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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 next on February 25th. 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 March 9th, from 7 - 8:30 pm for the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 pm) 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: March 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, February 23rd 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.

March 9th, at 9 am join Wendy Johnstone for our Facebook Live Learning Session. Wendy will discuss coping with grief and loss as a caregiver. We’ll also 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.

New Reading Material and Resources

Episode Five: Grief & Loss

 

"Even after the death of a care recipient, the relationship continues on. The caregiver still has the memories and feelings associated with their care recipient, without their physical presence."

In this episode, Pat shares how her relationship with her husband (also named Pat) lives on following his death through a spiritual connection. She feels his presence in her home and sees signs in nature that let her know that he is close by. You will gain insight into Pat’s caregiving journey, awareness of the caregiving role, and the unfolding responsibilities, including end of life care and her current caregiving stages of grief, bereavement, and honouring her husband and life-partner.

Listen on your favourite podcast listening app!

~ Created with the support of Organized Sound Productions

Navigating the End of Life: a Road Map for Caregivers

 

Is someone you love facing a terminal illness? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Uncertain what to do next?

In a webinar recording available on our website, we talk about practical suggestions for taking care of yourself and your loved one in the time that remains. 

Building Your Personal Resilience - Flipbook

 

Caregivers often talk about feeling stressed about time and money, as well as being physically and emotionally tired and overwhelmed with no time for themselves on a day-to-day basis. In the professional world, this is referred to as caregiver burden.

Resilience is one way to decrease caregiver burden. Read more about building your personal resilience in our flipbook.

Submit a Caregiving Story

Caregiver Month in May - We Want to Hear from You!

 

This May is Caregiver Awareness Month, and we want to feature your stories about caregiving – the joys, the challenges, insights gained – to share with other caregivers and our larger communities.

If you are interested in submitting a story to be considered to be shared on our website and social media channels, please email comms@familycaregiversofbc.ca with the attached Word document (story of approximately 500 words), a photo of yourself (optional) and URLs to your social media accounts (optional), should you have them and wish to be tagged when your story is shared.

Community Events

Share Ideas for Connecting -

with Alzheimer Society of BC & the Health Design Lab

 

There’s still time for caregivers to join workshops later this month to help share ideas for connecting with people living in long-term care homes, a collaboration between the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University, building on work previously done with Vancouver Coastal Health. With restrictions to visitation in long-term care homes, this continues to be an incredibly challenging time for many, and not all of the ideas for connecting are possible for all caregivers. This project aims to enable caregivers interested in sharing their success stories with others, while creating a living document, updated periodically to reflect our current realities during pandemic restrictions.

If you are a caregiver who supports a person living in long-term care and you want to share your ideas for connecting, you’re invited to join the upcoming online workshop on February 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register here.

2021 Quality Forum - BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

 

On Feb. 25 & 26th, at the (virtual) BC Quality Forum, FCBC's Janet McLean will be co-presenting on a scoping review on the topic of evaluating patient and family caregiver engagement in healthcare system decision making. 

Building on the movement towards person and family centred care, “Nothing about us without us”, we need to know if the efforts we are taking to engage patients and family caregivers are working. The scoping review was led by Dr. Clayon Hamilton and involved a team of academics, researchers, health leaders and patient and family representatives. 

In the On Demand video presentation, Janet will join Dr. Clayon Hamilton and Allison Kooijman, a patient representative, to outline the results of the review. 

If you are signed up for the forum, we hope you will check out FCBC's involvement in this important piece of work and visit our Virtual Family Caregivers of BC virtual booth.

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