Interested in learning more and joining our upcoming Virtual Journal Workshop? A caregiver shares their recent experience participating in the transformational 6-week series. See details for registration below.

“This workshop was an absolute lifeline especially as a caregiver outside of the Lower Mainland. By participating in these journaling workshops in the Zoom format was a wonderful 'self-care' respite block for me. For a caregiver it's important to take care of yourself...and this was a vitally important opportunity to re-connect and re-charge my batteries so I was re-equipped to return to caregiving once again as a kind, compassionate daughter.”


A Volunteer Position with FCBC

Support Group Facilitator Volunteer Role

 

We are currently seeking a Support Group Facilitator Volunteer to support the goals of FCBC in local communities & provincially with an emphasis on facilitating a space for mutual support and fellowship for family and friend caregivers. In this role they will be available to facilitate the scheduled support group meeting.

This volunteer position is a casual role. The candidate will be available for at least 4 hours per week. There will be some flexibility on time, but you would need to be available to facilitate the scheduled support group meeting. You begin volunteering immediately after orientation, learning by doing, and using task checklists.

Click the button below and scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about the position and apply.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group

 

Our monthly Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group brings caregivers from the Greater Victoria area together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend.

This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. This group is facilitated by our volunteer Bonnie Davoren.

When: 1st Wednesday of each month (starting November 4th, 2020)

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

To join the group, contact our Family Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267  Ext 1 or cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca no later than 24 hours before the meeting, at which time you will be provided with instructions on how to join us by phone or online using the Zoom platform.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

We offer two regular support groups:

Our weekly Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (on Thursdays from 2-3:30pm), brings people from across the province together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

And, the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (next on Nov. 10th) for men to come together to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

You must pre-register to join each session!



Join Our Upcoming Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

 

Join Wendy Johnstone for our Facebook Live this morning, October 20th at 9 am for a discussion on Long Distance Caregiving and ways to support remotely.

Our next Facebook Live is on November 10th, 9am. Wendy will touch on defining resilience for caregivers and what it really means. We will explore the different aspects of resiliency (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) and how we can self- manage and effectively use our energy across these areas. We'll connect viewers with some additional resources they can access from our website..

New to Facebook Live? It is a live recording on the Family Caregivers of BC Facebook Page. You can join during the live time or the recording is saved for you to watch at another time—similar to our webinars! Our Facebook Live sessions are shorter, bite-size learning opportunities for caregivers and our community.



Join Our Virtual Journal Workshop

 

Join a private, safe, reflective writing process for family caregivers, focused on compassionate self-nurturing. 

Dates: Nov. 3, Nov. 10; Nov. 17; Nov. 24; Dec. 01 and Dec. 8.

Time: 2 - 3:30pm

In this 6-session workshop series, individuals write privately in a meditative, small group setting, short periods of writing follow brief verbal instruction on personal life-event categories. Short periods are also provided for participants to voluntarily read aloud in the “sacred space” of the workshop group—but, no special writing skills are required to participate!

To join the workshop, contact our Family Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267  Ext 1 or cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca no later than October 22 (new deadline).

More than a Visitor: Care Planning in a Changing Environment Webinar

 

Family and friend caregivers are more than visitors; they are an important part of the care team. In this webinar, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and Family Caregivers of BC will provide caregivers with tools and resources to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence to care in our current changing environment.

What you will learn from this 1-hour webinar:

  • The definition of essential visits and essential visitors
  • Patient rights and Caregivers rights related to visitations
  • Tools and suggestions for strengthening and asserting your caregiver voice to help you gain recognition as a valuable member of the care team
  • The importance of back-up care plans and decision aids when considering care transitions

Must pre-register to join! Please register at least 24- hours in advance.



New Reading Material

New Blog: Part 1: Understanding Committeeship

 

Advance Care planning, specifically Estate planning is an important aspect of caregiving. However not every care recipient and caregiver is able to do estate planning if they are no longer mentally capable.

Cassandra Drake, a Vancouver-based lawyer, explains the term 'committeeship' and how a committee is appointed and how the patient's affairs are managed. Drake also explains the term commiteeship of estate and the responsibilities.

