Alzheimer Society

http://www.alzheimer.mb.ca/we-can-help/education/family/family-education/

Phone contact Brandon office at 204-729-8320

The local Alzheimer Society office provides:

  • Information and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia
  • Support groups for caregivers
  • Family education by
  • Telehealth sessions in the Westman region – good information on services available for all caregivers – such as community mental health services, legal issues such as Power of Attorney
  • Education sessions in the Westman region

 Tax Credit Information for Caregivers

Step by Step Application Information

Level of Care Equivalency Guidelines

Caregiver’s Tax Credit Application

Primary Caregiver’s Log

Communication Tips for Caregivers

These helpful tips are taken from an information sheet provided by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.   Page 12 of the download in the link below has good general communication tips.

http://www.alzheimer.ca/~/media/Files/national/brochures-day-to-day/day_to_day_communications_e.pdf

Taking Care of You

Caregiving places enormous pressure on caregivers and can cause them to become patients themselves. Caregivers are at greater risk for illness, social isolation, stress, depression and death.

Daily caregiving for a loved one can be demanding and overwhelming and can make the caregiver feel like they have little control over the situation. Without the proper support system, the stress of caregiving can eventually lead to burnout.   If burnout does happen, the caregiver may have no energy left to look after someone else.

Taking care of yourself is necessary if you are going to be an effective caregiver.

Below are good resources on what you can do for yourself as a caregiver:

a) Local Community Mental Health services

You can seek help for yourself or loved one from a community mental health worker when dealing with such issues as:

  • Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Dealing with the stress of care-giving and coping strategies
  • Challenging behaviours in a loved one
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Impact of multiple losses
  • Questions of risk and safety
  • Cognitive assessment if there is memory loss and increasing confusion

Contact your local public health office for referral to a mental health worker:

http://www.prairiemountainhealth.ca/index.php/our-locations

Prairie Mountain Health, Mental Health Services Brochure

b) Taking Care of You: Self Care for Family Caregivers

https://www.caregiver.org/taking-care-you-self-care-family-caregivers

c) Caregiver Stress and Burnout

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/caregiving-stress-and-burnout.htm

 

Caregivers Bill of Rights

I have the right to take care of myself.  This is not an act of selfishness.  It will give me the ability to take better care of my loved one.

I have the right to seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.

I have the right to maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can do for this person and I have the right to do some things just for myself.

I have the right to get angry, be depressed, and express difficult feelings occasionally.

I have the right to reject any attempt by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt or anger.

I have the right to receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one as I offer these attributes in return.

I have the right to take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has taken to meet the needs of my loved one.

I have the right to protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in times when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.

I have the right to expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.