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What is RLCS? 

I heard a story the other day about Gayle, a woman who contacted Rupert's Land Caregiver Services for help. Her husband, Warren, loved to walk their dog Taffy, but as his dementia progressed Gayle became increasingly concerned that he might become confused in the neighbourhood. Rupert's Land found a solution. John, one of their wonderful volunteers, was willing to accompany the two. Their walks continued for many months. Warren and John enjoyed each other's company. Taffy got her exercise and was happy to spend time with her master and his friend. Gayle had some time to herself knowing Warren and Taffy were safe and happy.
When Gayle had her initial meeting with Rupert's Land Caregiver Services, she asked why her name rather than her husband's was written on the file. The answer was, “There are other supports for your husband. We're not here for him. We're here for you. "
Rupert's Land Caregiver Services is  located in Winnipeg. It is Manitoba's non-profit caregiver support organization.
Services Offered
·         Time-out for Caregivers: A volunteer trained as a respite companion comes to the home for a few hours so the family caregiver can have a break
·         Telephone Support: Providing information, support and encouragement for caregivers
·         Ring-A-Ride: Assisted transportation for caregivers and recipients anywhere in the city limits by prior arrangement. Note: Ring-a-Ride users must live within postal codes, R3L, R3M, R3N, R3P, and part of R3T.
·         Support Group for Caregivers: Rupert’s Land Caregiver Services hosts a support group every second Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at 168 Wilton Street.
·         Information & Referral: A resource bank of information about services not available through Rupert's Land Caregiver Services
For more information call RLCS at 452-9491

Keeping a Caregiver's Journal


I  recently received this email. It is always great to hear about strategies that work.

Wendy,  in your class you said to do up a book with information in it, so did one for my husband with his prescriptions, test results, medication changes, etc. I had already kept a spreadsheet from 2006 with his appointments, so added that as well. This year he had tons of doctors' appointments and results/letters from specialists, etc.
Every time we went to a new specialist, I was able to show them the previous treatments and results. Had it all listed. They were all amazed at it. Business cards included. Doctors at the Victoria especially. I take it to every appointment and update it every time. Who can remember all that stuff!!!??? Not at MY age!

Thank you for this essential, informative idea!


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