Happy New Year from all of us at Family Caregivers of BC!

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

For All Caregivers:

Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2-3:30pm) is on Jan 14th and 28th this month. This group 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 and connection, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

As well, join us TODAY, January 12th, for the BC Men's Virtual Support Group for men to come together monthly to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

You must pre-register to join each session!



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 experienced volunteer Bonnie Davoren.

Next Session: Feb 3rd, 1:30-3:00 pm (1st Wednesday of each month)

Registration: 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.

Join our Upcoming Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

 

We have two Facebook Live sessions occurring this month:

TODAY, January 12th, join Wendy Johnstone for our Facebook Live Learning Session at 9 am. Wendy will discuss the importance of setting emotional boundaries as caregivers and what this looks like. During the session you will be guided to additional supports and resources.

On January 20th at 9 am, join Kate Landreth for a 10-minute Mindfulness Practice on Facebook Live. Kate will guide you through a practice that encourages you to pause, be aware of your body, mind and spirit. You will be guided through breathing and relaxation techniques to support your nervous system and mental wellbeing.

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.

New Reading Material and Resources

Winter Caregiver Connection Newsletter

 

We are thrilled to bring you another issue of our seasonal Caregiver Connection Newsletter on the topic of Cultivating Connection.

Explore featured articles, "How to keep your resilience battery recharged," 'LifeLabs mobile unit' and much more!

New Resource from Ministry of Health: Overview of Visitors in Long-Term Care and Seniors' Assisted Living

 

On January 7th, 2021 Adrian Dix shared a new document with updated visitation guidelines including more specific information on what are essential visits, social visits and identifies the process for resolution of complaints related to visitation.


Caregivers Out Loud Podcast

 

The launch of our second podcast season is just around the corner! We are excited to share many great caregiving stories, reflections and 'ah ha' moments with you. We also have a new host, Bill Israel who provides great depth and wisdom to the topic of caregiving.

Are you new to our podcast? Listen to our first season by clicking the button below and stay tuned for more great episodes!

Community-Based Events

Ridge Meadows Seniors Society: Education Speaker Series

 

Ridge Meadows Seniors Society is hosting a virtual event and Education Speaker Series on Self-Care.

'Reframing Self-Care' is a talk with Elizabeth Bishop. Join them in this interactive workshop for an opportunity to exercise your curiosity muscle, challenge the existing paradigm defining self-care, and leave with a renewed perspective of what caring for yourself means and what feels best for you.

Elizabeth Bishop is the creator of the 'Conscious Service Approach' for helping professional and personal caregivers. She is currently developing a Caregiver Coach and Peer Facilitator Program at North Shore Community Resources Society, while pursuing her PhD.

All caregivers across BC are welcome to attend!

When: January 21, 2020, 10:30 am - 11:30 am.

Please email raman@rmssseniors.org, if there are any questions by January 20 by 3 pm.

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!




CRA Webinars

 

Canada Revenue Agency is offering the following webinars of interest to caregivers in January and February:

Persons with Disabilities Benefits and Credits Presentation on January 26, 2021 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm and February 11, 2021 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm.

Family Caregivers Benefits and Credits Presentation on January 27, 2021 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm and February 25, 2021 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm.

Don't miss out on the benefits and credits to which you may be entitled! Learn what you can claim on your 2021 tax return as a family caregiver and/or for your care recipient.

You can register for any of the above webinars by going to the button below and then clicking on the link associated with the webinar and date of your choice



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