you do in a week how many hours do you spend in your caregiving role?
Caregiver starts helping ‘a bit more than usual’ with everyday activities like shopping, meals, transportation, appointments and banking. Help is mostly consistent with the existing relationship – i.e. family member, friend, neighbour, colleague.
Caregiving activities increase and may involve dressing, bathing and managing medications and treatments. This stage may follow a new diagnosis or hospitalization. Caregiving starts to affect one's home and work life. Important to start proactive supports for caregiver wellness and preparation, though individual may not self-identify as a “caregiver”.
Often the longest caregiving stage, with complex and increasing care needs. Individual self identifies as a caregiver Without support, caregiver may be unprepared and experience unchartered emotions , family conflict and greater impacts on home/work life with risk of burnout and health issues. With support, caregiver may develop a sense of competence, strength.
Care needs are all-encompassing and may be 24/7. In addition to everyday activities, caregiver completes medical tasks and collaborates with health care team. Major impact on home/work life is likely. Without support, high risk of caregiver isolation, financial strain, burnout and physical and mental health issues. With support, caregiver may experience a sense of mastery and stabilization.
Your role as a caregiver started out small, maybe you offered to drive the person in your care to medical appointments or help with some light housework. Recently you’ve noticed the needs of the person in your care increasing and it’s a lot more than you initially anticipated. It’s great that you’re able to help out, but don’t forget to take care of yourself too.
Taking on the responsibilities of caring for another person can be a lot for one person to manage. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are a lot of resources available to help you as a caregiver.
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You’re on a roll, even if just for one day, everything is under control and you’ve hit your stride as a caregiver. Embrace this feeling and keep it going by taking some time to enjoy something that makes you happy. Read a book, take a walk, or catch up with a close friend. Taking some time to relax, refresh, and recharge is so important when you’re a caregiver.
It’s not unusual to feel as if you’re on your own as you are going through your caregiving journey. The truth is there are so many other caregivers going through similar challenges. Connecting with others, even online, can make your caregiving experience less lonely. Share your story, ask questions, and reach out to other caregivers to help create a strong caregiving network you can rely on.
When you could use a friend, we’re here for you; let’s make sure you feel supported, refreshed and ready to tackle any challenge that comes your way!
We’ve all had days like this. Providing care to someone and managing the everyday responsibilities of your own life can be exhausting both mentally and physically. It’s understandable that you will experience stress while caregiving. The key is to find ways to ease some of that stress and learn how to relax. Finding an activity that you enjoy and that you can find time for is an important step in finding balance in your life.
When you have the time to think about it, what is causing you the most stress? Once you’re able to identify some of the causes of your stress, we can help to figure out how to reduce that stress. Maybe that means bringing in some extra home care help, or taking some respite time. Whatever it takes, we can do it!
There’s more than one way to be a caregiver. With so many variables it can be difficult to navigate at times. On the plus side, you have the ability to create your own path and discover what works for you.
Trust your gut. You know what’s best for you and the person in your care. Sometimes all you need is a bit more information to direct you to your next step. Reach out to our Caregiver Coach and we can suggest resources to help you in your caregiving journey. Let’s figure this out together.
If this is a crisis and you need immediate help, you can call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
Sometimes we find ourselves in caregiving situations that seem to be too much to handle. You’ve taken the first step in the right direction by identifying that you’re overwhelmed and you’ve come to the right place for help. You may need someone to help you plan and manage all of the caregiving tasks that demand your time or perhaps in-home care for the person that depends on you will help you to feel less overwhelmed. Call us at 1-855-Ask-Eliz to find out how we can help you. The good news is that you’re never alone in caregiving, we’re at your side.