Listen to the new episode of Season 2, ‘Grief as a Healing Gift’ from our Caregivers Out Loud Podcast – see details below!

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 11th. 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, February 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 9th, at 9 am join Wendy Johnstone for our Facebook Live Learning Session. Wendy will discuss how we can go about our self-care as caregivers with the awareness of our mind-body connection. We’ll also connect viewers with some additional resources they can access from our website.

On 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.

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

The Grief Response

 

In a new blog post written by Janet McLean she outlines the key points that were shared by Tom Attig, a panelist at our “Coach Caregiver” webinar on Loss & Grief held in February 2017.

A Beginner's Guide to Podcasts

 

New to podcasts? Wondering how you can listen to the Caregivers Out Loud podcast? This blog post gives you a great summary!

Take our COVID-19: Social Visitation Essentials Course


 

Family Caregivers of BC and SafeCare BC created COVID-19: Social Visitation Essentials course.

This self-paced, online course gives you the tools and knowledge to feel confident, informed and prepared to enter the residence of the person you care for with a full knowledge of the health and safety practices.⁠

Community Events

West Kootenay Boundary (WKB) Caregiver Support Group 

 

Following the success of their 2020 Caregiver Group on Zoom, WKB Caregiver Support is offering a 3-month group from 6:30-8:00pm on Mondays from February 15 - May 10. The group of family and friend caregivers will meet on Zoom and aims to connect fellow caregivers, explore health & well-being and offer organizational tips & strategies for caregiving.

To register or find out more, please call toll free 1-888-212-2337or call/ text 250-505-4272

Timeline: starts Feb 15th. Drop in’s welcome during the 3-month group

Link to website: wkbcaregiver.org

Click here and here to view their posters.

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

 

Their focus is supporting those who provide care to older adults by offering 1-1 phone support, activity-based meet ups, support group, resource evenings, and walk and talks. Their programs revolve around the needs of caregivers and continue to expand as needs change and grow. 

Please contact Judy for more information at jvenable@mpnh.org or (604) 910-8201.

Click here to view their poster.

Caregiver Opportunities and Resources

CRA Webinars

 

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

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

Family Caregivers Benefits and Credits Presentation 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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