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Florence

by Chance

We hope that family and friends will be inspired by our Caregiver Contributors; those who have also found themselves, by chance, being a Florence Nightingale to their loved one, providing the reassuring touch and the comfort of personal care.

The Soul of a Hummingbird

In the room painted entirely of white Weakened by the concoction of medication She caressed me with her wrinkled hands Which seemed to be a demanding gesture And her empty eyes were staring at the horizon Looking for a reason Prisoner of her own mind She wanted to be...

Watching the Glamour Go

My mother was a jetsetter. It was the 60’s and she held a management position with a major airline which regularly took her to Europe, and if that in itself wasn’t a feat, she was raising three children on her own at the same time. Admirably, no matter how much stress...

Honouring What Was Important To Mom

In 2011 everything changed. My mom, Patti, just 64 years old, was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). So began her journey from vibrant, independent living to a retirement setting, and ultimately to a place that provided full care.  As devastating a time as...

Still Mother

On one never-to-be-forgotten day, we realized that even though the woman we loved seemed to have disappeared, she obviously enjoyed the company and expressions of love that family and friends brought to her. Because we lived miles away from the care facility where...

Joe

After Dad moved into a nursing home, I became his "personal shopper" for clothing. It was always frustrating, trying to find clothes that fit his shrunken frame, looked and felt good to the touch, were relatively easy to put on and remove, and would stand up to...

What My Mother Taught Me

My mother only ever had 2 pieces of fashion and beauty advice for her 5 girls – never go out without a dab of lipstick and clean underwear. This was a metaphor of course (although we did not know this as teenagers) for the importance of feeling good about yourself on...

Sustaining a Sense of Self

I won’t forget it. That moment when my mother, stalwart matriarch of our huge family, an intellect, a former teacher, a model of grace, strength and adaptability, declared that she had been infantilized. It was a summer evening and I had arrived in her suite at the...

The Long Goodbye

It starts slowly. At first it is not really noticeable; perhaps it is because we have always thought they were invincible. And then it becomes undeniably visible - we are forced to acknowledge that our parents are aging. As we progress through our 40s and 50s, our...

WHEN IT’S TIME TO TALK

My mom had a tough upbringing. But instead of falling victim to her past, she chose to draw strength from it and ensure her family was strong, her children would always know they were loved, and that they could do anything they set their mind and energy to. And I am...

Ten Essential Things

One of Monarch’s contributing caregivers offers helpful and practical advice in the list below. No matter where you are on your journey, you will find valuable tips here. Or, perhaps you will feel validated because you’ve already put some or all of these tips into...

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