Happy holidays from all of us at Family Caregivers of BC!


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.

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)

How to join?

You MUST pre-register to join the session!

Register in advance here. You will get a password and instructions to join this Zoom Virtual Group. Please note that when joining you can choose to share your first and last name or create an anonymous username.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

We offer two regular support groups:

Our 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 monthly 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!



Community-Based Events

Family Services of the North Shore’s Caregiver Support Group

 

Family Services of the North Shore’s ‘Caregiver Connect’ Program will host their monthly Caregiver Support Group virtually with family & friend caregivers in North and West Vancouver. The January 2021 session will include time for caregivers to connect and share their journeys, and then we will discuss ‘resilience.’

Timeline: January 15, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Link to join/website: Email rivers@familyservices.bc.ca to register for this online group.

Click here for more information.

Caregiver Opportunities and Research

Opportunity for Older Adults & Their Caregivers to Be Involved in a Research Study on the Use of Assistive Technologies

 

This study aims to improve the use and access to assistive technologies for older adults in British Columbia. The study also aims to develop better ways of assessing the challenges people experience when using assistive technologies. Bringing older adults, their family members, and other caregivers together to talk about assistive technologies will be helpful for health care workers and others.

And, we are thrilled to share that our Caregiver Support Lead, Lycia Rodrigues, is part of the advisory committee for this research!

Click here to learn more.

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