BC Family Caregiver Week 2013 is officially proclaimed and takes place May 4 – 10.
Family Caregiver Week (FCW) is a time to thank, support and educate both family caregivers and the general public on issues of concern for family caregivers in BC. During the week take time to recognize and acknowledge the work you do as a family caregiver or take time to thank the people in your life who are family caregivers.
The Family Caregivers’ Network will be hosting various workshops for family caregivers during Family Caregiver Week 2013. We hope you will join us!
FREE BC-Wide Webinars
Balancing Caregiving and Employment
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Noon – 1:00 PM
Facilitated by: Barb Small, Family Caregivers’ Network
With our aging population, the number of people juggling caregiving, work and other life responsibilities is increasing. One in four working Canadians are attempting to balance employment and caring for a family member or friend and many are experiencing stress, guilt and emotional and financial exhaustion as a result. Caregivers are turning down promotions, taking early retirement and quitting their jobs in order to care. This session will provide concrete strategies and resources to help you to avoid caregiver burnout and stay strong while balancing caregiving and work.
Respite: Getting the Break You Deserve
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Facilitated by: Maureen Grant, Community Social Worker, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Are you getting tired, perhaps exhausted, from looking after your family member or friend? Does it seem like years since you’ve had a break? When you do manage to find time for yourself, do you feel guilty about it? What do you do when your family member refuses to go into a respite facility or to an adult day program to give you a break? This webinar explores the benefits of respite, how to overcome some of the barriers and challenges that prevent family caregivers from getting respite, provides information on community resources and explores some of the emotional issues that can arise around the use of respite such as guilt and letting go.
FREE BC-Wide Tele-workshop
How to Caregive Well: No Matter What Your Situation
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Facilitated by: Allison Reeves, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Are you finding yourself caught up in the uniqueness of your own personal caregiving situation? Do you believe that no one else can, or will, understand what you are experiencing? Perhaps it’s about the disease or the symptoms or your family dynamics or the medications or… Join Allison as she speaks to the qualities that apply to, and can enhance, any caregiving situation. Through recognizing the shared experiences of family caregivers, you can expand your network of available support for you on your caregiving journey.
Registration: To register for these FREE sessions, call the Care-ring Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or register on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and over the telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen over the telephone. Tele-workshops are simply offered over your telephone.
For more information on any of these FCW events call the Family Caregivers’ Network at 250-384-0408 (toll-free 1-877-520-3267) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a poster of these events. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.
Other Family Caregiver organizations throughout BC are also offering events celebrating Family Caregiver Week – click here for a list of events.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for partial funding of these events:
Honorary Patron: Her Honour The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia