Caring for a family member or friend is a tough job.
- You may be holding down a full-time job or struggling to maintain employment.
- You may have other caregiving responsibilities… like raising children.
- You may be dealing with a health condition of your own or ignoring your own health because of the stress of caregiving.
The top thing we hear from family caregivers is that you feel burned out. Experiencing some stress is part of everyday life. When symptoms of stress persist though, they can be harmful. Use our Caregiver Self-Assessment to check-in with yourself and your needs.
BC Caregiver Support Line
Call our BC Caregiver toll-free support line at 1-877-520-3267, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 8:30 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday. FCBC staff are experienced in dealing with caregiver situations. We take time to listen to you which distinguishes us from the busy health care providers you may encounter. We are then able to offer help with:
- Information and referral to resources
- Healthcare navigation
- Emotional support
- Access to support groups
- Access to webinars, articles, and resources specific to your needs
Our goal is to listen with compassion, remembering that while there may be common themes, each experience is different and so are the needs. For many caregivers, the support they find is in simply knowing they are not alone in their experience. We are interested in what you are going through and want to be among the resources you think of for support.
Caregiving Support Groups
In both our Greater Victoria and Provincial caregiver support groups, we’re facing the COVID-19 situation together. Based on Federal and Provincial recommendations we will be facilitating our monthly FCBC caregiver support groups virtually (not in-person).
We are currently offering three virtual Caregiving Support Groups, including BC’s Virtual Caregiving Support Group, Virtual Male Caregiving Support Group and Greater Victoria Caregiver Support Group. To register and learn more about the dates and times of our virtual support groups, click here.
FCBC has a Caregiver Coaching program, where sessions are free, one-on-one, and designed to help empower you to find solutions and answers. Learn more about our Caregiver Coaching here.