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Author: Stephanie Muskat

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This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist and caregiver Stephanie Muskat takes you through real-life caregiving stories from her own therapeutic experience and gives you the raw and personal on her own caregiving experiences as a young caregiver. Plus hear from tons of incredible experts and caregivers who are living through their day-to-day journeys. It's all here at Caregiver's Compass.

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Caregivers are aware there are significant gaps in our healthcare system, yet some of the answers to these gaps are found in supporting and providing education to the healthcare workers on the front lines. It was not until recently that Dr. Jasneet Parmar and her team sought to change the landscape of caregivers in healthcare and began to create and distribute peer reviewed, validated trainings for care providers to change the engagement between the healthcare team and caregivers on the front...
So you have identified what needs to change when it comes to your parent’s care or habits, or you have recognized the risks in their current lifestyle choices and want to ensure they stay safe and healthy. But whenever you approach them to talk about this, they are either entirely resistant, or refuse to talk about this. Or maybe they are open to engaging with you but then it is as if they didn’t hear a word you said because nothing ever changes leading you worried about what is to come if th...
We all know about the caregiver and the intense care they can provide around the clock. But when it comes to caring for the caregiver themselves, what might they need? How do we support and care for the caregiver who is doing it all? Should you pull back and leave them alone in all this and give them space to come to you or should you show up at their door offering to support them when they don’t reply to your texts?In this episode, Stephanie gives her perspective on how to support and c...
There were so many incredible episodes this season and today Stephanie recaps the most listened to episodes of season 3. This entire season we have also highlighted quotes from our guests and these will be available on one beautiful free PDF the week of January 8th! To download all of these that you can print or keep with you, visit our website (www.compassionincaregiving.com), enter your information into the pop-up on the website for the PDF download and that's it! If you hav...
1 in 4 in Canada are presently caregivers and this number is expected to increase to 1 in 2 in the coming years. Yet our healthcare system is not equipped to support the family caregiver or the private caregiver in a way that prevents collapse. A national healthcare strategy is needed. Enter the CCCE, spearheaded by director Liv Mendelsohn, this organization works to educate, advocate and change policy to improve all areas of care across Canada. In today’s episode, Liv details the history of ...
In today’s episode, the incredible Rev Katie Norris talks about her experiences caring for her mom with dementia with her son Jeffrey, and how this shaped her passion for entering a career in caregiving support. Katie discusses the very unique Montessori approach to dementia care and her successful membership and coaching program for caregivers.About Katie:Rev. Katie is an AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia Practitioner and primary author of "Creative Connections in Dementia Care®." She st...
In this episode, Rosanne Corcoran, podcast host, speaker and previous caregiver of her mom with dementia, details her journey in the sandwich caregiver role, caring for her mom and children for 12 years. She specifically talks about her siblings who did not actively step forward to care for her mom during a time when she was an intensive and primary caregiver. About Rosanne: Rosanne Corcoran’s journey into caregiving began with a dementiadiagnosis of her fiercely independent mother,...
Although I truly do not think that anything I am doing is ‘more busy’ than the next person (especially if you are a caregiver!), I am sometimes asked what my personal care routine is and how I balance and wear so many hats. So here you go for something a little different! And you will see very quickly that I am anything but perfect in this. Enjoy!Visit us on our website:www.compassionincaregiving.com Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassioncaregivercon...
This topic hits hard. Being a caregiver can already be so isolating and difficult and as caregivers, we rely on others to come forward, show up, and support us when we need it the most. In this episode, Stephanie talks about what we can do when people we have been connected to stop showing up for us and our loved ones and explores possible options for navigating this very difficult aspect of caregiving. Today's episode is sponsored by Compassionate Callers. To learn more about their serv...
