Care Partner Support Space
Welcome to ASLM’s Care Partner Support Space. You can navigate through our new Take What You Need self care section, view tips and strategies to help you out while you are in the home and access our Support Groups!
Be sure to check out our new What Your Social Worker Wants You To Know section for helpful information and resources directly from Alzheimer Society social workers.
We hope you find a space that can help you through these unexpected times.
Take What You Need
Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. Self-care is necessary to ensure that you as a care partner maintain good health, produce positive feelings and stay motivated. Your needs are important. Keeping up with your own hobbies, interests and activities is essential. This page is dedicated to you as a care partner, ensuring that your cup is always full.
Gratitude Garden – Let’s practice gratitude to ourselves, appreciate good things, and be in the moment. Journal prompts, breathing exercises, reading resources and more can be found here!
Brain Power Center – Sudoku, dance classes, recipes, trivia and more are some exercises found here to keep our brains active and sharp!
Education Station – “You learn something new every day!” Check out this page for fun facts, links to documentaries, and puzzles.
Creativity Corner – Create with the heart, build with the mind. Grab your paint brushes and let your creativity flow with lots of great activities and projects!
Adventure Avenue – Escape and the breathe the air of new activities and places. Find activities such as travel diaries, scavenger hunts and exercises here to let your mind explore.
May 23 – 29
- Start by learning– what is mindfulness?
While the practice of mindfulness has only began to gain popularity in recent years, every one of us has always had the potential to tap into this ‘superpower’. Start with this short animated video from Happify– “Why Mindfulness is a Superpower”
- This short mindfulness journaling activity taps into all your senses; take this time to observe your thoughts and be present in your surroundings.
- Chair Yoga for Seniors & Mindful Breathing by Inner Light Yoga
Brain Power Centre
- The great brain debate by Ted Altschuler presented by TED-Ed
“Throughout history, scientists have proposed conflicting ideas on how the brain carries out functions like perception, memory, and movement. Is each of these tasks carried out by a specific area of the brain? Or do multiple areas work together to accomplish them? Ted Altschuler investigates both sides of the debate”
- Take a look at The Washington Post Daily Crossword and see if you can solve the puzzle of the day! Updated daily
BRAIN CHEMICALS – DOPAMINE
- There are four major chemicals in the brain that influence our happiness: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins
For four weeks, lets focus on activating each chemical at a time!
- This week, celebrate the small wins, complete a task, take time for self-care, and eat a good meal:
Take a look at supercook.com where you can find any delicious recipe using what you already have in your fridge!
- Have you ever wanted to learn another language, or brush up on your skills? It’s never too late to start! Check out duolingo.com, with over 30 languages you can start to learn right now
- Ology (ol·o·gy): a subject of study; a branch of knowledge. Pick an ‘ology’ episode from the list down below and learn more about an area of interest!
“Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.”
- Try this Quiz, ‘Which Came First’, from Google Arts and Culture and see if you can compare these moments in time!
- Ideasthesia: How do ideas feel? by Danko Nikolić, Presented by TED-Ed
- 5 minutes of earth podcast. 5-minute snippets of facts and tips for helping our planet. This episode discusses household waste, including what happens to everyday items once they’re thrown in the bin.
- Louis Armstrong ‘What a Wonderful World’
- Inspirational quote of the day presented by Pinterest:
“Nature sings a song perfectly in tune with our own soul, but if we do not embrace silence, we will miss it.”
- Explore Google Earth’s Voyager, and travel to different parts of the world from your living room! This week, look at reducing plant extinction and fly around the world to find some of these remote wilderness areas which are home to rare and endangered plants.
We ask that you make sure when you participate virtually in exercise programs you take care to create a place that is clutter-free and safe for you. Make sure you have proper footwear and the area is clear.
Also, please only participate as much as your body feels comfortable – this is intended to be a program to gently move your body – so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. If you’d rather not participate but want to just be here and watch, that is totally fine too!
What Your Social Worker
Wants You To Know
Caring for someone living with dementia often means taking on many different roles.
The social work team wants you to know how important it is for you to take care of yourself and show yourself compassion. Below are resources for self care, self compassion and ongoing support. As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
To view previous tips, head to the archive.
Caring for the Care partner- This guide looks at the role, health and well being of care partners:
McCormick Dementia Services right here in London have some great videos with practical tips and strategies for care partners:
Advance Care Planning
- COVID 19 and Advanced Care Planning
- Providence Health Advanced Care Planning Conversation Tools
- Ready Set Plan – for Care Partner Absence
- Points to consider before moving your loved one home from LTC
- Steps to Justice: your guide to law in Ontario
- Guided Pathways to Preparing a Power of Attorney
- What to know before pulling a loved one from long-term care
- Should I Leave My Long-Term Care – Nursing Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic Decision Aid
- Thinking About Moving a Person with Dementia out of Long Term Care Homes due to COVID-19
- Carer Emergency Card Template
Tools for Care Partner to Engage Person with Dementia in the Home
- COVID – a book for those with dementia living at home
- Teepa Snow – Positive Approach To Care
- Individualized Meaningful Engagement through COVID 19 and Beyond
- Activities for older adults during COVID 19: a guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia
- Making Your Home Dementia Friendly
- Alzheimer Society Ontario News
- 211 Ontario – find programs and supports in your community
- McCormick Dementia Services Caregiver’s Corner
- Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics During COVID 19
- Reach Out: 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023
- SNOW – Volunteer Poster – Canada
- SNOW – Client Poster – Canada
- Boys and Girls Club – COVID Services Description
- FullyAlive Virtual program
- JournalCafe virtual program
- Trailblazers virtual program
Technology Need to Knows
Additional Care Partner Website Supports
- ASLM Education Zone Webinars
- Carers Canada – support for caregivers during COVID 19
- Working From Home With Kids
- Compassion Fatigue
- Grief Resources During COVID 19
- Canadian Virtual Hospice
- Community Support Services – Caregiver Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- New Canada Recovery Benefits – What to Expect (Oct 2020)
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