This week we share caregiver support group updates, upcoming webinars and current community-based resources!


Volunteer Appreciation & Impact

Solange, thanks for the difference you've made!

 

When we started our Community of Practice for support group facilitators in BC, Solange was one of the key members. She traveled to the Lower Mainland with our FCBC staff and helped us to facilitate the first Community of Practice meeting. 

We are so grateful to have worked with Solange and we wish her all the best going forward!

Please read our farewell article to Solange!

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group 

 

This provincial caregiving virtual support group brings caregivers together on Thursday's from 2-3:30 pm PDT.

This is a re-occurring weekly group meeting and pre-registration is required. Space is limited and spots reserved for unpaid family and friend caregivers only.



BC Men’s Virtual Caregiver Support Group

 

This monthly Virtual Caregiver Support Group is a space for men to come together to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. The group is facilitated by Ben Ziegler, an experienced facilitator. You must pre-register to join each session!

This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. The next meeting is on October 13th.

To join the group, contact our Support Line at 

1-877-520-3267  Ext 1 or email cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca no later than 24 hours before the meeting time. You will then be provided with instructions on how to join by phone or online using the Zoom platform.




Virtual Support Circle: Visit Restrictions in Long-Term during COVID-19

 

Are you the caregiver of someone living in a long-term care home?


In this support circle on September 30th, from 2-3:30 pm, we will share information and resources with family caregivers as partners in care during this state of emergency to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

To join this support circle, contact our Family Caregiver Support Line 1-877-520-3267 Extension 1 or cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca by September 28th. Registration is required.




Join Our Upcoming Webinars and Learning

Webinar: Part 1: Advance Care Planning with a Focus on Representative Agreements

 

This webinar is Part 1 of a 2-part education series led by Connie Jorsvik. During this webinar on September 24th from 10:00 - 11:00am you will learn about the different pieces of our healthcare system and what you as a caregiver can do to facilitate care transitions for your care recipient. 

Whether your care recipient is transitioning from an acute care episode back home with home care services, between home and facility based care or even between palliative and hospice care, this webinar will help you understand how you can support these moves to ensure the best continuity of care possible.

Spots are filling up quickly, so register today!




Webinar: Part 2: Advance Care Planning with a Focus on Representative Directives

 

This webinar is Part 2 of a 2-part education series led by Connie Jorsvik. During this webinar on October 8th from 10:00 - 11:00am you will learn the basics of Advance Care Planning including important conversations to have with those you care for and the importance of naming your Substitute Decision Maker/Representative. You will also be encouraged to consider and think about values and beliefs that will inform your planning.

Connie will go further into writing an Advance Directive based on where the care recipient is in their health and life journey.

Limited spots available; register now!



Caregivers Out Loud: A Podcast by Family Caregivers of BC

 

Need something new to listen to as you stay safe at home? The wonderful thing about podcasts is that you can listen when it is convenient for you and your schedule!

Join us for our podcast, Caregivers Out Loud! A space to connect, listen and learn with other caregivers.

You won’t want to miss these insightful, authentic and heart-centered conversations with caregivers that highlight the joys, trials, and self-discoveries that come along with this rewarding and taxing position.




Community-based Events

Alzheimer's Society Webinar

 

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites you to “Demystifying advocacy,” a two-part conversation on what it means to be a dementia advocate, taking place on September 28 and 29 from 1-2pm.

Moderated by the Society’s CEO Maria Howard, these two virtual panel discussions are an opportunity to hear from experts as they share their stories and have frank conversations about what it takes to make change happen.




'A Phone Call Away': A Caregivers Story

 

Canadian Frailty Network recently published an article that depicts what having a parent living with frailty can look like in the time of COVID-19.

To read the full article about Kim Neudorf's experience caregiving for her mother Pearl, who is living in a retirement home, click the button below.



Online Support for North Shore Caregivers

 

Family Services of the North Shore is offering free support for family and friends caring for older adults who live at home. Topics include self-care, boundaries and memory loss. Meeting will be online on October 9th and November 13th at 1 p.m.

To register, contact Robin Rivers at rivers@familyservices.bc.ca or call 604-988-5281.



Counselling Service for Caregivers

 

Lake Country Health Planning Society is offering free counselling sessions to residents who would like to speak to a Registered Clinical Counsellor. 

Our goal is to make the process of accessing a counsellor as easy as possible. By removing financial barriers with free counselling (with a maximum of ten sessions per client) , and providing information about the counsellor, the caregiver can make an informed choice to help navigate this challenging time.




Caregiver Opportunities and Research

New Resources for Young Caregivers

 

Are you or someone you know a young caregiver? Although in-person services have been suspended due to Covid-19, PowerHouse is still providing the following services to support young caregivers:

  • accepting referrals by phone and email
  • online support groups, social visiting, activities, and programs
  • counselling services provided by phone or through video conferencing

Survey: The Impact of Visitor Restrictions on Long-Term Care and Assisted Living

 

If you or your loved ones were affected by visitor restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are welcome to fill out this survey until September 30th.

You can either fill out this survey online (at the link below) or fill it out over the phone.



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