Taking the COVID Impact Survey is your chance to be heard as a family/friend caregiver in BC!

Closes December 18th

Survey Details

FCBC Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Family Caregivers

 

We are reaching out to YOU. This is your chance to be heard as a family/friend caregiver in BC. No matter who you care for, where you live in the province or where your care recipient lives (in the community or in facility-based care) – we want to hear from you. 

The survey will take roughly 15 minutes of your time. The results will be used to advocate for family/friend caregivers with health leaders and policy makers. We will present evidence about the invaluable role caregivers play in our healthcare system, both provincially and nationally. As well, we will be listening carefully in order to respond to your needs through our programs and services. Please add your voice.

How to participate: Click here to take the survey online. All input is completely confidential.

If you aren’t able to complete the survey online, you can call our Caregiver Support Line (1-877-520-3267) and we will help you by telephone.


Donations this Holiday Season

Thank You from All of Us!

 

Thank you for supporting a Canadian charity this holiday season. Did you know there are over 1.3 million unpaid family & friend caregivers in BC - and COVID-19 is having a HUGE impact on their lives? These people are truly on the front lines of care - yet we rarely hear about them. They are sons, daughters, spouses and friends and at Family Caregivers of BC we are doing our best to respond to their needs during this time. We have expanded hours on our Caregiver Support Line and extended the reach of other services.  Your donations will support these efforts and demonstrate your recognition of the vital role unpaid family caregivers play in our health care system and society.

Click here to visit our Canada Helps charity page.

A New Position with FCBC

Contract Posting - Caregiver Rx Project Consultant

 

Are you interested in improving the future for family and friend caregivers? Do you naturally adopt a collaborative approach to problem solving and have a solid background in health or social services?

We are looking for a home-based independent contractor to support the implementation of our provincial Caregiver Rx Project.  The Caregivers Rx Project aims to work collaboratively with Primary Care Networks (PCN’s) and other Integrated Care Communities to embed identification, support and inclusion of caregivers as partners in care. 



Join our Upcoming Webinars and Workshops

Advanced Care Planning - in Greater Victoria

 

In January, we will be offering two workshops for people living with early stages of dementia (and a family member) who live in Greater Victoria.

1) My Wishes, My Care: Starting the Conversation: January 13th (2-4pm). Click here for more details.

2) My Wishes, My Care: Advanced Care Planning Information Sessions: January 20 and 27th (2-4pm). Click here for more details.

Location: Online using Zoom 

Please register by January 7th

To register, call 250-940-4602 or email lyciarodrigues@familycaregiversbc.ca

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups - in January!

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: Jan 6th, 1:30-3:00 pm (1st Wednesday of each month)

To join the group, contact our Family Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267 Ext 1 or email

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 (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2-3:30pm—next on Jan 14th and 28th), 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 Jan 12th) 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!



New Reading Material

What You Practice Grows Stronger

 

Our Education Lead and Mindfulness Instructor recently wrote an article about making meditation a habitual practice.

If you are looking for additional resources around mindfulness for caregivers, be sure to watch our recent Facebook Live on Self-Compassion by clicking here.



Community-based Events

New Programs offered by Self-Management BC

 

Self-Management BC is currently offering several online courses and resources to support adults of all ages living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions:

1) Tool Kit for Active Listening - independent learning materials, including a book on Living a Healthy Life, a Relaxation for Mind and Body CD and more.

2) Tool Kit for Active Listening + Calls - Receive a Tool Kit and participate in six weekly small group calls with a program leader.

3) Self-Management Health Coach Program - Receive telephone support from a health coach once per week for a period of 3 months

4) Better Choices, Better Health Online - online 6 week program with activities.

For more information on these programs and resources, email selfmgmt@uvic.ca or call 1-866-902-3767 toll free.

North Shore, West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Lions Bay Community Resources' Caregiver Coach & Peer Facilitator Program

 

North Shore Community Resources’ is offering a NEW ‘Caregiver Coach and Peer Facilitator Program’ to support caregivers of North, West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Lions Bay who dedicate their time to the needs of others.

The program offers caregivers the benefits of 1 – 1 support to address emotional needs. Caregiver Coaches assist in the development of skills required to navigate and access the health system.

We are currently looking for volunteers and participants in the following areas:

·      Offer Caregiver Coaching

·      Receive Support from a Caregiver Coach

·      Join a Peer Support/Education Group

·      Facilitate a Peer Support/Education Group

Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact: elizabeth.bishop@nscr.ca. Click here to learn more.

Community-based Surveys

Greater Victoria Caregivers - Island Health Wants to Hear from You

 

Island Health has launched a survey for patients, family caregivers, and health-care providers to inform the evaluation and refinement of the Hospital at Home program.

From now until December 31, 2020, the Hospital at Home project team will be seeking input from patients, family caregivers, health-care providers and administrators. For more information and to complete the online survey, please visit the Hospital at Home website:

www.islandhealth.ca/hospital-at-home

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