Cassandra Drake is a partner in the general litigation group at Lindsay Kenney LLP acting primarily as an estate litigator and family lawyer.




Fall Caregiver Connection Newsletter

 

Our Fall 2020 edition of our quarterly e-magazine is now available online!

In this issue we cover:

  • The 3 Ds of caregiving;
  • What's in your estate bucket;
  • Balancing work and caregiving;
  • CIHI Study on Caregiver Distress update; and,
  • Practical ways to stay connected.



Community-based Events

Abbotsford Association for

Healthy Aging – LifeBoxes

 

If you live in Abbotsford, here is a great resource: LifeBox was designed to assist seniors and caregivers in organizing their affairs and ensuring that they could be easily managed in case of emergency, incapacity, or death. It also encourages people to think about their wishes for care and end of life. The LifeBoxes contain templates to give people specific areas to address regarding planning. 

Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging hopes these LifeBoxes help people feel that organizing one’s affairs is achievable and can be broken down into small, manageable steps.

Through October, in partnership with Abbotsford Community Response Network, 100 boxes will be distributed in Abbotsford free of cost. The LifeBoxes can be picked-up at: Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford Hospice and MCC Thrift Shops (South Fraser Way & Gladys Ave.). More information is available by phoning: 604-768-5421.



Join the 2-Day Conference about Death and Dying

 

Deathly Matters is a two-day (Oct 31 and Nov 1) online community conference that brings together people and services to share resources, learn and connect about death and dying.

On October 31st, our Caregiver Support Lead, Lycia Rodrigues, will be speaking about "What We Can Learn From the Stories of Family and Friend Caregivers - Supporting a Palliative Approach to Carer the Caregiver.

To learn more about the 2-day conference and sign up, click the button below.



3-Part Series on Advance Care Planning

 

Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging, in partnership with Abbotsford Hospice Society and Fraser Health, will be offering a three-part series on Advance Care Planning on November 4th, 18th and 25th, offered via Zoom. To register, caregivers can call 604-852-2456 ext. 425 or email cyndi@abbotsfordhospice.org or abbycaregivers@gmail.com

They were inspired to partner and offer a second series based on very positive feedback and high interest for their series offered in July. Participants mentioned that COVID-19 has motivated them to think about planning and how important it is, especially for those caring for others, to increase peace of mind.


Cultivating Resilience in Uncertain Times - Online Therapy Group

 

This free online therapy group is designed for caregivers with the purpose of reducing isolation, strengthening relationship skills, and increasing confidence to handle the unique stresses of caregiving in the current climate.This project is funded by the BC Centre for Palliative Care through Supporting our Communities in the Time of COVID-19 Grant Program.

Date: Saturdays, from Oct31 - Dec 5

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am (Six Sessions)

Facilitator: Lorraine Ng, RCC

Language: Cantonese

To sign up click on the link here: gccws.ca/upcoming_events or call 778-223-7236

Caregiver Opportunities and Research

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Webinars for Family Caregivers

 

As a family caregiver for an individual with a physical or mental impairment there may be benefits and tax credits available to you! This is information and timely information to apply for the CRCB. Join the webinar to obtain more information about the following topics:

  • NEW - Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Canada Caregiver Credit  
  • Medical Expenses
  • Slam the Scam  

Each webinar is hosted LIVE and will NOT be recorded or archived. Please register for the specific date you plan to attend – click on the corresponding link below.

When: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. (Times vary.)

Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Caregivers

 

Are you a family member or friend of someone who receives care in an Assisted Living Home in British Columbia? This is an important opportunity to voice your experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic and related visitor restrictions. Drs Hoben (Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta) and Maxwell (University of Waterloo) invite you to participate in a survey.

If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Kyle Corbett at corbett@ualberta.ca or 705-941-0703



UBC Study on Work/Caregiver Balance

 

Do you help your parents or grandparents with appointments, shopping, paying bills, and other aspects of daily life? PhD Candidate Christina Treleaven is seeking volunteers (ages 19-45) for an online/telephone study exploring how people manage work and family responsibilities when providing ongoing informal help or "elder" care.

To participate contact Christina Treleaven, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, UBC at c.treleaven@alumni.ubc.ca



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