May brings spring flowers. It’s also a time to acknowledge family caregivers and the vital role they play in our healthcare system and in the lives of their loved ones.
While caregiving is unique to every person, it’s a common family experience. Almost 30 per cent of British Columbians are in a caregiving role. With 1,000 calls to the support line last year, we had the privilege to have caregivers share their stories. We listened and here’s a small glimpse into what they said.
Caregivers provide support in many ways. Sometimes it’s a daily check-in call, other times it’s transferring someone from their wheelchair to the bed. In some cases, it’s caring for a grandchild while the parent undergoes surgery or treatment. Caregiving can be short in duration during a terminal illness or for over 10 years caring for someone with a chronic illness or mental health challenge. Regardless what they are doing or for how long, it’s often an emotional journey with ups and downs and twisty turns. [Read more…]