COVID-19 has been a time of uncertainty, change, and unknowns. Our Caregiver Support line is available to offer guidance, resources, and a listening ear.
Call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm PST.
Here are Five Common Questions from Caregivers During COVID-19:
1. What is the Caregiver Tax Credit and am I eligible to receive it?
The Caregiver Tax Credit is for those who support a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependent with a physical or mental impairment. The Canada caregiver credit (CCC) is a non-refundable tax credit that may be available to those who fall under this category.
You may also be able to claim the CCC for one or more of the following individuals if they depend on you for support because of a physical or mental impairment:
- You or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s child or grandchild
- You or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew (if resident in Canada at any time in the year)
The amount you can claim depends on your relationship to the person for whom you are claiming the CCC, your circumstances, the person’s net income, and whether other credits are being claimed for that person.
Please visit the CRA website for more information and to apply for the Caregiver Credit. Call the Caregiver Support line can for clarity and guidance in navigating the application.
2. I am now providing increased care due to COVID. It is difficult to keep up with everything that needs to be done. Where can I receive support?
Consider applying to BC211, a program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. This includes safe pickup and delivery of groceries and prescriptions. Learn more here.
Ask for and accept support from your own circle of support. You may also consider speaking with a counsellor, see a list of free counselling options here.
3. Due to CV19 I can’t get away for a break. Do you have any suggestions?
FCBC has many online and virtual resources to build resiliency and prevent burnout, especially during this time.
And if you know a caregiver who doesn’t have a computer or who isn’t comfortable online – consider giving them a call and refer them to our Toll-Free Caregiver Support Line. If they agree, you can refer them to us and we will initiate a call.
- Increasing caregiver resiliency
- Preventing caregiver burnout
- The 11 commandments of stress management
4. The uncertainty of this time can be overwhelming. What do I do with this increased anxiety, fear and uncertainty?
Please know you are not alone. These feelings are very common in the caregiving experience. With COVID 19 we are hearing from more caregivers that they are feeling this way.
- Call our Caregiver Support Line, sometimes just talking through your experience to someone who can provide a supportive and listening ear helps.
- Check out our online COVID Support Videos and Tip Sheets
- Here to Help Support on COVID and anxiety
- Join our Weekly Virtual Support Groups
5. Right now the isolation with COVID-19 is making things more challenging for the behaviors of my husband with Alzheimer’s . What are the resources available for caregivers?
- BC-211 for additional help with non-medical essentials,
- Family Caregiver Coaching to discuss plans for transitions in care
- First link dementia helpline and to join virtual/phone support.
- Videos from Island health on caring for someone with Dementia at home.
You are not alone and you are worthy of receiving support in your caregiver journey. We are in this together! Reach out, get connected, and stay safe.