These sites cover many caregiver topics. Some non-B.C. sites are listed because of their large variety of topics and multi-lingual information. Be careful when at a non-B.C. sites as websites from other provinces and the U.S. will have some information that is not applicable to B.C. residents, e.g. legal information; names of housing types; medications; financial programs; government services; etc. Note many disease-specific groups also have caregiver articles on their websites.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), U.S.
This link provides tools and resources to help.
A Place for Mom, U.S.
See the Caregiver Toolkit: Simplifying Your Senior Care Journey at
The SeniorsBC website offers resources and tips for caregivers. The topics Daily Care Tips and Advice, Building a Care Guide, Caring for the Caregiver, and Training and Caregiver Role Management Tools can be found online. Under Building a Care Guide is My Care Guide, a tool which provides an easy way to record and track medical information, including a list of:
- Prior surgeries, procedures, lab tests (date, procedure, results).
- Medications (name, dose, time).
- Names and contact information for family caregivers, paid caregivers, doctors, specialists, pharmacists, and hospital.
- Assistive equipment/technology used (communication devices, home oxygen, insulin pump, orthotics, suction, walker, wheelchair).
- Important things to know about one’s health condition.
- Important things to know in case of an emergency.
- Special instructions (organ donation, personal planning documents such as do not resuscitate orders, advance directives, representation agreements, enduring powers of attorney).
Thousands of articles; free weekly e-newsletter.
Caregiver Action Network, U.S. (formerly National Family Caregivers Association)
This site has tip sheets and an electronic Family Caregiver Forum to post questions, receive support and communicate with others. Some tip sheets are available in Spanish.
Caregiving.com This site has U.S. radio show podcasts that cover caregiving-related topics. There’s also another radio program, Tools for Family Caregivers for Assessing Care Needs of their Family Members.
Caring for Family by Saint Elizabeth Homecare, a non-profit society
The society offers a great deal of information including a free printed or online guide, Caregiver Compass, to help guide the caregiver taking on the responsibility of caring for someone. Saint Elizabeth Homecare also powers www.Elizz.com where you can purchase services such as caregiver coaching, nurse advisor, and counselling, offered online and by phone.
Diamond Geriatrics, B.C.
Lower Mainland geriatric social worker Peter Silin’s site has a free monthly B.C.-relevant e-newsletter. Silin also offers a pay for consulting service to assist with family caregiving challenges.
The alliance has articles, including some in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Spanish, plus free webinars.
This is one of the largest sources of information and tools for caregivers and seniors in the U.S.
This site is filled with B.C.-relevant information, including information specific to lower mainland North Shore caregivers.
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), Toll-free: 1-888-696-PLAN
There are seniors who are caring for disabled adult children, and who worry about how their children will be cared for when they, the older parents, are gone. PLAN, a membership-based non-profit, was established by and for families committed to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of their relatives with disabilities. PLAN helps families build personal support networks that endure after the parents die.
U.S. Area Agency on Aging
Its Four Stages of Caregiving handbook has four chapters: When You First Become A Caregiver; When You Have Been A Caregiver For a While; When You Are a Heavy-Duty Caregiver; When You Are a Caregiver Who Has To Let Go.
“Caregiving – Don’t try this alone!” Remember the motto of the US Family Caregivers Alliance:
“In the ordinariness of your caregiving lies something more: sacredness.” James E. Miller
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter
Caregiver Solutions: For Today’s Family Caregivers is a Canadian magazine filled with articles and tips. You can subscribe to it as well as encourage your local library to get it.
INSPIRED Senior Living magazine is a free monthly magazine published on Vancouver Island and copies are available throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It features our Family Caregivers of BC (FCBC) column on topics for Family & Friend (unpaid) Caregivers. The magazine is available online for free.
Family & Friend Caregivers Information and Resource Handbook, 2016 edition, is the 7th Handbook written by gerontologist (non-medical specialist in aging issues) Katherine Willett for United Way of the Lower Mainland. While specific resources are Lower Mainland focused, e.g. Meals on Wheels programs, much of the content is BC relevant, including the one page feature on Family Caregivers of BC. In late 2016, the provincial office of the Divisions of Family Practice printed 2,000 copies of the 120 page Handbook for distribution to physicians and medical office assistants (MOAs) in the lower mainland, so they would know about resources and be able to pass on information to caregivers.
“Handbook for Caregivers” (2005)
This Fraser Health Authority handbook covers: Being a Care-Receiver; Being a Caregiver; Managing the Caregiving; and Partners in Caring – You and the Home Health-Care Team.
“Resource Guide for Family Caregivers” 2nd edition”. (2006) Prepared by the Family Caregivers’ Network Society (renamed in 2015 to Family Caregivers of British Columbia), this 160-page guide is presented in an easy-to-read format and contains practical information to help caregivers make informed decisions. Although specific reference is made to some resources located in the Greater Victoria area, the majority of the material in this guide is generic and is applicable to all family caregivers. This valuable resource will assist family caregivers to identify:
- What it means to be a caregiver
- How to balance family caregiving and employment
- How to communicate with health care providers
- What community-based supports are available
- How to choose the most appropriate home based care services
- What kind of professional assessments are available
- How to choose the most appropriate residential facility
- Expectations of the intermediate and long-term care facility and clarifying roles and responsibilities
- How to manage when a family member is admitted to an acute care hospital
- What is normal aging
- What is palliative care
- What financial and legal considerations need to be made
- How to advocate for the caregivers and the care receivers
Download a PDF copy at or borrow a hard copy available in the lending library at the Victoria Office 250-384-0408 at #6 – 3318 Oak St., Family Caregivers of BC would like to express our gratitude to Peninsula Co-op and the Canadian Million Dollar Round Table Foundation for their generous donation toward the printing of the 2nd Edition of our Resource Guide for Family Caregivers.
“Take Care: A Handbook for Family Caregivers” (2013), has information applicable to all BC caregivers, up to page 52. Beware – the remaining pages refer to services in the Vancouver Coastal area, and are not applicable to the rest of BC. Published by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Authority.