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As a former companion, your article on the subject of hiring companion care brought back fond memories. The woman I worked for was recovering from a stroke, and loved nothing better than to play Scrabble. Often she made up words, which I’d normally let go, but I’ll never forget the one time I unwittingly misspelled a word – she caught it at once!
Judith C., Halifax, NS

Editor’s note: We’re glad you enjoyed the article. Your employer sounds like quite the character. Here’s to more lively Scrabble games in the future.


We’ve been thinking about possible home improvements for a while, so I really appreciated your last issue’s column on whether to “move or improve.” Our reno plans were beginning to feel too daunting, but well-armed with advice and suggested readings, we now have solid ideas about where to start.
Charles B., Guelph ON

Editor’s note: Remember; grab rails and non-slip floors are important home safe-proofing steps, but there are other hazards to consider too. Good luck with the renovation.


I found your piece on controlling behaviour while waiting on my mother’s medical appointment. I’ve been struggling with the difficulties of aggressive behaviour from a family member in my
care, but your article gave me some much-needed perspective and insight. Thank you!
Lucy S., Vancouver, BC

Editor’s note:  We know caregiving can often times be frustrating. Don’t forget to celebrate those small victories, and try to communicate as much as possible.

Share your experiences or comment on our articles. Send stories, notes, comments and pictures to Caregiver Solutions, BCS Communications Ltd., 255 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 803, Toronto, ON, M3B 3H9, fax: 416-421-8418 or email us at Please note that all letters are subject to editing for publication purposes.

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