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Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

For All Caregivers:

Join us TODAY, March 9th, 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. 

As well, join us for the Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2 - 3:30 pm), next on March 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.

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: April 7th, 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, 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.

And, March 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.

FCBC Reading Material and Resources

Episode Six: Grief as a Human Experience

 

Grief is a human experience and it often feels messy or is accompanied by not knowing if you are ‘doing it right’. Grief and loss can feel isolating. And many caregivers share different examples of grief, such as grieving the loss of your old life during caregiving and then also grieving the loss of the person you are caregiving for. 

Normal does not exist during grief and in this episode, we chat with Tricia Wallace, a Clinical Counsellor with Parkinson Society BC about the topic of caregiver grief and loss and suggestions on how to work with these emotions.

Listen on your favourite podcast listening app!

~ Created with the support of Organized Sound Productions

New Blog Post: "Grief is a Universal Experience"

 

Grief is a universal experience that makes us human. The role of caregiving can be all encompassing and when a care recipient passes away it can lead to deep feelings of loneliness, emptiness, and loss. However, there is not one way to grieve the loss of the person you cared for; grief is an individual process.

Read more about the various types of grief caregivers can experience and advice for navigating these emotions by clicking the button below.

New Blog Post: "Healing Post-Caregiving Grief"

 

What does life look like for a caregiver when they are no longer a caregiver?

In this latest blog post by Wendy Johnstone (originally published in Inspired Living Magazine), Wendy explores the myriad of answers to this question with caregiver examples.

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, you can either...

1. 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.

2, Call us at 778-426-8941 (ext. 8941) and leave a message with your name, phone number and description of your caregiver story for our Communications Coordinator to type up for you!

Community Events

CBC Town Hall About COVID-19 Vaccines

 

B.C.'s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun and many British Columbians are looking forward to getting their lives back and saying farewell to the virus. But many questions about the vaccine remain, such as:

  • How do we know that it's safe and effective?
  • Who will notify me when it's my turn to get the vaccine?
  • Can I get the vaccine at my doctor's office? 
  • How will remote communities get the vaccine?
  • Will there be a waitlist when it's my time to get vaccinated?
  • After getting the vaccine, will life go back to the way it was before?

Explore these questions and more on March 10 at Our Shot: Vaccinating B.C.: a free, online public town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine and what you need to know before receiving immunization.  

Ridge Meadows Seniors Society's Caregiver Support Program

 

Ridge Meadows Seniors Society’s Caregiver Support Program is hosting virtual Educational Speakers for the month of March and April. 

On March 17th from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Patricia Williams (from Heartwork Art Therapy) will be speaking on self-compassion in older adults and caregivers through mindfulness and compassion within ourselves. 

On April 22nd from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Janine Willemsen (from Alzheimer’s Society) will be speaking on understanding behaviors, in which caregivers can learn practical strategies to respond to the person living with dementia in supportive ways. 

These are open to ALL family & friend caregivers in BC. Please email raman@rmssseniors.org to register.

Click here to read the poster!

Family Services of the North Shore ‘Caregiver Connect’ Program

 

Family Services of the North Shore’s Caregiver Connect Program provides tailored ways to help caregivers who are looking after family or friends at home, including an online monthly support group where you can share your experiences, weekly phone calls with a trained volunteer, community resources and more.

Upcoming online ‘Caregivers Connect’ Support Groups will be held on March 12, April 9 and May 14.

Email Robin Rivers at rivers@familyservices.bc.ca or call 604-988-5281 ext. 354 for information and registration.

Click here to view the poster.

Conversation on Advocating for Seniors

 

BC's Senior Advocate Isobel Mackenzie will deliver a free public talk, "Staying Apart to Stay Safe," addressing the ongoing need to advocate for seniors, especially during the COVID pandemic. Ms. Mackenzie's talk is part of the celebration of BC Social Work Week and is hosted by the BC Association of Social Workers

When: Thursday, March 18th at 6:30 pm PST

Where: Live online webinar via Zoom

BC Association of Community Response Networks on Elder Abuse

 

BC Association of Community Response Networks (CRN) is hosting a virtual workshop on March 26, 2021 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, The Fraud Double Feature. This is a 2-in-1 workshop with 2 great speakers. 

For more information to this CRN provincial learning event which is open to everyone across BC, click here

Webinar Series: Embracing Your Death in Life

 

The Surrey Hospice Society is offering three webinars around the topic of death & dying, and what to consider with special guest Stephen Garrett:

  1. Are You Ready to Let Go? on April 15th at 7 pm PST
  2. Creating Personal Rituals That Work on April 29th at 7 pm PST
  3. The Unique Art of Grief on May 13th at 7 pm PST

For more information and to register, click here.

CRA Webinars

 

Don’t miss out on the benefits and credits to which you may be entitled! Learn what you can claim on your 2020 tax return as a family caregiver and/or for your care recipient.


1. Persons with Disabilities Presentations: March 24, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST (in French) and April 13, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm PST.

2. Benefits & Credits for Caregivers Presentations: March 18, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST and April 27, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST.

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

Caregiver Opportunities and Resources

Get free, virtual help with your taxes!

 

It's been a challenging year, but CRA is hoping they can make one thing easier - doing your taxes. Volunteers may be able to do your taxes for free through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). You could be eligible if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.

This year, many community organization are hosting free, virtual tax clinics where you can get tax help by videoconference, by phone or through a document drop-off arrangement.

Self-Management Programs and Resources

 

The University of Victoria Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health provide a variety of self-management and coaching programs for people experiencing chronic physical and mental health conditions. These evidence-based programs are provided to patients and family members throughout British Columbia at no cost. The programs help people with chronic conditions to manage daily challenges and maintain an active and healthier life.

Click here to learn more about the specific programs.

Note: the programs are available in Chinese and Punjabi—please contact the Program Coordinator directly...

Chinese: Courtney Kang - ckang@uvic.ca | Punjabi: Jay Bains - jaybains@uvic.caBritish Columbia

Participate in a UBC Research Project

 

Do you provide care for someone with a lived experience of dementia? You can help set the agenda for new and emerging care technologies.

Researchers from UBC Neurology are interested to hear your perspective! This research study involves completing an anonymous 20-minute online survey to answer questions about pet-like robots. You do not need any previous experience with robots to take part in the survey – first impressions are very valuable.

Participate by clicking here.

For more information, email: jill.dosso@ubc.ca

UBC Stroke Research Study

 

Are you a stroke survivor or caregiver who lives in a rural or small community in BC?

If so, UBC wants to learn about your thoughts and experiences with stroke and caring for someone who has had a stroke.

They will ask questions about your thoughts on receiving rehabilitation and support for your stroke using technology, such as the internet and phone (i.e., telerehabilitation).

If you are interested in being part of this study, email ubcstroketelerehabilitation@gmail.com

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