Piecing Together the Eldercare Journey

Breadcrumbs is a comprehensive guide that empowers readers to make informed decisions, navigate complex systems, and create a supportive environment for themselves and their loved ones.

With practical advice and heartfelt insights, this book is an essential resource for anyone embarking on the journey of eldercare.




Eldercare is a challenging and often overwhelming journey. Caregivers endure months or even years in this role, torn between aiding loved ones and recognizing personal limits. The deep emotional bonds formed with our elders make seeking alternative care solutions stressful, often only pursued when burnout is reached. Whether embarking on the eldercare journey or navigating its complexities, Breadcrumbs offers strategies and real-life examples to guide you through the journey.


From Breadcrumbs

I believe it will take multiple generations for this kind of housing (senior living) to become commonplace and completely comprehended.

You’re not the child, friend, or partner anymore. You have now morphed into a new position that comes with immense responsibilities and requires time and emotional bandwidth. Most often, caregiving is not something people have planned on doing, however, most of us will find ourselves there at one time or another.

So what will you get from this book? On a practical level, it will provide you with a lot of information, address concerns you may have and offer some strategies and action plans. On an emotional level, my hope for this book is that it will help you to understand that you are not alone and that many, many people face similar situations.

Gone are the days when a stay-at-home adult was caring for children and elderly. With the current economy, most families require a dual-income household, which means caregiving hours are on top of, and most often mixed into the 40-hour weekly work schedule.

Many work environments offer Employee Assistance Programs, however not for caring for elderly family members. Our society has designed care relief around young children and with the immense amount of adult children needing to take time off, sick days, and extended absences from work to care for their loved ones, our society is in quite a pickle.



Amy Friesen is widely recognized as a luminary in the field of senior living, celebrated for her diverse roles as a best-selling author, educator, and expert. In 2014, driven by a profound dedication to enriching the lives of seniors and their families worldwide, Amy founded Tea & Toast in 2014, a pioneering initiative aimed at providing invaluable support in navigating the complexities of housing and healthcare for seniors.

Tea & Toast serves as a testament to Amy's unyielding commitment to fostering better choices and alleviating the often overwhelming burdens associated with Eldercare. Her holistic approach to client care not only prioritizes their immediate well-being but also facilitates seamless transitions throughout the Eldercare journey, infused with compassion, empathy, and seasoned expertise.

The unique methodology employed by Tea & Toast has become a beacon of hope for countless families, offering personalized assistance tailored to individual needs and aspirations. By meticulously planning for short and long-term goals, Amy and her team alleviate the stressors inherent in Eldercare, allowing families to navigate this pivotal phase with confidence and peace of mind.

In addition to her groundbreaking work with Tea & Toast, Amy is the visionary behind a cross-Canada association of Eldercare Planning Professionals, advocating for caregiver support, senior living, and comprehensive aging solutions. Her leadership in this domain has earned widespread recognition, including the prestigious 2018 Businesswoman of the Year Award acknowledged by the House of Commons, and as a recipient of the 2019 Forty Under 40 award.

Amy's influence extends far beyond her professional accolades, permeating various media platforms where she has been featured in numerous news interviews and sought-after as a guest on podcasts. Through these channels, she generously shares her wealth of knowledge and insights on senior living and Eldercare planning, enriching discourse and understanding.

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