In this episode, Dr. Naomi Saperia opens up about her experience caring for her daughter with a life limiting illness from birth to age 5, at a time when she was also working as a psychologist in the healthcare system herself. Naomi is vulnerable and personable in this very special episode. About Naomi:Dr. Naomi Gryfe Saperia is a Clinical and Health Psychologist in Ontario. With experience working in hospitals and private practice, her clinical practice focuses on supporting the mental ...
In today’s episode, Kelly Polci, registered social worker and psychotherapist, shares her personal experiences with mom guilt parenting her 3 children, balancing a hospital job and a private therapy practice. The different techniques and resources she employs with her clients facing deep parenting and caregiving guilt are also explored. Find Kelly on Psychology today at: Kelly Polci psychotherapy Website resource mentioned in this episode: https://expectful.comVisit us on our websit...
In today’s episode, Stephanie explores 3 common cases she has seen as an inpatient social worker in the hospital system and looks at how these scenarios end up directly impacting the mental health and capacity of family caregivers and those they care for. Suggestions for systems change and advocacy are noted throughout the episode. If you have ever been a caregiver of a loved one in the hospital system and have felt more overwhelmed as a result, this episode is for you. Visit us on ...
While caring for a loved one with dementia, do you ever feel as though you wish you had more answers for the future? That you wish you knew what to expect over time? That you had more control over your situation?In this episode, Stephanie talks about common feelings when it comes to dementia caregivers, the difficulty in knowing what the future may hold and alternative ways you can think about this process while validating the very real frustration, anger and anxiety in this moment. Visi...
In this episode, Dr. Nathan Stall talks about ongoing gaps in the healthcare system in terms of caregiver support and caregiver mental health from his perspective as a geriatrician. He talks about generalizations and misconceptions by healthcare team members and recommendations for future change. He also comments on upcoming positive change and how the system is working on making shifts for the future. About Dr. Stall:Dr. Stall is a geriatrician and clinician scientist with the Women’s A...
In this episode, Wendy Williams joins the podcast once again to talk about how she has experienced grief in caregiving and how grief is so much more than the feeling after one’s passing-including grief over expectations of what life could look like without caregiving and grief over the loss of who your loved one once was.About Wendy:Wendy is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and caregiver. In 2010 she founded Crazy Whisperer, a supportive community that focuses on effective management ...
By now, we are likely familiar with those caring for 1 parent. But what happens when someone is caring for TWO parents? What if one parent has been caring for the other and has now declined, with all care now on YOU? This is becoming more and more common in the caregiver landscape given the aging population, the high burden on existing caregivers and the lack of supports in the healthcare system.In this episode, Stephanie provides some tips to caregivers who are navigating the care ...
In this episode, Stephanie opens up about some very strange occurrences that happened while she was at her grandmother’s bedside in hospital and following her grandmother’s passing. She talks about how these experiences were not explainable to her and took her from not believing in anything beyond life to thinking there may be more to life than we know. Visit us on our website:www.compassionincaregiving.com Join our FREE Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassion...
In this episode, Julia Freifeld takes us through her journey caring for her husband with multiple system atrophy (MSA )which involved a rapid and difficult decline requiring all of her support and care. Julia talks about what helped her during these years and her memoir, which she wrote after journaling her emotions in secret for many years. She also talks about exploring new relationships after the passing of her spouse. About Julia:Author and artist, Julia Freifeld grew up in Los Angel...
In this episode, social worker, Courtney Sas, discusses her experiences working with patients who have struggled with navigating the healthcare system and navigating supports and resources. She and Stephanie discuss the need for patients and caregivers to often advocate, speak the native language and have awareness of the healthcare system in order to receive the best support and care possible. Gaps and injustices of the system are discussed with general suggestions of how we can do better.Ab...
*Disclaimer- this episode discusses the dying process*In this episode, Brian Smith discusses what he wishes he knew to prepare for his wife’s dying process and passing and how his life has shifted following her passing and after many years of being her caregiver. About Brian:Brian Smith is a teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN, USA.He was the primary caregiver for his wife, Demetria, who was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in early 2...
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