7 Responses to “The Caregiving Words We Use Matter”


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  1. I appreciate the new vocabulary!
    I agree that it does matter. I’ll try and use words that don’t scare, but inspire as we plan for a long future! Thanks Linda.

  2. Hi Melissa,

    “Inspire as we plan” — what an excellent phrase for caregivers to keep in mind! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Interesting – I’ve not heard those terms before; perhaps they’re not used in Canada yet? I’m going to twitter about this.

    Your topic also makes me think about the words we use to speak to our elders. So many people just don’t get dementia & don’t realize that the person they knew is still buried inside if they take the time & trouble to create a safe space for them to come out into.

    Ellen Besso
    MidLife Coach, Author & Elder Care Expert

  4. Dear Ellen,

    Welcome to TLeC! I agree with your statement that even with dementia our Golden Oldies are still the essence of who they’ve always been. And, to “create a safe space” is part of a caregiver’s goal. Please do encourage the use of these caregiving terms in Canada! 🙂

  5. I agree… words are important and can make a big difference in our care recipients lives. I like care partner too… I’ll try to work that into my vocabulary. Thanks for sharing!

    – Kevin

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